Reasons to Choose Outpatient Vicodin Rehab
Vicodin addictions can be as difficult to overcome as heroin if the condition is left untreated for any significant period of time and like so many other opioid addictions, many addicts who try to quit using Vicodin will have several attempts to quit before they ever seek treatment.
Outpatient Vicodin rehab provides many of the same treatment modalities found in an inpatient rehab program. There are several reasons to choose an outpatient rehab which, along with the provision of effective treatment, may prove more beneficial.
Many people are initially exposed to Vicodin after an injury or minor surgery that required the use of an opioid drug to treat the resulting pain. It isn’t uncommon for those who use Vicodin several times to develop a dependence to the drug because it alters the way the brain functions producing a sense of well being when the drug is present and withdrawals when it is not. These changes also result in the need to take more Vicodin to elicit desired effects and urges that compel the person to use Vicodin although the initial symptoms of pain have been resolved.
Others use Vicodin for recreational purposes only to find themselves obsessing over and using the drug despite the negative consequences. It isn’t always a matter of will that the person cannot stop using Vicodin, but, in fact, the continued adaptations to the opioid presence which reinforce the continued behaviors of use no matter how they were initially exposed.
Reasons to Choose Outpatient Vicodin Detox
Vicodin withdrawals can be unpleasant and painful, but, for the most part, they are not life threatening. Outpatient Vicodin rehabs offer safe, clean, and controlled environments where the person can receive the help they need to minimize the distress of withdrawals under careful observation.
The settings, staff, and resources may vary, but, for those who have a limited history of relapse or co-existing medical conditions, Vicodin detox can usually be managed without any heavy pharmacological or medical interventions that would require an inpatient detox.
Availability of Medication Assisted Treatment
Depending on your levels of addiction and patterns of use you may find outpatient Vicodin rehabs that offer medication assisted detox and therapy using methadone or buprenorphine medications to alleviate cravings and withdrawals while blocking other opioid effects.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse “these medications help patients disengage from drug seeking and related criminal behavior and become more receptive to behavioral treatments.”
Flexible Treatment Structures
One of the main reasons people choose outpatient Vicodin rehab is to be able to continue fulfilling obligations at work, school, or for their families without having to stay in an inpatient facility 24 hours a day for extended periods of time.
There are usually more choices of meeting and counseling times offered, with fewer restrictions, and although this can be beneficial to some, it leaves the person vulnerable to outside influences that could derail their treatment progress if they are not fully committed.
The cost of outpatient Vicodin rehab can be considerably less than those of an inpatient rehab because the providers do not have the added expenses of maintaining housing, food, medical care, and oversight professionals to treat the person within the facility.
Outpatient Vicodin rehabs receiving grants to offset costs for participants are also more abundant than inpatient programs and they tend to work with more outreach resources that can further reduce their costs.
Outpatient Vicodin rehab providers know they have a tough job to do to keep their participants engaged in the programs while helping them to gain integrity, stability, functionality, and productivity in their daily lives.
According to the Institute of Medicine (US) in regards to outpatient treatment effectiveness, “Programs with the requisite resources may deliver or link their clients to formal education, vocational training, health care (such as AIDS testing or treatment), housing assistance (especially for homeless clients), support for battered spouses and children, and other social services.”
Outpatient Vicodin rehab provides behavioral therapy treatments that involve helping the person to cope with their situations without relapsing to Vicodin use. Helping the person identify and avoid “triggers”, whether they come from within or from outside influences, is a major focus in behavioral therapies.
With professional guidance and support, individuals can develop healthy behavioral patterns to replace those unwanted patterns of abuse they have become used to with a higher degree of control.
Group support is highly advocated in outpatient Vicodin rehab to supplement the treatment program and provide a base for building a support network that will be crucial to ongoing recovery and sustaining abstinence.
There is, sometimes, no comparison to learning from others who are undergoing similar circumstance and gaining peer support and advice. We, as humans, are meant to have relationships with others and knowing that those others have your best interests at heart can be motivating, enlightening, and exhilarating all at once, providing support long after formal treatment has ended.