There are several different opioid addiction treatment options, but not all are appropriate for everyone. Depending on the severity and length of your opioid or opiate addiction, treatment options may include medical detox, inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, or a level in between, such as partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient.

If you are addicted to opioids like OxyContin or opiates like morphine, know that your substance use disorder is highly treatable. The Recovery Village offers comprehensive treatment for opioid (the umbrella term for opioids and opiates) addiction. We use numerous strategies, including medical and therapeutic interventions as tools to help you adjust back to life without opiates. Our team at The Recovery Village is comprised of experts in addiction science who are dedicated to helping you fight this disease. Our goal is always the same: to empower you to maintain a lifetime of recovery.

Opiate and Opioid Addiction Treatment

Once addicted to opioids, it is extremely difficult to live a well-functioning life. More often than not, the disease of addiction ends up destroying families, careers, finances and more. However, this future doesn’t have to be yours. Effective treatment is closer than you think.  

If you face opioid addiction, your best option is to enroll in a drug rehab program or start online counseling services through the Nobu app. Our experienced clinical staff has a firm understanding of how to treat opioid addiction and our programs can be customized to meet your specific needs.

Opiate Rehab

The rehabilitation process for opioid addiction treatment has four phases:

  1. Admissions Assessment: As the first step in any program, our evaluation team will conduct medical and psychiatric tests to determine the extent of your addiction and if you have any co-occurring mental health conditions. At The Recovery Village, we are particularly thorough in our admissions evaluation to ensure that we understand your needs.
  2. Medically Assisted Detoxification: This step is necessary to help the body cleanse itself of opiates or opioid drugs present in your system. Because opioid detoxification is highly uncomfortable, so we take great care to ensure each client is safe and supported in our medically assisted opioid detox programs.
  3. Rehabilitation: Each client at The Recovery Village has a unique treatment plan specifically geared toward their needs. Along with tailored medical support in residential and outpatient care, our programs include a variety of therapies, including individual counseling, group therapy and recreational therapies.
  4. Aftercare: Before rehab ends, our treatment team will work with you to create an aftercare plan designed to prevent relapse. Our aftercare planning may include scheduling doctor appointments and drug testing with your primary care physician, sessions with a counselor, attendance at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in your area and possibly arranging room and board at a sober living home. Aftercare plans help ensure the progress you made in rehab continues after going home, with a network of guidance and support in place.

Types of Opiate and Opioid Addiction Treatment

There are several different opioid addiction treatment options, but not all are appropriate for everyone. Depending on the severity and length of your opioid or opiate addiction, treatment options may include medical detox, inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, or a level in between, such as partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient.

The right type of opioid addiction treatment for you may be recommended to you by a medical professional such as a primary care doctor, but the proper level of care will be determined after a thorough clinical assessment at a rehab center like The Recovery Village.

Inpatient Rehab for Opiate and Opioid Addiction

For people who have severe opioid addictions, inpatient (residential) rehab may be the best option. Following medically assisted opioid detox, this intensive level of care allows clients to stay on-site at a rehab center and includes 24-hour nursing staff monitoring, medication management (if necessary), counseling with a certified addiction therapist and more.

Inpatient (or residential) rehab is a great next step for someone who still has trouble controlling the intense cravings for opiates when left unsupervised. Residential clients can benefit from comprehensive evaluation and treatment planning, an ongoing review of these treatment goals as the program progresses and an opportunity to address challenges during treatment with the treatment planning staff.

In residential treatment, clients can learn to live without opiate or opioid drugs, developing strong coping mechanisms and recovery skills through individual and 12-step group programs. Inpatient rehab is the foundation upon which to build a healthy future, and participating in this level of care dramatically improves clients’ chances of living in sobriety.

Depending on what is clinically appropriate during a client’s stay, The Recovery Village inpatient treatment for opioid addiction may include:

  • 24-hour nursing supervision
  • Co-occurring disorders treatment
  • Medication management, as necessary
  • Nutritionally balanced meals prepared by a nutritionist
  • Individual therapy with an addiction counselor
  • Group or 12-step therapy that may address topics about substance abuse, grief and loss, sexuality, trauma survival, self-esteem, family patterns, assertiveness and interpersonal relationships
  • Family therapy, as needed
  • Alternative therapy options, such as yoga or therapy
  • Aftercare and discharge planning

Inpatient rehab gives people the opportunity to commit to their own well-being and good physical and mental health, relationships, finances and more. For this reason, it’s recommended to go through a continuum of care programs, from detox through aftercare. While an inpatient stay may last 28 days or longer, studies show the more time a person stays in rehab, the better their chances of recovery.


With advances in technology, online counseling, telehealth and teletherapy services are becoming more common and effective forms of mental health treatment. Addiction treatments were once restricted to in-person meetings, but can now happen anytime and anywhere with a reliable internet connection. Learn the options and benefits of telehealth services to decide if it’s right for your recovery

Opioid and Opiate Addiction Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient treatment for opiate addiction offers most of the same elements of inpatient rehab, without living on-site. Outpatient rehab is often an ideal program for those who have already completed higher levels of care (detox, inpatient or partial hospitalization) and are physically and mentally stable but need assistance transitioning back to daily life.

Outpatient clients are often able to maintain family and job responsibilities while attending therapy in the evenings or on the weekends. People in daytime outpatient rehab can learn valuable skills for sobriety while going back to school or work.

Structured outpatient treatment typically involves regular meetings with an addiction professional and includes counseling and therapy sessions. The goal of therapy during this time is building a sense of autonomy for continued recovery. Our counselors may use motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), multidimensional family therapy and contingency management during outpatient treatment.

At The Recovery Village, outpatient treatment usually contains the following services:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Psychiatric counseling for those with anxiety, depression and other co-occurring disorders
  • Nutritional counseling

Group Therapy

Therapy is important in any drug rehab program. The Recovery Village ensures each patient, regardless of which program they are enrolled in, benefits from group therapy sessions. These groups take a collaborative approach to counseling and may involve more than one therapist in a small circle of people.

Group therapy can be extremely useful in the opioid rehab environment because many clients face the stigma of addiction. They feel ashamed, embarrassed and have a low sense of self-worth. By sharing similar experiences with others, people can realize they are not alone in their feelings or experiences. The we’re-in-it-together mindset is a common thread among the group and helps promote healing.

Group members can motivate others and encourage proper communication about their experiences, and then learn to process their reaction to these experiences. Profound friendships are formed during group therapy because many members relate to each other during this challenging time. Topics cover a wide range of areas, including education on addiction, stress management, coping with triggers and cravings, relapse management, forming healthy habits and relationships, managing medications and dealing with mental illness.

At The Recovery Village, we have several different types of group therapy sessions.

  • Support groups provide mutual encouragement, feedback and a safe environment for clients to voice their frustrations and improve their communication skills.
  • Psychoeducational groups teach clients about the nature of addiction and relapse. Learning the science behind addiction helps break down the fear surrounding addiction and helps people better understand their experience with addiction.
  • Cognitive-behavioral groups help clients change their mindset surrounding addiction. Cognitive behavioral therapy rewires negative mindset so clients can continue the recovery journey in a constructive and positive manner.
  • Skills groups teach clients to face their triggers with sober living skills. The skills group focuses on providing new, healthy tools and strategies for dealing with challenges in life. For those who are unemployed, we may also teach job-seeking and budgeting tactics.
  • Experiential groups are similar to skills groups in that experiential sessions involve clients practicing the skills they’ve learned in a public setting. From dining out at restaurants to shopping, many situations are placed before clients to help them practice what they learn to better reach their goal of sober living.

Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Often, substance abuse is accompanied by a mental health condition or co-occurring disorder. People who have both an addiction and a mental health concern have a dual diagnosis. Co-occurring mental illnesses can spur an addiction or make an existing substance use disorder worse, and the two are often intertwined. In some cases, opiate addiction causes another mental illness to start. In other cases, a mental illness can lead to the onset of opiate use disorder.

For example, a person may feel depressed and use opiates to experience pleasure and joy. Or, they may feel depressed about their opiate use disorder and continue using the drugs to cope. It is critical to address substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders simultaneously in treatment for true healing to happen.

Some common mental illnesses that occur alongside opiate addiction include:

The Recovery Village is dedicated to treating each client’s addiction to the fullest extent. We know that this is not possible, however, without addressing mental health needs simultaneously. Our treatment plans start with a thorough evaluation to determine if a person faces a co-occurring mental health disorder. From there, we can tailor a treatment plan to address a dual diagnosis.

Paying for Opiate and Opioid Rehab

Like any medical treatment, there is a fee associated with drug rehab. This is a necessary expense, however, as it is a life-saving measure that can help anyone facing opiate addiction bring their life back on track. Opioid addiction treatment options shouldn’t have to break the bank, and many insurance companies will help lighten the financial load. Our intake coordinators at The Recovery Village are well-versed in the nuances of insurance and can help each client understand what their plan will and won’t cover.

In the instance that insurance does not cover the entire cost of rehab, there are other methods of paying for treatment, including private loans, public loans, scholarships, employee assistance programs and more. While it may seem burdensome, paying for a short time of rehab far outweighs the cost of living with addiction.

Does Insurance Cover Opiate and Opioid Addiction Treatment?

The cost of rehab programs varies from center to center. Typically, the cost of inpatient treatment is higher than that of outpatient care due to the residential component. Many people delay or avoid treatment because they fear that they can’t afford it when, in fact, it is often covered by their health insurance policy.

Our intake coordinators at The Recovery Village are experienced coordinating with a variety of insurance companies and will work with you one-on-one to discuss your insurance plan coverage.

Alternative Payment Options for Rehab

If you believe you can’t afford rehab and finances are an issue, there are state and low-income government assistance options available. You may also consider borrowing money from a family member, or take out a personal loan to finance rehab.

If you have questions about your insurance coverage, do not hesitate to call our intake coordinators. Calls are free and confidential, and there is no pressure to commit to treatment. Our interest is in helping you finance rehab and get the help you need for opiate addiction.

Don’t go it alone with opioid or opiate addiction. Our intake coordinators are ready to take your call and help you get the treatment you need. To get started with care in a healing environment, call 855-399-4951 today.

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