How to Assess Opiate Recovery Needs

How to Assess Opiate Recovery Needs

Assessing Opiate Recovery Needs

Everyone has unique needs for overcoming opiate addiction. One user may need more support after treatment, while another person will need more support during treatment. One may need Dual Diagnosis care for co-occurring depression while another needs family therapy to reestablish a healthy home life. Identifying and addressing unique recovery needs is so important that the National Institute on Drug Abuse[1] considers a principle of treatment to be that “Treatment varies depending on the type of drug and the characteristics of the patients. Matching treatment settings, interventions, and services to an individual’s particular problems and needs is critical to his or her ultimate success in returning to productive functioning in the family, workplace, and society.” They also emphasize the importance of treatment that addresses all areas of health and life and of constantly reassessing and adjusting treatment so that it remains relevant and effective. To assess and address the recovery needs of either yourself or a loved one, reach out to medical and/or addiction specialists. Call a helpline such as ours to learn about the best recovery resources available to you. We are here to help you assemble a team of knowledgeable, experienced professionals committed to working with you from the very beginning through long-term recovery

How to Choose Opiate Addiction Treatment

Asking the right questions can help you assess your own recovery needs and get the treatment that is right for you or your loved one. The following are some questions you can ask our admissions coordinators, your doctor and other recovery professionals:

  • What could happen if I do not receive treatment?
  • What can treatment do for me?
  • What type of treatment is best for me?
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Having questions written down before you call or talk with your doctor ensures you get the answers you need, but a good professional can help you no matter where you are contemplating or pursuing recovery. Simply asking for more information about addiction and recovery options is also a good place to start.

Treatment Options for Opiate Addiction

Once a professional has assessed your opiate recovery needs, he or she will talk with you about your options. The first choice is often between inpatient or outpatient treatment. Inpatient care is typically the safest and most effective. If you or your loved one receives a Dual Diagnosis, inpatient care becomes even more important. However this isn’t to say other options aren’t available or can’t work for you. Outpatient treatment is a good option if you have already completed inpatient care or cannot take time away from family or work. Intensive outpatient programs are effective if you have a good support system at home and are participating in motivational therapy and other therapeutic options that encourage commitment to recovery. The specific amount of time involved, therapy options included and more will vary depending on what a program offers, what the professionals there specialize in and what your individual needs are.

Help Finding Opiate Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one struggles with opiate addiction, call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions, provide a free and confidential initial assessment and help you find the best and most appropriate treatment available. You don’t have to do this alone; we are here to help.

[1]    https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/principles-effective-treatment. “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide.” National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dec 2012. Web. 16 Jun 2016.

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