Steven Pare is the public safety commissioner at the City of Providence. He says: “These are the people that are responsible for the deaths of so many young people here. If you’re going to conduct drug business in the city of Providence, beware because we’re going to be coming at you.”
Finding a Way Out
Whether your loved one is selling drugs or keeping the people in business who do, this huge drug bust shines light on an ongoing problem in Rhode Island and across the Northeast. Drug abuse, addiction, and overdose are stealing the lives of far too many people, and if your loved one is among them, you do not have to stand by and watch. The efforts of law enforcement to pull dealers and drugs off the street is important, but when it comes down to it, your loved one’s best bet at avoiding arrest and/or hospitalization due to overdose is to connect with treatment as soon as possible.
Here’s what you need to know:
- It’s never too late. No matter how long your loved one has lived in active addiction or how many times they have gone to treatment, it is never too late when it comes to trying again. Every experience with treatment can plant or water seeds of health and wellness that will grow over time.
- There is no such thing as rock bottom. Many families feel like they need to wait for their loved one to hit “rock bottom,” but the truth is, there is no such thing. One person may realize their need for treatment after the first negative consequences of drug use occur, while others may never recognize that they need to get treatment, even when they lose everything, including their health or their freedom. Now is always the best time for treatment if there is a substance use disorder.
- Comprehensive treatment is key. Well-rounded treatment plans that address the addiction disorder and any co-occurring mental health issues are essential to building a strong foundation in recovery. No bare-bones treatment option will provide the coping skills and medical and therapeutic care necessary to heal.
- Tailored, research-based programs are recommended. It is also important to take part in a rehabilitation program that is tailored to the individual’s needs. This means starting with evaluations and testing to determine what types of therapy will be most appropriate and what treatment goals will be most beneficial.
- Plan for your loved one to stay as long as necessary. The longer someone stays in treatment, the more grounded they will be in recovery and the more capable they will be of managing challenges that arise during the transition into active recovery. It is recommended that people spend a minimum of 90 days in treatment.
- A step-down approach may be appropriate. It may be a good idea to start out with inpatient treatment and then transition into outpatient treatment for 3-6 months until stable in recovery. This allows for ongoing support as the individual makes progress in rebuilding a solid life: finding a drug-free, stress-free place to live if necessary, finding employment, and building a community in recovery.
- Intervention may be needed to get started. Not everyone is ready to begin treatment even when it is clear to everyone around them that they need help. An intervention can help you to get the ball rolling.