Opiate withdrawal treatment is a very frightening prospect, particularly if you are aware of what opiate withdrawal is like. You do not have to go it alone. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are a variety of treatment options available. All of these treatment options involve support in many forms.
Inpatient treatment is residential treatment. You stay inside the facility, receive a variety of treatments, and support while you are there. In inpatient treatment, you receive 24 hour care. Most inpatient treatment facilities have a counselor available, even at night, that you can talk to if they are needed. There are advantages and disadvantages to inpatient care.
- Advantages of inpatient care:
- 24 hour support
- Onsite counseling
- Isolation from your home environment
- A safe place to recover
- Medical care
- Disadvantages of inpatient care:
- You have to stay at the facility
- You need to take off work or school
- You are away from your family for the duration of the treatment
Inpatient treatment often works when other treatments fail, particularly during the hardest parts of withdrawal.
Outpatient treatment is nonresidential treatment. You attend counseling, medical appointments, and other treatments while staying in your home environment. You go to the treatment facility daily, weekly, or sometimes monthly. Like all treatments, there are advantages and disadvantages to outpatient treatment.
- Advantages of outpatient treatment:
- You are at home
- You can work or go to school while in treatment
- You can come and go as you please
- You can continue medication management and counseling as long as you like
- Disadvantages of outpatient treatment:
- You are near all of your triggers
- Treatment is not as private as inpatient treatment
- It is easier to relapse
Outpatient treatment is excellent for those who have obligations that they cannot leave to get sober.
Combination treatment is aptly named. It is a combination between inpatient and outpatient treatment. In combination treatment you stay in inpatient treatment until the worst of the withdrawal is over and while you detox. Then you move to other forms of counseling and therapy in an outpatient environment. Many forms of combination treatment include alternative therapies and eastern medicine if you choose it as an outpatient option.
Community Supported Treatment
Community supported treatment has many names and many different forms. Some of them are church rehabs while others are more structured. There are also 12 step programs with meetings and steps. Sober living facilities and long term sober residences are yet another option. Community supported treatment usually involves addicts helping other addicts and people helping each other.
Where to Find Each Treatment
You can find all of these treatments in the same place. All you have to do is call us at 800-429-5210 (Who Answers?). We can help you find the right treatment for your opiate addiction. You do not have to do it alone.