Methadone is a synthetic opiate that is often prescribed for the treatment of pain but can also be used in the treatment of acute opioid withdrawal. When methadone treatment takes place in an inpatient center, patients are awarded the distinct benefits associated with safety, support and structure that cannot be afforded with any other method of care. Inpatient methadone treatment has been found to reduce risk of relapse, instill a sense of structure and normalcy back into the user’s life and lead to higher instances of recovery in those who are suffering from addiction to heroin or other drugs.
Inpatient methadone treatment programs are structured in a way that ensures that those in recovery will get their lives back on track. Drug addiction takes much of the structure and stability out of the user’s life—treatment can restore it. Each day, patients are encouraged to take part in counseling and therapy, to spend set periods of time reflecting and working on personal enrichment, and to wake up and go to bed at set times. These small, but important changes in structure can help the individual to reintegrate back into society following treatment.
The support that you will receive in an inpatient methadone treatment program is unsurpassed. You will receive support from counselors and therapists, medical professionals and nurses, peers and outsiders. Your friends and family will likely support your decision to seek help, and your peers in treatment will be there to encourage you in times when you feel like you can’t go on.
Many different types of therapy are found in inpatient methadone treatment programs including:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy (CBT)
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Behavioral therapy
- Group support including NA meetings
- Spiritual therapy and guidance
According to the Center for Substance Abuse Research, “a number of studies have looked at the effectiveness of methadone programs, and a majority of them have found that methadone can reduce narcotics deaths, heroin users’ involvement in crime, the spread of AIDS, and also help users gain control of their lives.” These are just some of the improvements in safety that are afforded by methadone maintenance, further safety benefits associated with inpatient methadone treatment may include:
- a reduction in relapse risk because there is immediate support and intervention when relapse is on the forefront
- around-the-clock monitoring that ensures patient safety
- support from peers and treatment professionals that ensures continued sobriety
- medical intervention as needed to control withdrawal and prevent health risk