Is Inpatient Methadone Treatment the Right Choice for Me?
Recovery from opioid addiction is a process of changes for the better and it doesn’t occur in a vacuum simply by using methadone as a replacement substance. There are a myriad of factors that require consideration with special attention in methadone treatment programs being given to the unique needs, limitations, and goals of each individual. The following is an overlook to help you determine whether inpatient methadone treatment is the right choice for you.
How Does Methadone Work?
Methadone is a synthetic opioid that works as an agonist medication to relieve cravings and withdrawals for those who have become dependent on heroin and opioid painkillers. As an agonist chemical, methadone binds to the same opioid receptors in the brain as these other short-acting opioids, but, at a steadier and slower rate.
Once the person gets used to taking a daily dose of methadone, the changes from disrupted physical and mental health as a result of short-acting opioid abuse enables the individual to refocus their attentions in life toward healthier and better things.
Inpatient versus Outpatient
While a large majority of methadone treatment services are provided on an outpatient basis, the SAMHSA states that; “Positive, sustained outcomes are more attainable in a therapeutic environment with readily available, supportive, qualified caregivers.” Inpatient methadone treatment offers a level of care that outpatient providers are unable to meet in regards to around the clock services, freedom from external influences, and a modem of continuous safety and comfort to focus on critical recovery issues for extended periods of time.
For those who need an added level of confidentiality, intensified, or specialty treatment services, an inpatient methadone treatment program may have more staff and resource capabilities than can be found in other methadone treatment programs. Although an inpatient methadone treatment may be more expensive depending on the services available, insurance or payment plans and other funding may be available to offset those costs and it’s worth knowing your best options.
Other Factors to Consider
Since methadone must be dispensed on a daily basis for an established period of time in accordance with federal, state, and administrator rules, you will want to consider your ability to arrive at an outpatient clinic daily along with the travel, costs, and time consumptions.
If you have children, a job, lack transportation, or lack a positive and abstinence encouraging home environment, you must consider your options and the resource availabilities of the methadone treatment provider, keeping in mind that the more effort and time you are able to devote to your recovery, the more potential benefits you will receive.
If you are experiencing a chronic medical illness where pain or other conditions require special management, are suicidal, homicidal, or in jeopardy of safety by any means including abusing other substances, unwilling to follow treatment recommendations and appropriate use of methadone, have a long history of opioid dependency and/or relapses after attempting to quit, an inpatient program is probably the right choice for you.