This tool is for anyone who answers inquiry calls for treatment of alcohol and drug addiction when the caller cannot afford treatment. Rather than providing “empty” referrals to county-funded programs (with waiting lists upwards of a month), and/or to 12-step programs (with little, if any, instruction on how to work such a program), this brief intervention provides enough information for people to actually get started in recovery, and offers quick drug addiction help. Once the usual referrals to county-funded programs and to 12-step meetings are provided, please provide the following additional information…
Instruct the caller to:
These are the additional instructions for the caller to write down:
Be sure to provide a detox warning: that discontinuing certain drugs including, but not limited to, alcohol, benzodiazapines, barbiturates, GHB, and some of the newer designer drugs can be fatal if not under the care of a physician. If they are considering discontinuing such drugs, they should present to an emergency room if withdrawal symptoms appear.
(Please distribute to all intake staff if you find this helpful – Download a printable version here.)