It's now been 3 months- he's been in rehab, both inpatient and outpatient, going to Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and taking time away from school. We've been seeing each other often, I've stayed with him and he's met my college friends; the trickiest part is the boundaries we have to place, hoping to avoid any potential relapse.
Unfortunately, we witnessed firsthand Kuiper's findings- disregarding clinical orders in the heat of the moment we had sex, and for 2 days Vinny could think of nothing, but getting high and ultimately, he did. Partaking in the behaviors he had during drug use triggers him, he avoids locations, people and even songs. I never know how to help him or if there's even anyway I could. Drug addiction changes even the smallest thing in your life and we're still learning how to deal with it.
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"12 Step Rehab Program In Florida For Substance Abuse." JourneyPure 12 Keys, www.12keysrehab.com/our-programs/12-step-rehab-program/.