Once you’ve decided that opiates are causing a problem for you, and that you require help to break the habit, you’ll want to choose the type of rehabilitation that’s best for your situation. Because of the addictive nature of opiates, inpatient addiction treatment may present the most comfortable options. It can be frightening to commit yourself to a course of action if you don’t feel you have all of the necessary information. Knowing what to expect from most inpatient opiate rehabilitation programs can make your decision much easier. Read on for a general explanation of these programs. Determining which one is suitable for you will likely be a matter of choosing between available programs in your area.
Time to Detoxify Your System
Whether you’re seeking help to break a pattern of abuse with a prescription-grade opioid pain medication or you’ve developed an addiction to heroin, all drugs derived from the sap of the opium poppy are particularly invasive in their addictive impacts. They latch onto your brain’s reward system of neurotransmitters. This artificial escalation of “feel-good” chemicals produced by your own body has a downside — once the drug effect wears off, your neurotransmitters don’t simply return to normal base-line levels, they plummet. This can make breaking a habit especially difficult, and necessitates a closely monitored detox period.
In addition to careful observation and assistance during this time, inpatient facilities may also provide medically assisted detoxification, up to and including several drugs designed to help wean you away from your dependence on opiate drugs. The experience of detox is a difficult time both emotionally and physically. In addition to physical support, a professional staff provides a safe space for this process to occur, including confidential therapy sessions that continue less intensively once the detox process is complete.
Building a Healthier You
Once you’ve passed the difficult stage of detoxification, inpatient addiction treatment programs generally focus on helping you create a stable sphere of social relationships with others who are sharing the rehab experience. This serves several goals of rehab. First, you learn to build emotional bridges with other human beings — trust is one thing many addicts sacrifice in the course of abuse. Bonds of empathy can be especially strong between those on the road to recovery — shared experience and similar life events can help you to build a dialog about why recovery is the best option for each of you.
Group therapy and activities allow staff and specialists to help you construct coping mechanisms for stressful situations you’ll encounter in everyday life, build the concept of the healthy life you want to lead and reestablish damaged emotional ties with friends and family. Especially in light of this last goal, many facilities will seek to involve those who are close to you in the healing process. Evening or weekend workshops centered around understanding the recovery process and how they can be a productive part of your new life encourage those nearest you to be engaged and supportive.
If you’re still uncertain about whether an inpatient addiction treatment program is the right way for you to go, don’t feel you have to decide alone. That’s what helplines are for — a way for you to ask questions in a non-judgmental context and receive information to help you make the right choice. Just call the hotline at 800-447-9081. We’re here for you, because addiction to opiates can be overcome. Simply deciding to seek help puts you halfway home.