My son who is 22 and has been a IV Roxy (blues) user for 2 years, was up to 15 pills a day, and now has reduced it to 1 pill a day, for the last month. He is experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms vomiting, diarrhea, cold/hot sweets, body aches, sleeplessness, etc. He claims he wants to quit completely, and says that he can do it on his own, but has been unable to do so. He refuses to go to an in-patient clinic or program. He supports his addiction by selling pills, I let him stay in my home (along with his 5 dogs, who he says are his family) as long as he is making progress on his addiction, he pays no rent, despite many promises to do so, and has not worked for over two years. All his other family, friends and girl friend have turned their backs on him, I am his last hope before the streets, he has sold/pawned almost everything he has, to support his addiction, including recently, his car. His drivers license has been suspended for non payment of fines (about $800), and he has recently gotten two driving with suspended tickets, which he refused to appear on, so he now has two warrants out for his arrest, (which each has a $700 fine). His days now consist of smoking pot, sitting around watching TV and supporting his addiction. He barely takes care of his dogs. He won't go into inpatient because he believes he will lose his dogs (he will likely lose a few of them) and he does not want to quit smoking pot. He has recently applied for a few jobs, and has interviews set up for later this month, but I am not sure he can hold down a job in his current condition. He has no money left, so he will probably start stealing to support his addiction as he has almost hit rock bottom. I have very limited income, as I am on Social Security Disability and have no assets, except an old car. He still has coverage on his mother's insurance until the first of the year for medical, drug plan, including in-patient treatment (which he refuses to go to). He has no medical doctor but three months ago he went to a psychiatrist (who he has not told about his addiction) and got a prescription for Clonazepam 2MG twice a day, to help with the withdrawals, but he snorts 4 a day, usually in the morning, then he has none for the rest of the month. He also snorts xanax when ever he can get some to help with the withdrawals. While we still have open communication about his addiction, he has recently, within last week become hostile and non-communicative, which has me worried. He went on the Methadone program, and quit after three months because he said they had no program in place that would get him off the Methadone, he started at 150 and was reduced it to 110 in four months, but he said he was still getting cravings, so he quit. He now says that he would go back to the Methadone program but lacks the $380 per month the program costs.
I need ASAP, suggestions on what my son's options are for getting clean and staying clean, any suggestions in the areas of organizations/sources who would pay for the Methadone clinic, for cold turkey-self help, for out-patient options, and for convincing him to do in-patient or any other suggestions, that you believe may help. I thank you for reading my post and I wish you well in your endeavors and I hope that you have a wonderful day! :)