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Your child has been admitted to the hospital for opiate (o-pe-it) detoxification (de-tock-si-fa-ka-shun). This treatment, commonly called “detox” is to help free an addict from his or her drug habit.
The following things may happen to your child as the drugs leave your child’s body:
For their safety, patients must stay in their rooms for as long as the detox lasts. They may have certain visitors, but they may not leave the floor. They can get up and walk around in their room. While they are here, patient’s belongings will be kept safe by the staff. They will get them back when they leave.
Your child will have medication to take at home after detox. This medicine is called Suboxone® (buprenorphine/naloxone). The doctor’s instructions must be followed exactly on how to take this medicine. Your child must keep their appointments with Dr.________________. She CANNOT get a refill on her prescription without Dr. _________________ seeing her. It is VERY important to keep the medicine out of the reach and sight of other children. Suboxone is safe for the person being treated, but is very dangerous to other children. Call Poison Control immediately 1-800-222-1222 if you think someone else has gotten into the medicine.
If you think your child is suicidal, call the hospital right away, (614) 722-2000. You can also call a Suicide Prevention Hotline at (614) 294-3300 (teen line) or (614) 221-5445 or toll free at 1-800-273-8255.
Your child’s addiction to drugs has taken over his life and has had an impact on yours as well. In order to become and stay sober and clean, your child will have to make a choice not to use. This will take a strong commitment to himself, support from people who are close to him, help from the doctor, a therapist and a support group. Your child has to choose every day not to use. Some days will be easier than others and some days will be very difficult, but he can do this.
There are lots of support groups available for all of you as your whole family works with your child to reach sobriety. You may also want to find a counselor, talk to clergy or attend Al-Anon or Narcanon meetings or church supported groups. Your social worker can tell you about support programs in your neighborhood. Anything you can do to find support not only helps you, but shows your child a good example.
Detox can take up to 5 days. The average time is 2 days.
Costs vary. Usually private insurance will cover the cost. If you do not have insurance or have Medicaid, PLEASE call the billing department at (614) 722-2055. They will work with you to get your bill paid.
If you have any questions, please call your doctor, nurse or therapist at____________________.
Getting Sober: Families (PDF)
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