How long does a patient need to stay in treatment? | Opioid Addiction Treatment Services
Extensive research has been conducted in this area. Studies have routinely demonstrated reductions in illicit opioid use of up to 80% or more after several months of medication-assisted treatment with methadone, with the greatest reductions for patients who remain in treatment more than a year. The time in treatment will depend on the length and intensity of the patient's drug abuse and his or her ability to adopt the behavioral changes necessary to break the addiction. Each case is unique, and the decision to stop treatment is made between the patient and his or her treatment team.