There is a new type of program that can treat drug addicts comfortably and privately. The innovative addiction recovery program developed by Aware Recovery Care offers fighting addicts a third or fourth chance of sobriety. and it seems to work better than traditional inpatient and outpatient drug rehabilitation programs.
Emily Gendreau, 18, knew that she had to quit drugs or quit life. Her addiction to heroin and prescription pain relievers had taken control of her life. She was arrested, excluded from school, and sent to a residential rehab program for 30 days when she was in high school.
"It was my whole life. It was all i did. I woke up in the morning looking for something. "
Emily Gendreau graduated from high school. Courtesy of Emily Gendreau
In 2016, Emily began using prescription pain relievers. She was injured from a severe separation and the loss of a family member. Her drug use quickly turned into heroin. Over time, she lost her boyfriend, friends and all her money. She even found money from loved ones when she was stolen.
"Me didn't know I hit rock bottom until I was caught at school, "says Emily.
When one day she searched her bag, her headmaster looked at her and said," This is heroin. " It was the first time that Emily was confronted with her drug use.
"I knew then that I needed help," she told NBC News.
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Emily was inducted into the Arms Acers Rehabilitation facility in New York State for a six-day period Detoxification followed by an 89-day stay at the Newport Academy, a youth addiction treatment center in Bethlehem, Connecticut.
But Emily, like so many other addicts, was concerned about returning home and life after rehab in general, where she would no longer be protected from triggers such as drug-consuming "friends" or parties. At that point, she turned to Aware.
Aware Recovery Care is a one-year Connecticut rehabilitation program that treats patients around the clock, including a nurse trainer, an addict psychiatrist, and a family doctor, family therapist, case manager, peer support, and 12-step meetings – the Aware Recovery care collaborative care model. Upon request, participants can receive drug treatment, urine screening and GPS tracking. The program was recently expanded to New Hampshire.
“Addiction doesn't just go away because the symptoms are under control,” says Dr. Ellen Lockard Edens, assistant professor of psychiatry and deputy director of addiction psychiatry stay at Yale University School of Medicine. "It is a chronic illness. If people are released prematurely from their rehab program and return home, they return to their old surroundings and start using it again."
Home rehab enables addicts to relax in their most familiar surroundings.
"Someone can come home, identify the pitfalls that are unique to your situation, and help you solve problems locally," says Edens.
According to the Anthem Insurance Health Company, the new, long-term model appears to be working: 64 percent of patients who start the Aware program complete it and 72 percent say they are in treatment or then complete abstinence, in contrast to the success rate of 35 percent for traditional outpatient 30-day rehabilitation programs without aftercare.
As a result In October 2015, Anthem Health Insurance agreed to extend coverage to one. Annual costs for those who qualify. The cost out of pocket is $ 38,000 a year – which may sound expensive – but corresponds to just one month of inpatient treatment.
"I learned something called recovery when I recovered," Emily told NBC News. "That means I notice the urge to take drugs or drink alcohol, I allow myself to then I just let it go. "
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Aware even enabled a meeting with the school counselor and her school principal.
"We talked about making small changes that would help me avoid triggers, such as going to the nurse's office instead of using the school pools. They really helped me express what I needed it from school, "she said.
Now Emily wants to do more than just ride the wave: she wants to help others give up their drug habit entirely by becoming a drug addiction counselor in the future.
"I have always wanted to help needy teenagers and adolescents. As I struggled with my own addiction, I realized that I could be of great help to high school kids trying to get sober."