Inpatient Rehab

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inpatient-rehabInpatient rehab treatment facilities provide specialist treatments designed to help people struggling with drug or alcohol abuse and addiction to begin the road to recovery. One of the key benefits of recovering in an inpatient rehab center is that the person is removed from people and places associated with substance abuse, increasing the chances of avoiding a potential relapse.

Inpatient Rehab vs. Outpatient Treatment Programs

While both types of treatment focus strongly on rehabilitation, inpatient programs require the person to check into the facility for the duration of the treatment program. By comparison, outpatient drug rehab programs allow the person to remain living at home, but still require a considerable time commitment to check in with addiction specialists for medication and counseling.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Residential Rehab?

Inpatient residential rehab facilities are best suited to those people who require round-the-clock monitoring during the initial phase of recovery. As the person has no access to drugs or alcohol, the temptation to relapse back into a pattern of substance abuse is removed. Likewise, people who have been using drugs or alcohol for an extended period of time are likely to experience dangerous withdrawal symptoms during detox. A medically supervised detox protocol in an inpatient facility will ensure the patient is safe and comfortable throughout the process. Constant medical supervision and monitoring reduces the risk of experiencing adverse symptoms that may require emergency medical attention.

Research shows that people recovering from drug or alcohol addiction have a higher recovery success rate in a residential facility than those going through other types of treatment programs. As the person is required to reside within the facility for the duration of treatment, specialist treatment staff have the opportunity to help the person develop healthy new habits for coping with life without the need for drugs or alcohol.

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What are the Goals of Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs?patient-in-therapy-session

Residential drug treatment programs are designed to treat the physical and psychological triggers behind addictive substance abuse. The first part of treatment focuses on the detox process, which helps to break the recovering person’s physical dependency on the drug of addiction.

Treatment also includes one-on-one addiction therapy designed to help the person recognize and identify their own unique addiction triggers. Therapy also works to address dysfunctional behaviors and attitudes behind addictive substance use and replace them with healthy alternatives that make it possible for the person to live a sober life over the long term.

Many rehab centers also incorporate a range of alternative therapies with traditional treatments. Alternative therapies offer natural ways to help a recovering person cope with feelings of stress, anxiety or depression that may emerge throughout the recovery process.

What Happens after Rehab?

Graduating any rehabilitation program is a huge achievement in itself. However, once treatment is completed the person is expected to return to independent living. Rehab centers provide a broad range of aftercare services designed to ensure the recovering person has access to the tools, resources, and support needed to remain sober over the long term.

Throughout the inpatient treatment process, the person would have learned strong relapse prevention measures to help them avoid returning to a pattern of self-destructive behavior. The person is also encouraged to commit to regular attendance at counseling appointments, group support meetings and therapy sessions after leaving rehab, as well as attending any holistic or alternative therapies the person found beneficial for helping to control urges and maintain sobriety.

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  1. Results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings [PDF]. (2014, September). Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


Last updated on April 6th, 2017 at 08:29 pm