A criteria for selecting the best opiate rehab center.

How to pick the best opiate rehab center

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Seeking treatment for drug abuse can be an intimidating experience.

It may seem overwhelming at points as if there are almost too many options. But if you really narrow in on what you are looking for in a treatment facility, as well as the substance you need treatment for, this option becomes a little easier.

For example, if you struggle with opiate abuse, you may need to look for a different treatment facility than one that focuses on alcoholism. In order to determine what may be the best fit, it’s important to know what opiates are, how they affect the body, and what the best way to treat opiate addiction is.

What are opiates and why are they such a problem?

The term “opiates” covers a large range of drugs, including legal ones like fentanyl, codeine, and morphine (painkillers), as well as illegal ones like heroin and opium.

Opiate addiction is becoming a growing problem in the country. According to Drugabuse.com, “Opiate addiction is a major issue in the U.S., with prescription opiate addiction being one of the biggest drug problems today. Opiate medications are surprisingly easy to obtain. In fact, an estimated 210 million prescriptions for opiates were dispensed in 2010 alone. Frighteningly, prescription opiate abusers are far more likely to eventually develop a heroin addiction than a non-opiate abuser, as heroin will offer a similar high at a cheaper price.”

In addition to opiate addiction becoming a growing problem in the U.S., overdose deaths, as a result, are also increasing. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, of the 55,403 fatal drug overdoses in 2015, 20,101 were because of prescription pain relievers and 12,990 were heroin overdoses.

How to choose an opiate treatment facility

If you think you need treatment for an opiate addiction, there are numerous factors to take into consideration.

Determine whether you need detox

Many people who are truly addicted to opiates will need to detox before entering treatment. The process of detoxing includes ridding the body’s system of all drugs and can be very uncomfortable for some people because of the withdrwals. According to WebMD, “For someone with an established narcotic addiction, a list of symptoms doesn’t capture the agony of opioid withdrawal. The syndrome is intensely unpleasant, and people will do almost anything to avoid it. Opioid withdrawal lasts from hours to several days—and sometimes weeks—depending on how long and how much a person has used their drug of choice. After the intense initial symptoms subside, some physical and mental discomfort may persist for weeks.”

Detoxing from opiates can also be dangerous, so it is important to do under the supervision of medical professionals. Another benefit of detoxing in a medical setting is that certain medications are available to make the process less uncomfortable.

Compare inpatient vs. outpatient treatment options

For many who struggle with addiction, inpatient treatment seems like the obvious choice. With inpatient treatment, the patient stays in a facility with 24/7 help available. Inpatient facilities typically provide meals and places to sleep, as well as counseling and treatment. Inpatient treatment typically lasts 30 days, but long-term options are also available. When it comes to outpatient treatment, the patient is able to remain in their current living situation and go to school or work, while going to treatment a few times per week.

Think about the aftercare a treatment program offers

Often, treatment facilities will provide patients with aftercare. In other words, patients have the option to continue to follow up in a group setting even after being released from a program. Sometimes, treatment facilities may even have connections to certain sober living homes, so that a patient can move into a home and continue to focus on recovery while also adjusting to normal life. It’s important to remember that aftercare can continue for as long as you are committed to recovery. People that maintain long-term sobriety often attribute their success to aftercare services such as 12-step programs or self-help groups.

As with anything treatment and recovery related, there is a lot to consider when it comes to opiate treatment. But with the right tools and information, making an informed decision will be easier.

Opiate Abuse. Drugabuse.com. Accessed 4 January 2017. http://drugabuse.com/library/opiate-abuse/

Opioid Addiction 2016 Facts & Figures. American Society of Addiction Medicine. Accessed 4 January 2017. http://www.asam.org/docs/default-source/advocacy/opioid-addiction-disease-facts-figures.pdf

How to pick the best opiate rehab center
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