You may not know what type of opiate rehab program will be best suited to you and with all of the options available, finding the right opiate rehab may become a little confusing.
Whatever opiate rehab program you choose, remember, the ultimate goal is to be able to achieve lasting sobriety and the following tips may help:
Finding the Right Treatment Setting
Opiate rehab programs are provided in many different settings including inpatient, outpatient, residential, clinics, and physician’s offices. Depending on your levels of addiction, the amount of supervision or help that you need, and any barriers that may limit these options, it is important to find a setting where you can fully commit your efforts to recovery.
Inpatient vs. Outpatient
Inpatient opiate rehabs provide 24 hour a day care for durations of 28 days to several months. For those with a history of chronic opiate use and relapses these opiate rehabs provide a higher level of intensity in their programs to promote a greater degree of recovery success.
Outpatient opiate rehab may be a preferable option for those who have obligations to work, family, or school preventing them from participating in an inpatient or residential opiate rehab. But, they also allow a greater amount of flexibility in the monitoring of the addict which allows them access to outside environmental pressures and the possibilities of relapse.
Medication Assisted Therapies
Medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone are highly regarded for opiate rehab treatments when combined with other therapeutic interventions and services. These programs are regulated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) and can be provided by professionals qualified to dispense the medications to treat opioid addictions.
OTPs are easier to find because these programs can now be administered by clinics, physicians, and facilities with varying approaches and fewer limitations than the traditional methadone clinics.
There is no treatment approach that is better or more effective than the others, although what a person likes or dislikes can be a major factor in determining treatment engagement and retention outcomes.
Some programs may be more clinical than others that offer a spiritual, holistic, or alternative approach and it is important to find a program where you will feel comfortable in order to be able to invest the best of yourself in recovery plans.
Location may not be as important if you are attending an inpatient program, but, it can make all the difference if you are in a maintenance or outpatient program. Travel times and costs can limit your progress if you are unable to keep appointments and other scheduled plans.
Involving family and loved ones in recovery is encouraged and having a positive network of those who support your efforts closer to you can speed your recovery and enable you to immediately put your discoveries in practice.