What Happens in Inpatient Methadone Treatment
Opiate addiction is one of the most difficult addictions to break with or without treatment. One of the best treatment options is inpatient treatment. For someone who has never gone through it, inpatient treatment might remain a mystery to some and downright scary to others. Leaving home to stay somewhere that is going to get you off drugs can be a daunting prospect, but not if you know what happens during inpatient methadone treatment.
Detox or Maintenance
If you are using methadone there are two ways that an inpatient center will help you get off opiates. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks.
In methadone detox, doctors use small amounts of methadone to manage the withdrawal symptoms and then they wean you off it once you are detoxed. Most inpatient methadone clinics have these detox programs.
Methadone maintenance is a program where during the first phase of your treatment your doctor tries to find the right dose of methadone to keep you from feeling pain and withdrawal. You stay on this dose until you are ready to come off it. Some people will stay on methadone maintenance for years.
According to the National Institute of Justice, there is no significant difference in relapse rates between methadone detox and methadone maintenance.
Some inpatient treatment programs begin counseling right away if you feel you need it or are up for it. Others wait to begin counseling and after withdrawal symptoms have been properly managed. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, there are a few different types of counseling offered in most treatment centers. These are:
- cognitive behavioral therapy – to work on stopping negative thinking and patterns
- motivational enhancement therapy – to build motivation and set goals
- contingency management – provides incentives to reinforce positive behavior
- 12 step treatment – allows addicts to help other addicts
- group therapy – teaches sober skills and other positive behaviors
All of these therapies are available in an inpatient methadone program.
There will also be alternative treatments available for your comfort and benefit. Many of these alternative treatments help with withdrawal symptoms, mood issues, and other problems. These alternative treatments often include:
- massage therapy
- exercise regiments
- other holistic techniques
Many of these alternative treatments help you relax and reduce anxiety as well.
Life Skills Training
Many inpatient clinics now offer life skills training as part of their overall program. This can include classes like:
- interpersonal skills
- self-esteem building
These classes help you adapt to life without the opiates and on the methadone. Since methadone improves your ability to function, you will be able to do more if you are on methadone maintenance or completely off drugs.