The Pros And Cons Of Drug Therapy

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When seeking drug treatment services, one early decision to make will be whether to join an inpatient or outpatient program. The main difference between the two treatment options is where the recovering individual lives; an inpatient program is residential whereas an outpatient one is not. Our around-the-clock services of an inpatient program make for greater intensity, but it is important to note that an inpatient program does not necessarily offer a greater chance of success compared to an outpatient one. What you can expect in an outpatient program: Mobility – Participants can maintain their commitments to family and work, and meet any other personal obligations at their discretion during non-treatment hours. Privacy – Due to their mobility, participants will likely not have to disclose to others that they…show more content…
In some cases, depending on the type of drugs abused, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) may be advisable to prevent a relapse and/or block the effects if the drug is consumed after detox. Opioids include opium-based drugs such as heroin and synthetic opium-like drugs like prescription pain relievers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved three prescription drugs for use in opioid treatment: methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine. Although these drugs are available, it is important to note that not all outpatient (or inpatient) programs provide MAT. Those who suffer from opioid addiction will need to inquire with the treating outpatient program to learn whether MAT is available. Family therapy Substance abuse is considered a family disease among addiction specialists. For this reason, outpatient programs may find it beneficial to incorporate family therapy and educational programs into the treatment program. Family therapy can marshal the resources and strength of the family unit to support the recovery
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