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Hi Sherrie, Sorry I didn't get back to you earlier. I had a great experience which did not start out that way. I was a 40-80 mg a day user of oxy/hydro for cycles of 10 years. I had had enough at the end of 2009 so I checked into a very wellknown, posh rehab center in my area on Christmas Eve. Within hours of being there I knew deep down it wasn't going to be right for me. I think because of the Holidays and limited programs running, the timing was all off. So I checked out 5 hours later. So I went home and decided on other alternatives.

This lead me to the detox program at my local hospital three days later. It was a lifesaver for me. It was very low key, less restrictive, smaller, and compassionate. It was not lockdown and it offered alot more freedoms than the chic rehab I went to first. I liked this because I can not stand to be confined and I was there because I wanted to be so I was going to make the program work. I was put on suboxone and we tapered it down the 5 days I was there. I was very lucky because I never had to take a huge amount of it to get relief. I started at 6mgs and went down fast. I was given ambien at night to help with sleep and benzo withdrawal. Benzos were not my problem but I was scared I had become physically dependent on them after 5 months of very low dosage for anxiety and stress.

I was there with 4 other people, who were alcoholics. We had group sessions during the day and one on one meetings. We then went back to our rooms at night which were mixed with regular patients. I could watch TV in bed, walk around the halls. You could easily sneak outside if you wanted as it was not monitored. My father brought me my laptop and cell the next day. You were not supposed to have them but again, there was no monitoring so no one would know. In fact, the rooms came with internet and a keyboard in your drawer anyway!

I benefitted so much from this environment. The staff was excellent and caring and I really thought of it as a break as I was starting to verge on a mental breakdown from my additction and thoughts of worthlessness. I felt completely safe there and I actually liked being there.

So it really depends what you are looking for. This environment fit me perfectly. You will be kept comfortable and the suboxone is a wonder drug and takes away the withdrawals while giving you the confidence and clarity to start your recovery program.

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