First, let me say that this is no easy thing for a parent. You did the right thing to take him in to be evaluated and subsequently to be treated. So, kudos to you. It is also easy to miss things right under our noses at home when things distract you on the outside...but upon discovering this, again...you did the right thing. Substance treatment often has both an inpatient component (detox) and an outpatient component (counseling, which is often done in group). As his being an adolescent, family therapy may also be recommended...because things often do not occur in a vaccuum. The inpatient component or detox length of stay depends upon the person and how minimal or severe withdrawal symptoms may present. Each person is different. Due to the nature of substances you mention, he most likely will be monitored for both benzo and opiate withdrawal symptoms and treated appropriately. He is in good hands and is in the right place to be monitored for this. Opiate withdrawal is rarely ever fatal but is usually more uncomfortable than benzo withdrawal. Benzo withdrawal can be more harmful (even fatal) however, which requires close ongoing monitoring by trained professionals. Regardless of which type of withdrawal he may present, they will have the appropriate medications to intervene with to prevent any complications and to assist in his level of comfort....rest assured. Detox from substances should never be tried at home. So, bringing him in was the best thing right off the bat. However, looking at the big picture, detox is the easy part. The harder part is outpatient...he needs to keep going to groups and to not minimize the use for it. Denial and minimizing are one big factor for relapse. Do not fall for it. As a parent, you will need to be strong and you may need to become more knowledgeable regarding triggers and causes of relapse....that means education on your part to better assist him. As a teen, his peers may be a big part of his using. Some structure and expectations/ground rules may need to be set in place by you as well that are not
negotiable by him. He is the child and he uses...he has to regain your trust and demonstrate this....not by words, but by his actions. The proof is in the pudding, sort of speak. Again, detox is easy in the scope of things....staying clean, especially as a teenager, presents more of the challenge. He may also be recommended to start attending AA or NA meetings....along with his other groups and may be recommended to follow with this after his regular groups. They may also recommend Alanon for the family in order for you and significant others to learn more about "addiction in a family member" and "how to handle it" via education and support. I suggest heeding their advice if they do recommend this. His using will not just stop overnight. It began as a process....and it will end in a process....a process that entails work and vigilance on his and your part. Honesty is paramount in all of this.
I am glad you are not seeking medical advice, for asking for such would close this thread down fast. However, seeking some comfort in coming to know what to expect as a parent and to obtain some support is something to be honored and commended. Because, believe it or not, there are many families out there that do not or will not take the extra step for their teen. I am glad to see that your son will not be one of those tragedies.
I am sorry to hear that things are what they are currently in your home.
And I certainly wish the best for your son, for you, and for the rest of your family concerning this. Again, without asking for medical advice, please keep us posted in his progress.
With much sincerity,