We understand the hopes and disappointments of a drug user’s family and friends. Drug and alcohol addictions take a severe toll and can take over every part of an addict’s life. Addiction can devastate the body, and leave the user helpless against the overpowering cravings. Addictions expose the user to disease, injury, and criminal entanglements, and they also take a heavy toll on family and friends. For Idaho families, we are standing by to help find a lasting solution.
The Idaho government offers referrals and assistance for residents that seek help. Referrals go to state approved programs for detoxification and therapy. It is important that the addict get the best chance of success. The best chance requires a broad range of programs and resources to find the best match for the addict’s life situation. The range of options may include out of state programs particularly when the experts recommend a change in location as helpful or necessary for treatment and recovery.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare proposed revised regulations that set out standards for state-approved programs. We understand the value of strong program standards. We agree that every person has rights; programs must treat each person with dignity and respect for their limits. We also follow the requirement that every treatment must begin with an individual assessment. Our standards are very clear that the assessment must involve more than the addiction; successful treatment must address the whole person and consider every part of the life situation.
Long-term sobriety is the goal of effective treatment programs. When a drug user decides to commit to sobriety and to reform his or her life, it is important that resources are available and are matched to the needs. We understand the difficulty of watching a loved one fall deeper into drug addiction. We are ready to help find solutions.