Is Inpatient Treatment Better for Methadone Addiction?

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Calendar icon Last Updated: 09/16/2021

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When a person becomes addicted to methadone, it is often because the drug itself was first being used to treat a larger opioid addiction and the individual relapsed by abusing their medication. Although this isn’t always the case, you would probably benefit in many ways from an inpatient treatment regimen as a methadone abuser.

Methadone Treatment Abuse and Addiction

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, “Methadone can be addictive, so it must be used exactly as prescribed.” Though the doctors, nurses, and other staff members at methadone clinics work to ensure this safe usage, some individuals can slip through the cracks and will start abusing their methadone.

If this is what occurred for you, inpatient care could create a much safer, more effective opioid addiction treatment program for your needs.

Many methadone centers are outpatient based and, after a certain amount of time, patients are usually able to begin taking their medication home. Sometimes, this can be perfectly safe, but others, the temptation can be too much, and a person may abuse their methadone medication. Some people also buy methadone illegally in order to abuse it.

Attending inpatient care can help minimize the likelihood of anyone having access to larger doses of methadone than they need, therefore helping to prevent the possibility of abuse.

MMT is Inpatient-based Too

You can find inpatient-based methadone maintenance treatment, according to the National Institute of Justice, and this is often an option many methadone abusers feel comfortable with. Methadone itself may be the only medication strong enough to minimize their withdrawal symptoms, reduce their cravings, and allow their brain functions to start working normally again without the abuse of opioids, but they will need to be in an environment that does not give them a chance to abuse the drug.

With 24-hour care and supervision, inpatient programs can give patients the methadone maintenance program they need while helping them avoid relapse and other possible issues.

Long-term Addiction and Residential Care

A person who has been struggling with opioid addiction for a long time will often succeed much easier in their recovery by staying in a residential center than if they try to attend a less intensive outpatient program.

The former option usually offers treatment methods and choices that the latter cannot, many of which are beneficial for those who have struggled with long-term addiction. These might include:

  • Behavioral therapy for comorbid disorders
  • Medical care for physical issues
  • Holistic options such as art therapy, yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, massage, acupuncture, etc.
  • Vocational counseling
  • Housing and educational help

While not every methadone addict has been dealing with long-term drug abuse, many have because of the way opioid abuse can sometimes lead to methadone misuse in treatment. If this is your situation, inpatient treatment would likely be a much better fit for you.