Do You Need Inpatient Drug Rehab?

Inpatient or residential rehab offers a patient around-the-clock recovery. Over the course of 30, 60, 90, or more days, they can detox safely and comfortably, fully engage in substance abuse treatment, and graduate with the tools for a life in long-term recovery.

Addiction is complex, with many causes, and each person is affected differently. When it comes to rehab for drug and alcohol use disorders, each case is unique, and a one-size-fits-all approach rarely does work for one and all.

Consideration of a person’s particular needs — those include medical, psychological, social, and legal ones — should be factored into a treatment program. So should a person’s age, gender, culture, and ethnicity.

Being in treatment for the right amount of time is important too. The length of stay depends on the patient, including how severe their addiction is.

An individual with a more deep-rooted dependence on drugs or alcohol tends to fare better with a longer treatment time, and often within an inpatient setting that offers 24-hour medical care. That gives one more time to detox, address pressing and lingering medical and mental issues, and immerse themselves in various psychotherapies to prepare for long-term sobriety.

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What Is Inpatient Rehab?

Inpatient rehab, also referred to as long-term or residential treatment, provides a patient with around-the-clock care. Patients may stay a few weeks, or a few months (30, 60, 90 days, or longer). The length of stay is usually determined by several factors, including:

Once a person checks in and the staff takes their history, the patient will receive medical care and emotional support to help them overcome their addiction or substance use disorder.

Then, they’ll take steps toward recovery:

Detoxification:

During this process, the patient begins to get clean of drugs or alcohol. Depending on the substance they’re dependent on, withdrawal can be both dangerous (fatal, even) and uncomfortable. That’s why medical supervision is advised. Medically managed withdrawal can make the process safer, more comfortable. This process can last a few days or linger for weeks, depending on the substance or circumstances. The patient typically doesn’t address the underlying factors of addiction at this time.

Treatment.

Once the patient is stabilized and sober, it’s time to work on the causes of addiction and develop tactics for remaining abstinent. This can involve psychotherapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), where negative patterns are reframed. This can help the patient change how they feel and react to troubling moods and stimuli. Other therapies and counseling, including group, peer support, and family, may be incorporated to further work through underlying causes.

Aftercare

This usually is linked to the treatment portion, because the patient, while they undergo treatment, will also be working on building better coping mechanisms. Rehab provides the tools to prevent relapse. The center will also prepare the patient for life post rehab, by scheduling regular check-ins, suggesting therapists or counselors closer to the patient’s home, and encouraging patients to continue with peer support groups once they check out.

Every facility has unique options too. Some offer luxurious experiences with private rooms. Holistic or alternative therapies and other healing exercises may also be part of their offerings. That can include yoga, mindfulness meditation, art therapy, and more.

Where a center is located can also influence the feel of a place. One patient may prefer an oceanside setting, whereas another may be drawn to mountainside recovery.

Benefits of Inpatient Rehab

A person may hesitate at the thought of committing to stay at a rehab facility for a month or longer, shuttered away from their day-to-day life. There are many benefits to staying at an inpatient rehab center, however. They include:

  • Custom treatment. This can include counseling, therapy, peer support, specific coursework (to handle triggers, etc.), treatment for co-occurring disorders, and some relaxing and chemical-free activities to facilitate healing.
  • No distractions. This allows the patient to focus on recovery without the outside world pulling their attention away.
  • Structure. This can help a patient develop healthier habits moving forward.
  • Privacy. Privacy and space allow the patient to rest and recover. Limited outside distractions can let patients recover in peace, particularly during more harrowing times when it’s beneficial to focus on themselves and not consider others.
  • Medical oversight. Detox can be uncomfortable, so having professionals on hand to help the process go safely and comfortably can reduce chances of relapse.
  • No outside triggers. Sometimes outside tensions or influences can lead to use or other excesses. Being in a so-called neutral space lets a person focus on getting sober without outside temptations, allowing a person time to give themselves over to recovery.

Choosing an Inpatient Rehab

There are more than 14,000 treatment facilities in the United States. With so many choices, it can be difficult to decide.

A few things to consider include:

A center that offers individualized treatment suited to your specific needs.

There are some overlapping elements in recovery — detox, behavioral therapies, aftercare — but that doesn’t mean one program fits all. Everyone comes to rehab with a slightly different story. One person may arrive with trauma and a reliance on painkillers, and their treatment needs will differ from someone who checks in with a severe addiction to alcohol. Each case is unique. So should each person’s prescribed course of treatment. There should also be room to adjust as needed.

Addressing underlying causes of addiction.

Sometimes people self-medicate to handle a mental disorder such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, and they develop a dependence on a particular substance. Sometimes they abuse a substance and an addiction develops. In either case, the root causes should be addressed.

On-site addiction specialists.

These experts are better equipped to work with a person with patience and empathy rather than confrontation. Compassion can make a person more willing to focus and work on recovery.

Individual therapy and peer support groups.

Groups that can make a patient feel less alone and lift them up by sharing stories of mutual struggle and triumph over them. They also reinforce one another, keeping a patient centered on healing.

Most important, however, is that the facility offers evidence-backed treatment administered by trained medical professionals. Many centers provide such life-changing assistance.

Medical disclaimer:

Lincoln Recovery strives to help people who are facing substance abuse, addiction, mental health disorders, or a combination of these conditions. It does this by providing compassionate care and evidence-based content that addresses health, treatment, and recovery.

Licensed medical professionals review material we publish on our site. The material is not a substitute for qualified medical diagnoses, treatment, or advice. It should not be used to replace the suggestions of your personal physician or other health care professionals.

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