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Is Heroin Detox Necessary, and Does TRICARE Help?

Opiate addiction requires detox, and this cannot be avoided. Heroin addiction creates significant withdrawal symptoms that should be managed with medical detox and proper withdrawal management. Per the TRICARE website, covered services include detoxification, medication-assisted treatment, opioid treatment programs, and partial hospitalization programs. The level of coverage and how much is covered is based on the plan. When deciding on a detox, it is a good idea to speak with a TRICARE representative and find out what is covered. Heroin addiction impacts Americans across the country. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 0.3% of people aged 12 or older were past-year heroin users. When compared to earlier years, this was a slight incline in the number of people using heroin.

Opioid overdose continues to be a problem across the United States. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70,980 people died of a drug overdose in 2019, and over 50,000 involved opioids. In 20918, nearly 15,000 people died from a drug overdose involving heroin, which was a rate of almost five deaths for every 100,000 Americans. In 2018, heroin involved overdose death rates showed a decline, decreasing 4.1% from 2017 to 2018. Families searching for heroin detox programs can contact their TRICARE provider to receive an addiction assessment. An assessment could be done over the phone or in-person, and it helps a family or addict determine the extent of addiction and what treatment is necessary. Detox is the first step with treatment, and this process should not be considered the only approach to addiction treatment.

Following heroin detox, the next step with treatment involves attending inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation. Typically, the extent and severity of addiction determine what form of treatment is required and the length of time needed. However, TRICARE would provide in-network or out of network providers for the family. Residential rehabilitation usually offers long-term and short-term rehabilitation options. Long-term treatment lasts three to six months or more, whereas short-term programs provide services for three to six weeks. TRICARE may also cover outpatient treatment after detox, and this is a good option for someone still working or with family support. Overall, rehabilitation should be well-rounded, starting with detox, therapy, and aftercare support.

However, convincing someone they need treatment is not always easy and most families organize a family intervention. Professional intervention helps families regain control and safe the life of the addict. The best way to organize a family intervention is by hiring a professional interventionist. Certified interventionists have proper training to counsel and work with families. The intervention process usually lasts two days and the first day involves planning the intervention while the second day is the intervention. Family interventions are successful and the best option to convince an unwilling addict to find help.

Sources-
https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/reports/rpt29393/2019NSDUHFFRPDFWHTML/2019NSDUHFFR1PDFW090120.pdf
https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/heroin.html
https://www.aha.org/news/headline/2020-07-16-cdc-drug-overdose-deaths-46-2019

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