Hi, Thanks for your response. I am sorry to hear about your children's condition. It sounds like your 20 year-old and 24 year-old have drug problems. Perhaps, they may also have mood disorder like depression, anxiety
disorder. It is very common for people with drug and alcohol problems to have mood disorder.
So, your children need to continue treatment to avoid relapse; they may need to work with a drug counselor, a psychological counselor, and his primary care doctor or psychiatrist. Perhaps, drug treatment is a priority for them. They need to start working with their primary care physician and a drug counselor in outpatient or inpatient settings. If they are resistant to ongoing treatment, you may take them to a family counselor or a social worker with you to discuss your concerns and seek help from a professional counselor. They may see a family counselor if you are present.
If they still use drugs, they can work with their primary care physician to detox in a safe manner. A primary care doctor will help them to detox drugs they are using. After that, they may start seeing a drug counselor and/or a psychological counselor (psychotherapist).
If they have health insurance, you or they can call the insurance carrier and find a list of drug counselors and psychotherapists in your area.
They may see their counselor WEEKLY to express/process their feelings and thoughts, get advice and support, and discuss coping for stress
to avoid relapse.
You may find a therapist on the Psychology Today website. Go to (http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_results.php) and type your area. Or they may need a more comprehensive outpatient detox program in your area since people with drug problems tend to have clinical depression as well. You may find a facility on the Psychology Today website. Go to (http://treatment.psychologytoday.com/facilities) and review a list of drug treatment facilities in your area.
If they need low cost treatment, you or they may call The United Way toll free # XXXXX to find the drug treatment and/or community mental health centers in your area. They can get drug counseling and mental health counseling without health insurance.
Or you can check out HRSA (U.S.department of Health and Human services)(Website - http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC_byAddr.aspx)Federally-funded health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. Health centers provide health, mental health and substance abuse
treatment. Type in your address and click the 'Find Health Centers' button to find health centers near you.
In addition, they will benefit from attending a support group for adults with drug addiction like NA. Free social support recovery groups are available in nearly every community and can used as a supplement to a more comprehensive outpatient treatment. If you like to find a support group for them, check Mental Health America website section (http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/find_support_group) - Find a group in your area.
If your son is in crisis now, seek help immediately. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24 hour crisis center or dial 911 for immediate assistance. I hope they continue treatment and get ongoing support from a counselor and their doctor to avoid relapse.
Please let me know if you have more questions or I have overlooked any. P.S. Please remember to click the green accept button. Feel free to continue the discussion even after you press the accept button; my goal is to get you the best answers possible. Warm regards,