Opiate addiction is a deadly, devastating disease. Opiates refer to a class of drugs that include heroin, morphine and prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Codeine. In recent years, we have seen a dramatic increase in the abuse of opiates due largely to the increase in the use of prescription painkillers.
Is Long-term Opiate Addiction Treatment Necessary?
Recovery is an individualized process. What works for one person may not work for another. However, research and experience has shown us time and time again that an individual who stays at an inpatient treatment facility for 30 days is far less likely to achieve long term sobriety than someone who participates in a long-term opiate addiction treatment program.
Long-term drug treatment can mean different things. There are inpatient residential programs where clients can stay as long as a year. However, some may not need such a high level of care for such a long period of time. For those who do not need long-term inpatient treatment or are not able to stay at a residential treatment facility for that long, there are various aftercare programs they can attend.
Outpatient treatment is an affordable treatment option that many choose to participate in after they complete a higher level of care. Clients in an outpatient program will continue to attend therapeutic groups and relapse prevention classes. They will meet will a therapist for individual sessions and continue to address the underlying issues of addiction, such as trauma or a co-occurring disorder. Deciding to attend an outpatient program after completing a residential drug treatment center can help you adjust to sobriety while you return to work or school. Learning how to stay sober in the reality of everyday life is crucial. Outpatient drug treatment helps clients to find practical and effective solutions to challenges as they come up. Triggers—such as work, stress, relationships, depression—can be processed in a therapeutic setting rather than allowing them to lead to relapse.
Sober living is another long-term option for men and women who are serious about staying sober. Sober homes offer affordable long-term aftercare that provides men and women in early recovery a safe place to stay as they work on rebuilding their lives.
Recovering Souls is a drug and alcohol treatment placement service. We help individuals find the level of care that is right for them. We work with a number of inpatient, outpatient and detox facilities as well as various sober living homes. You can reach us 24/7 by calling 1-800-832-5250.