Detoxing from prescription pills is a difficult process no matter what type of pill you were taking. Many prescription pills have severe withdrawal symptoms. The safest course of action is to be medically monitored through your withdrawal. During one week of inpatient care, the detox center will give you medication and mental health support to manage the withdrawal. However, many people have serious concerns about the accessibility of the program. People often don’t have the financial means to take great amounts of time off of work or pay a fortune in medical bills. These are some of the main options for going to prescription pill detox without missing too much work or costing too much money.
You may be able to detox on an outpatient basis, although this still requires extensive medical monitoring. Different outpatient services will suit different needs. You should also be aware of your employee rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Affordable Options for Prescription Pill Detox
The first thing you should understand is what detox actually entails. The detox process isn’t related to the rehab facility you might stay at or the therapeutic services you might receive. Instead, it’s just the first step toward recovery. Detox programs tend to be short-term, lasting for only a week or two.
The worst physical withdrawal symptoms will occur within the first 7 days, usually peaking around day 3 and then tapering from there. During the second week of detox, though, you’re likely to develop physical cravings for the substance. This is the point at which relapses often occur.
Physical cravings subside after the second week. By the time a month has gone by, there shouldn’t be any of the substance left in your system, regardless of how high your doses were.
Outpatient Detox Programs
If you want to make sure you don’t miss a lot of work or pay a lot of money, an outpatient detox program might be just what you’re looking for. There are different levels and structures for outpatient treatment. In many cases, a short-term outpatient detox program will allow you to continue working as you go through the detox process.
Outpatient detoxification treatment will require you to check in to the detox center or hospital at least once each day. When you have your initial assessment, you can expect it to take up to 2 hours. After that, though, your appointments to check in should only last for 15 to 30 minutes. Detox treatment programs might last from 3 to 14 days, depending on the severity of the addiction and withdrawal symptoms.
If you’re not sure that you’d have the right level of care, you might combine an outpatient treatment program with an intensive outpatient therapy plan. However, these plans typically require your presence for several hours each day. You’d most likely be unable to work while the treatment progressed.
Outpatient treatment programs tend to cost significantly less than inpatient programs. They also take up a great deal less of your time, allowing you to partake in normal day-to-day activities.
Short Inpatient Detox Programs
Inpatient detox programs do have a number of advantages. They provide 24-hour monitoring and real-time reactions to your withdrawal symptoms. They prescribe medication to help with the withdrawal symptoms, provide support systems for your mental health, and limit your access to your substance of choice.
If your addiction is severe enough to cause potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, or you’re worried about your risk of relapse with an outpatient program, you might consider a short-term inpatient detox program. Such programs typically last about a week. Instead of graduating to rehab at the end, you’d be given comprehensive outpatient mental health resources.
State-Funded Detox Centers
The federal and state governments are both invested in making addiction treatment more accessible to working Americans. In many areas of the United States, there are both federal and state treatment facilities for addiction. They don’t tend to have long-term inpatient rehab services, but they do often offer short-term detox programs with follow-up counseling.
As they’re funded by the state, these facilities are the most economical option. You may be able to receive your treatment for free if you meet certain qualifications. Circumstances vary from state to state, so you should familiarize yourself with the options your state provides.
Your Rights Under the ADA and the FMLA
Two important pieces of legislation affect your rights regarding your job.
The first is the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. This act qualifies addiction disorders as a disability. The ADA prohibits employers from discriminating against their employees on the basis of disability. These rights are going to be the most important ones if you need to discuss your treatment with your employer.
If you choose an inpatient treatment program, or your outpatient program will cause interference with your schedule, you will have to discuss your treatment plan with your employer. Even in outpatient programs that don’t affect your schedule, your withdrawal symptoms might impact your work performance.
When you talk to your employer, it’s important that you familiarize yourself with your rights under the ADA, along with your company’s alcohol and drugs policy. Your employer legally cannot fire you or punish you for your addiction, provided you can prove that you’re committed to seeking treatment.
The Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, is the second piece of legislation. This act gives people the right to take up to 12 unpaid weeks off work for medical or family leave. If you’re worried about finances already, you probably have no intention of taking those 12 weeks. But you should be aware that you can invoke the FMLA to keep your employer from firing you for missing days due to your treatment.
Any kind of treatment is better than no treatment. You don’t need a state-of-the-art facility and vacation. You just need to take the first step. Call one of our trained counselors to learn more at 877-497-6180