Choosing Tramadol Addiction Treatment for a Loved One
Choosing a treatment for Tramadol addiction does not have to be a difficult process. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Tramadol is an opiate painkiller that although not highly addictive, it does have opiate addiction like symptoms. Since every addiction is slightly different, it is difficult to decide which treatment is best for your loved one. When you have to decide on a treatment it is best to know what type of treatment are available and consider what would be a good fit for the individual in question.
Outpatient treatment works best for individuals who have work, social, or family responsibilities that they cannot leave for a few weeks at a time. In this treatment, a person attends sessions daily, weekly, or monthly depending on their level of addiction. The treatment sessions consist of medication management, medical checkups, individual, and group counseling. Outpatient treatment provides all of the services an addict needs without having to give up their family life and responsibilities in exchange for treatment.
Unfortunately, outpatient treatment does not work for every addict. While they remain in their home environment, they are exposed to triggers and other factors that might cause a relapse.
Inpatient treatment works well for individuals who are severely addicted and have triggers and other circumstances in their environment that help them to use drugs. These factors can be anything from paraphernalia to the dealers and homes they frequent for drugs.
During inpatient treatment, the addict is away from all of these stressors and can work on developing habits that help them stop using. Inpatient treatment is a residential program that includes detox, medical services, medication management, observation, individual, and group counseling.
Unfortunately, inpatient treatment lasts 30, 60, or 90 days. It requires the addict to be away from their home, families, jobs, or school for this length of time. If they have responsibilities they have to attend to, inpatient treatment is not for them.
Community Based Treatment
Community based treatments are usually 12 step programs. They do not involve medication management and force a person to detox alone, usually at home. Although these programs show a reasonable amount of success, most of them involve the addict seeking help on their own. 12 step or community based programs do not usually work on those that do not want treatment for their addiction. According to Narcotics Anonymous, an addict has to want to be drug free for their program to work. One of their only rules is that you have to have the desire for sobriety.
The advantage of a community-based program is that it only requires attendance. It does not cost anything for a person to enter into it. Most 12 step programs are voluntarily supported by their members. There is also quite a bit of freedom in the treatment. You can attend the meeting that you want on your own schedule.
For more information on treatments for Tramadol addiction, call us at 1-800-895-1695. We can help you decide between the different treatments for your loved one’s Tramadol addiction.