MS Contin (morphine sulfate) is an extended release prescription opioid drug indicated for the treatment of severe, long-term pain. MS Contin carries a high risk of abuse and addiction and can be dangerous if not taken as prescribed under a doctor's supervision or otherwise misused.
Nearly 3 million Americans 12 years of age or older had a substance use disorder involving prescription drugs. Of these addictions, approximately 2 million were related to pain-relieving medications. This number reflects an increasing trend in prescription painkiller use. In 2015, 822,000 people received treatment for substance use disorders related to painkiller use.
MS Contin rehabilitation (rehab) centers specialize in treating addiction to opioids. These facilities often employ a combination of therapies to treat MS Contin addiction. People who receive professional treatment are more likely to maintain sobriety.
Inpatient vs. Outpatient Addiction Treatment
An inpatient MS Contin rehab center is a live-in facility where the patient resides full-time during the treatment process. Residential MS Contin rehab facilities offer 24-hour treatment as patients receive the highest level of care. Outpatient clinics are more flexible than inpatient facilities in that the patient is able to work, go to school, and participate in other activities while receiving treatment.
Do I Need a Residential Rehab Facility?
Residential MS Contin rehab centers offer a variety of benefits to the addicted individual, including:
- Around-the-clock supervision and care from trained medical and addiction professionals.
- A safe, stable, drug-free environment.
- Detoxification (detox) services.
- Specialized support.
- Therapeutic treatment.
- Medication-assisted treatment.
- Structure and accountability.
- Aftercare and family involvement programs.
In a residential facility, patients are able to focus solely on recovery without distractions related to their daily life. For some, the patient's home environment contributes to or exacerbates drug use. Residential MS Contin rehab facilities remove patients from their home environments giving them the time and space necessary for long-term recovery.
MS Contin Tolerance vs. Dependence
MS Contin should only be used under the direction and supervision of a licensed physician. Taking a larger dose or for longer than prescribed or using MS Contin when it hasn't been prescribed is considered misuse.
Misuse of MS Contin increases the likelihood of developing tolerance to the effects of the drug, opioid dependence, and eventually addiction. Tolerance occurs when the brain essentially becomes desensitized to the effects of a substance, and increased amounts are required to achieve the desired effects. When tolerance becomes pronounced, users often begin taking increasing amounts of the drug to overcome its effects.
This escalation in drug use behavior can hasten the onset of chemical dependence – a phenomenon in which a steady presence of the drug is “required” in order for the user to feel and function at optimal levels. When a user develops physiological dependence, they frequently will experience an array of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms upon suddenly stopping or drastically reducing the amount of MS Contin ingested.
Rehab Privacy and Confidentiality
MS Contin rehab centers are legally required to protect privacy and abide by federal confidentiality laws, known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This means that medical records and participation in treatment are covered under HIPAA, and information can't be released without signed patient consent or in the event of an emergency. Some facilities offer private rooms to all patients while other facilities offer the option of a private room at an additional charge.
How Long Does Inpatient Rehab Last?
The rehab process is tailored to the needs of each individual person. Some patients benefit from a 28- to 30-day program. Those who have been living with MS Contin dependence for a longer period of time may choose a 60-day or 90-day program (or longer, if necessary).
The length and severity of the addiction, available supports, and presence of any possible physical or mental health issues can influence the length of treatment. Some residential MS Contin rehab centers offer long-term treatment programs lasting six months or longer. Each facility varies, so it's important to ask about the options available at the treatment facility.
The Rehab Process
The rehab process begins with the intake assessment in which a treatment professional will gain information about the individual's physical, mental, and substance use history. The individual seeking treatment will at this point learn about the program rules and regulations, complete necessary paperwork and consent forms, and oftentimes will undergo a medical exam and toxicology testing.
The next step involves detox from MS Contin, which can be an uncomfortable or painful process. Detox facilities often utilize medication-assisted treatment to ease the symptoms of withdrawal. There are several medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that may be helpful in cases of opioid dependence, including buprenorphine, naltrexone, and methadone. Other supportive medications, such as clonidine, may also be administered to allay some of the otherwise difficult to endure withdrawal symptoms.
Once the detox process is complete, structured substance abuse commences. Since MS Contin addiction can have a variety of causes, multiple treatments will most likely be used. Recovery programs differ in their approaches, but most will include some combination of individual counseling, behavior modification therapy, group sessions, medication-assisted treatment, and access to medical and mental health care when needed. Recovery efforts often persist long after the initial treatment program is complete and many MS Contin rehab centers offer their own aftercare programs or will work with patients to design a solid aftercare program prior to program completion to ensure long-term success.
For more information about what to expect during the addiction treatment process, please call our confidential helpline at 1-888-341-7785. Rehab placement specialists are available to help you prepare for what to expect and connect you to the best MS Contin rehab facility for your individual needs.
Paying for Addiction Treatment
The cost of rehab is different at each facility. Inpatient treatment generally costs more than outpatient programs because the patient receives constant care, room and board, and intensive therapy. Most MS Contin treatment centers accept insurance, financing, or sliding-scale fees.
Travel or Stay Near Home for Rehab?
Staying near home is a good option for addicted people who have strong support within the community. Other individuals, however, may live in an environment that can trigger relapse, have a lot of substance-related connections in the community, poor sober support, or do not have stable households. In these cases, it may be better to seek treatment away from home.
About Luxury Residential and Executive Rehab
If work concerns have deterred you or someone you care for from seeking help for a substance use issue or behavioral addiction, executive rehab facilities may be a good fit. Many luxury rehab facilities feature the most lavish amenities that a person would normally expect in America's finest hotels, with a focus on the success and well-being of each patient. Various luxury amenities work to aid the treatment process, such as exercise, massage, nutrition, and cutting-edge therapies.
If work concerns have deterred you or someone you care for from seeking help for a substance use issue or behavioral addiction, executive rehab facilities may be a good fit. By pairing high-quality substance abuse treatments with the freedom of occasional computer and phone access, an executive can receive help in a private, comfortable setting while still attending to their business-related responsibilities.
After Addiction Rehab
After treatment for addiction, the patient can return home, obtain or resume a job, start to repair relationships, and learn to live a sober lifestyle. Quality MS Contin rehab centers offer a variety of aftercare options. Recovering individuals can attend group sessions, social gatherings, counseling, participate in mentorship programs, and live in sober-oriented housing if a return to a home environment is not yet optimal.
Are You Ready for Rehab?
People addicted to MS Contin may not realize there is a problem at hand, or are merely unwilling to address the issue. Once a person admits to substance use, rehab is the next logical step to achieve sobriety. Some people readily seek help, while others are persuaded by loved ones to seek care.
Seeking treatment for MS Contin addiction can seem overwhelming and you may have a lot of questions. Some topics that people considering addiction rehab often want more information on include:
- Interventions. An intervention is a meeting that is designed to convince an individual who is struggling with addiction to seek treatment. Those who love and care for the individual share their concern and urge the individual to get help. Ideally, an intervention specialist – sometimes referred to as a professional interventionist – should assist in this process.
- Treatment methods. These can include counseling, group therapy, spiritual and 12-step programs, holistic methods, such as yoga and meditation, and alternative therapeutic methods, such as animal (e.g., equine therapy) or expressive arts therapy.
- Sober living. Maintaining a sober lifestyle after treatment is possible with the appropriate supports, such as sober living houses or halfway house settings, where structure, support, and monitoring is provided while helping the recovering individual learn to hold themselves accountable. MS Contin rehab centers give each patient the tools and knowledge needed to succeed long term.
- Aftercare and recovery. A solid aftercare program regimen will be planned during the treatment process to provide additional care and support once rehab has been completed. Through participation in aftercare programs, recovering individuals are able to continue counseling and other programs designed to ensure long-term sobriety.
Getting Help for MS Contin Addiction
It's never too late to seek treatment for drug abuse. MS Contin addiction is a treatable and many individuals are able to recover and lead healthy, productive lives. Call 1-888-341-7785 anytime to speak to a rehab placement specialist who can help you find the right rehab program to meet your needs. Addiction rehab works and recovery is possible. Get help today.
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