Pentazocine is a prescription drug that’s classified as an opioid. It’s combined in brand-name formulations with naloxone, which is intended to be a misuse-deterrent. When someone takes a pentazocine drug as prescribed by using the oral tablets, the naloxone should have no effect. If someone tries to break or crush pentazocine for recreational use, then the naloxone can become effective. Despite the inclusion of naloxone in formulations of pentazocine, it does still come with a warning about its potential to be misused or habit-forming. Opioids including prescription drugs like pentazocine are widely misused and diverted from medical use. Due to how they interact with opioid receptors in the brain and body, they’re also very addictive. If someone shows pentazocine addiction symptoms, they may require professional treatment, which usually begins with a medical detox. From there, people can participate in an inpatient or outpatient rehab.
When someone is addicted to an opioid drug like pentazocine, they are likely dependent as well. This doesn’t have to be the case, but dependence refers to a scenario where someone is physically used to the presence of the drug. To stop using pentazocine suddenly when dependent on it, could lead to withdrawal symptoms, which need to be managed. Before someone can begin addiction treatment and rehab, they have to detox from all substances fully. A pentazocine medical detox is a situation where patients go through withdrawal in a professional, managed and medical setting. There is a team of medical professionals providing around-the-clock care and supervision.
Once someone has fully detoxed from pentazocine and any other substances they might use, they can begin a rehabilitation program. A pentazocine rehabilitation program should be a way to help people with addictions stop compulsively seeking and using drugs. Drug addiction is a chronic disorder that affects the brain, physical health and the entire life of the person who’s struggling, so addiction treatment needs to address the far-reaching effects of addiction comprehensively. Pentazocine addiction treatment should be evidence-based, and it may include a combination of treatment modalities. For example, opioid addiction treatment may include pharmaceutical and behavioral therapies used together for the best outcomes. Any treatment plan needs to be highly individualized to the needs of the person because no two people or their addictions are the same, and their treatment shouldn’t be either. Most drug addiction treatment programs include individual and group therapy, and behavioral therapies.
An inpatient pentazocine rehab can be short- or long-term. An inpatient program can last anywhere from 28 days up to six months or more. An inpatient pentazocine rehab has some features and pros and cons. Key features and benefits of an inpatient rehab include:
- Patients live in a facility for a period of time
- There is a high level of structure
- Inpatient pentazocine rehab includes supervision and around-the-clock care and support
- Most inpatient pentazocine rehabs include not only addiction treatment, but supplemental therapies such as nutritional or vocational counseling
- An inpatient pentazocine rehab requires participants to leave their home and work environment, but this also allows them to leave stresses and triggers
- Inpatient rehab is very intensive and focused only on treatment and recovery
As with anything, there are downsides to consider with an inpatient pentazocine rehab. First, inpatient rehab tends to be more expensive than other options, but insurance may cover the costs. Inpatient rehab may not be an option for someone who can’t leave their work, or who doesn’t want to leave their family. Inpatient rehab can also require traveling to another state, which some people might not be comfortable with.
An outpatient pentazocine rehab can be something that someone participates in after a residential stay, or it can be the only type of treatment they participate in. Outpatient rehab is generally less structured, and there isn’t the residential, supportive component of inpatient rehab. Outpatient rehab can vary quite a bit regarding structure and requirements. There are intensive outpatient rehabs that are essentially the same as inpatient rehab, except participants sleep at their homes. There are also programs that may require a commitment of several hours a week while a person continues going to school or work. Then, there are less formalized outpatient rehabs, where participants might meet once a week for group therapy or a 12-step program. Outpatient rehab allows for more freedom and flexibility and is also usually less expensive than inpatient rehab, but it might not be enough for someone with a severe addiction. Outpatient rehab might not be ideal for someone who lacks home support or who has a destructive or chaotic home environment either.
When choosing a pentazocine rehab center for yourself or a loved one, think about the following:
- How severe is the addiction?
- Are other substances being used in addition to pentazocine?
- Has the person previously tried other treatment options?
- Are there mental health disorders that need to be treated?
- What’s the person’s home life like?
- Could the person who needs treatment leave school, work or their daily life for a period of time?
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