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Even if Your Loved One Begs, Do Not Bring Them Drugs in Detox

It may sound obvious that people should not attempt to bring drugs to anyone trying to get off them, but it happens. When your loved one checks-in to detox, his or her addict brain is fighting like hell to keep the addiction going. This addict voice is telling your loved one that all he or she needs is just one more. One more is always too many, and an endless supply is never enough.

Your loved may call you in tears, saying she can’t do this anymore, begging you to bring her something that will make the pain go away. Or, he may threaten to leave treatment and cut all ties if you don’t get him what he wants. Addicts are master manipulators that will go to extreme lengths to score drugs. In this stage of recovery, reasoning and logic are non-existent, and all you are hearing is a last-ditch effort to feed the addiction further.

Even the smallest amount of any drug will set an addict back to zero, but it will be worse. Each relapse digs the hole deeper, and the likelihood of something tragic happening only increases. No matter what your loved one says to you, do not bring them drugs. Right now, they are at their most vulnerable, and don’t have the choice to say no. Addiction takes our choices away, and at this early stage, addicts need to be protected from themselves and the outside world.

It may be necessary to set boundaries with your loved one. It’s not fair for you to be put in this position, and he or she needs to know that this type of behavior is unacceptable. Saying “no” may not feel good, but doing the opposite could prove deadly, not only for your loved one, but for others as well.

Our staff is always on the lookout for drug-seeking behavior and activity, not only with patients, but visitors as well. We do conduct searches, and contraband will be confiscated from anyone attempting to harm our patients. If your loved one has told you of this type of behavior, or if they themselves have asked you to bring in drugs, please let us know. We are here to help them, and there is nothing we want more than to provide a safe place where they can begin a new, healthy life.

The Serenity Recovery Center stands as a landmark of the Encino Hospital Medical Center offering the best of detox. Committed to providing comfort and care, our private detox program supports the first foundational steps of sobriety. Contact us today for information: 866.294.9401