Opioid medications like codeine are at the crux of America’s opioid epidemic. While the drugs are often prescribed to manage pain, if a person bypasses their doctor’s instructions for codeine use, they can suffer devastating results. Over the last several decades, opioid abuse and addiction have skyrocketed around the country as users attempt to achieve the euphoric effects of the drugs. Overcoming codeine addiction requires medical treatment. It is important that you find the right rehab program — one that will meet your recovery needs. Take time to explore each potential facility’s unique drug rehab process, and determine what each program could offer your family.

Codeine Addiction Treatment and Therapy

If you are wondering what to expect during a rehab program, consult a treatment professional, who can help lend clarity. An expert can also help you figure out how to effectively manage codeine withdrawal symptoms, making the first stages of recovery much more comfortable for you. Every person struggling with a codeine addiction is different, and so it’s important to understand the options that exist.

In general, treatment professionals recommend three options for prescription drug rehabilitation. Each option has its own unique advantages. The most common options include:

  • Inpatient (or residential) rehab
  • Outpatient rehab
  • Individualized group therapy

Inpatient Rehab for Codeine Addiction

Typically the most intensive — and most expensive — form of rehab, residential inpatient treatment requires a recovering addict to live at a facility for a particular (often predetermined) time period. This duration can vary depending on individual needs, progress, and rehab insurance coverage.

The major strength of inpatient rehab is the round-the-clock care provided by addiction experts at the facility. This careful professional monitoring can be especially useful during the drug detox process, as you battle through uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms at the start of your stay.

Outpatient Rehab for Codeine Abusers

Outpatient treatment allows you to balance life in your everyday home, work, or school surroundings while you are in recovery. For example, you may get home from work and then travel to the facility to attend therapy sessions. No matter how many hours you are on campus, you are allowed to return home afterwards. 

This lower level of accountability is best for patients who are dealing with a less severe codeine addiction and are in everyday environments that do not hinder recovery. (For example, if you work as a bartender and are suffering from alcohol addiction, it is probably not a good idea for you to continue to go to work every day.)

Individualized Group Therapy for Codeine Addiction

Though there are some advantages of group therapy over individual therapy, you can get the best of both worlds. Some therapy groups focus on a particular drug or set of co-occurring disorders. In many cases, it may be beneficial for a recovering addict to find healing in the company of other people who are in recovery from the same substance. Typically used an add-on to an inpatient or outpatient program, group therapy allows you to address your addiction with a supportive group of people who are also familiar with the problem.

Integrated Co-occurring Disorders Treatment

For some opioid addicts, addiction coincides with a mental health disorder like depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder. In these instances, the effects of addiction and the mental disorder exacerbate each other. Without a proper diagnosis, co-occurring mental disorders can complicate substance abuse rehab.

If you have a comorbid mental health issue, your medical professional may recommend that you choose an integrated treatment plan. This method of dual diagnosis treatment addresses all of your disorders in tandem, rather than cherry-picking and treating them one at a time. 

One of the most highly regarded integrated treatment methods is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This therapy helps you identify the negative thought patterns that feed both your addiction and mental disorder. Over time, as you advance through recovery, these negative thought patterns give way to healthier ones.

Codeine Addiction Relapse Prevention

As is the case in other instances of opioid addiction, an addiction to codeine can be so compelling that a person relapses after a period of sobriety. During addiction rehab, treatment professionals can help establish a relapse prevention plan aimed to deter cravings and teach sober living skills. As you make your way through your recovery program, your treatment team will develop an individualized aftercare plan. 

They will build a home support network for you to lean on after you leave the supervision and accountability of the facility. This network may include a medical doctor, a therapist, regular group therapy meetings, and more. A quality aftercare plan will provide strategies for sober living, transitioning back to school or work seamlessly, and identifying addiction triggers.

Paying for Codeine Addiction Treatment

At The Recovery Village, paying for codeine addiction treatment is individualized for each patient. Everyone has a unique context for addiction and thus, unique treatment needs That is why our staff works with you and your family to determine the best option for covering treatment costs.

Does Insurance Cover Treatment?

Since the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act, all Marketplace insurance plans have been mandated to provide some level of insurance coverage for addiction treatment. With due diligence, make sure to explore your Marketplace insurance plan to understand its provisions for addiction rehab. Our staff at The Recovery Village is also available to walk you through your individual insurance plan provisions.

Alternative Payment Options for Codeine Addiction

For those without health insurance, our staff will work with you to find another way to cover your rehab costs. Alternatives include payment plans, altered rates, and more. In some cases, bank loans may be available to you.

Get Help Now for Codeine Addiction

At The Recovery Village, we understand that recovery from codeine addiction is nuanced — we will work with you to find the right avenue to bring you back to health. While this disease is strong, the support and care from your recovery team, friends, and loved ones can help as you enter opiate addiction rehabilitation. Reach out to talk to an addiction counselor today.


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