Study: Opioid Outpatient Treatment After Hospitalization Greatly Reduces Relapses

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Harbor Village Florida comments on on a study that reduces relapses from heroin.

Patients that begin treatment for heroin and opioid addiction during hospitalization that also receive outpatient treatment (medical and psychiatric) are 5x less likely to relapse, according to a recent report “Treating Addicted Patients During, After Hospitalization Reduces Relapse” (6/30). According to the report, the average bill for opioid and heroin-related treatment in 2013 was almost $19,000 per a visit - a number that continues to skyrocket. The new research, a collaboration between BMC (Boston Medical Center) and BHRI (Butlet Hospital of Rhode Island), has shown that there is a compassionate and cost-effective way of combating this problem: simple treatment.

By focusing emergency treatment and interventions in a clinical setting, the patients are set up for success - but support has to continue once they leave the hospital. With regular outpatient therapy (both pharmaceutical and group/talk therapy), patients have a 5x reduction in relapse after they leave the hospital.

Most opioid-addiction treatments are aimed at detoxing and easing the symptoms of physical withdrawal; while physical withdrawal can be a major cause of relapse, there’s also a psychological component that needs to be taken into consideration.

The study followed 139 patients who had been initially hospitalized with an opioid addiction (with informed consent) over a three year period. Both groups received Buprenorphine, but only half received referrals to a primary care addiction outpatient program. 10% of the “standard” treatment program group reported 0% opioid use after 6 months of treatment. The alternate treatment program, though, had 30% of the group reporting 0% opioid use after 6 months of treatment. Successfully overcoming addiction means having the support you need to get well - Harbor Village provides that support. Our luxury drug and alcohol treatment facility in Southern Florida provides specialized treatment for patients based on their individual needs and goals.

At Harbor Village, a trained team of medical professionals help clients achieve recovery from both alcohol and drugs addiction. Located in South Florida, this drug and alcohol rehab facility allows each client to experience detoxification in a luxury, state-of-the art environment. Clients are welcomed with upscale accommodations including a beautifully furnished suite with satellite television, over an acre of outdoor lounge area, spa, salon, massage and acupuncture services, nutritious, gourmet dining and the personalized support of a friendly, knowledgeable staff.

“Drug and alcohol dependency can quickly turn you into a less responsible person on a course for destruction. Your solution? Check into a detox center such as Harbor Village,” said Robert Niznik, Harbor Village CEO.
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