With changes in economic patterns and everyday stressors, it is no surprise that the opioid epidemic continues to plague the nation. Today, almost a million Americans suffer from the abuse of drugs and alcohol. Statistics have shown that one in seven people in the U.S. is expected to develop a substance use disorder at some point in their lives, yet only 1 in 10 receives proper treatment. If you or a loved one is struggling with the use of opioids, the first step towards recovery is recognizing the need for opioid addiction treatment.
St. John’s Recovery Place provides specialized opioid addiction treatment that focuses first on minimizing discomfort associated with withdrawal so that clients can begin working on the various steps necessary to achieve success in recovery. Call our admissions team at 833-397-3422 to learn more about our opioid addiction treatment programs and to ding out if we can help you or your loved one.
With constant advances in the medical field and research studies, there is no shortage of options available to help a person in recovery leave substance abuse in the past in choice of a healthier lifestyle. Addiction is a chronic illness but there is treatment. Opiate rehab can minimize the long term impact opiate addiction has on you or a loved one. There is hope for your future and there are many opioid rehab options to support you recovery goals.
Opioid Addiction Treatment Options
The two basic components of opiate addiction treatment are detoxification and rehabilitation. The focus of opioid addiction recovery is on reformed patterns through rehabilitation and therapeutic treatment.
Treatment options for opioid addiction vary in scope. Some options for opioid addiction recovery include:
Inpatient rehab for opiate addiction will require the client to reside in the treatment center, usually for a period of 4-weeks or more while they receive treatment for their addiction to drugs or alcohol. Alternatively, outpatient care, which does not require an overnight stay and can be completed primarily at home or through partial hospitalization, is another opioid addiction recovery option.
The average treatment programs for opioids last 30, 60, or 90 days, however, in some cases treatment might be longer or shorter in length. At St. John’s Recovery Place opiate addiction treatment programs are tailored to the unique needs of each client we treat. Do not be surprised if you come to our opioid rehab center and find that you are treated completely different than someone else here that is also struggling with opioid addiction. Our therapists and medical team work together to devise unique treatment plans for every person we treat.
Regarding opiate addiction treatment options, through research, training, education & real-world experience in helping clients beat opioid addiction we have found that there are a variety of recovery therapies that can be implemented into an effective rehabilitation program based on patient needs and interest as well as doctor discretion. Therapy options may include:
One of the most important elements in opioid addiction recovery is the medical detoxification process. Medical detox can be completed either at an inpatient detox center or via outpatient partial hospitalization programs.
There are three distinct phases for medical detox.
- Before beginning treatment, our medical team will ask clients consent to a blood test and physical examination to determine the level of opiates present in the body and overall state of health of the patient.
- During this phase of inpatient opiate detox, a variety of recovery therapies may be implemented. The goal here is to stabilize the client so that they can reduce comfort meds, gradually going down to a zero dose. With this phase clients cease all use of opiates and other addictive substances to begin the detox. The medical team will introduce the use of supplementary medications, referred to as comfort meds, to reduce the severity of effects felt from opiate withdrawal. Possible examples of such medications may include Subutex, Vistaril, Methadone (NOT prescribed at St. John’s Recovery Place), Buprenorphine, Clonidine, and various over the counter medications as needed.
- At this time steps are taken to define an appropriate treatment protocol beyond opioid detox. Ideally, the client begins preparing for their upcoming involvement in opioid rehab. The medical team will usually recommend behavioral therapy, counseling, and various other forms of treatment to help the client fully recover and to further prevent the risk of relapse.
Inpatient rehab for opiate addiction is one of the most popular options for individuals who are seeking treatment for substance abuse. Inpatient opiate rehab is often chosen for exclusivity and the privacy provided which can be difficult to replicate through an outpatient treatment program. While there are many reasons why one might choose to attend a residential rehabilitation program, the most common answer is for privacy.
- 30-Day Inpatient Treatment Programs: This is a good starting point for individuals who want to participate in a recovery program and perhaps cannot afford a longer-term stay, or are choosing to participate in various outpatient treatment options after the 30 days. At St. John’s Recovery Place, 30-day inpatient treatment programs include all of the detoxification services and behavioral treatments that would be expected in longer treatment programs.
- 60-day Inpatient Treatment Programs: Statistically, when given a longer length of time in treatment clients generally see more effective results in recovery. Opioid treatment centers that offer 60-day programs maintain a focus not simply on just detoxification but also on behavioral treatments, specifically modifying negative behaviors to improve recovery outcomes. Several therapy programs are provided to improve recovery outcomes. Therapeutic programs such as art therapy and music therapy provide outlets for clients to express themselves in positive, healthy ways, assisting them in gaining healthier coping strategies both for the present and for the future.
- 90-Day Inpatient Treatment Programs: Research has shown that 90-day opiate treatment programs are the most effective long term options for Success in recovery. These programs have lower relapse rates in comparison to other treatment lengths but are not always an option for clients. Patients enrolled in 90-day treatment programs will have access to many different forms of therapy which can range from group counseling sessions to experiential therapies such as animal-assisted therapy and neurointegration therapy.
Unlike inpatient treatment for opioid addiction, outpatient drug rehab is not conducted within a fully staffed operating center with nurses, doctors, and therapists. Outpatient opioid treatment is a great choice for individuals with significantly greater financial constraints than others, who may not be able to afford a residential, long-term treatment experience. The client will begin and complete the rehabilitation program from the comfort of their home with the support a healthcare or treatment provider as well as their family and loved ones.
Outpatient rehab treatment allows the individual to maintain regularity within their lifestyle, attending work or school as they normally would with treatment scheduled afterhours or at specific appropriate times. Clients who are unlikely or unable to take a leave of absence from their place of employment, educational pursuits, or various other factors of their lives may find partial hospitalization treatment that can fit into a busy daily schedule the best option for their recovery.
Medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction or MAT opioid therapy is one of the greatest breakthroughs in the field of medicine and substance abuse disorders. Medication assistance treatment is used to help individuals in recovery slowly wean off opiates. Medications such as Suboxone, Subutex, or Zubsolv, which are all opioid antagonists containing Buprenorphine, are often used in medication-assisted treatment. Buprenorphine is often referred to as a “good opioid” as it blocks the brain’s receptors from being manipulated by former opioids that were in abuse and reduces the severity of the withdrawal process as a whole. The success rate of these medications has shown to be as high as 83.7% for long-term treatment after 18 months of carefully administered use.
Dual diagnosis treatment provides support for individuals who are struggling with a substance use disorder and a mental health condition concurrently. Addiction to opioids or other drugs and co-occurring mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, or PTSD are very common. It is incredibly common for people who are struggling with substance abuse to have an underlying mental illness that they are not even aware of. Statistics run by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have shown that 8.5 million adults over the age of 18 were suffering from substance abuse and mental health disorder in 2017. Increasing co-occurring disorders give rise to significant needs for both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs. St John’s Recovery Place is equipped to manage and safely monitor co-occurring conditions in our clients. We are a dual diagnosis rehab center.
Aftercare & Sober Living
The relapse rate after opioid detoxification ranges from 72 to 88% in the first 12–36 months following treatment.
What does this mean for individuals who are researching rehab programs or currently enrolled in rehab?
It means that utilizing time in treatment is imperative to your recovery. The foundation of new habits, improved behavioral patterns, and stronger cognitive patterns can play a role in determining how successful an individual in recovery will continue to be outside the walls of a treatment center. At St. John’s Recovery Place, we provide drug rehab aftercare programs that are uniquely designed to help our alumni to remain engaged and committed to their recovery, working the steps or engaging with their supports in a way that will help them to sustain sobriety. Understanding that simple changes such as positive thinking patterns, eating nutritious meals, and participating in recreational activities and hobbies that maintain interest and can double as stress relievers can have a huge impact on continued sobriety.
Inpatient vs. Outpatient Rehab
The decision to choose an opiate addiction treatment is essentially personal preference. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing residential or outpatient treatment except for the fact that you cannot receive the same level of structured care & support from an outpatient treatment program. Opiate addiction treatment centers can provide for the different needs that a patient might have. It is important for you to evaluate not only the treatment that will be provided but also your current lifestyle to determine what the best fit for you might be.
- Around-the-clock care from doctors, nurses, and psychotherapists.
- A completely substance-free environment.
- Compassion and respect from staff and patients residing in the rehab center.
- You can focus on self-reflection and recovery.
- A variety of recreational activities and therapy programs to participate in.
- Social integration with group activities and counseling sessions.
- There may be a transitional period for individuals who return home after rehabilitation.
- The person in recovery may need to apply for a leave of absence from educational pursuits or place of employment.
- Insurance may not cover the full cost of treatment.
- Is often more affordable than inpatient care.
- The person in recovery will be able to continue working and participating in educational programs while in treatment.
- There is no transition period.
- The patient can learn to deal with triggers and stressors while continuing to live in a familiar environment.
- There is no option for 24/7 care.
- Limited privacy available.
- More environmental distractions could lead to relapse.
- Easy access to addictive substances with few roadblocks preventing you from accessing the drugs.
How Long Does Rehab Take?
Addiction is a devastating illness that impacts each person in a unique way. There is no exact timeframe during which an individual in opioid addiction treatment can be assured that they will be fully recovered and ready to re-enter daily routines. Some patients recover in short period of time while others require substantially longer timeframes for recovery. This can depend on elements such as:
- Substance abused and frequency of abuse.
- Length of time abusing a substance. Longer addictions take longer to treat.
- Age of patient in recovery. Younger clients often heal more quickly.
- Presence of co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder. These can increase the timeline required for treatment and recovery.
- Polysubstance abuse, the use of more than one narcotic or alcoholic substance simultaneously, can further impede recovery resulting in longer treatment periods.
The best way to determine how long rehab will take is to speak with a treatment team about your recovery. Call St. John’s Recovery Place today to learn more about our opioid rehab program and the treatment options that may be most suitable to your recovery.
How Much Does Opioid Rehab Cost?
Opioid rehab costs can range from free to tens of thousands of dollars. Costs of treatment greatly varies across the nation. Additionally, insurance coverages for drug rehab can further complicate the process of determining exactly what treatment will cost. Insurance providers may pay up to 100% of your treatment cost, but if you choose to get help at a center that is not in-network you could find yourself footing the entire treatment bill out of pocket.
Many variables are calculated into the final bill in determining the total cost of treatment. Opioid rehab costs range based on:
- Staff provided: On-call doctors, nurses, psychotherapists, nutritional experts and other program staff that are brought in to provide care can add to the total rehab cost.
- Amenities: Facilities that include Gymnasiums, saunas, swimming areas, specialty meal plans, and other hotel-like amenities can increase total rehab cost.
- Therapeutic programs: Art therapy programs and music therapy programs, as well as animal-assisted therapy, equine therapy, and other forms of experiential therapy, can increase program costs.
- Medications: Programs that do not include medications in the bill can result in your being billed a hefty amount after treatment to cover all of the medications that were provided to you during your time in rehab.
Exact costs of opiate addiction treatment are hard to define because they will vary with each client. As a general rule of thumb, below are some ballpark estimates regarding opiate addiction treatment throughout the United States:
- Medically assisted treatment (MAT) with methadone or buprenorphine can average $130 a week or over $6,000 per year. Insurance rarely covers outpatient methadone maintenance.
- Outpatient Treatment programs average between $3,000 and $10,000 for 90 days of care. Insurance will often cover a portion of this bill.
- Inpatient Treatment programs average between $5,000 and $20,000 for 30 days of care. Insurance will often cover a portion of this bill.
- Private Treatment Facilities can range between $10,000 and $100,000 for 30 days of care.
Will Insurance Cover My Treatment?
With the induction of the new health care reform in 2014 of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Health insurance providers have been prompted to participate in partial coverage of individuals who require treatment for substance abuse disorders.
So does insurance cover rehab?
Yes and no.
Insurance policies are intended to help cover a portion of the treatment cost, this does not ensure that the complete face value of opiate detox and rehabilitation will be covered. Further, not all treatment centers accept every rehab insurance policy. In order for insurance to cover your treatment, you will generally need to commit to receiving help at an in-network rehabilitation center. In-network means that your insurance provider and the treatment center have a deal worked out for the costs of care.
Most treatment centers in the United States accept insurance. Unfortunately, rehab without insurance can be very costly at times. At St. John’s Recovery Place we accept nationally recognized insurance plans and do everything we can to make treatment as affordable as possible for you or your loved one.
How to Choose a Rehab Center
There is no “one size fits all” when it comes down to choosing a rehabilitation center for you or a loved one. Every person in recovery has different needs and resources that they simply must have access to. Before completing the admissions process and entering a rehabilitation center there are a few points to consider. When wondering how to choose a rehab center, focus on:
- Home or Away? Would the person in recovery prefer to spend their time in treatment close to home where the patient can see friends and family during visiting hours? Or would they prefer a private stay, where they can recover with no distractions, possibly further away from home? You also need to consider the benefits of seeking treatment away from your home area — doing so allows you to disconnect from the people and places that trigger your substance abuse and can be very beneficial to your recovery.
- Inpatient or Outpatient? While both inpatient and outpatient treatment have been proven to be highly effective deciding which is best for you may require a meeting with your healthcare provider or with a medical team that can help you to understand the value in residential care. Outpatient treatment may be conducted through consistent visits to a treatment center with no overnight stay, but the risk for relapse is rather significant; Inpatient treatment can provide a comprehensive approach to rehabilitation where you can focus solely on your recovery and healing. Factors that can help in making the decision may include, income, absence from work, and current home environment.
- Staff to Patient Ratio: One of the first questions one should ask of the rehab admissions staff is the number of patients in treatment in comparison to the amount of staff that is available to support client needs. This will provide clarity on the level of treatment being provided and ensures that there is not a lack of staff to take care of each client present at the center. St. John’s Recovery Place maintains a high ratio of staff to patients to ensure there are always adequate staff members ready to assist client needs.
- Effectiveness and Success: When researching rehabilitation and treatment centers, ask the admissions staff about the success of their programs, and the average time patients are enrolled in their programs. Ask about alumni too! This will give you a better outlook on the program and whether or not you can expect success from it.
- Cost: This is the time to take a step back and evaluate all of the available treatment options. While each household has a different budget, there are many ways to pay for treatment. Most rehab centers accept cash and major credit cards. In many cases insurance will cover a portion of the treatment program; if insurance is not an option many treatment centers will work alongside you to create a payment plan that works for you.
- Treatment Length: The length of time for each treatment program can vary drastically from patient to patient. The average length of treatment programs are generally 30 days, 60 days or 90 days; however, in certain cases treatment might last longer due to the severity of the case or the presence of co-occurring disorders that must be treated.
What to Expect when you go to Rehab
When you commit to a treatment program it’s important to prepare yourself for the changes that will inevitably occur in the coming days or weeks. Going to rehab shouldn’t be scary, but it’s common to feel some anxiety and apprehension, especially if you’ve tried treatment before and you were unsuccessful. Try not to be too hard on yourself, the good thing is — you’ve made the decision to try again!
Entering treatment at St. John’s Recovery Place will begin with a safety check followed by a full evaluation of your current physical and mental health status. A BHT will perform your intake evaluation before you are cleared for admission to enter the medical detox unit. Upon beginning a treatment program at St. John’s Recovery Place or at any rehab center really, you can expect the following :
- A New Schedule: You don’t make the rules anymore! Most rehab centers maintain a tight schedule of therapy, group work, and recreational activities that take place daily. You will receive a personalized schedule that includes various therapy sessions, social time, recreation and self-reflection opportunities.
- Regulations: Every rehab center has policies and procedures in place to ensure the health and safety of both the patients and the staff at the treatment center. At St. John’s Recovery Place, there is a zero-tolerance policy for violence of any kind. There will also be no abuse of any narcotic or controlled substances during your stay. Your treatment center should provide you with a list of the rules upon during the intake process. Ask questions and make sure you fully understand the rules of the program that you are participating in.
- Social Integration: There is a generous amount of privacy that is granted while in rehab. This is a unique opportunity to make new connections with others who are on the same path, but you need to focus most on how you are going to heal. During treatment, you will be encouraged to share stories with your group and to become accountability partners that can stand up for one-another and help to encourage each other to keep striving for recovery. If you’re not feeling very “social,” that’s okay. Time will heal the wounds.
- Therapy Sessions: Remember, detox alone is NOT considered enough treatment to help you overcome addiction to opioids such as heroin or prescription painkillers. Much of the time spent in treatment will be working alongside a licensed therapist (LMHC) who will guide you in developing healthy coping mechanisms, learning how to identify triggers and sources of stress, and working to find ways to battle the temptation to pick up old habits after treatment has commenced.
What Happens After Rehab?
Life after rehab will vary from person to person. For individuals who participated in an outpatient treatment program, there will be very small adjustments to their routine. Whereas, those who attended residential rehab and remain in the treatment center for 30 days or more may require a small transition period to help in acclimating to everyday life outside of treatment.
While the treatment program might be over, the journey doesn’t end here. It is important to have a plan in place to prevent an uneventful relapse from occurring in the near future. Extensive studies have shown that approximately 85% of patients return to drug and alcohol use after rehabilitation if a preventative program is not implemented into their routine. Here at St. John’s Recovery Place, we provide Relapse Prevention Treatment to help you to prepare for triggers and temptations that may arise after their return home. This is one of many ways that we help you to stay committed to staying the path to your recovery.
How Rehab Helps
Do opiate addicts ever recover?
Yes. But it’s important to understand that opiate addiction recovery is about so much more than admission into treatment and discharges back to everyday life. While this process, of admission and later discharge, is medically considered a period of “recovery,” true recovery comes when clients are able to self-reflect and discover themselves again, no longer allowing addiction to rule their lives. Rehab helps to reignite new interests, promote perspectives of reality, and will help you to find new ways to enjoy life without the use of opiates.
Opioid addiction recovery rates are known to be higher when recovery therapies and behavioral treatment are integrated into a personalized program. At St. John’s Recovery Place, we tailor treatment to your unique needs in an effort to provide you with the best possible chance for success in recovery. Whatever treatment program you choose for yourself or a loved one, the outcome can be life-changing.
Get Help Today
Choosing to participate in opiate addiction treatment is one of the best decisions you can make. Opioid rehab can go far beyond just a mind and body detox process. New habits and positive thinking patterns will be formed, new interests and hobbies will be discovered, and by the end of treatment, it is very possible to have a changed outlook on life. If you or your loved one needs help overcoming opiate addiction, give St. John’s Recovery Place a call at 833-397-3422 to learn more about our opiate rehab programs and the support services that are available to you. A new life starts now!
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