What are your options for opiate addiction treatment, and what can you expect from those options? Let’s take a quick look here:
First of all you could detox from opiates by simply laying on your couch at home. This is not generally the preferred method because you will go through vicious withdrawals if you try to do it this way, and most people will not be able to stay clean and sober if they go this route. There are very few things you can do when going through cold turkey opiate withdrawal that will actually help you. For the most part you just have to tough it out, and you will likely be miserable for at least 3 to 5 days. But, cold turkey is still an option, and it is certainly cheaper than other methods. But if it doesn’t work, then it is actually more “expensive” in the long run.
Second, you could simply check into an opiate addiction rehab and detox there, then follow that up with residential treatment. This is a really good option if you can get the funding for it. Unfortunately, treatment is expensive and probably getting more expensive as time goes on. Plus, there are certainly no guarantees that anyone will stay clean, and many people do leave opiate treatment only to relapse very shortly after leaving. So there is no magic bullet, but this is still the best option for most people. It will likely consist of about 5 days in a medical detox followed by approximately 1 to 3 weeks in a residential treatment program. There the recovering opiate addict will likely attend groups and lectures and probably be exposed to the 12 step fellowship of AA or NA also.
Third, an opiate addicted person might decide to try ultra rapid detox, which is a fairly new procedure that can be done on an outpatient basis. But it is a bit like outpatient surgery because they sedate you and then flush your body out from all the remaining opiate drugs in your system. The effect is that most people do not experience any withdrawal symptoms whatsoever afterward. This sounds very appealing, especially to anyone who has gone through a few days of opiate withdrawal, but the procedure has some downsides as well. The main thing is that it is extremely expensive and is not generally covered by medical insurance. The other problem with ultra rapid detox is that it does not lend itself well to educating the addict about recovery. Therefore, the potential for a quick relapse is even higher, and it really is up to the individual to stay clean and sober after being detoxed.