Last updated: 04/2/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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Unfortunately, those who abuse opioids, like methadone and heroin, often abuse clonidine, a centrally acting alpha-agonist hypotensive agent, for a number of reasons. Clonidine, while not as addictive as opioids themselves, can create serious problems for those who abuse it and may require treatment in an inpatient center.
Clonidine Addiction and Inpatient Rehab
According to a study from Psychiatric Quarterly, “Clonidine abuse among opiate addicts may be more common than previous studies have suggested.” Many opioid addicts abuse the drug to decrease the amount of heroin or any other type of opioid necessary to get high, and others use it without a doctor’s prescription to attempt to treat their withdrawal. This can lead to serious side effects, one of them possibly being clonidine addiction.
Especially for those who are suffering from multiple addictions at once, inpatient care is often a necessity. Finding the right program for your needs is also important, as many individuals in this situation have been in and out of treatment before with little success.
What Should I Look for in Inpatient Care?
The inpatient program you choose should be able to treat opioid and clonidine withdrawal and addiction, as well as any other serious medical or psychological issues from which you may be suffering. According to the National Library of Medicine, depression is a common side effect of opioid withdrawal, and patients who experience it need to be treated for this disorder as well with the use of medications and behavioral therapies.
Your inpatient care program should have the following aspects in order to be beneficial for all the possible issues you may be dealing with and safe for your overall recovery.
- A helpful staff of doctors, nurses, counselors, volunteers, and other individuals who can keep you in treatment longer and encourage you in your recovery
- A reasonable price and the ability to work with your insurance plan
- Some individuals also choose luxury treatment programs when they can afford them. These facilities offer a number of treatment options as well as lush accommodations similar to a hotel.
- Multiple treatment options, including the medications, therapy programs, and holistic methods you will require for your personal treatment program
- Antidepressants, methadone, and nausea medications may all be necessary during withdrawal and further into your addiction treatment, especially if you are suffering from opioid addiction in addition to clonidine abuse.
- A safe and comfortable environment where you believe you can stay for a long period of time without wanting to leave
- Other beneficial programs for your recovery, including:
- Housing help
- Vocational help
- HIV testing and education
It isn’t an exact science when choosing the best inpatient rehab center for your needs, but making a checklist of what you require from your program can be helpful. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, all of these needs don’t even have to pertain directly to your addiction. Some may be making sure that the program allows visiting hours for your family members or that the staff is bilingual. Depending on your specific situation, there are a number of things you should look for in an inpatient program.
Choosing the Best Option: How Do I Know the Program is Best for Me?
Knowing you have chosen the right program is half methodical and half a gut feeling. It helps immensely to call the facility and ask questions before ever signing up for treatment there. Questions like “Does your center take my insurance?” and “How long is your treatment program?” can help narrow down your search to a facility that best fits your needs. Visiting the facility before making a final choice can also be helpful.
Once you see the center for yourself, you may or may not feel comfortable attending treatment there. You will not want to stay in a treatment center that makes you feel uncomfortable, even if you don’t know why, as it could damage your overall recovery. Therefore, it is important to consider both your needs and your emotions before making a final decision.
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