Information in this forum is not monitored or provided by a medical professional. The information reflects member opinions only. Do not act on advice from these forums without first consulting a qualified medical professional. No professional addiction advisors are recognized by the owners, admins, or moderators, even if the member states such status. All content is copyrighted and protected by Aelius Group. DO NOT use any information that can identify you in these forums. If you do, a google search can link your addiction post to your name causing harm to your future activities including employment.
I'm not an expert but can tell you about hospitals in my area. If they have a detox connected to the hospital they may help in getting a bed. My guess is that most will treat symptoms such as anxiety or blood pressure issues related to a detox but under law may not be able to give narcotics. Maybe a kind doctor may but I would hate to take a chance. I know I outright lied to get narcotics to help myself wean down and said I had more back pain then I actually did but this depends on many things such as degree of sincerity of wanting to be clean etc.
I am not looking for narcotics. I am wondering if they would admit her. She needs to be somewhere safe with reassurance that she isn't going to die. Maybe I am asking for too much. I am not afraid to kick and I know that I won't die. I have been through it too many times. I just want my girl to be safe and I don't know what to do.
Sorry to say, but most hospitals will do little or nothing for someone coming in for w/d's ..... they will simply refer you to a detox and rehab center. I have never heard of a hospital to admit someone just for w/d's - except into their own detox center.
If she is that scared of w/d, why not just take her to detox????
Then she will be under medical care by those that know about detoxing and how to ease symptoms.
Hey Girl, I had a different experience from what you have read above so I thought I'd give you another perspective.
I was into day 5 of heroin withdrawal. I had not slept or eaten the entire time, nor was I able to handle to restless legs and heavy anxiety. I entered the emergency ward and told them my situation. They took me to the "Crisis Intervention" ward of the hospital and I waited to see a doctor. They gave me Clonidine and a 10 mg. valium which helped me alot. The doctor told me that if I was earlier in my detox, the would have kept me until I had detoxed completely and then set me up with a counselor and other outpatient resources, but since I was already nearly past day 5, they sent me home with a script for the clonidine and 5 days worth of valium so I could finally rest. I was also given an appointment with an addictionologist.
I'm from Canada so I'm not sure if it's different where you are but I think it would be worth a shot. The main thing for me was to be able to get some rest and alleviate atleast SOME of that awful anxiety.
A reputable hospital will not kick you out. Especially if you explain to the ER doc the situation. He would get a consult form substance abuse and they would work through it with you. In my opinion, a detox facility is a better option since they are routinely dealing with the situation, but either way, we took an oath and they would not kick you out.
Thanks to all for your input. So here we go. She went to her doctor today and was assured that it was going to be uncomfortable but she wasn't going to die. She also got a script for Xanax and Clonidine. We went to the store and loaded up on Gatorad, popsicles, and juice. She did her last shot at 11:59pm and I am proud of her. I am encouraging her to take part in this forum so if she writes please give her all the support you can. I know that she can do this. I am next. My kick begins Friday as soon as I see her through the rough part. Plus her dr. gave me her number and said she would admit her to the hospital if things take a turn for the worse. Thanks again. I will be writing alot this weekend because for me it doesn't matter how many pills are i my system I never can sleep. Thanks agian:D
Girl, that's great news....you guys are making the steps forward to getting clean. I'm glad they didn't sugar coat anything at the doctor's - it will be rough for the first few days but she started off with the meds she needs which I should have done. You may also want to get some immodium to settle the tummy a bit. I couldn't keep fluids down for the first few days but the popsicles I went through like crazy.
I hope your lady joins you here on the board. Reading the wonderful success stories here are so very encouraging and it's also helpful to talk to people going through the same as you. It' so sweet of you to look after your lady but please don't forget about yourself!
Hey Girl, you're very welcome! If you can, do try and persuade your lady to join in. I'm sure she will find much comfort from all the people here going through similar experiences. It's always nice to realize that you're not alone when you're suffering so much. Misery truly does love company!
Information in this forum is not monitored or provided by a medical professional. The information reflects member opinions only. Do not act on advice from these forums without first consulting a qualified medical professional. All content is copyrighted and protected by Aelius Group.