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Maintenance Treatments for Methadone in Rehab
Methadone is a prescription narcotic that is most often utilized for pain relief. Much like other prescription drugs, methadone is strongly addictive, and lethal when abused. Per some 2004 data from the APCC (Association for Poison Control Centers), over 4,000 phone calls regarding methadone were placed to poison control centers.
Additionally, methadone and other types of painkillers are very easily addictive. If you or somebody you love may have an issue with addiction or abuse of methadone, contact Detox of South Florida today to discover how we can assist you in your rehabilitation journey. There are many factors that need to be considered before selecting the strongest methadone rehabilitation facilities to meet your individual needs.
Inpatient Clinics vs Outpatient Clinics
Highly successful treatments for addiction to methadone consist of both outpatient and inpatient treatment options. Residential treatments are sometimes needed for more severe addictions, as the structured and cleaner environments provided for patients are stronger for recovery. Outpatient treatment options provide far more freedom and opportunities for those patients looking to socially participate, but also more opportunities for relapsing.
Is residential rehabilitation needed?
Residential rehabilitation facilities, such as the facilities offered at Detox of South Florida, assist addicts in overcoming their addictions. There is a strong distinction between addiction and abuse.
- Abuse occurs when the individuals deliberately misuse methadone or other painkillers.
- Addiction is the compulsion to abuse these prescription narcotics.
If you or someone you love may have a history of abuse or addiction, or have already attempted outpatient treatment without success, it is recommended to seek assistance at inpatient methadone painkiller rehab centers.
Dependence versus Tolerance
The development of a tolerance to substances, and cultivating a dependence on it are similar, but very different. Tolerance occurs naturally. The body’s responses to drugs lessen over repeated doses. This can be seen in caffeine, and in extreme cases alcohol. Dependence sets in when the human body craves the drug to properly function.
Drug dependence is not the same as addiction. While dependence is a physical need, addiction is psychological and physical.
Are methadone rehabilitation centers private?
All methadone rehab centers are required to keep medical history, records, treatment details, and personal data confidential, revealing only information to those approved by the patient before the start of treatment. Patients can add or remove people from the list with written approval. Sometimes, patients have a private room yet undergo observation, ensuring that no harmful effects occur from methadone withdrawal. Patients may also be assigned a roommate, depending on the facility.
How long do these inpatient methadone rehab programs last?
Full recovery from a methadone addiction cannot exist on a set timeline. It depends on co-occurring mental disorders and other factors that vary with the person. Methadone rehab programs at Detox of South Florida offer treatments lasting 30, 60 or 90 days. The more severe the addiction or extensive the abuse history, the longer the patient should consider.
Thirty-day treatment programs typically focus on detox alone. Sixty- and 90-day programs offer extensive psychotherapy treatment plans. For those who have unstable living situations, longer durations may be available to help the person rejoin society.
What Happens During Treatment
- In intake, the patient partakes in physical checkups and preliminary assessments, and enjoys an orientation to the treatment facility.
- In detox, the phases vary, depending on addiction severity and other withdrawal medications the patient has been taking.
- Addiction therapy consists of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), assisting the patient both mentally (to fight drug cravings) and group-wise (moral support and encouragement for others on the same journey).
- In specialized care, co-occurring mental disorders are worked on. Inpatient care to treat these mental disorders is often necessary because co-occurring conditions increase the likelihood of substance abuse.
- For aftercare, after the patient is released, psychiatrists, other doctors and facility staff members will follow up to ensure the patient is not relapsing.
Treatment Payment Options
Staying at inpatient methadone rehabilitation centers such as Detox of South Florida can cost people thousands and thousands of dollars. After all, treatment housing and related expenses are all covered. Some insurance programs cover treatment, though. Give us a call and see how we can assist you!
Should I stay or should I go now?
Choosing the right methadone rehab facility also depends on location. Your finances may not allow a lot of travel. Staying near home gives you access to a support network of family and friends, which can be a vital tool for recovery from any addiction.
What happens after I enter rehab?
You or your loved one should expect to have regular sessions and meetings scheduled after release from a methadone rehab center. Relapsing into addiction is a real risk, but support groups and counseling alleviate this risk due to the accountability they bring.
Are you or your loved one ready to take the next step?
Addiction is a physical and psychological disorder, but entering a methadone treatment center is a conscious decision. If you recognize that methadone abuse is causing a problem that you cannot stop on your own and you are ready to make the full commitment to recovery, you are ready for treatment.
Are you ready? Give Detox of South Florida a call or email today and get on the road to recovery.