Q. What is dependence?
A. When a patient uses opioid medications for a prolonged duration of time, such as taking prescription medications to treat pain, the body becomes physically dependent on this medication. If these medications are stopped suddenly, withdrawal symptoms may occur. Instead, these patients may need to be weaned off these medications by an experienced physician.
Q. What is detox?
A. Detox is a medical withdrawal and detoxification from opioids. We implement advanced protocols to make this process as comfortable as possible. Detox is usually the first step in a treatment continuum and not a stand-alone therapy.
Q. What are Opiates?
A. Opiates are a group of drugs that originate from the opium poppy or that have a chemical structure similar to the drugs derived from opium. When introduced into the body they produce pain relief as well as psychological effects.
Q. What are Opioids?
A. Opioids are similar to opiates, they do the same things, but opioids are synthetic or partially synthetic chemicals that mimic naturally occurring opiates. In terms of treatment, there is no material difference.
Q. Should I never take painkillers?
A. Patients have the right to be pain free and a physician should not ignore that right even if it means prescribing painkillers after following the appropriate step wise approach. However, when the pain is treated, the patient should be weaned off their painkillers through the appropriate methods.
Q. What is the program’s success rate?
A. We are very proud of our outcomes.
– Only 11% of Symetria Recovery® patients have relapsed or returned-to-use. This is compared to universal statistics for opioid-dependent patients where the relapse rate can be as high as 90%.
– 86% of Symetria Recovery® patients remain treatment adherent after 6 months, as compared to other programs that typically experience dropout rates of 67% and 55% for outpatient and residential treatment, respectively.
– While overdose deaths have skyrocketed, Symetria Recovery® had a 0% mortality rate.
These outcomes are not coincidental. Our model is contemporary, research-driven, and designed to offer the best opportunities for lasting recovery.
Q. Will insurance typically cover the entire treatment plan?
A. As a general rule, insurance typically covers the entire treatment plan. While some patients will have insurance policies that require deductibles or copays, once these obligations are met, treatment is typically covered at 100%. We are committed to working with patients to resolve financial questions and remove barriers to treatment. We will work with you to make treatment affordable.
Q. Will my treatment “team” be with me through the entire process?
A. Yes. You and your family will have a primary counselor who will be by your side throughout your time at Symetria Recovery®. You will be treated by the same physician and nurses, as we believe continuity of care and communication are paramount to successful outcomes.