Walk Down Misery Street

Codependency is often even more resistant and harder to treat than addiction itself. Self-help Al-Anon groups exist for people with codependence, who are “sick from the disease” of their children or other close relatives. People do not attend to learn how to treat their addicted child or wife. The goal is different: to learn how to protect oneself. How not to destroy oneself through a son’s drug use or a wife’s alcoholism. How not to live through another’s disease, but to live one’s own life. (p. 82).

7Some people believe that the only sure way is to kick the addict out of the house, and so then everything will be solved. This remedy does not always have a curative effect. Sometimes this way works, but sometimes it doesn’t. First, not every parent or spouse is capable of taking such a drastic step. Obviously, this is a family member, not a withering plant. How do you throw someone you love out on the street? Second, a drug user who finds himself on the street will not necessarily stop using. In fact, the opposite will likely happen: The person begins to use more, loses his skills for living in society, and quickly enters the world of criminality. Or he may be killed by his fellow users for a bag of dope or a crack rock. (p. 84).

8The subject “drug addiction-mental health” is very complicated and requires some level of reader preparedness. Therefore, I decided not to touch this topic in this book (p. 122).


Types of Drug Treatment Settings


Detoxification Center (Detox)—an inpatient or outpatient unit where the patient undergoes detoxification from certain drugs and alcohol. The detoxification process takes three to ten days, depending on the condition of the patient and the insurance coverage. As a rule, after the detox, a patient is referred to continue treatment in an outpatient clinic or a residential rehab.

Outpatient—an outpatient ambulatory clinic. The course of treatment takes from six months to two years.