If you’ve been stressing out looking for effective and affordable Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers, you’re not alone.
It is estimated that over 30 million people abuse opioids worldwide, with around 3 million residing in the US alone.
Opiate Addiction is a worldwide epidemic.
And it’s something that I’ve personally been through and recovered from, though it wasn’t easy.
Getting affordable and effective Opiate Addiction Treatment that has a high rate of success is almost nonexistent.
Did you know that traditional Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers have a 5% success rate?
It’s not just Opiate Recovery Programs.
Drug rehab facilities in the US as a whole share this discouraging statistic.
Now don’t get me wrong…I’m not anti-drug treatment.
There are some really good programs out there.
However, most of the really good ones are too expensive for the average person to afford.
In this article, I’m going to provide you with an overview on what I believe would be the ideal Opiate Addiction Treatment Program.
It might exist out there somewhere already, though I doubt it. However, if it doesn’t yet exist, perhaps someone will read this article and create one.
That is my hope…my vision…because I want to help end suffering in the world.
I want to help provide people with the tools, inner-strength, and resources that can assist them to overcome opiate addiction in the most effective and permanent way possible.
So here’s my vision for the Perfect Opiate Addiction Treatment Center, which I believe could have extremely high success rates.
1. No Cost
One of the main barriers to Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers is the cost. If you have insurance, you can typically get into a program, but depending on the insurance you have, this might be difficult, or you might still have to pay some money out-of-pocket.
And like I stated before, a lot of the higher-quality addiction recovery facilities are very expensive, so most insurance plans won’t cover it.
What’s the solution?
Free Treatment of course.
I’m of the opinion that we should decriminalize the personal use of drugs. In my perfect world, drug-dealing and drug-trafficking would still be a criminal offense.
However, individuals that take drugs for personal use only would not have to go to jail or prison, but what be directed to treatment programs instead.
According to Jonathan Rothwell, Senior Economist at Gallup:
During the period from 1993 to 2011, there were three million admissions into federal and state prisons for drug offenses. Over the same period, there were 30 million arrests for drug crimes, 24 million of which were for possession. A combination of approaches to policing, prosecution, sentencing, criminal justice, and incarceration is resulting in higher costs for taxpayers, less opportunity for affected individuals, and deep damage to hopes for racial equality.”
In the US, it costs anywhere between $20,000 and $40,000 per year to house inmates in federal and state correctional facilities.
That’s a lot of money…
Especially to spend on housing inmates that are only in jail or prison for personal use of drugs.
I think we should decriminalize personal use of drugs, and use all of the money we’d save on creating free treatment programs paid for by the state or federal government.
Portugal did exactly this in 2001, and the results have been nothing short of a miracle.
Check out these encouraging post-decriminalization stats:
- Decrease in levels of drug use
- Decrease in rate of drug use
- Decrease in drug-related deaths
- Decrease in HIV infections
- Increase in people seeking drug treatment
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2. Awesome Detox Methods
Along with treatment being free, I think the Perfect Opiate Addiction Treatment Center should have the best opiate detox protocols available.
Too many facilities lack the awareness of what the best detox protocols are.
Here is a list of detox protocols that the Perfect Opiate Addiction Treatment Center would have for the acute withdrawal phase:
Note: The detox protocols I just listed can be combined with each other, or even in addition to the following medicines to use as needed based on individual circumstances: Tramadol, clonidine, buprenorphine, methadone, DXM, Valium, Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan, Librium, Seroquel, tizanidine, methocarbamol, Soma, Flexeril, trazodone, cannabis, Benadryl, and baclofen.
3. Biochemical Rebalancing
Post-acute symptoms typically appear 7-14 into abstinence, after stabilization from the acute withdrawal.
PAWS can last for weeks, months, or even a year or longer if the biochemical imbalances caused by long-term opiate use are not treated.
This is where the majority of Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers fall short. In the Perfect Opiate Addiction Treatment Center, they would have a holistic bio/psycho/social treatment plan for each individual patient.
And the main focus would need to be biochemical rebalancing.
Most people that get off opiates relapse in less than 90 days.
Post-acute symptoms such as anhedonia (inability to feel pleasure), anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, etc. cause many people to start using opiates again.
Thus, the Perfect Opiate Addiction Treatment Program would have to focus on assisting the patient to eat healthily, exercise, drink enough water, get the right amount of sleep, take specific supplements for their individual needs, and more.
The bio/psycho/social treatment of PAWS, with the biggest focus being the natural rebalancing of brain chemistry, is too much to get into for this article.
However, I’ve written an entire piece on this exact subject. Click on the link below to learn the most effective PAWS treatment plan that would be utilized by The Perfect Opiate Addiction Treatment Center.
4. Phenomenal Treatment Team
I hope you’re enjoying learning about my vision for the Perfect Opiate Addiction Treatment Center.
Before we move on, let’s review for a moment.
So far the Perfect Opiate Addiction Treatment Center would have the following features:
- It would be paid for by the state or federal government (making it free).
- It would be equipped with the best opiate detox protocols to choose from to significantly reduce the severity and duration of withdrawal symptoms.
- It would have strategies in place to provide patients with individualized bio/psycho/social treatment plans (focusing heavily on biochemical rebalancing).
Along with all of these marvelous features, the Perfect Opiate Addiction Treatment Center would have a phenomenal treatment team.
This team would consist of the following professionals:
- Opiate Recovery Coaches
- Personal Trainers
- Massage Therapists
- Music Therapists
- Art Therapists
- Qigong/Tai Chi Instructors
- Meditation Instructors
- Yoga Instructors
- Reiki Masters
To make this Perfect Opiate Addiction Treatment Center complete, it would need to be in a geographical location where there is plenty of nature around.
Optimal locations would be:
- Or anywhere else with abundant nature
Nature therapy, also known as ecotherapy, green therapy, or earth-centered therapy, is an alternative treatment modality which helps to improve your mental and physical wellbeing through doing outdoor activities in nature.
Connecting with nature in this way has been shown to have numerous positive health benefits, and it’s one of my favorite strategies for opiate addiction recovery.
Here are some compelling research outcomes using ecotherapy to enhance mental health:
- In a study, participants recovered more quickly from psychological stress when they were exposed to nature sounds (from a fountain and tweeting birds) than when they were exposed to road traffic noise.
- In another study, participants who had walked in the nature preserve reported less anger and more positive emotions than those who engaged in the other activities.
- In a similar study conducted by Mind, a mental health charity organization, a nature walk reduced symptoms of depression in 71% of participants, compared to only 45% of those who took a walk through a shopping center.
There are many other ecotherapy studies with outcomes that are much like the ones mentioned above.
I don’t know about you, but I feel so frickin amazing when I go for a walk in nature.
I just moved to Oahu two months ago.
My family and I like to go hiking as much as we can.
Out of all the places I’ve hiked, Hawaii is by far the most beautiful.
It’s SO green and lush here.
I especially love waterfall hikes.
After working up a sweat on the hike, my favorite moment is when I stand underneath the waterfall and cool off by getting soaked by the cold and pure water!!! (That’s me in the pic below)
Treatment Program Duration
This Perfect Opiate Addiction Treatment Program would be the most epic place in the word for an individual that wanted to recover from opioid dependence.
The duration of treatment would vary based on the individual needs of the patient, and would range from 30 days to 180 days.
Here would be the breakdown of treatment:
- Phase 1 – Acute Opiate Detox (4-14 days)
- Phase 2 – Inpatient Treatment (30-180 days)
- Phase 3 – Outpatient Treatment (60-120 days)
The first part of treatment would be the acute opiate detox.
Depending on whether you’re coming off short-acting opioids (e.g. hydrocodone) or long-acting opioids (e.g. methadone), the acute detox phase of treatment could last anywhere from four days to a week or two.
After that would be a minimum of a couple of weeks of inpatient treatment, and up to a maximum 180 days of inpatient treatment, depending on the needs of the patient and how fast they make progress.
Once a patient completes their inpatient treatment, they would be able to lower their Level of Care (LOC) to either an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), or an Outpatient Program (OP).
IOP is typically around 10-12 hours a week. OP is typically a few hours a week. In the Perfect Opiate Addiction Treatment Center, this final phase of recovery would last 60-120 days.
As you can see, this could potentially be a very effective Opiate Addiction Treatment Center. To make it even better, there could be a section of the facility for child care.
Can you imagine a treatment facility with all of these features?
A program that’s completely free, has all of the best components a facility could dream of, which also has free childcare 24 hours a day.
Now all we have to do is convince the US government to decriminalize personal drug use, then use the money we would save from not having to arrest and incarcerate inmates to create free, state-of-the-art Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers as well as other drug programs.
Unfortunately, I just don’t think the US will ever decriminalize opiates. And I’m not crossing my fingers that there will ever be free nation-wide drug treatment programs either.
However, if someone created an Opiate Addiction Treatment Center using the guidelines I just provided, they could have a thriving business that would help a lot of individuals recover from opiate addiction.
If you have any comments or questions on Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers, please leave them in the comment box below.