When to Choose Outpatient Treatment for Lortab Addiction

When to Choose Outpatient Treatment for Lortab AddictionLortab is a prescription pain reliever consisting of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. The latter is a narcotic compound made from codeine, which trails only morphine as the most prominent alkaloid in opium. Whether a person uses the drug for pain management or narcotic highs, Lortab is an addictive drug with a high propensity for abuse. If an addiction develops, rehabilitation offers the most effective path to recovery, but not all treatment plans are the same. Some addicts opt for inpatient treatment in a residential facility, which involves full-time care that usually lasts for at least 30 days. The second option is outpatient treatment in which patients provide for their own housing and attend a set number of therapies per week. An outpatient program may only include one therapy session per week although intensive programs generally involve 10 to 14 weekly hours sectioned into three-hour blocks. The preferred type of treatment depends on the patients and his or her personal recovery needs.

Benefits of Outpatient Treatment

Residential care provides a safe, monitored setting with more accountability, but committing to full-time treatment can be a problem for some people, especially single parents. By having more flexibility, outpatient treatment provides certain benefits, including the following:

  • Continued engagement in daily activities, responsibilities, and hobbies
  • Ability to sleep at home, which can be important for parents and caregivers
  • Ability to continue working and avoid dramatic income drops
  • Ongoing interaction and support with loved ones

In 2011, PsychCentral online noted that inpatient and outpatient treatment share many of the same therapies and recovery tools. In some cases, outpatient care may improve treatment efficacy in various ways, including the following:

  • Immediate application of recovery tools as learned in therapy sessions
  • Daily tests that bring clarity to progress, setbacks, and drug use triggers
  • More productive setting for independent people who would resist confined facilities
  • Opportunity to give family and friends more guidance over time on how they can help
  • Option to ask therapists real-time questions while implementing recovery principles

Nevertheless, it does not always have to be a choice between one treatment and the other. In 2012, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recommended a transition into outpatient treatment for certain people who are finishing inpatient care.

Rehabilitation and Finances

Outpatient programs can also provide treatment opportunities for people who would otherwise be unable to access professional care. Being able to continue working is an obvious financial benefit, but there are several others, including the following:

  • Some health insurance companies may only offer outpatient treatment benefits.
  • People paying out-of-pocket will usually find that outpatient care is less expensive.
  • Many addicted parents may not have the finances to provide full-time childcare.
  • An outpatient facility may be close to home while inpatient care may require travel.

With outpatient treatment, a short residential stay may still be necessary for medically supervised detoxification. Otherwise, both inpatient and outpatient care typically involve a variety of individual and group therapies, including treatments for mental health disorders, maladaptive thought processes, unresolved trauma, unconscious conflicts, anger management, and conflict resolution. Non-addictive and holistic treatments can also be employed on people with chronic pain problems, which is a common cause of Lortab abuse.

Addiction Helpline

If you are ready to do something about your addiction, call our toll-free helpline now. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to discuss inpatient and outpatient programs and help you decide which might be right for you. In addition, we can recommend rehabilitation centers, describe treatment methods, and even check health insurance policies for benefits. If you have questions or want addiction help, please call now.