I can't help but wonder why they make it so darn hard for people to get into detox. I don't know what its like for people in other cities, but where I live its not that easy to get help when you want and need it. I personally have waited weeks for an open bed and only got it because I was high priority. I have seen too many people who don't make it in when they need to, slip into deeper and deeper despair and addiction, some of them not ever making it out because it finally became too late for them. And others who just gave up trying to get in because it was easier to just keep using drugs. I think it is a very sad situation when it is easier to get drugs than it is to get help. Where I live the first thing you have to do is phone the detox yourself and then go to the drug and then go to the walk in mental health and addiction clinic so that they can refer you to it. Now I don't know about anyone else, but when you are sick and withdrawing the last thing you want to be told is that you have to get yourself to an office to get a referral. I mean do you really need someone to tell you if you are addicted enough to need detox or not? Shouldn't the fact that you feel you need detox be enough? After you are referred you are told that you need to phone the detox every day to see if there is a bed available. Again, some people don't have ready access to a phone so they have to get themselves to one. And before you say well, they'd have to do that to get their drugs, not necessarily. Some dealers are ghoulish enough to deliver the needed drugs right to the person on a regualr basis without being called, just so long as the money is available. So what does an addict do? They continue with their addiction finding the stumbling blocks to get help too much for them. And lets face it, if it is easier to keep using than get help, why wouldn't you? I read once that the window in which to reach someone who is asking for help can be as small as 10 minutes. That means for ten minutes that person is willing to go and get help if help is readily available. Now that is an extreme, but for the most part if you can keep an addict ready and willing to go into recovery for more than a day you are a darn good outreach worker. What have your experiences been like getting into detox?