In Understanding Unwilling Drug Addiction Part 1 we discussed a number of ways that people can become addicted to drugs against their will. This can happen to elderly people who regularly take medications, to people who are under chronic pain management programs, and to unfortunates who are held hostage in the sex slave industry via use of powerful drugs like heroin and cocaine. In this installment of the series we’ll examine this issue in further detail, including a look at drug addiction treatment programs that can help even the most desperate addict.
One surprising way that people develop drug problems or addictions is when they are forced to use substances against their will. This has happened in the case of kidnappings, military operations, sexual assaults, cases of coercion, and purportedly as part of mind-control and erasure efforts. In fact, these types of occurrences aren’t as rare as they might seem, as evidenced by this 2010 article by Matt Donnelly;
“The gunman forced London to drive to various locations throughout the city, purchase alcohol and use illicit drugs,” police said in the statement. The illicit substance was “dope,” crack cocaine or amphetamines, reports Radar Online. The act is particularly egregious considering that London is a recovering drug addict.” (1)
In this case the victim was an actor who had allowed two men to help him change a tire on his car. They then not only put his life in danger, they put his recovery in danger, as Jeremy London had been clean since completing a drug rehab program in 2009. However, his case is not unique.
But even when rescued or released from these desperate situations, it’s not the end of the journey for people who have been unwillingly subjected to drug addiction. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for people who have been forced to use drugs to quit on their own. In the case of violent force, emotional disorders can result that exacerbate addiction problems that can continue long after the threat has been resolved.
For the elderly and other long term medical patients, understanding the addictive process might help, but it doesn’t prevent it from happening. Having this awareness can help doctors and patients prepare for the inevitable, and immediately launch a treatment plan once the need for medication has been resolved.
Depending on the particular circumstances surrounding an unwilling drug abuse or addiction situation, there are several options available to provide immediate assistance after all medical emergencies have been addressed:
Detox is usually a medical facility where the uncomfortable symptoms caused by Acute Withdrawal Syndrome can be managed, and the patient can be prepared for long term addiction treatment.
Day/Night Treatment isn’t widely offered, but allows patients to attend intensive therapies during the day, and then go home in the evenings. This is the least-structured type of treatment available.
During outpatient treatment, people suffering from addiction attend therapy during the day and generally live in clean and sober housing in the evenings.
The most intensive type of treatment, inpatient programs are those where patients both live and receive treatment in the same place.
Regardless of the particular type of treatment attended, people who have been unwillingly subjected to drug use and addiction will take part in evidence-based therapies that have demonstrated success for many other recovering addicts. Most programs are between 30 and 90 days in duration and are based upon an individually-developed treatment program.
Regardless of how the problem occurred, if you’re addicted to drugs you need to get help right now. Call the number at the top of your screen for an immediate confidential consultation that can help you break the cycle of addiction forever. We can help you find the freedom you’re seeking, but we can’t do anything if you don’t call.
(1) Donnelly, Matt Report: Actor Jeremy London kidnapped, forced to use drugs at gunpoint 06/17/2010 Ministry of Gossip