Those that enter methadone rehab will find that its duration will be based on your treatment provider and schedule. It is a major endeavor that requires considerable dedication from both parties. It has four primary phases, which are intake, rehabilitation, detoxification and continued recovery.
Intake will likely begin the moment an addict (or someone who cares about them), contacts the treatment facility. You will want to ask about the treatment methods the facility uses, while providing information regarding the length of time methadone has been abused, why you choose to use this drug, and what you expect to get out of the program. You will also need to inquire about pricing. Intake is important as it helps you determine if a program and facility is suitable for your needs.
This is the point in which the methadone is removed from the addict’s system. The time needed for methadone detoxification can differ from one individual to another but will take longer for those who’ve abused it heavily. Methadone detox comes in two forms; gradual or rapid. Rapid detox is performed in special clinics which are certified.
An aesthetic will be applied by the doctor to produce sedation, which will last for about 60 minutes and will greatly lower the withdrawal symptoms patients normally experience. Gradual detox is typically performed in outpatient facilities. However, many experts believe it is not as effective as rapid detox, which is why patients may be sent to an inpatient clinic so they can be thoroughly monitored during the procedure.
Rehabilitation is the time in which the patients are allowed to get to the root of their addiction, what caused it and how to avoid it in the future. The best clinics offer diverse forms of therapy, to cater to the different backgrounds, personalities and preferences of patients. Therapy can be broken down into three broad categories, which are group therapy, individual therapy and family therapy.
Group therapy involves meetings where a group of recovering addicts will get to know each other, show support and foment trust. During each session patients will listen to the stories of others while contributing their own. Group therapy is important because patients will be in an environment with others who have had similar experiences and who understand them. Individual therapy, by contrast, focuses on each patient individually. Therapists will typically have one on one meetings with the patient where they learn when and how they started using methadone, why, and how to overcome triggers which tempt them to resume usage. Individual therapy also teaches patients alternative hobbies and practices that can be used as an alternative.
Family therapy is similar to group therapy with the exception that it only includes members of a patient’s family, as opposed to strangers. Family members can often provide emotional support and will help therapists learn more about the patient’s history.
This is the last and most challenging part of the process. Continued recovery involves behaviors and practices that ensure you remain methadone free after leaving rehab. It is best to talk to your therapist or counselor to develop a plan for this.