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Methadone Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation

Most of the methadone addicts start taking it for therapeutic purposes and end up becoming addicted to it. So it is very important to strictly follow dosage amounts and take it under expert supervision. If methadone is abused, there is a great risk to develop tolerance so every time the user ends up increasing amounts. Addiction is a serious condition that needs to be addressed before the permanent damage to the health is resulted. However, recovery from methadone addiction is always possible if the patient is determined. There are many rehabilitation centers established that can help addicts recover and go back to a normal life. Determination, medications, therapy and aftercare programs can immensely help an addict return to a life of sobriety. There are a number of treatment options available for methadone addiction treatment.

Methadone Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation

Table of Contents:

  • Inpatient Treatment Program
  • Outpatient Treatment Program
  • Use of Therapies and counseling
  • Aftercare Programs
  • Treatment of Co-occurring Conditions

Multiple treatment options are available for methadone addicts. After detoxification process has been completed, inpatient and outpatient treatment programs may help the patient to return to a normal life.

Inpatient Treatment Programs:

During inpatient treatment, patients are made to live in a specially designed treatment facility. The duration for which the treatment lasts depends upon the condition and progress of the patient. During the process, the patients are provided continuous medical supervision. Chances of recovery increase a great deal for patients who opt for inpatient treatment programs. It is particularly recommended for the patients with long term Methadone abuse history. Statistics show that patients who attend an inpatient treatment program are less likely to relapse and more likely to recover. In SLO Recovery Centers, specialized treatment programs are available for the patients struggling with methadone addiction.

Outpatient Treatment Programs:

Outpatient treatment programs are similar to inpatient treatment programs excluding the living in part. The patients are allowed to live at their home and perform their everyday duties. Outpatient programs are cheaper than inpatient ones. Outpatient treatment programs can be an option for those patients who did not abuse methadone for long periods of time. It is not recommended for the patients for patients with poor physical and mental health. The chances of relapse are greater if only an outpatient treatment program is attended. It is better to sign up for an outpatient treatment program after the completion of an inpatient one.

Use of Therapies and Counseling:

Therapies hold a great importance throughout the process of recovery. They may not only convince the patient to seek treatment but help him to stay determined throughout the process. Even after recovery, they are helpful to keep the patients from relapsing. The therapies most commonly offered at SLO Recovery Centers during rehab include individual, group and couple/family therapies.

  • Individual therapy: It involves only the patient and his therapist. The therapist helps the patient regulate his behavior and replace negative thoughts with positive ones. A number of techniques are also taught to help the patient deal with different aspects of life. The patient is able to talk about anything to his therapist in privacy.
  • Group therapy:
    It involves a number of patients getting treated at the same time. The patients can talk to each other about their progress, struggle or any other aspect. It may help the patients learn a lot from each other’s experiences.
  • Couples therapy/Family therapy:
    It involves spouse and family members in the process of therapy. The goal is to improve relationships and decrease the emotional distance between the patient and his loved ones. It helps the loved one understand the condition of patient in a better way.
Aftercare Programs:

Aftercare programs can help the patient a great deal to successfully live a life of sobriety. A number of self help groups and treatment groups are available for the patient to join. In these groups, patients come together every once in a while and discuss their problems. Aftercare programs can be a great way to keep the patient motivated. The chances of relapse never truly go away. They can only be decreased by using such preventive measures. Patients who sign up for aftercare programs are less likely to relapse and more likely to maintain a life of sobriety.

Treatment of Co-occurring Conditions:

Co-occurring conditions have a significant importance in the rehabilitation process. It is highly likely that a drug addict has an underlying undiagnosed mental illness such as depression and anxiety or other factors such as emotional trauma in the past and loss of a loved one. Most of the opioid addicts have been found to be struggling with such conditions. Treating co-occurring mental illnesses is a key part of any good rehabilitation program. To treat the addiction, the diagnosis and treatment of such conditions is crucial. If these illnesses are left unattended, the chances of relapse heighten a great deal so no rehabilitation program can be sufficient unless it offers treatment of co-occurring conditions.  At SLO Recovery Centers, the condition of a patient is assessed and all these aspects are evaluated throughout the recovery process to ensure the provision of best possible treatment to every patient.

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