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What Makes a Good Inpatient Program

Posted on :  March 28th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Towards Recovery Clinics specializes in treating opioid addiction with methadone. This treatment program has been successful for many patients. But, there are some patients who need more help. Fortunately, inpatient programs are available for heroin and other opioid addicts.

When shopping for a high quality inpatient program, there are five elements that must happen at the program. Without these features, the inpatient program might not serve the needs of the heroin addict and help create a successful recovery.

Unique Treatment Plans

The first necessary element is that the program must create treatment plans for each individual patient. The needs of patients differ based on their ages, genders, years of addiction, and health histories. Without a customized program, patients will not have the successes they hope for and after spending time in an inpatient program, most patients do not want to return for relapses. A strong program will evaluate the patient’s needs and create a plan that fits all of the patient’s unique needs. The plan is reevaluated throughout the stay to see if any changes are necessary as the patient moves through the recovery steps.

Detailed Record Keeping

The record keeping at the treatment facility must be extensive and precise. Charting the course of recovery is vital to the success of the patient. The physician and other caregivers that are charged with each patient need to record every step of the treatment plan. This way, the caregivers can see if changes need to be made and what works. With quality records, caregivers are able to decide if a plan is even necessary. Patients should be able to see their own records to see their progress. It is also important that the records remain private so the patient does not have to worry about the stigma attached to being in an inpatient drug addiction center.

Scientifically Proven Treatment Methods

Another necessary feature is that the caregivers use treatments that have been scientifically proven. These treatments include methadone treatments, as well as psychological therapy like talk therapy and behavioral treatments. If a physician or caregivers cannot explain the medical benefits of the treatment, then it should not be used. There should be licensed physicians in charge of the treatment. They should specialize in psychiatry, pharmacology, or drug treatment – especially because the prescriptions associated with drug treatment programs can interact with brain chemistry and other drugs.

Trustworthy Caregivers

The treatment center should be comfortable and friendly. The patient should be able to trust the caregivers because they have the knowledge and credentials that inspire the trust. They should be able to help with detox programs and everything that occurs afterwards. When patients are comfortable (without being too comfortable), they are more likely to recover and not need to be readmitted.

Quality Discharge Plans

The final necessity for a quality program is having a treatment program that continues after the patient returns home. The challenge for the patient is getting back into a healthy lifestyle, so it can be useful for patients to have plans of action before they leave. In many cases, patients need to relearn how to insert themselves back into society. They will need to know what to do in trigger situations. They will need to know how to get back to work and how to get back to their families. Many struggle with meeting new friends, who are drug free and healthy to be around. A quality treatment program will often involve referral services and alumni program for men and women who have been discharged. Good treatment centers want to see their patients succeed and they will offer support through all of the stages.

If you have any questions or concerns about methadone as a tool for recovery, or if you are worried about an addiction, please contact us at 905-527-2042 or email at

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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