Loperamide Treatment and Rehab Programs and Centers

Loperamide is the generic name of the common, over-the-counter medication Imodium. Loperamide is used to treat diarrhea and when someone uses loperamide as directed, it slows the movement of the intestine, allowing for less frequent bowel movements and more solid stools. Loperamide works by activating opioid receptors in the intestinal tract; however, because it can’t cross the blood-brain barrier at normal doses it doesn’t have the same effects as opioid drugs like heroin or prescription pain relievers. Nonetheless, when it is taken in very high doses loperamide does have the potential to cross the blood-brain barrier. As a result, some people say they feel euphoric effects similar to those of opioids. Loperamide is also used at dangerously high doses to prevent opioid withdrawal symptoms. As with other opioids, there is the potential for addiction and dependence.

The problems associated with loperamide have become so significant that regulators are working to make it more difficult to purchase large quantities of the drug. In the meantime, an increasing number of people are seeking loperamide addiction treatment. A loperamide addiction treatment program would follow the format of any other opioid treatment program. Many people who abuse loperamide are also addicted to other opioids as well.

Loperamide Addiction Treatment

A loperamide addiction treatment program would need to first start with a medical detox. With both loperamide and other opioids, dependence can and often does occur. When someone is dependent upon loperamide or opioids and they suddenly stop using them, they will go through withdrawal. Opioid withdrawal symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, sweating, and aches and pains. There are also psychological symptoms of opioid and loperamide withdrawal, such as depression or anxiety. A medical detox program can address the symptoms of withdrawal and help a patient stay comfortable. There are also medication-assisted treatment options for people going through opioid withdrawal. When certain medications are combined with behavioral treatment, outcomes tend to be better than if only one option is used during addiction treatment.

Loperamide Treatment Programs

Along with a medical detox, loperamide treatment programs should be equipped to address all the components of addiction. There are psychological, social and genetic factors that need to be addressed during loperamide treatment programs. The goal of any opioid or loperamide treatment program should be to prepare the patient to go back into their life in a productive way and to help them avoid relapse.

Loperamide Addiction Treatment & Rehab
While all addiction treatment centers have some differences, there are some general formats that loperamide treatment centers follow. There are outpatient treatment programs and inpatient, residential loperamide treatment centers. The length of time someone stays at a loperamide treatment center or participates in outpatient rehab can vary significantly. Regardless of the particular loperamide treatment center, having a medical detox at the beginning of treatment is important. If someone doesn’t successfully detox from loperamide and any other drugs that they may be using, they should not begin addiction treatment.

Loperamide rehab should aim to help people stop compulsively seeking and using drugs. This can include loperamide, but also any other substances a person might be addicted to, such as other opioids, alcohol or benzodiazepines. Loperamide rehab should take the approach that addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease and that recovery is a long-term process. Outpatient loperamide rehab would require that the patient participates in intensive therapy and educational sessions throughout the week. Outpatient loperamide rehab doesn’t require that a person live in a facility. Outpatient loperamide rehab might be a good option for someone who hasn’t previously tried any other treatment, or for someone with a strong support system at home. Outpatient loperamide rehab also allows the patient to continue their daily responsibilities, such as school or work.

Another option is an inpatient loperamide rehab. Because of the highly addictive and often deadly nature of opioids, an inpatient loperamide rehab is probably the best choice for many people. Opioid addiction is all-encompassing and many people require the comprehensive live-in environment of inpatient rehab. Inpatient loperamide rehab treatment can vary in length -lasting for several weeks up to many months. Many of these facilities offer not only addiction therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, but also supplemental therapies that address the patient holistically.

There are quite a few personal considerations to think about when selecting a loperamide rehab facility. First, someone will have to decide whether they think inpatient or outpatient treatment is best for them. There are also cost considerations. Rehab facilities can vary significantly in their price, but many programs are covered at least partially by insurance and rehab programs also offer financial aid. Loperamide rehab facilities should be able to diagnose co-occurring mental health disorders and provide treatment for those issues simultaneously. The ultimate decision of which loperamide rehab facility to attend depends on the individual, their objectives and other personal factors.

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