Opiate addiction is one of the most common addictions in the world; many people struggle with the abuse of opiates and opioids, such as prescription painkillers and heroin. This type of addiction is often considered one of the most dangerous because it creates a strong physical and psychological dependency. Therefore, most individuals who struggle with opiate addiction benefit greatly from participating in an inpatient treatment program, where they can focus on their recovery without any distractions.
However, inpatient treatment is not always possible. Some individuals are limited by finances, family obligations or scheduling. Outpatient treatment allows individuals the freedom to return home or to sober living in the evenings.
Outpatient treatment can be useful in a number of situations. Many individuals benefit from outpatient treatment as a natural step after inpatient treatment. Others choose inpatient treatment if they have experienced a small relapse, or feel close to a relapse of opioid use.
When an individual is recovering from an addiction as powerful as an opiate addiction, it can be hard to determine what kind of treatment to get and when. Some of the best times during the recovery process to choose outpatient treatment include the following:
- After detox – In many cases, the most important (and often the hardest) part of opiate recovery is detoxing. Therefore, it is highly recommended that recovering users attend an inpatient program where their health can be monitored during the initial opioid detoxification. Once this process is completed, opiate addicts in recovery can decide based on their own personal needs at the time if outpatient care will work with their treatment plan. This often depends on the severity of the addiction.
- After recovery – It is more common for opiate addicts to choose an inpatient setting as opposed to an outpatient program for the core portion of their recovery. However, it is recommended that opiate addicts who have completed an inpatient stay continue on with their care through an outpatient program. At this time, the most pressing issues have already been dealt with, and recovering opiate addicts can focus on reestablishing themselves in society through the help of an outpatient program.
In most cases, it is the best decision to attend outpatient treatment following detox or as a continuing care option.
How to Know What Care Is Right for You
Every opiate user is different, and you will have specific needs that others might not. Therefore, it is imperative that you work openly and honestly with clinicians and therapists to help determine your course of treatment—including whether or not you should attend an outpatient program.
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