When Rehab Fails

Most people who want to get help with opioid use disorder don’t get advice from their doctors. So when they want to get clean they’re left trying to navigate a complicated and loosely regulated network of possibilities.

In the absence of any real structure for finding treatment options, people are left to their own devices to make what can possibly be a life-or-death decision.

Jean Holbrook is a psychiatric nurse who who has been trying to help her 31-year-old daughter Jennifer fight an opioid addiction for more than a decade. Jennifer has been through treatment dozens of times, but has always relapsed afterward. So for now, living at home is the best option– especially because of her three-year-old daughter.

“I’m not an angry person but this makes me outraged, you know, like why should I have to do this in my own house” Holbrook said. “But then it became like, look just do what works.”

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