The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that as many as 78 Americans die every day from opioid overdose. According to a study done by JAMA Psychiatry, there is a 75 percent chance that addiction to opioids such as methadone can lead to heroin abuse in an attempt to find a cheaper alternative. As a result, there is a great need for methadone rehab centers that can aid in the treatment of opioid addiction.
Methadone is usually prescribed to people that suffer from severe pain and for the treatment of chronic opiate addiction such as heroin dependency. The drug shares tolerance with drugs such as heroin and morphine but lasts longer in the body. It comes in pills, liquid form and an injection. Without management of the amount a person takes, addiction can form as with all opioids and methadone rehab treatment is the only real way to treat the problem.
Rehab is a place where various drug and alcohol addictions and abuse can be treated through the use of detox programs, behavioral therapy and support structures. The expertise of the clinicians and staff, who use the latest treatment techniques, allows for high success rates at treating addiction.
To treat the physical aspects of a methadone addiction, as with other opioids, detox is important. The detox process at a rehab center uses the skills of the staff and the safety of the facility to help a patient deal with the withdrawal symptoms that occur when use of the substance has stopped. Medical conditions that exist at the time of the detox can also cause additional risks which can be monitored around-the-clock. Medications will also be used to counter the effects that withdrawal has on the body such as nausea, insomnia and abdominal cramps.
Additionally, one of the hardest things to do while detoxing from methadone is to resist the intense cravings. When done alone at home, it can be hard to stop a relapse from occurring as the cravings are severe. With constant supervision and the lack of drugs available for the person to take, the success rate of detox is far higher.
An addiction to methadone has both physical and mental aspects. After becoming dependent on methadone, a person starts to rely on it in order to maintain their lifestyle. It becomes a way to avoid stress, anger and other issues that cause emotional turmoil. This process is often referred to as self-medication, and it is present in co-occurring disorders (when an addiction occurs at the same time as a disorder such as PTSD).
To treat the psychological addiction that forms, rehab centers employ several methods that have shown success in the past based on the type of individual, the drug abused and their age. A popular form of treatment is called Motivational Incentives. This program uses low-cost rewards such as access to the phone or recreational room to encourage positive behavior. If a patient passes a drug test, they will be rewarded. Other treatments focus on the person’s emotional issues, behavior and thinking to isolate negative patterns and replace them with ways to deal with the situation without abusing methadone.
During a person’s treatment, they will be given tools to help them to cope with possible relapse situations in the future. Addiction can be a long-term problem that needs attention from time to time as emotions become overwhelming and the thought of abusing starts again. Relapse prevention includes tools to cope as well as support systems that help a patient socialize and express themselves among their peers.
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