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What is opioid addiction treatment?

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Sep 10, 2018 7:49:07 PM

what is opioid addiction treatment

Opioids such as prescription painkillers and heroin are highly addictive. It’s important to know that addiction is not a choice. Addiction is a complex and chronic disease. Like any other medical illness, addiction is treatable. With the right opioid addiction treatment, recovery is possible.

What is opioid addiction treatment?

Opioid addiction treatment helps people struggling with opioid abuse stop using and seeking drugs. Treatment can occur in a variety of settings. Inpatient treatment like a residential program provides 24-hour care and can include medical detox. Outpatient treatment is part-time care, which allows a person with substance use disorder to continue working or attending school during the day. Both inpatient and outpatient treatment can include medication assisted treatment (MAT) which combines specific addiction medication with behavioral therapy.

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How long is opioid addiction treatment?

Opioid addiction treatment varies from person to person. Because addiction is a chronic disease, relapse is common and recovery typically does not happen after completing one, short-term addiction treatment program. Treatment for addiction is long-term and may require multiple interventions and continual monitoring. Recovery is possible, but it takes time and work to maintain and achieve sobriety.

Is opioid treatment effective?

People with a substance use disorder such as opioid addiction have an increased chance of achieving recovery when they receive addiction treatment such as MAT. MAT utilizes a “whole-patient” approach which means it combines specific addiction medications to reduce withdrawal symptoms and help maintain recovery, while also addressing the underlying causes of addiction through behavioral therapy. Many addiction treatment programs that include MAT also provide supportive services like educational and vocational training.

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