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What Treatment Options Work Best for Painkiller Addiction?

Last updated: Wednesday, 12, August 2020

The most common treatment method being brought to opioid addicts is the use of other opioids, which is referred to as medication-assisted treatment. Essential this involves the use of opioid drugs like methadone, buprenorphine, and suboxone. The purpose behind this method of treatment is to manage withdrawal and stop the cravings. However, both methadone and buprenorphine do cause a physical dependency, and methadone users will need detox to stop taking methadone. Medication-assisted treatment is only effective when it is done with behavioral counseling or therapy. An opioid addict cannot rely on opioid medication without attempting any type of therapy or counseling. In fact, if the medication is used during therapy, they should also work with their doctor to detox off it, when treatment is complete. Striving to be totally drug and alcohol-free is the ultimate goal and having to rely on opioid medication to maintain sobriety does not necessarily make recovery easy.

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The best treatment approach for someone who is struggling with a painkiller addiction is medical detox, followed by long-term inpatient care, and then aftercare treatment. Medical detox is the safest way to stop taking opioid painkiller drugs. The patient is monitored by medical professionals, and given medication to alleviate withdrawal pain, and then stabilized prior to therapy. Long-term inpatient centers give an addict the best opportunity for sobriety. Being within a controlled and safe environment does make it easier to achieve sobriety and take the time to learn ways to maintain it. Long-term rehab could be a program that lasts three months or even six months. Once drug treatment is complete, a sober living home offers the best results and staying connected to peer support during the initial transition period. Opioid addiction is one of the most difficult addictions to overcome, and it takes time, and realistically there is no quick fix.

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Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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