Finding Free Meperidine Rehab Centers
Meperidine is a type of opioid used to treat pain. This drug can be an effective medication, but unfortunately, it is often abused by those hoping to experience its euphoric effects. If you or someone you love has been abusing meperidine and needs help, we can connect you with safe, effective rehab centers that are also affordable. Call 800-402-6251 (Who Answers?) now to learn more.
Meperidine Addiction and Treatment
Meperidine is an opioid medication often prescribed under the brand name Demerol. According to the National Library of Medicine, it is “used to relieve moderate to severe pain.” While you may be taking your medication exactly as prescribed, misusing the drug can cause addiction as well as many other serious side effects. Some people even move to heroin abuse in order to combat tolerance, which will only lead to more problematic effects.
Abusing an opioid like meperidine can also cause severe financial problems. The drug is expensive to obtain, and many people who become addicted wind up using money meant for other things––like rent and food––to get more. This type of monetary problem can also make it hard to seek the treatment necessary to safely recover from this substance use disorder. However, we can help you find treatment programs that will provide you with low-cost or even free care so you can put an end to your meperidine abuse as soon as possible.
Where to Get Treatment for Meperidine Addiction
Treatment for an opioid addiction syndrome should take place in a professional rehab center. This can often cost as much as few thousand dollars a month, but with free or low-cost rehab, you will be able to get the same type of care for much less. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, rehab programs are likely to offer the evidence-based practices listed below.
- Methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone are considered to all be effective for treating opioid addiction. Depending on your needs and the severity of your condition, one may be more effective for your recovery.
- Medications are more effective for addiction treatment when they are combined with behavioral therapy.
- Some of the commonly used behavioral therapies for opioid addiction treatment include
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Contingency management (CM)
- Motivational enhancement therapy (MET)
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- 12-step facilitation therapy
In addition, most free rehab centers will also offer other treatment options such as drug testing, assessment and treatment of co-occurring disorders, and more. But when choosing what type of treatment is best for your needs, it is also important to understand the difference between inpatient and outpatient care.
Inpatient vs. Outpatient
Essentially, inpatient programs offer 24-hour treatment in a controlled environment while outpatient programs do not. The former option is usually better for those suffering from additional disorders or those who require extra attention during recovery. But because opioid withdrawal is not considered life threatening, not everyone dealing with meperidine addiction requires his type of intensive treatment.
You will likely be a good candidate for inpatient care if…
- You are suffering from a mental disorder that is co-occurring with your addiction.
- You are suffering from a physical disorder that is co-occurring with your addiction.
- You do not have a group of friends or family members at home who can help you while you are not in treatment.
- You have sought less intensive treatment for your meperidine addiction––or another type of addiction––before and not achieved the results for which you were hoping.
- You have never sought addiction treatment before.
- You are suffering from more than one type of addiction.
- Your home is not drug-free or is not a place where you will be able to recover safely.
If any of these issues affect you, it may be important to seek inpatient care. But even if they do not, you may still want a more intensive option for your recovery. No matter which program you choose, the decision should be based on your needs.
Types of Free Meperidine Rehab
There is actually more than one type of free opioid addiction rehab program, and finding the one that suits your needs can require an understanding of the options available to you.
- All-free rehab: This is considered completely free treatment which usually only accepts certain individuals based on need.
- Partial-free rehab: This type of program often offers a sliding-fee scale as well as less costly care.
- Methadone rehab: There are free methadone maintenance centers, most of which are government funded. According to the National Institute of Justice, these programs “must be certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (or SAMHSA) and registered with the Drug Enforcement Agency (or DEA).”
- Christian rehab: Some free rehab centers are run by nonprofit organizations or churches that also offer spiritual guidance to patients. Though these programs also provide evidence-based practices like behavioral therapy, many of them do not utilize medication in their treatment.
These categories can sometimes overlap, but it is very important to understand everything your rehab program is offering before you begin to seek help there.
Is Free Meperidine Rehab Right for Me?
Not everyone needs completely free treatment in order to safely recover, which is why most of these facilities accept patients based on the severity of their needs. You may qualify for free meperidine rehab if…
- Your income is very low.
- You lost your job as a result of your meperidine abuse.
- Your family situation dictates that you receive free treatment.
- You are homeless.
How Long Is Meperidine Rehab?
Meperidine rehab sometimes requires long-term treatment, especially if you choose to utilize a maintenance medication like methadone. According to the NIDA, patients who go into methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) should expect to be in this program for at least a year. However, a free rehab program will usually be much shorter than this.
Most free rehab centers provide about 30 days of treatment, which is focused mainly on stabilization. These facilities will usually make up for this short treatment length by providing patients with aftercare options. Still, before you consider your needs for treatment and choose a facility, it can be difficult to determine exactly how long rehab will last for you, as every patient should receive their own individualized program.
Signs Meperidine Rehab Is Necessary
Meperidine is, unfortunately, abused just as commonly as any other opioid drug, and this misuse can still lead to addiction and other serious side effects. Below are the signs that should let you know it is time to seek treatment for your meperidine abuse syndrome.
- You cannot function without the drug.
- You need the drug to fall asleep, wake up, or deal with stressful situations.
- You are doing illegal or dangerous things to obtain the drug, including doctor shopping and/or buying the medication online or from a dealer.
- You crave the drug when you are unable to take it.
- Your friends and family members are concerned about your drug abuse, or you keep your use secret from them because you know they would be concerned.
- You have considered switching to a stronger substance to counter the tolerance you are experiencing for meperidine.
- You have experienced the withdrawal syndrome associated with meperidine dependence, which, according to the NLM, can be extremely painful and feels similar to the flu.
- You have experienced a serious side effect of your drug abuse in the past year, including
- Getting fired
- Getting arrested
- Having a falling out with a loved one
- Experiencing financial problems
- You do not believe you will be able to stop using meperidine, even if you really want to.
- Your drug abuse is no longer in your control.
If you have noticed any of these issues in your life, it is time to seek help. Still, it is never too early to get the treatment you need in order to put an end to your substance abuse. Opioids are dangerously addictive, and without professional treatment, many individuals return to substance abuse, which often causes an overdose.
Insurance & Private Pay Options
If your income is too high or you do not qualify for free treatment for another reason, this does not mean you will have to pay more than you can afford for rehab. Every individual’s situation is different, and depending on yours, you may be able to find another way to afford the care you need at a lower cost.
Some of the ways you can minimize your treatment expenses include
- Finding rehab centers that offer care on a sliding-fee scale
- Financing your treatment costs by paying a certain amount upfront and then the rest in smaller increments
- Asking your friends and family members to help you pay for rehab
- Using your insurance plan to help you pay for treatment
- Almost every insurance plan will offer at least some option to partially pay for addiction treatment, whether it will cover the cost of your medication, your rehab program, or every aspect of care.
Luxury rehab centers do exist where you can receive indulgent options in a hotel-like facility, but these programs are no more effective than free or low-cost rehab centers. We want to help match you with the care you need and nothing more than what you can afford.
Help Finding a Free Meperidine Treatment Program
Our treatment advisors are available 24-7 to help you find the kind of treatment you need for a safe recovery from meperidine addiction. When you call, make sure to have any pertinent information ready such as your income, your insurance plan, and your medical history. Your advisor will then match you with the right option for your recovery.
- It is always important to call the facility of your choice before you choose to begin treatment there. Once your advisor matches you with an effective option, call to speak to someone at the facility.
- They may also need your information in order to do a quick intake process over the phone and to make sure you will qualify for care at their facility.
- You should ask any questions you may have over the phone as well, including
- What type of treatment do you provide?
- How much will it cost me to receive treatment at your facility?
- Will you accept my insurance plan?
- Will there be any out-of-pocket costs for me, and if so, can I pay them in increments?
- What are your accreditations?
- What is your success rate with patients?
- How long will I be in treatment?
If you call 800-402-6251 (Who Answers?) today, we will be able to make the process of finding the free meperidine rehab centers that suit your needs much easier so you can ask the real questions and begin preparing for your treatment program.
What Happens After Rehab?
According to the NIDA, addiction isn’t a disease that can be cured with one treatment program or even many. In most cases, it is an issue that needs to be treated and maintained over time like asthma or diabetes. As such, you may decide to attend more treatment options after rehab or choose an aftercare program that suits your needs.
Most rehab centers will help you make the transition from treatment to your post-rehab life. This is achieved by helping you find aftercare and teaching you the skills you will need to remain drug-free. However, it is always possible that you may experience a relapse, and if this does occur, seeking treatment again is often necessary. After rehab, you will be able to begin your life over again, but you will still need to remain vigilant and careful of the issues that could lead to a relapse.
Get Help Today
Meperidine abuse is dangerous, and an addiction to this drug will usually require intensive treatment in a rehab center. But this does not mean you will have to pay more than you can afford for care. Call 800-402-6251 (Who Answers?) now to find rehab programs that suit your recovery needs and your budget.