Is Inpatient Care Necessary for Heroin Rehab?

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Inpatient Care for Heroin Rehab

Heroin rehabs are not all inpatient rehabs. A person can attend outpatient care for heroin addiction treatment if this option is likely to be the most beneficial for their specific needs. However, inpatient care can often be very helpful to a heroin addict for a number of reasons.

Heroin Rehab

If your heroin addiction is not yet severe, you may do well in outpatient rehab.

  • According to a study from the medical journal Psychiatric Quarterly, those who are suffering from additional mental health issues along with addiction will often fare better in an inpatient rehab center.
    • Since many heroin addicts suffer from depression and other mental health disorders (as the drug is such a severe substance that those with intense psychiatric issues are often more likely to abuse), this could be a better option for someone in this position.
  • Inpatient centers provide a level of protection to individuals trying to recover from addiction in that they place them in a controlled environment. Many heroin addicts are not able to resist the temptation to abuse either their medication or another type of opioid while not in treatment, and inpatient care takes this potential issue of relapse out of the equation for as long as they are in the program.
  • Many heroin addicts suffer from additional issues such as financial problems, homelessness, and health problems. Inpatient programs often have more resources for patients than outpatient programs do, and those in this position will likely fare better in inpatient care.
  • Individuals who have been abusing a drug like heroin often need more intensive care. This is because the drug itself is extremely addictive and can cause a number of physical and psychological problems for the user. In this case, inpatient treatment is often necessary.

How Do I Know If Inpatient Treatment Is Necessary for My Heroin Recovery?

Not every person needs inpatient care for heroin addiction recovery, however, and it can help to attend outpatient treatment if you do not need this intensive level of care. In general, inpatient centers cost more than outpatient programs, and if you do not need the former option, it can often be much cheaper and easier to attend the latter. Still, some people do need more intensive treatment.

So how do you know if inpatient care is necessary for your heroin rehab?

  • Consider the severity of your addiction and your situation. If you are abusing heroin every day and you believe you will be unable to avoid temptation during the times where you would not be in treatment, outpatient care is probably not going to be enough for you.
  • Do you have a strong social support system of family and friends who can help you during your recovery? If you do, you may not need inpatient care, as these individuals can help you stay on track with your recovery during the times where you are not in treatment. If you don’t, you may need inpatient care.
  • If you are suffering from additional issues beyond your heroin abuse (you have depression, you need treatment for HIV, you have lost your job and need help finding a new one, etc.), an inpatient program will likely be better at this time in your life. And according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there are treatment services of all types that can be attended for little to no fee, some of which are even free.
  • Ask yourself if you think 24-hour care in a controlled environment is truly necessary to your safe and effective recovery right now. Even if the answer is no, you may still want to attend inpatient care, but remember that it is important to understand your needs and why you are choosing the program you are going to attend.

Do You Need Inpatient Heroin Treatment?

Many heroin rehabs are effective without being inpatient programs. But depending on your specific needs, one type of program is likely to be more effective than the other.