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Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment in Inpatient Rehab Centers
Prescription drug addiction continues to be a growing problem in the United States and though changes are being made to the way that prescriptions are produced and dispensed, there are still areas of the country riddled with prescription drug addiction. If you are one of the sufferers, you know that it quickly takes over your life and makes you feel trapped.
The obvious solution is rehab, but if you don’t know a whole lot about rehab, it doesn’t mean anything to you. You have to know more about it before you can really, truly consider it as a part of your future.
And you aren’t alone.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates 2.4 million people participated in the nonmedical use of prescription drugs for the first time in the past year. That equates to 6,600 new nonmedical users per day. Obviously, every one of these people won’t become an addict but they run the risk.
The following post should answer some of your larger questions about the role an inpatient rehab center can play in your recovery from prescription drug addiction. To have your other questions answered quickly and clearly by an expert, simply call 800-721-8114. Don’t bother trying to figure everything out on your own. Let us help.
How Is Inpatient Treatment Different Than Outpatient Treatment?
Patients in an outpatient program attend sessions at the rehab center at scheduled times, but they don’t reside in the center; this allows them to maintain household and job responsibilities. This also tends to be the less expensive option.
Patients in inpatient care live at the rehab center during their treatment. This has many benefits, including:
- Separation from stressors and drug use cures
- A drug and alcohol-free living environment
- A sober peer group
- An increased ability to focus on treatment (there are fewer distractions)
- 24-hour a day care
One of the largest benefits of inpatient rehab is inpatient detox, the process by which drugs are eliminated from your system. Prescription opioids produce terrible withdrawal symptoms, so much so that detox without medication to alleviate pain is considered inhumane. Prescription benzodiazepine withdrawal can kill you. Inpatient detox allows you to have round-the-clock medical oversight.
Will an Inpatient Rehab Center Maintain My Privacy?
It is not uncommon for patients in inpatient rehab to worry about other people finding out they went to rehab. It can carry a severe stigma in certain circles and the last thing you want is your private treatment getting back to the wrong people.
However, as medical providers, rehab centers have a legal obligation to keep all aspects of your treatment private. There are two laws in place to protect your confidentiality.
- Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
- Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records
Your records will be kept locked away and may only be accessed by those directly related to your care. In addition, no one will discuss any aspect of your treatment without your consent.
How Long Should I Plan to Be in Inpatient Care?
When you attend your intake session at the beginning of rehab, you will undergo many assessments and an individualized treatment plan will be created using this information. During this time, an ideal treatment length will be determined. As treatment progresses, this may be adjusted.
When you research rehab centers, you will discover that there are multiple treatment lengths offered. Popular lengths are:
- 28 to 30 days
- 60 days
- 90 days
The National Institute on Drug Abuse asserts longer stays are linked to more positive outcomes and argues that a 3-month stay is the minimum that should be considered. However, you may not have insurance or a lifestyle that accommodates that long a stay. Remember that any rehab is better than no rehab.
If you end up needing to come back for additional care, don’t worry. That’s always an option.
How Can I Pay for Inpatient Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment?
The important thing is to inquire about financing before you commit yourself to an amount that you cannot pay or one that would undermine your financial stability. There are many payment avenues and you should consider:
- Private insurance
- Medicaid or public insurance
- Private financing
- Community Resources
If you have concerns about paying for your prescription drug rehab, call 800-721-8114. We are financing experts.