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How Do I Use My Insurance for Drug Detox?

When you are the victim of addiction, one of the biggest challenges is getting the help you need in order to be successful. You’ve already tried to go it alone. You are still where you started. You are ready to move forward. You know that a drug detox is the springboard you need for a successful recovery. You know where you want to go. You finally have a plan of action that is going to help you to move forward. You’re only question now is how you are going to pay for your drug detox and rehabilitation services.

How Can Insurance Help You for Drug Detox?

Your health insurance policy is here for you to help you with your medical expenses. That includes drug detox and addiction recovery services. Before you enter a program, contact your insurance representative to find out:

  • What does my health insurance cover for drug detox?
  • What facilities are in my network?
  • If I go out of network, what will I be expected to pay?

Once you have answers about what services are covered, what type of co-pays you may have, and if you can afford any facilities that are out of network, you can begin your drug detox.

Begin Your Journey to Addiction Recovery with Drug Detox

Drug detox is that first critical step in the recovery process. You’ll be eliminating the presence of all toxins from your system, clearing your mind, and preparing to put your addiction behind you. The detox process takes anywhere from three to seven days. Once you no longer have any traces of drugs or alcohol in your system, you will be able to focus on staying strong. you can achieve your goals. Your drug detox plan will get you started.

Get the Drug Detox Help You Need Today

Now is the time to get started with your drug detox journey. Contact our helpful representatives at 800-737-0933 in order to plan your drug detox stay. Our caring professionals will assist you through this difficult phase of treatment. Once detox is behind you, you will have access to the resources you need to go all the way to recovery. A bright future is waiting for you. With drug detox as your kick start, you will be well on your way. We will help you to begin.

What Is Fentanyl and How Does it Compare To Heroin?

News reports about fentanyl abuse have spiked in recent months, particularly after the drug was implicated in the death of music legend Prince. Many media outlets report that fentanyl is stronger and more deadly than heroin, itself the source of an American epidemic. Both these opioids are highly addictive and extremely powerful.

In contrast to heroin, which is not indicated for medical use, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid designed for use in a surgical setting. The drug can be administered in patch, film, pill, and even lollipop form. Experts estimate it is 1,000 times more potent than morphine. Because of its legitimate medical use, those who become addicted to fentanyl are often those who work in a hospital or who are prescribed the drug and become dependent.

Because fentanyl is so strong, overdoses are more common than with any other type of opioid. This is especially dangerous because of its high tolerance level; users may find they need more of the drug to produce the same high in as little as a week, putting them at risk for a lethal dose. Those dose of fentanyl required to produce an overdose death is estimated at about the 10th of the size of a lethal dose of heroin.

In addition to pure fentanyl, street heroin laced with fentanyl is responsible for many cases of fatal overdose. The two drugs look identical, so there’s no way for a heroin user to determine whether his or her batch includes fentanyl or not. While many states use Narcan to combat the effects of opioid overdose–often saving lives–fentanyl is not as responsive to this antidote as heroin and requires a much higher dosage when it is effective.

 

Identifying Signs of Fentanyl Abuse

If your loved one is abusing fentanyl, heroin, or another type of opioid, you might notice:

  • Confusion, hallucinations, or slurred speech
  • Mood changes or depression
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Difficulty walking, muscle stiffness, or trouble breathing
  • Itching and scratching
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Excessive sleepiness

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, counselors at the Genesis House are ready to help. Call us anytime at 800-737-0933

Why Drug Addicts Get Into Relationships Immediately After Going To Rehab

You may be familiar with the old recovery cliche, “getting sober is easy; staying sober is hard.” Navigating your new life alone can seem like a daunting prospect. And now that you have given up on “people, places, and things,” it is natural to desire the closeness of another person. Many addicts new to recovery jump into relationships to avoid feeling alone. The sense of possibility that recovery brings you may make you feel ready for a new relationship. But most experts suggest waiting a year before diving into romance.

Early recovery is a time to work on yourself. It is a time to work on existing relationships still strained from your active addiction. One of the hardest things you will do in your recovery is facing your past mistakes to make amends. Romantic relationships are an easy way to avoid keeping the focus on you. But keeping the focus on you is crucial in the early months of recovery. Right now your recovery is so fresh that you may not be in the best mindset to pick the right romantic partner. Recovering drug addicts often attract other drug addicts. Two vulnerable people make for a problematic pairing in sobriety.

The Dangers of Dating

You may not realize it, but dating in early recovery poses a danger to your long-term sobriety. There are many reasons why:

  • Dating is a “high” like drugs and alcohol. Emotions you feel at the beginning of a new relationship are natural and healthy. The neurochemistry behind those feelings is like the effects of drugs and alcohol. You may be replacing one high for another.
  • Break-ups trigger relapses. Ending a relationship is tough for anyone. The pain is especially hard when you are learning to cope without illicit substances. A relationship that ends too soon may cause you to seek solace again with your drug of choice.
  • You open yourself up to vulnerability. As a newly recovering addict be wary of people looking to prey upon your vulnerable state. Watch out for addicts with years of sobriety who you may listen to as a mentor or sponsor. Keep the relationship professional.

Spend the first year of your sobriety focusing on you. Once you begin to know yourself, then love will follow. If you are ready to start your journey towards recovery, please feel free to contact us 24 hours a day at 800-737-0933

What Would You Do For a Klondike Bar?

I can remember coming into recovery and in the rooms people spoke about having reservations. It was a common theme to hear of “Squashing all reservations” and I had no idea what they meant. Even after learning what a reservation was, I still was not sure how to “squash” them. I mean- how can I not have alcohol at my own wedding? How could I sit by a campfire without drinks? How do you go fishing without smoking pot? These drugs did not bring me to my knees, why is it a problem? Now mind you, I was crawling into rehab and wanted to die, but now I am setting limitations to what I was willing to do to stay clean and sober. It was taught to me, a person who has reservations on their recovery is limiting themselves from the process. The “conditions” I put on my recovery was usually what I wanted, and not what I needed! So, I started to say something to myself that would make me smile every time I considered holding on to reservations and limiting my growth. 
 
“what would you do for a Klondike bar!” 
 
Saying this quickly stopped my racing thoughts, since it made me giggle, then I could remove myself enough to speak to my sponsor or network. The second it made me smile, I was able to pick up the phone, not a substance. The more I shared with people, it got better and people in the rooms had their own experiences that helped me, more than I could ever help myself. It was then, I understood how to “Squash the reservation” and I was going to do anything for that Klondike bar!
 
Skyler N

A Mother’s Love

As I was talking to my sponsor the other day she brought up the fact Mother’s Day is this weekend and asked if I had plans. Before I could even answer her, she started to cry. It has been a few years since her mother passed away, but each year she still says to herself “what should I get mom this year?” but quickly the reality hits her. My sponsor always reminds me to never stop being grateful to still have my mom around. And this got me thinking…
 
“There’s no way I can pay you back,
But the plan is to show you that I understand,
you are appreciated”
 
This got me thinking about how truly blessed I am today to not only be clean and sober but to have my mother to support me. I have a mother that has always walked in when the world walked out. When she was behind me, I did not have to look back in fear; she never let me down. I reflect how when I got to the worst possible stage in my life, even contemplated suicide, she fought for me. And to be honest, that gave me the hope to keep going. I could not leave her with a funeral because not once in my life did she ever leave me. There was never a limit to what she did and always gave me so many sweet memories. When I went to Genesis House I felt terrible my mother had to put out so much money but she said to me, “there is no price on a life.” So, I stay sober and work to be the woman she raised me to be. With Mother’s Day coming up and on every day of the year, I am so grateful to have her as my mother. I aspire to be the selfless, kind and loving mother she is to me. Having a son now, I can understand her dedication and never-ending love.
 
Sunday, remember how special it is to be in recovery with the ability to have appreciation for loved ones. Try to imagine how many times these special women have prayed for us to get well? In recovery, they see us doing just that and their prayers are being answered.
 
Happy Mother’s Day 2017!
 
Skyler N

Lesson Or Blessing?

Everything went bad one night I was caught and then my entire family knew I was using again. Turns out, I did not have them fooled after all. I woke up the next morning, staring at the ceiling for a long time, hoping it was a dream! When I walked into the kitchen I saw my family waiting for me. My head lowered down in shame and fear of what was coming next. Not before long, I was in the car with my mom, driving to the airport to get on a plane to Genesis House, my 3rd rehab.
 
What are we guaranteed in this life time? Is there one definite answer to that question? I have seen in past experience, that in every individuals’ journey, the answers varied. With that being said, life is rather short. We must try to make the most out of each day and find positive perspectives the best way we can. In the blink of an eye, it could all be over; I am going to count my blessings today!
 
I have come to find out, the night I was caught using drugs again was the best lesson AND blessing in my life. There were times in treatment I was so angry I was caught but later on realized it saved my life! It also gave me the option to get my life together and find the gift of recovery. At first, I had to just be grateful for the situation as a blessing and later I was able to see more of the lessons. Although, sometimes people do not believe this but, when you least expect it, something great will come out of every situation. The blessing of being caught that night, taught me the lesson that all is possible with patience, perseverance, and determination. I hope you may you find your lessons and blessings in your life!
 
Skyler N

Memorial To The Surrender

Today is Memorial Day and we are celebrating the day clean and sober. That may sound rather simple, but the meaning to me is still a big deal! I continue to stay grateful for getting another day without using any substances. We know where the path of addiction led us. We also know the ultimate destination if we keep using. Memorial Day is observed for soldiers in the military but also can be for those in recovery fighting a different kind of battle.
 
Memorial Day is an American holiday, honoring the men and women who died while serving the US Military, as well as those who are Veterans and current members of the US Military. However, I also pause to think of all those that have died in the battle of addiction. Every one is a soldier in their own way, fighting for something. Those dealing with addiction are faced with a lifelong battle of surrender. Hats off to us for not giving up on ourselves and each other, especially, those that relapsed and have the courage to come back, surrendering once again. We are stronger than we realize!
 
Getting clean was never in my plans, but as my life continued to become more unmanageable, I was left with no choice. I kept asking myself, “what do I have to do to arrest this addiction?” So, the war against myself began and I was terrified. How will I learn to continuously defeat my mind and self-will? My sponsor replied, “more will be revealed Skyler.” 
 
A memory I hold close to my heart on this day is my friend Joey R. This August marks one year that Joey has been gone. Joey fought so hard, he had 20 months clean and the disease had him convinced that 1 bag would not harm him. Now, I will never again be able to hug Joey at home-group and never be able to see his big smile, from that 1 “harmless” bag. I can never say that without starting to cry and begin to miss him. Sadly, that was his journey. I kept asking myself, “Joey what happened, why did you not reach out?” However, this war is so much bigger than any of us. This is a battle we fight and unfortunately must lose some “soldiers,” along the way. Rest in paradise Joey, you will not be forgotten. 
 
Let’s take some time today to remember all the soldiers lost. We can also reflect the courage we have to keep fighting our addiction and being brave enough to surrender. We at Genesis House are so proud of you and believe in you!
 
Happy Memorial Day!
 
Skyler N

Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

In recovery, changing the way we live is a lifetime process and is perhaps the most important amends we can make. Putting down the drugs and alcohol was not hard, it was living without them and dealing with feelings. If you are like this addict, I used because of feelings- to supress them and not feel them. One of the biggest feelings I used over, was the past. I practically resided in the past, wishing it was different and hoping I could change it. I cannot change something that already happened, but I can learn from it! Our past is just that: the past. We must put it behind us so that it no longer lingers on the edge of our thoughts, waiting for a chance to haunt our present.
 
In my steps 8 and 9, unfortunately there were parts I was NOT willing to look at and put on my list nor make the amend. My sponsor constantly reminds me to pray on it and ask for willingness. Over the years, it has only affected me and critically stunt my growth in this process. The avoidance of walking through the feelings was complete and total fear. How long can I stay afraid?
 
Today, I am choosing to address situations instead of ignoring them. Acceptance is not about ignoring – it’s about recognizing situations and people for what or who they are. That was the hardest part for me. It was not until recently did I truly understand that this lesson. This process teaches us about spiritual principles we deal with in life and to live by them. The spiritual principles I learn most about are the ones I feel and experience personally. I read so much in the literature about powerlessness but did not learn it fully until I was powerless! As I become more aware of this, I gain more acceptance to the process and my faith that I am right where I am supposed to be. Becoming a parent, I have learned how hard it can be and that my parents did the best they could for me. They love me, tried to always do what was best but are still human, we all make some mistakes along the way. If you asked me about my parents when I was at Genesis, they were the reason I used and why I was sitting in a white chair in rehab. Everything was everyone else’s fault but mine, I was the victim.
 
The other day, the avoidance to make an amends to my father was brought to my attention. The person saying it recently lost their father and express the regret they felt for not addressing certain issues. I hold on so tightly to the pain about my dad, it weighs me down in many areas of my life. Through step work I have worked on it but never fully healed due to my own lack of acceptance. I had become so comfortable with the pain, I have not wanted to let go. Later, I prayed about the amends and picked up the phone. I called my dad and addressed how I felt and apologized for my part. Guess what? It was not as bad as I had projected for all these years. I walked through my fears, let my feelings be heard and felt acceptance to the situation. It sounds so simple, but my own avoidance made it very complicated for years!
 
If you are struggling with a situation from your past, have hope you will get through it and pray for the faith to believe in the process. My God has a way about timing, he reveals what I need to see when he sees fit, not when I felt it was time. I have faith in your Higher Power to do the same for you!
 
Skyler N

Celebrate The Miracle

There are many things we celebrate in our lifetime. One of the most important celebrations I hold close to my heart, is my clean date anniversary. There were years I hesitated and did not want to make a big fuss but this is very important not only to the addict celebrating but to the newcomer that feels hopeless. Our families also feel good watching us celebrate knowing we are living differently today. There is merit to the fact that regardless of the challenges we face, we stay clean and do not pick up no matter what!
 
I remember like it was yesterday having the idea in my mind that I could and would never be able to stop the lifestyle of an addict. How could I actually stop using? How can I find strength or have courage in myself to stop? Self-esteem and self-worth were no words of importance to me. Showing up at a job was optional and being there for others was out of the question. There was a frequent prayer I would say to God at night asking him NOT to wake me up in the morning because I can’t do this one more day. This was followed by the angry prayer in the morning that I was still alive. Looking back, I know I was alive but definitely not living. Until the one day the prayer altered some, “God I need your help because I can’t do this anymore.” That was the first moment of surrender for me and an inkling of willingness to try something new.
 
Last week marked my 9th year of clean and sober and it still overwhelms me how strong I truly am. I am not the weak person I once convinced myself I was. The tears of joy that come to my eyes when realizing how much I have endured along this journey, but I’m still here and stay sober on a daily basis. Every year on my clean date, I am reminded how blessed I am to have this amazing life of recovery. This day also continues to be a reflection of the intense pain I no longer feel and the pain I no longer intentionally cause loved ones. It’s a joy to know I no longer do that and am a woman of recovery! Therefore, today I will celebrate the gratitude I have for this miracle. I am proud of myself, but could not have done this alone.
 
Skyler N.

Imagine This

When I got clean and sober I went to treatment for over two months and one of the best exercises that helped me, was doing a vision board. My therapist Rob, brought me in some poster paper, scissors, glue and a magazine and told me to get to work. 
 
I can remember at the time being so excited to envision my future because prior to that the only future I saw was a casket with my name on it.
This simple project started to give me hope. 
Rob and Natasha believed in me so much, why didn’t I? The assignment was having me depict what love looks like on the posters. He wanted to help me start believing I was lovable. I then hung these posters by my bed and the visions slowly became realities. 
 
It may sound silly but buy the supplies and try it! You can cut out pictures and words of the future you would like to envision for yourself.  It is similar to the law of attraction and placing positive thoughts in our mind. To this very day, I still make vision boards from time to time and I find them helpful.  I will forever thank my therapist, he truly believed in me until I believed in myself. The exercise helped me see hope for the future.
 
It can inspire you too!
 
Thanks Rob!
 
 
Skyler N