Real Stories, Real Recoveries
By: Dr. Alan Gordon, Medical Chief, Alcohol & Drug Addictions, Butler Hospital
After using multiple substances for multiple years, an actor chose to seek help at Butler Hospital’s Ambulatory Detoxification Clinic for his polysubstance abuse. He first began abusing Adderall in college more than a decade ago and since college, he had used various substances including marijuana, cocaine, mushrooms and large quantities of alcohol. The long-term abuse of these substances was having detrimental effects on his overall health and he had recently been reprimanded at work for his behavior related to his substance use disorder. In the Outpatient Detox Program, clinicians took a multipronged approach to treatment, utilizing Antabuse medication along with scheduled one-on-one counseling sessions and peer meetings. Through the program he was free from all substances within about a week. He soon made great progress in his acting profession and saw improvements in his overall health. Eight months later he relapsed, not an uncommon occurrence with substance use disorder. Returning quickly to the Outpatient Detox Program, he also committed to attending weekly support group meetings and connected with a mentor. He’s doing well and maintaining his sobriety once again.
This excerpt is based on real life circumstances and events, but personal details have been altered to protect patient privacy.
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