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Treatment Options for Opiate Addiction


Opiate addiction has become part of a rising drug epidemic in this country, affecting millions of people and resulting in thousands of deaths every year. This is largely due to the use of prescription painkillers and the risks of addiction associated with them. States all over the U.S. are working toward increasing the number of treatment centers available, so people have care available to them when they need it most.

Depending on your level of addiction and history with opiates, personalized treatment options will vary. However, the same basic elements will be in place to help you safely go through the opiate detox process and enter full recovery. Treatment options for opiate addiction occur in stages, meaning that there is a better success rate when followed in a comprehensive way. Detox always kickstarts rehabilitation but from there, you can decide what route of care is most appealing to you.

With that being said, the timeline for treatment is different based on the individual. For some, treatment may last a few months. For others, it might extend into a few years. Since everyone has their own history with drug addiction, the time it takes to become sober will be personalized as well. The important thing to focus on is your own journey to recovery. It’s not a race to the finish but rather following the best path to get well.

At Luminance, we offer several experiential treatments that have proven helpful for people who suffer from heroin addiction or addiction to painkillers. Among these treatment options are programs designed for both individual and group care. Explore the alternatives and know there is a treatment available that will work for you.


Inpatient Care

The two fundamental routes of addiction treatment are inpatient and outpatient care. Inpatient rehab is when you temporarily reside at a treatment facility as you go through the rehabilitation process. It is a place you voluntarily choose to stay for the duration of treatment.

This can be 30, 60, or 90 days and in some cases, longer. You will be set up with your own treatment plan to determine what timeline suits you best. There will be health goals you must reach before you can go onto the next step. At the end of your plan, your doctor or medical supervisor will assess your progress and determine if you’re healthy enough to be released.

Inpatient care is valuable because it gives you a way to truly disconnect from your current life and leave behind any temptations or bad influences that plague you. Many facilities are located in beautiful areas that invite a sense of calm, such as near the beach or in the mountains, which helps with the overall recovery process.

During your inpatient treatment for opiate addiction, you’ll receive tools and resources from several areas. These are meant to help you while in rehab but also when you return to your normal way of life. There are group therapy sessions where you can learn from others and listen to their stories. There is also one-on-one counseling designed to help you work through some of your personal issues in private. You can find where the root of your substance abuse and addiction stems from so that you can recognize triggers in the future.

Additionally, there are classes and information about finding jobs post-rehab, mending relationships, and learning how to live in the world sans addiction. It can be a challenging transition, especially if you are battling a long-term addiction. However, treatment can help you learn more about the disease and the steps you can take to prevent relapse and thrive in your new life.

Even if you do relapse while at a rehab center, it’s not uncommon. It doesn’t mean that it’s a failure and you should give up. It simply means you must try again. Additionally, inpatient care involves more than therapy sessions and educational classes. You have the opportunity to explore healthy, creative outlets. This may include reading, journaling, or painting. You have free time for exercise, self-reflection, and conversations with others to help you better connect with the experience. With inpatient care, you are provided what you need to achieve sobriety.

Outpatient Care

The other main treatment option for opiate abuse and addiction is outpatient care. With this type of treatment, you experience much of the same process as you would with inpatient care. The big difference is that you don’t stay at the facility. This is helpful for those who have a strong support system around them and would prefer to stay at home. It is also helpful for those who have other obligations which do not allow them time away.

With outpatient care, it requires strong accountability to show up when required and dedicate yourself to the process of rehab. It, too, includes group therapy sessions, individual counseling, and tools for maintaining sobriety and learning what to do if there is a relapse.

Outpatient care is sometimes an extension of inpatient care for certain people, making it a good transition option. There may be more temptation present with outpatient care, which could hinder the recovery process. Consider this aspect when choosing which kind of care is best for you. With either inpatient or outpatient care, it’s important to find a place where you feel comfortable and secure. If you are a loved one who is searching for treatment options for your friend or family member, make a list of pros and cons for both. This will help you move forward in finding your loved one the help they need.


Surf Therapy

We are fortunate to be located near the ocean and have resources that are unique to treatment for opiate addiction. Surf therapy is part of one of our experiential treatment programs, which helps connect people with nature, while working through their addiction at the same time. The effect of water has been a therapeutic tool used for years. The sound of the waves and time spent in an outdoor environment helps clear the mind and align the body, mind, and spirit.

Whether you are already an avid surfer or have never spent time swimming in the sea, one of our certified surf instructors will teach the basics of surfing at any level. Once through with the lesson, you’ll reconvene with a therapist who will talk through the process with you. How did being in the water make you feel? What are some of the struggles you faced? How did you overcome them? This type of therapy has proven to help people who are suffering from addiction learn about perseverance, while increasing their strength and self-confidence. It is an active approach to learning about how addiction affects you at a root level and how nature can help you discover the answers that lie within.


Equine Therapy

Much like surf therapy uses the sea as a catalyst to healing, equine therapy uses the power of horses. Equine therapy doesn’t necessarily include riding horses but rather caring for them. The gentle nature of horses has been a source of calm and communication for people who have suffered from post-traumatic stress and other emotional disorders.

When used for treatment for opiate addiction, it opens the door of healing to help you talk through your feelings and behavior processes both during the time spent with horses and the time following. For those who are not immediately comfortable opening up in a group setting or individual counseling, activities like surfing or grooming horses can be the starting point of conversation.


Family Programs

The idea of inpatient or outpatient care may be overwhelming for those who are unsure of taking the first step alone. Our family addiction therapy programs allow your family support to be part of the treatment process with you. Often, family dynamics play a significant role in a person’s addiction and by identifying what these are, they can be prevented in the future.

Additionally, family programs can help everyone understand addiction on a deeper level. What role does a person’s support system play in recovery? What are parts of addiction that people from the outside looking in don’t understand? These are the kind of questions that can be uncovered and discussed as part of a family program.


A Holistic Approach to Treatment

The different types of experiential therapy and unique ways to approach treating addiction are all geared to achieving the goal of sustainable sobriety. Each phase of the process is important, beginning with detoxification, but what happens when the program is complete? Long-term sobriety can best be achieved when there is a holistic approach to treatment. Rather than sequestering addiction as the sole problem, a holistic approach to addiction treatment takes a look at the bigger picture.

Did your addiction begin as a way to self-medicate based on past traumatic events? Was the addictive behavior inherited? What parts of a person’s life has been affected by addiction? Or conversely, what parts of a person’s life led to addiction?

Holistic therapy gives you an in-depth approach for finding the root causes of addiction and what may cause triggers down the road. If these relational problems are never worked through, it can make maintaining sobriety a never-ending battle. Treatment for addiction is about eliminating drug dependency from your life but it’s also about identifying the drivers that led to it in the first place.


How Personalized Treatment Works for You

The decision to seek treatment for addiction is a choice you must make for yourself. There are others who may strongly encourage you to receive help but ultimately, you get to decide. In the same way, you decide where you want to receive care and how you receive it.

With the multitude of options, both traditional and experiential, available to you, you can start to take back control of your life in a way that works best for you. You don’t have to feel stuck. At Luminance Recovery, there are treatment options that include spending time in nature or quality time with your family. There are programs focused on getting to the base cause for addiction and uncovering past events that may have ignited addiction. As far as what expect in treatment, it depends on where you want to be as you go through opiate rehab and what your plan is for opiate addiction recovery. It’s an individualized process based on your needs.

You’ll move on your own time, focusing on your own health. For friends or family members looking for treatment options for their loved ones, have program information ready to go. You’ll be more convincing to the person you are asking to seek treatment. When you receive pushback, it’s because your loved one might be thinking, “How is this going to work?” Show them how it will.

They might not be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel to get the help they need. They may only be able to see the obstacles of getting there. Be confident in you choices and give them treatment options that will most benefit them. If staying close to family is key, don’t choose a place too far from home. If being in nature is important, choose a place where it’s quiet and peaceful.

Treatment options for opiate addiction can be adapted for every person who needs help. When the plan is tailored, it tends to fit better and lead to more success overall. Here you can benefit from experiential treatment not usually offered with every program or facility. Take advantage of all that is available to you through Luminance Recovery treatment plans for care. There is no singular path to sobriety but rather several roads to choose from as you begin your addiction recovery journey. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options.

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