Understanding Substance Abuse Treatment and Its Procedures

There are basically two distinct types of substance abuse treatment; inpatient and outpatient.

Inpatient treatment is when the person with the addiction problem is admitted to a facility like a hospital, where they stay until the treatment is over. Such treatment may last from 30 to 90 days. After the person is discharged from the facility, he or she will usually be referred to continue treatment on an outpatient basis. One main reason to have inpatient treatment is if the person’s health problems are too severe for treatment as an outpatient. Another typical reason for inpatient treatment is if the person fails outpatient treatment.

Outpatient treatment means, the person has some form of outpatient treatment during the day, and then goes home to sleep at night. Outpatient programs can be from every day to once a month, depending on the needs of the patient. Currently, the state-of-the-art treatment for Opioid misuse and dependence consists primarily of medication assisted treatment with Buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone and Subutex.  Such a treatment is usually one that is provided on an outpatient basis.

Residential treatment is another form of treatment, where a person lives in a sober living environment among other individuals struggling with addictions.

Another method to be treated for Opiate Use Disorder is to be “detoxed” and then given a “blocker” medication, so if the person relapses on Opiates, he or she will not have any effects because the Opiates would be blocked. The medication for this is called Naltrexone and is available as a pill one takes daily or an injection which lasts one month. The injection drug is called Vivitrol.

If you or someone you know is having a problem with Opiates and needs help, contact The Drug and Alcohol Detox Clinic of South Mississippi at 601.261.9101. Don’t delay. Or, check out the website: www.TheDrugandAlcoholDetoxClinic.com. You can also follow them on Twitter for latest news and update! There’s Still Hope!

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