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on March 8, 2011
A family member read the book, went to the treatment program in Texas. The family member was sober at the time, having detoxed themselves before heading there - they had been completely sober for two weeks. A doctor talked the family member into taking the drug soboxone saying it would be helpful to the brain in the recovery process. No matter how much the family member resisted the doctor eventually talked them into taking the drug. When the family member returned home after a 60-day stay they continued to visit the clinic in town to get the psychiatrist to give them the soboxone script. The family member became a walking zombie, completely lost all motivation to do anything. They didn't want to use the street drugs anymore, but became a raging gambler instead, stumbling around in a drunk haze, completely deadened, with no sense of right or wrong and completely out of control. The drugs cost $400 dollars a month, the recommended doctor visits consisting of a psychiatrist and a psychologist (who you are referred to by the center) another $400 a month, but the patient was still dependent and appeared to be slightly brainwashed. Despite all the drugs and the talking and the treatment center the patient gambled away a small fortune! It was very scary. Our family spent almost $70,000 at this center and there hasn't been a single phone call to check on them! The psychologist who was so concerned about the patient, hasn't picked up the phone to inquire after the patient since they discontinued going there. The center psychologist and the post-treatment psychologist made the patient feel so loved and cared for at the sessions, but not a call since the sessions discontinued leaving the family member feeling even more worthless. The patient has had to detox off the soboxone alone and the process was even more difficult that the initial detox and took weeks of agonizing withdrawals during which time they could not work! So, if you don't have this much money, time and your sanity to throw away, I suggest you save yourself the price of admission. The book is a nice read and, I agree, addiction, depression, anxiety etc. are caused by chemical imbalances and can therefore be considered brain diseases, but don't kid yourselves like we did. Sobriety is not a pill and a cozy, albeit expensive, chat away; it's hard work that takes a comprehensive approach that includes AA meetings and much much more. Replenishing vitamins and minerals and taking restorative amounts of amino acids and B-Vitamins are essential. You are better off going to a alternative or integrative doctor who can measure your neurotransmitters and determine the best course of supplement etc. Aerobic exercise and a clean diet are also part of a recovery program. And remember for those of you out there who are feeling responsible... It's not your fault, you didn't cause it, you can't control it and you can't cure. It's up to the addict to do the many things that are necessary when treating something as serious as brain disease.
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