Could a detox facility similar to Ashton's be created today? « on: May 04, 2017, 02:13:04 pm »
It’s been a while since I’ve read the Ashton Manual, so I’m not sure if it included any historical portions in there such as when the facility started and ended. But with the failure that is the modern day psychiatric hospitals and detox centers where you only get about 14 to 30 days before you are discharged (and usually in worse shape than when you came in), you would have to think there is room to have a longer term facility similar to Ashton’s that could be recreated today. I would gladly turn myself over to such a facility to live there indefinitely since I’m out of ideas on how to stabilize myself and already on disability. How much time money do you think a facility like that would take to create? What do you think would be the best location for such a facility? Do you think that it would be possible to use crowdfunding to get something like this created?
Re: Could a detox facility similar to Ashton's be created today? « Reply #1 on: May 04, 2017, 03:36:33 pm »
I think that prof Ashton treated most people outpatient. Anyway, it would be possible if there were enough funding ! I’m not sure why it doesn’t exist, it wouldn’t be that expensive nor would the costs of certain academic research be that prohibitive.
Money, money, money … who’s gonna pay ? A few 100,000 USD or a few millions would go a long way I think. Any rich members who want to contribute ?
Re: Could a detox facility similar to Ashton's be created today? « Reply #2 on: May 04, 2017, 04:15:05 pm »
I would but I’m dead broke.
Re: Could a detox facility similar to Ashton's be created today? « Reply #3 on: May 04, 2017, 04:19:52 pm »
Professor Ashton only ran an out-patient clinic on the NHS here in the UK. Sadly it was closed down many years ago.
There has been no such facility since then.
Re: Could a detox facility similar to Ashton's be created today? « Reply #4 on: May 04, 2017, 04:41:56 pm »
I’ve thought about buying some property in the Caribbean and starting a benzo recovery retreat. The idea being, a place where one could go during or after your taper, stay for as long as needed (e.g. weeks, months), offering relaxing therapies (e.g. yoga, meditation) and healthy living (organic food, exercise) in a tranquil setting. A place to heal from benzos or other psych drugs. Cost would be comparable to a staying at a modest resort, which is to say not cheap but much less than the outrageous amounts charged by “detox” facilities which don’t really do anything for you except suddenly yank you off drugs which is not the best approach for benzos anyway. I think it’d take a few hundred thousand dollars to start such a facility. I’m not rich but it’d be do-able if I wanted to gamble a chunk of my retirement savings on the idea. Do you think this is a good idea? Would anyone come to such a facility?
I don’t think one could do it in the U.S. due to regulations and the high cost of any kind of health care here.