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American Mother Dies Before Accessing Treatment at Drug Detox Clinic

In order to overcome a drug addiction, most people will need to enter a drug detox clinic to complete a programme of detoxification before they can even think about starting a rehabilitation programme. However, before getting to the point where detox is an issue, they will have to be willing to accept themselves as an addict and be prepared to make the changes necessary to beat their addiction.

This is not as easy as it sounds. Many people cannot accept a diagnosis of addiction for various reasons. Some will be in denial and believe that concerned family members and friends are making a big deal out of nothing. Others will think that they are not harming anyone but themselves and that their problems are actually not that bad. They cannot see the truth for what it is, and while they are in this state of denial, it is almost impossible for them to get the help they need or even consider looking for a drug detox clinic.

Pleading for Help

In an ideal situation, the addict will realise that drugs have become a negative force in his or her life and will reach out for help. Detoxification will be the next step in the process, followed by a programme of either inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation.

However, rarely does it go as smoothly as this; in many instances, the addict will only agree to get help when he or she gets to the stage where the problem can no longer be ignored. By that point, their illness has caused mass chaos to not only their life but also to the lives of those around them. There are many adverse consequences of drug addiction, including physical and mental health problems, marriage breakdowns, and financial ruin.

Asking for help means that the process of detoxification and rehabilitation can begin, but sometimes it is just too late, and a tragic conclusion ensues. Ashley Selby was a struggling drug addict who finally reached out for help for her drug addiction through social media network Facebook.

Her post read, “This is a little embarrassing to ask, but I am in need of a rehab program. In a week, I have lost my children, my home, my family (this is my fault), my car, my boyfriend, my best friend, and my dog. I am still working, but I have no money mostly because I have spent my money on hotel rooms or drugs. I need HELP!”

Unfortunately, Ashley’s call for help came too late, and she died weeks later; her family said that she had faced too many obstacles to recovery. Ashley had tried to check-in to a state-funded drug detox clinic, but there was a waiting list.

Her cousin Kayla Holbert said, “The first place she was going to be able to get into was on August 11th, and she went into the hospital on August 8th when she collapsed.”

Director of Addiction Campuses in Nashville, Brittany Meadows, said, “Unfortunately, by the time we got word of Ashly’s cry for help, it was already too late.”

She pointed out that because state-run drug detox clinics rely on government funding, there can be long waiting lists with some people waiting for months or even years to get a place.

Help for Addiction

The same can be true in relation to NHS detoxification centres here in the UK. There tend to be long waiting lists for these types of services as there are just not enough of them to meet the demand. For those struggling to cope with a devastating drug addiction, other options are available, including charity organisations and private clinics.

Charity organisations may also have long waiting lists because the demand for their services is so high. A private drug detox clinic, on the other hand, might be able to provide immediate access. In some cases, a person with a drug addiction can enter a programme of detoxification within 24-hours of deciding to go private.

Here at UK Rehab, we understand that accessing treatment is a huge obstacle to recovery, and for some people, this can be devastating. We know that it is difficult for those with little or no experience of addiction to source a suitable provider if they do not know where to look. With our help, you can find the perfect drug detox clinic for you or a loved one.

Whatever your circumstances, we can assist, and we will do everything we can to ensure that you are completely satisfied with the facility and the costs involved. We understand that addiction treatment can be expensive, but we work with charity organisations, the NHS and local support groups as well as private clinics to make sure that everyone who needs help for addiction can access it easily and quickly. With our connections and knowledge, you can be sure of finding the right treatment provider to suit your budget.

Importance of Early Intervention

In the case of Ashley Selby that we highlighted above, help for addiction came too late. Sadly, this is more common than it should be, but with early intervention, most people with drug addiction can overcome their illness. Do not wait until it is too late before reaching out for help.

If you are desperate to get help and want to change your life, contact us here at UK Rehab today. We can ensure that you can access a suitable drug detox clinic, at which you can begin your journey in a safe and comfortable environment.

Source:  Mom dies after reaching out publicly for help with drug addiction (WKRN-TV Nashville)

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