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Dangers of Leaving
Against Medical Advice

What is Leaving Against Medical/Clinical Advice?

The opioid epidemic has done nothing but plague families with sorrow and loss. More than 52,000 people will die from overdoses this year and opioids account for over 33,000 of those deaths per year. In our pursuit to providing quality treatment to combat this epidemic, we also put lives in danger when they leave our care before they complete their treatment plan.

Leaving Against Medical Advice (AMA) during a treatment episode comes with great risks, while completing your treatment program to the satisfaction of our trained medical doctors and Clinical Professionals comes with great benefits.

Learning AMA brings risks to patients and loved ones. Learning to control cravings is one of the most challenging parts about being in treatment and having loved ones watch their recovering addict struggle is part of the journey.

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People leaving treatment AMA are 10 times more likely to relapse within 30 days.

Risks of Leaving Against Medical Advice (AMA)

Injury/Death: Relapsing addicts have a greatly increased chance of traumatic injury/ death by falling, head wound, drowning incidents, and/or motor vehicle crashes. Among people ages 15-49 alcohol and substance abuse is the leading risk factor for permanent injury/ disfigurement and/or premature death.

Over 15,000 Americans per day end up in the ER owing to alcohol and substance abuse related accidents. Withdrawal can be fatal when not overseen by medical professionals. Substance abuse over time causes increasingly severe damage to all organs of the body.

Loneliness/ Isolation: Substance abuse over time causes increasingly severe damage to all social relationships, especially loving ones. Stop hurting yourself and those who love you. Fully commit to your treatment plan today, don’t give up.

Emotional/ Financial Instability: Continued alcohol and substance abuse progressively destabilize emotional and financial stability with each passing day of active abuse.

Incarceration: Nearly 50% of the over 5 million currently incarcerated Americans were intoxicated at the time of their arrest.

What Are Some Common Reasons that an Patient Decides to Leave Against Medical Advice?

Cancers: Alcohol misuse and substance abuse significantly increases the risk of cancers of the mouth, esophagus, pharynx, larynx, lungs, liver, stomach, colon, kidneys, pancreas, and breast.

Infection: When people relapse they are more likely to get severe infections that can cause heart, liver, or kidney failure. Chronic drug abusers are more susceptible to bacterial-resistant infections, such as MRSA and Flesh-Eating Bacteria.

Overdose: More than 200,000 emergency-room-treated overdoses will occur this year. Other illicit drugs account for over 19,000 of those deaths per year. 100,000 Americans die from Alcohol Related Causes per year. 95 Americans die each day from opioid overdose. 125 Americans die each day from opioid and other forms of drug overdoses combined.

Another 275 Americans die each day from alcohol-related causes. For a grand total of approximately 400 Americans dying each day from intoxicant-abuse-related causes. Don’t be one of tomorrow’s 400. Recommit to your treatment program today.

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Benefits of Your Loved One Remaining in Treatment

Watching your loved one struggle with their addiction is an emotional rollercoaster. Torn between the love for your recovering addict and sticking by your boundaries can cause stress and anxiety. There are plenty of reasons why your loved one should remain in treatment. The most important reason is the medical supervision of their withdrawal process.

Access to medication that could improve abstinence and sobriety, infection, pain, blood pressure, etc. as indicated for treatment of depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, or bipolar disorder.

Behavioral therapies can help people improve communication skills, relationship skills, parenting skills, and vocational skills, as well as family dynamics, thereby helping to restore the addicted individual to productive membership in the family and society.

During active addiction, a concern for one’s health and safety can be replaced with drug seeking behaviors. These behaviors can jeopardize and endanger their life or well-being. In treatment, your loved one has access to medical testing equipment.

Radiological Imaging : Such as: CAT scan, X-rays, Ultrasound (sonogram), SPECT Scan, Fibroscan.

Laboratory Testing: for monitoring of health, wellness, and sober-living progress.

Safety: Separation from active intoxicant users, abusers, and dealers.

Stabilization: Bio-chemical rebalancing enabling sane and sober decision-making requires months to obtain.

Learning the Tools for Long-Lasting Sobriety

Clinical Counseling: Cognitive behavioral therapy for treatment of depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Bipolar, disorder, etc. Group therapy for treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders. Group therapy provides an indispensable, intense, and unique context for the learning and practicing new tools, insights, and behaviors.

Individual therapy aimed at uncovering the emotional dynamics and history that led to the development of substance abuse, and will lead to the continuation of substance­abuse if not addressed. Family-centered therapy aimed at uncovering dysfunctional dynamics and perceptions that may have been the foundation for the initial. development of substance-abuse, and will lead to continuation of substance-abuse if not addressed.

Education: The learning and practicing of the new patterns of thought, coping behaviors, and life skills that enable a satisfying sober life requires months of treatment. The development and implementation of tools and strategies for identifying triggers, managing urges, and letting them pass. The development of new peer groups, recreational activities, hobbies, and positive distractions.

Practice: An intensive therapeutic atmosphere compels the practice, exercise, and honing of learned tools and coping-strategies within a drug-free, temptation-free, environment.

Rewards: Interval of abstinence and learning in a controlled environment free of easily obtainable intoxicants and temptations enables the addicted individual to begin experiencing the psychological, social, and familial rewards associated with abstinence. Realizing these rewards takes time, patience, enhanced impulse control, and thus months of treatment.

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