With a median income nearly half of the state of Georgia, and with over a quarter of the population under the poverty line, the prevalence of drug use and associated crime in Macon is no surprise. As the fourth most populous city in Georgia, Macon is as large as it is economically diverse; the city is home to both very poor and very wealthy residents. Property crime is nearly double the U.S. average.
Violent crime is nearly twice as prevalent in Macon as in the U.S. as a whole, as well. And, as is the case all over the U.S., violent crime is often connected to the production and sale of illegal drugs.
In the first month of 2018, there were dozens of overdoses, caused by uncommonly strong opioids being sold as heroin and oxycodone. In the last months of 2017, nearly 50 people were arrested on drug charges in Macon.
For these reasons and more, if you or someone you love suffers from addiction, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. If the addiction itself isn’t bad enough, the persistent chance of overdose and potential imprisonment should give anyone with an addiction in Macon, Georgia more than enough of a reason to seek treatment.
Thankfully, there are many treatment options available in and around Macon, Georgia. Below, you can find a description the process of treatment, as well as treatment centers available to residents of Macon and the surrounding areas.
Regardless of what drug you or a loved one is addicted to, there are treatment options available to you in and around the area. And regardless of what drug you or a loved one are addicted to, know that the treatment process as described below will hold, because treatments for different drug addictions have a lot in common with each other.
The first step on the path to recovery is intake. It is in this part of the process that you find out what treatment center is best suited for you, and during which time the treatment center finds out whether their programs are a good fit for your situation.
The intake process will begin with a series of questions, to help the treatment center find out whether or not you are a good fit for their programs. In this phase, before you’ve decided whether or not to attend the treatment center, you should ask some questions of the treatment center, if you have any questions. It is very important that you find a treatment center that meets your needs and expectations, because according to some medical authorities, the amount of time you spend in a treatment center can be a big factor in whether or not recovery takes place. It is usually recommended to stay in a treatment center for 3 months, at least, to get the best results.
Because it is so important to stay in treatment multiple months, it is very important that you find a treatment center that meets your needs and expectations, a treatment center that you will be comfortable staying in for a few months. So if there is something very important to you, that you feel the treatment center needs to have for you to be able to stay there for a long period of time, you should ask the treatment center about it, before you decide to attend.
As previously mentioned, before the treatment center decides whether or not to admit you, they will ask you a series of questions. They may ask you over the phone; they may have you fill out a questionnaire over the internet; they may even invite you to an in-person interview.
Some of the questions they may ask are: How long have you been using the drug(s) that you are addicted to? How long have you been addicted? What is your family’s history with drug addiction? When was the last time you used the drug that you are addicted to? How much do you take on a daily basis?
If the treatment center has decided to accept you, and you have decided that the treatment center meets your needs, you will undergo another interview. Once you are admitted to the treatment center, you will have another interview, which will be in-person and at the treatment center. This will be the first part of your treatment, at the treatment center.
During this second interview, the staff at the treatment center will talk to you so that they can create a treatment program perfectly suited to your needs and present situation. This interview will be more in-depth than the interview you had before you began treatment, and because this is the interview that will be used to create your treatment program going forward, it is very important that you and the treatment professionals understand each other.
It’s important to be honest, and not to leave any information out, so that the treatment program that is made for you can be the best possible fit for your unique needs and situation.
Remember also to bring whatever medications you have been prescribed that you may need to use during your stay at the treatment center. Once you arrive at the treatment center, the medications you’ve received from your doctor, that you’ve brought with you, will be taken from you and given to the pharmacy at the treatment center. The pharmacy at the treatment center will give you your medications as prescribed.
Also, it is important to note what items you are not allowed to bring with you to the treatment center. You are not allowed to bring illegal drugs or alcohol with you to the treatment center, and many treatment centers do not allow patients to carry their cellphones during their treatment. In addition, other electronics, as well as mouthwash and musical instruments, are not allowed at many treatment centers. If bringing an item with you to the treatment center is important to you, such as a musical instrument, you may want to ask the treatment center at the beginning of intake if bringing that item is against their rules. Different treatment centers have different rules concerning which items are allowed and which are not.
After your arrival interview, you will be given a drug test. This is to help the medical professionals decide whether or not you need detox, and what kind of detox you need. It is very important that you make them aware of all of your medical conditions and recent drug use, so that they will be able to plan your detox as effectively as possible, for you.
You may be given other medical care and testing a well, if you have other medical problem, during the time that they are deciding whether or not you need to undergo detox.
Detox is the second step on your path to recovery, and it is a crucial stage in the treatment process. Remember that it is important to be honest with the medical professionals, because if you do not let them know of a medical issue that you have, you are only putting yourself at risk. And you may be putting other people at risk, as well. Remember, especially, to let the medical staff know if you have any infections that may be contagious.
It is true that detox is difficult. But it is often necessary. And afterwards, you will likely feel so much better than you did before.
But although detox in a controlled environment, surrounded by medical professionals, is a good decision as well as safe, attempting to detox outside of a medical environment can be extremely dangerous, and in some cases deadly. The withdrawal from drugs such as xanax and alcohol can result in death.
Nevertheless, with medical assistance, detox is nothing to fear.
There are multiple kinds of detox programs, each suited for different situations. Which detox program is best for you will depend on your unique situation and needs.
There are two main kinds of medically assisted detox programs. One is called inpatient detox, and the other is called outpatient detox.
In inpatient detox program, you remain under constant medical supervision for the entirety of the time that you are undergoing detox. For this reason, inpatient detox is generally considered better suited for patients who suffer severe drug dependence, or other medical conditions which could complicate the process of detox.
In contrast to inpatient detox, in outpatient detox the patient is not under constant medical supervision. Although in outpatient detox the patient still has access to medical resources, in outpatient detox the patient does not spend the night at the treatment center.
Whereas, in inpatient detox programs, the patient will sleep at the treatment center for the duration of the detox program. In an outpatient detox program, the patient will usually spend nights at their own home, and can undergo detox treatment from places other than the treatment center, such as a doctor’s office or another mental health center.
Detox is a difficult step, but an integral one, and you will be all the more prepared for rehabilitation, once you have taken it.
After you’ve successfully completed detox, the rehabilitation program begins.
There are many kinds of rehabilitation programs, each suited to fit different needs and situations. Based on your first interview, after admission to the treatment center, and subsequent interviews, you counselor can help you decide what rehabilitation program is best for you.
There are three kinds of rehabilitation programs. They are Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP), and Residential Treatment Center programs (RTC). A worker at the treatment center will help you choose the program best suited for you based on your wants and the information that you have provided.
Intensive Outpatient Programs take the least amount of time a week, from the three programs. Intensive Outpatient Programs usually require that you attend treatment sessions three days a week, for a few hours a week, usually in the afternoons and evenings.
In the Intensive Outpatient Program, the patient lives outside of the treatment center. For this reason, it is usually recommended for patients who are highly motivated to successfully complete treatment, and who are very able to manage themselves.
The Partial Hospitalization Program is a lot like the Intensive Outpatient Program, except that it requires a greater time commitment. Just like in the Intensive Outpatient Program, the patient lives outside of the treatment center, and attends treatments a few times a week. In this program, the patient attends treatment 5 days a week, for at least 6 hours a day. The patient may also participate in treatment activities during the weekends, as well.
Like the Intensive Outpatient Program, the Partial Hospitalization Program is often recommended to patients who are highly motivated to successfully complete and participate in treatment.
The last of the three kinds of rehabilitation programs are Residential Treatment Centers. Residential Treatment Centers are inpatient rehabilitation programs. They are very structured, to provide the best possible environment for successful rehabilitation. At these centers, the patient will receive constant treatment, as well as constant supervision.
Residential Treatment Centers offer the greatest amount and intensity of rehabilitative care of the three options.
For the same reason that there are different kinds of detox and rehabilitation programs, there are different recovery programs as well.
A recovery program is a program that a patient goes into after they have successfully completed a rehabilitation program.
There are different kinds of recovery programs to suit different needs and situations.
One kind of recovery program is very similar to an outpatient rehabilitative program. Some patients who leave Residential Treatment Center programs go into less intensive, less involved outpatient programs, to aid their transition into another recovery program.
For patients who are highly motivated, using support groups is a good option. Support groups are recovery programs where people who were formerly addicted meet together, to share their difficulties and successes with each other.
Sober residencies are another kind of recovery program.
Sober residencies are a kind of aftercare program, and there are different kinds of sober residencies. What they all have in common is that they are for people who have successfully gone through rehabilitation.
Usually, in sober residency programs, a few people in recovery share a house. They usually have jobs, and support themselves from the income that they make from their work. The people in the house help each other along on the road to recovery, without care workers in the house. Usually, patients in sober residency programs are required to attend regular group counseling sessions outside of the home.
No matter where you live in Macon, Georgia you can find a treatment center that suits your needs. There are many treatment centers in and around the city that you can apply to, and many treatment workers willing and ready to help.
If you or a loved one suffers a drug dependency, don’t wait to seek appropriate treatment.