Last updated: 04/2/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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Laudanum, an oral mixture of several different opium alkaloids, was often used as a narcotic painkiller in Victorian-era medicine. Unfortunately, it is still abused by some individuals today who hope to experience the extreme high caused by the drug when taken in large doses. Laudanum, like other opioids, is addictive, and if you have been abusing it, you will require treatment.
Laudanum Addiction and Inpatient Rehab
Laudanum is an extremely dangerous opioid drug, which is why its medicinal use has been minimized and more tightly controlled over the years. Also known as opium tincture, the drug is listed as a Schedule II Controlled Substance and very seldom prescribed to treat anything other than diarrhea. Some people are still able to get their hands on the drug, though, and often, these individuals are already long-time abusers of opioids.
If you are suffering from a severe addiction to opioids, including laudanum, you will require addiction treatment. In addition, someone suffering from a comorbid mental disorder, a lack of stability in their home life, and/or no support system at home in addition to their addiction will often require inpatient care for their recoveries (Psychiatric Quarterly).
What Should I Look for in Inpatient Care?
Before you begin looking for an inpatient program, it is important to consider your needs––and not just those that pertain to your substance abuse. Things that can affect your treatment include
- Your physical state: Do you require intensive medical care?
- Your mental state: Are you suffering from any comorbid mental disorders, including depressive symptoms, which are very common in those withdrawing from opioids? (National Library of Medicine)
- Your professional life: Did you lose your job as a result of your substance abuse? Are you struggling with any legal or financial issues?
- Your personal life: Are you having relationship problems caused by your substance abuse?
In addition, it is important to think about how your culture, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, age, and gender might all affect your treatment needs (National Institute on Drug Abuse). Laudanum addiction is extremely serious, and nothing should be allowed to slip through the cracks when it comes to your treatment and recovery.
Most inpatient rehab centers provide medication and behavioral therapy options to patients as part of a full treatment program. However, you may require the use of methadone specifically, especially if you are suffering from a severe dependency on laudanum and/or other opioids (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
Many residential rehab centers also provide holistic options to patients, such as meditation, music/art therapy, spiritual healing, etc., which could be beneficial to your overall recovery.
Of course, it is also important to consider the logistics of your treatment at a specific facility. Can you afford the program? Will the facility take your insurance? Will you need to travel, and if so, can you afford the expenses? Will your treatment be readily available when you are prepared to begin your recovery? These are all important things to consider and to look for in a beneficial rehab center.
Choosing the Best Option: How Do I Know the Program Is Best for Me?
It is difficult to know a program is best for your specific situation without touring the facility first. This can allow you to determine if you feel comfortable there, if the doctors, nurses, and counselors at the facility will be able to connect with you, and if the facility offers the kind of care it claims to. It is important to always tour the facility before making a final decision if you have the chance.
Knowing a rehab program is best for you, especially an inpatient center, is all about making sure the facility offers the care you require without making it difficult on you to attend the program. This is why it is important to do your research and to look at your treatment facility––and what it offers––from every angle before making a decision.
Find Your Inpatient Laudanum Rehab Today
Laudanum abuse is serious and is usually indicative of other issues. Now is the time to seek help, and finding a safe, beneficial rehab center isn’t something you should have to do alone.