ZANESVILLE – Twice, Monica Batteiger attempted to detox her son at home when she discovered that he was addicted to Percocet.
Twice, she failed.
Initially, she said, she was ignorant of the physical symptoms, and when she saw his legs shaking, she walked away and cried. The second time, she hid his keys and took a shower. He was gone when she got out. He had another, secret, set of car keys|secret|key.
Batteiger called the bank and transferred his money out of his account minutes before he arrived at the bank himself to withdraw cash for pills.
It was one battle won. Detox, though,|Detox can last up to a few weeks. And Batteiger could not provide the structure her son needed to get through one of the first important|first|major|important hurdles of sobriety|Batteiger couldn’t provide her son needed to undergo one of the first major|first|major|important hurdles of sobriety to the structure|the structure couldn’t be provided her son required to get through one of the first major|first|major|important hurdles of sobriety by Batteiger.
“I had to work,” she said. “I couldn’t sit on top of him.”
Her son, like most drug users in Muskingum County, had few choices in the region, though. Genesis Hospital can provide some resources and some therapy, but it does not yet|does have a detox center, and Batteiger said the hospital’s latest|hospital addiction services didn’t help her son|Genesis Hospital can provide some resources and some treatment, but it does not yet|does have a detox facility, and Batteiger said her son wasn’t helped by the hospital’s current|hospital addiction services|Genesis Hospital can provide some resources and some therapy, but it doesn’t yet|does have a detox center that is designated, and Batteiger said her son wasn’t helped by the hospital’s latest|hospital addiction services.
The next closest medical centers that provide detox programs are in Newark, Mount Vernon and Lancaster, according to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. And all those locations are roughly 45 minutes to an hour’s drive from Zanesville. For some individuals, even that is too|that much, or those programs are full, which leaves either the jail or toughing it out|toughing it out at home or either the jail.
“We can not get everybody into Mount Vernon,” Batteiger said.
And drug users are only booked into jail if they’re arrested. Plenty aren’t.
In the Zanesville City Jail, inmates going through or who are going to undergo detox have been started on a treatment program as soon as possible. The goal in most cases is to make the inmate feel better.
But there is not always much that can be accomplished. Medications can relieve some symptoms, but not all. And everyone’s detox experience|the detox experience of everyone differs. Some people sleep, some people can’t. Some folks shake, or scream, or scratch, or vomit, or have all of the above, or diarrhea.
The jail is limited, too. Booking cells are crowded, and the majority of inmates undergo withdrawal|The vast majority of inmates undergo withdrawal, and booking cells are crowded, said Michelle Duke|jail administrator, Michelle Duke.
“Yes, we need more detox (facilities),” stated Kristin Havas, jail nurse. “But we need more after-care. We need more inpatient rehabs.”
Genesis can, depending on conditions, acknowledge people going through detox as patients to the hospital or to Genesis Behavioral Health. Heath Williams said staff there can handle detox in many different ways|detox.
Doctors have access to medications and life-support and monitoring systems, he said. Treatment depends upon many factors, including the severity of the withdrawal and the medication in question|the drug in question and the severity of the withdrawal.
“Withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable or even dangerous, so people often require nursing supervision and drugs to alleviate discomfort and enhance security,” Williams said.
Genesis is working to put in a detox program to its providers, administrators said.
More detox programs can only be more beneficial to the community, Batteiger believes. If Genesis adds 10 beds for detox, those 10 beds will be filled.
Batteiger’s son is in healing and attending the POWER court program through Muskingum County Court. Batteiger herself is currently working|functioning, within the new Muskingum County Anti-Drug Coalition|Muskingum County Anti-Drug Coalition that is new, to deliver the program .
DART is a Drug Abuse Response Team began in Lucas County. The basic idea is teams of police officers, emergency crews and social workers follow-up on overdose victims|workers and supply treatment resources|teams of emergency crews, police officers and workers follow-up on victims|workers and provide treatment resources|teams of social workers follow-up, emergency crews and police officers on victims and supply treatment tools|supply treatment resources and teams of workers follow-up, emergency crews and police officers on overdose victims and support. Batteiger thinks that kind of program would operate in Muskingum County, if law enforcement can find a state grant to fund it|if law enforcement can get a state grant to fund it, that kind of program would operate in Muskingum County|if law enforcement can find a state grant to fund it that sort of program would work in Muskingum County.
This is exactly what people will need to think about, Batteiger said: What occurs after detox? What happens to recently|to clean|to drug users who haven’t yet|have learned how to maintain their sobriety? What happens to people like her son?
“If they return into the same atmosphere,” she said, “if they use, they are going to die.”
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