I have been diagnosed with chronic back pain, degenerate disc disease and RA in my back and lower abdomen area. I am 41yrs old and do not wish to spend the rest of my life addicted to pain killers. Also, I dont have any insurance and money to pay for a rehab or detox center. so whats a person like me to do with nothing but a will to live free from drugs and alcohol here in Alabama
Dear BlackDog, welcome to the site. I grew up in Mobile and live in Daphne, Al. Not sure where you are, but you know Alabama has Medicaid, I know it is hard to get, but you can try. Other options include looking at large churches that might have low cost clinics/counseling services. If by some small miracle you are near me, in Fairhope, there is a clinic associated with the church on the eastn shore, they have a dr there on tues and we'd and they have a low cost counseling service and they are good, also victory healthcare is in Mobile. When someone has multiple dependencies, they need that counseling. I went to an outpatient recovery center, and we had alcoholics, opiate dependents, cocaine addicts, and others with multiple addictions. Suboxone is a great med to help you recover from the opiate dependency, it is an investment, but you would have little downtime and would only have to be in opiate withdrawal for 24 hours.
The counseling I took helped me get my life back together and move forward. Since you do have a condition that causes pain, subs may be good, methadone might also be good, it is k own more to treat pain. If you can get to an AA meeting or an NA meeting, other people identifying as addicts may know of more resources. Often if some entity does help pay for rx/medical treatment, it is kept kinda quiet, as so many people need it, but someone at see meetings may know where you can go for more help. It sounds like you are scared and paralyzed by that fear right now. Please know someone in Alabama wants to support you and help you if I can and I will add you to my Prayer list. Sunday nights sometimes are slow around here until it gets a bit later. Please hang on and I am sure someone else will answer. Patti
Blackdogg with the deg disk,ra, have you signed up for disability? You can do it on lin at ss.com call a lawyer you don't have too pay them if you don't wil and it comes out of what they have to pay you a small percentage. Id give it a try. Sorry not much help with the dependancies but i think youll get lots of help with that good luck
I would like to just add a little to Patti's answer. If you have no insurance than you are buying off the street apparently, & with alcohol, that can't be cheap! I am aware of what some of these drugs cost on the street. If you are really serious about getting addiction free your first step is AA for sure. Many of these people have been there & know where you can get help. Also some inpatient programs do go on a sliding scale basis. They do here in Illinois. There has to be one somewhere near you. Try calling around telling of your problems asking for help & see what you come up with.l It isn't always a matter of having the funds. You would be surprised at how many programs are available to you. If you continue in your current path, you will eventually end up in jail one day & not have a choice but to do a program of detox. It's going to be hard as I have a son with Spina Bifida that ended up finally having surgery to help, but it didn't.
He was addicted to pot, for pain & pleasure, & vicodin, but with these help programs has done quite well with his problems & was actually prescribed by his surgeon vicodin in rehab for his back! So it can be done, but you need to do some research on your own too. No one can quit for you & you need to be responsible for handling some of the getting there. We also have a sliding scale clinic in town. Now you may not have that right there where you are, but I just can't believe Alabama doesn't have some type of helpful program for people like yourself. Good luck & I wish you nothing but the best...
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