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Exalgo is a prescription, brand-name, controlled-release version of the opioid pain reliever hydromorphone. Exalgo is intended to treat around-the-clock, severe, ongoing pain in people who already have an opioid tolerance. It’s a powerful pain reliever, and the medication is delivered in a steady stream into the system of the patient. Exalgo was created to reduce the potential for misuse. For example, it’s difficult to crush or break the tablets to get the full concentration of the drug all at one time. Even with these protective measures in place, Exalgo misuse and addiction are still possible. When someone misuses any opioid, there is a high risk of addiction. The treatment options for Exalgo addiction symptoms can range from a medical detox during withdrawal to inpatient and outpatient rehab. There are medications available for opioid addiction treatment as well. When medications are used in combination with other forms of addiction treatment, it’s called medication-assisted treatment or MAT.
Opioids cause not only psychological addiction but physical dependence as well. With something as potent as Exalgo, dependence can occur quickly. The brain and body are dependent on the effects of Exalgo. If someone stops using Exalgo suddenly, they will likely experience withdrawal symptoms. Opioid withdrawal symptoms aren’t typically life-threatening, but they can be extremely uncomfortable mentally and physically. An Exalgo medical detox provides medical and mental health monitoring, treatment and, if necessary, medications. For someone to begin actual addiction treatment for opioid addiction, they have to go through detox successfully. Medical detox can reduce the likelihood of a recurrence of use and increase the chance the person will be able to begin rehab.
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Addiction is considered a treatable disease. When someone is in recovery, it’s considered remission of the disease. For remission or recovery to become a possibility, a person has to participate in the right rehabilitation program. An effective, evidence-based Exalgo rehab program should help the participant not only stop using opioids but should also help the person understand the factors contributing to and stemming from their addiction. When someone completes an Exalgo rehabilitation program, they should feel prepared to go back into their daily life productively. Along with a medical detox, an Exalgo rehabilitation programs can include different types of therapies, certain medications either for the opioid dependence or underlying mental health conditions, and supplemental and vocational therapies and treatments.
An inpatient Exalgo rehab program can vary in duration, and specific approach, but any inpatient program requires participants live onsite for a certain period of time. An inpatient Exalgo rehab provides a high level of support and supervision, which can be beneficial for some people. Exalgo inpatient rehab may begin with a detox period and then therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy or group therapy. Inpatient rehab can include life skills training as well. Other elements of an inpatient Exalgo rehab program can include:
- Participants in inpatient rehab have to leave their jobs, home and families during the treatment period
- Treatment is intensive and the time spent in inpatient rehab is highly structured
- Treatment addresses not just addiction, but also co-occurring mental and physical health conditions
- Patients will undergo in-depth psychiatric and medical screenings
- Staff members should be certified and licensed in their specialties
- The patient’s progress is monitored
Many inpatient programs will then include planning for once the participant leaves the facility. For example, after inpatient Exalgo rehab, a participant might begin an outpatient treatment program or live in a sober house. Then, there is aftercare planning for what would happen once the individual fully completes treatment and returns to their daily life, such as participation in a 12-step program.
Outpatient Exalgo rehab doesn’t require participants live in a facility nor that they leave their homes or daily lives. Outpatient Exalgo rehab usually includes sessions held each week, which can happen on an individual basis or in group therapy. Certain medications may also be used in conjunction with outpatient Exalgo rehab. Medications approved to help treat opioid addiction and dependence can include buprenorphine and methadone. There’s also naltrexone and naloxone. All of these drugs can help reduce or prevent withdrawal symptoms and can be part of a medication-assisted treatment program.
When choosing an Exalgo rehab center, there are so many options that it can feel overwhelming. First, it’s important to think about the severity of addiction. Not all addictions are the same, and they can be classified as mild, moderate or severe. For someone with more than a mild addiction or substance use disorder, a more intensive and supervised inpatient program may be the best choice. If someone has a mild substance use disorder, they may be successful with outpatient treatment. Other considerations when choosing an Exalgo rehab center include whether a medical detox is part of the program and if other treatment options have already been tried. Admissions criteria and insurance that’s accepted can be part of making a decision on an Exalgo rehab center too.
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