How do you decide what kind of addiction treatment is best for you? Practical considerations such as cost, insurance coverage, and location are key. However, the choice between inpatient and outpatient may be the most important. In some cases, there is no decision to be made. For people with life-threatening illnesses or infections or who otherwise require medical stabilization, inpatient is the obvious best option. If these factors aren’t present, outpatient treatment for opioid addiction may be the appropriate choice. It is essential to look at individual needs, lifestyles, and preferences when making a decision in all other cases. We also recommend seeking professional advice when deciding whether to select an outpatient treatment program or a residential one.
Choosing the best program for opioid addiction does not have to be confusing and stressful. At Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge (PAATC), our staff can answer your questions about what kind of opioid rehab center is best for you. We are standing by you when you call 844.442.8673 or fill out our online form.
What are Opioids?
Opioids are a class of drugs that interact with opioid receptors in the brain and body. They are used to treat pain, but can also produce feelings of euphoria, making them highly addictive. Common opioids include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin), morphine, and codeine. Heroin is also an opioid.
Opioids may be prescribed by a healthcare provider to treat moderate to severe pain or obtained illegally on the street. Misuse of opioids can lead to overdose and death. It’s important to use caution when taking any type of opioid medication and only take as directed by a doctor.
Symptoms of Opioid Addiction
If you are wondering if you are addicted to an opioid such as Oxycontin or fentanyl, you probably are. The fact that you are open to the possibility is a good sign and the first step in recovery. The following checklist of opioid addiction signs will help you.
- If the drug is withheld or runs out, do you experience withdrawal symptoms?
- Do you have no control over your cravings or opioid use?
- Have you lost weight, or are you experiencing sleep disturbances?
- Do you experience flu-like symptoms though you do not have the flu?
- Do you lack your usual energy; are you sluggish and often drowsy?
- Have your hygiene habits declined?
- Has your sex drive decreased?
- Are you no longer interested in people and things that once mattered to you?
- Are you isolating yourself?
- Have you committed theft from a friend, family member, or business?
- Are your finances in trouble?
If you’ve answered yes to many of these questions, we invite you to give us a call at PAATC. We can support you as you come to terms with complicated answers to the above questions. Our number is 844.442.8673, or you can use our online form.
Benefits of Outpatient Addiction Treatment
Many people who are ready to begin rehab for opioid addiction hesitate because of the perceived disruption to their lives that will ensue. First of all, no addiction treatment program will disrupt your life as much as your addiction does. Whatever program you select will be better than continuing to abuse opioids.
Secondly, outpatient treatment is a viable option for many people and does not require that you leave your family and work responsibilities behind. An outpatient program at an opioid addiction treatment center allows you to receive the necessary treatment you need while honoring your work, school, and family responsibilities. Depending on the work you do, you may not have the option of taking an extended leave of absence. If that is the case, or if your income supports dependents, outpatient treatment is an excellent option.
When you receive outpatient addiction treatment, you will experience all the benefits of rehab, including medical care, counseling, therapy, support groups, and any other treatment modalities offered, without putting your life on hold. Additional benefits to outpatient treatment include:
- Affordability: Outpatient programs are less expensive while offering the same range of services because they don’t include the residential costs.
- Support networks: With outpatient treatment, you will have access to a new support group in the rehab center when you are there. However, you will also establish and maintain support at home, which will be a lasting benefit to you.
- Your personal interests: Renewing and maintaining a connection to the things that interested you before addiction is an important part of recovery, whether it is a hobby, a sport, or other personally rewarding activity.
If you have questions about whether an outpatient treatment program is right for you, please contact Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge today.
Learn More at Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge
We recommend inpatient detox to kickstart your rehab journey for its many benefits and risk-deterring aspects. However, continuing rehab on an outpatient basis is always an option at PAATC. We can’t wait to walk you through what that would look like and how we can help you get started on your recovery journey. Reach out to us today via our online form or by calling us at 844.442.8673.