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Inpatient Addiction Treatment

Understanding Inpatient Addiction Treatment Programs for Substance Abuse

Once it has been established that a person is in need of substance abuse or addiction treatment, they will be presented with two options; inpatient addiction treatment and outpatient programs. Inpatient rehab programs for drug or alcohol abuse can give a person the best opportunity to fully recover from an addiction.

What is Inpatient or Residential Rehab and how does it differ from Outpatient Programs?

Inpatient rehab or residential treatment refers to patients who stay at the rehab facility while receiving treatment for substance use disorders and addictions. There are various reasons that an inpatient rehab program preforms better than outpatient programs, including the fact that there is around-the-clock supervision of the patient, which greatly helps to lessen the cravings and stop it from leading into relapse. Furthermore, inpatient programs are filled with caring staff members and people that are going through the same experience, which means that the patient will be surrounded by the support of others to help them through their recovery.

Candidates for Inpatient Programs

A good candidate for an inpatient program instead of an outpatient program, is a person who meets any of the following criteria:

  • No safe recovery place – To have the resources to successfully recover; a person should be in a drug-free environment, have suitable transportation to meetings and therapy, have a support system at home and have regular meals, all of which an inpatient program has.
  • Motivation – Motivation is often lacking in an addict, and as a result, it can make it very difficult to break an addiction. In an outpatient program, a person is able to easily get a hold of drugs or alcohol, but an inpatient program will allow for a full recovery regardless of how motivated the person is. Drug and alcohol are not allowed at the facility either.
  • Failed outpatient treatment attempts – If a person has attempted to break an addiction through an outpatient program but failed, then they are a good candidate for an inpatient treatment program. With supervision, structured programs and ample support, recovery is more successful
  • Co-existing mental illnesses – In some cases, a person may be experiencing symptoms of both addiction and another mental illness, such as an anxiety disorder. When these mental illnesses co-exist, it is known as a dual diagnosis, and the appropriate treatment addresses both illnesses simultaneously. An inpatient treatment program is better suited to help people those who suffer from co-occurring disorders.

Advantages of an Inpatient Addiction Treatment Program

As mentioned, there are several advantages of an inpatient addiction treatment program over an outpatient program for substance use disorder. The following are some of the advantages that a patient has by being part of an inpatient program.

  •  Around-the-clock care – The constant care that is provided during a patient’s recovery can help prevent situations such as relapse in an inpatient addiction treatment center. Additionally, the support that is given by the staff at all hours can help with the more severe cravings and emotional stresses.
  • Structured programs – People who have become addicted to a substance usually lead very chaotic lives, and the structured programs provided at rehab facilities can help a person reestablish their normal routines, giving them very little free time by keeping them active.
  • Positive environment – A rehab center provides a positive atmosphere free from negative influences such as substance-abusing friends and environments. This aids in the ease of recovery.
  • Drugs and alcohol are prohibited – A rehab is a strictly drug-free environment and the only prescription drugs allowed on the premises are strictly controlled and used for medical detox procedures. Eliminating any chance of finding drugs or alcohol makes preventing relapse during recovery much easier.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with substance abuse and addiction, the time to get help is now. Contact an addiction specialist who can help you find the addiction program that best suits your individual needs.

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