Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) programs exist as both residential and outpatient options. Below are 5 reasons to choose inpatient MMT now. Call 800-530-0431 to find rehab options that will be beneficial to you and allow you to recover from opioid abuse.
1. Inpatient Care is Better for Treating Co-occurring Disorders
If you are also suffering from a mental disorder like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, etc., it will be much more beneficial to you to attend residential treatment. According to a study from the medical journal Psychiatric Quarterly, “Patients with high psychiatric severity… have a better outcome in inpatient treatment,” usually because they have access to more treatment options and they are in a more controlled environment.
2. Inpatient MMT Utilizes More Treatment Methods
Outpatient facilities can sometimes provide very few treatment options for patients, and while MMT programs are some of the most “monitored and regulated medical treatments in the country,” you know a residential facility will likely provide you with more options (National Institute of Justice). These programs usually have more funding and provide patients with a number of treatment methods and comforts, possibly including:
- Luxurious accommodations
- Gourmet meals
- Classes in yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, etc.
- Nutrition classes
- Vocational guidance
- Legal advice
- Massage therapy and acupuncture
3. Methadone Use Is Highly Regulated
Methadone is a strong opioid agonist that, if abused, can cause serious side effects and even addiction. If you are concerned that you may end up abusing your methadone medication, it can be much safer for you to begin your treatment in a more controlled, monitored environment where you will not have access to your medication at all. You will only be able to take the dosage set by your doctor, which will keep you from experiencing any serious results associated with methadone abuse.
4. Opioid Withdrawal Can Be Painful
Especially in the beginning of MMT, you and your doctor will need to work together to find the right dosage of methadone that treats your withdrawal but does not cause euphoria. This can mean you will possibly experience certain symptoms of withdrawal while trying to find the right dosage, and these symptoms can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. Being in inpatient care can ensure that you are treated right away for these symptoms and that you will not have an opportunity to relapse as a result.
5. Opioid Addiction Is Often Difficult to Shake
If you have been abusing opioids for a long time––especially heroin––it is likely that you will have trouble in the beginning of your treatment and possibly throughout your recovery with avoiding relapse and other issues. Attending inpatient care as your first treatment option will provide you with the most intensive care possible, which you can leave once you are ready to move into outpatient treatment or another less rigorous program.
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