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Drug Treatment

Opiate Treatment

There are many different options when it comes to opiate treatment. Many of these are not actual solutions since they are basically just ‘quick fix band-aids’. These new-age treatments don’t solve the actual addiction. They only prevent an opiate addict from feeling the intense withdrawal symptoms associated with opiates. These treatments range from replacement drugs to rapid detox, with the only truly successful method of opiate treatment being in a long term inpatient treatment center.          The replacement drugs on the market for opiate treatment are Suboxone and Methadone, both of which are very addictive. Most addicts, when deciding on this method, aren’t even aware that the Suboxone and Methadone are both part of the opiate family. So, realistically speaking, this is not addiction treatment for the drug at all! It is switching one opiate for another. This method is popular for many opiate users such as Heroin addicts because at least now they can get their drug legally and reasonably lower cost than the heroin. But for many other opiate users such as Hydrocodone and Codeine users, the switch to the Suboxone or Methadone is actually moving into a deeper and even more addictive substance with worse withdrawal symptoms.

Another option for opiate treatment is the ‘Rapid Detox’ which consists of the opiate addict checking into a hospital type setting and will be put to sleep during which time his body will be flushed of the opiates. This treatment allows the opiate addict to experience minimal withdrawal symptoms while safe and under the care of a doctor. This treatment, however, is extremely expensive and the statistics show that most addicts eventually return to the opiate of their choice. One reason for this is because the ‘rapid detox’ removed the opiate from the bloodstream, but not from the fat cells throughout the body, and also because the opiate addiction is not only a physical addiction, but mental also. Yes, the body has been cleared of the opiate, but the mind is still craving it severely! Without the proper tools to handle these intense cravings that one learns from an addiction counselor, the addict will inevitably return to the opiate.

There is an option that has an extremely high success rate in opiate treatment. When an opiate addict is truly tired of using this drug and ready to quit for good, he will check into a long term inpatient treatment center. This is hard for many because they have a difficult time walking away from their current lives (no matter how badly they have become). This is why so many opiate addicts attempt the other methods before realizing that the long term inpatient treatment is the only real treatment. They will not only detox their bodies of the opiate, but also have time away from their everyday lives to relearn living skills and the tools needed to stay clean and off of the opiate.    

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