Choosing an addiction treatment program can seem overwhelming due to the vast number of choices available. There are certain advantages to each type of rehabilitation treatment. Residential rehab, also known as inpatient rehab, is a very successful approach to treatment, especially in the early stages of recovery.
Residential care means that you stay on-site during your recovery and detoxification process. In the initial stages, addiction treatment involves detoxification, or the process where your body rids itself of the substance that has been propelling the addiction. This process can often bring withdrawal symptoms that are difficult to face, but the advantage of going through this initial stage of addiction recovery within the controlled environment of an inpatient care rehabilitation facility is that you will be surrounded by specialists who will make the process as smooth and comfortable as possible. 1
Substance Detox in a Safe Environment
Detoxification is really only the first stage of addiction treatment. Medically supervised detoxification is a huge benefit of residential treatment, as around-the-clock care can help ease any withdrawal symptoms and ensure that the individual’s body systems are healthy and working properly. Often, substance use leads to severe neglect of health and nutrition. Residential care offers nutritional support, health monitoring and wellness options that outpatient treatment cannot offer.
In-Depth Therapy and Counseling
You may be prescribed therapy as part of your addiction treatment program, and this can include talk sessions that help you to open up about desires or anxiety and provide new ways of reasoning to cope with problems without using drugs. Each person has individual needs in this regard, so just try to always be very honest with the professionals who you are talking to about what your mental and emotional needs are at any given time.
With inpatient or residential care, counseling professionals are generally always close-at-hand, so you will not have the added burden of waiting for extended periods of time to schedule an appointment according to their schedule availability and your own responsibilities.
Group therapy offers a safe space where each individual can connect to others who are on the same journey. Even difficult addiction histories can benefit from a supportive group of peers in the right environment. Group therapy is led by experienced and licensed mental health care and recovery professionals.
Although not everyone requires medication assistance, medications can be used in treatment also as needed. With inpatient care, the doctors are able to monitor your reactions to the medications used in your treatment closely. They will note your honest opinions and physical response with any potential treatment, and will work alongside you to achieve great results. Also, if you have questions regarding the medication use or symptoms associated with it, the answers will be right there on-site.
Relapse is very uncommon in the inpatient rehabilitation care preface. Drugs will be extremely hard to come by. This advantage will assist in detox, but it is necessary that each addicted person strongly fortify his or her determination to resist temptation to return to use after release from the safe walls of the inpatient care environment. This means that while you are in the inpatient care facility, you will need to prepare yourself mentally for how to face temptation after treatment.
You may determine that certain things that were common in your past are just not an option as part of your daily life anymore. One way that you can do this is by being open with your care team and even supportive peers about the life that you had before rehab, being open to suggestions about what sorts of changes you may need to make to your environment and social habits after treatment.
Inpatient care facilities follow the established principles of effective treatment, which include (but are not limited to) the following:
- No specific treatment is appropriate for all cases
- It is critical to remain in treatment long enough to get good results
- Behavioral therapy and counseling is usually the best treatment therapy
- Medications combined with counseling and behavioral therapy are often effective
- Treatment should address other mental disorders if they are present
- Detoxification is only the initial stage of treatment
- Treatment can be effective even if it is not voluntary
- Drug use must be continually monitored during rehabilitation treatment 1
Comprehensive addiction treatment for substance abuse can include professional help in the following facets of your life:
- Family issues
- Medical treatment
- Mental health services
- Legal assistance
- Job assistance
- HIV/AIDS treatment 2
Residential care is the most comprehensive approach to lasting wellness. The 24-hour care of inpatient treatment gives proper attention to wellness in a simultaneous and comprehensive fashion. Also, there is the advantage that the staff of each department of treatment work under the same roof and are able to maintain a team approach in providing overall care for you.
1. U.S. National Institutes of Health. “Outpatient Versus Inpatient Detoxification Program for Alcohol Dependent Patients Seeking Abstinence: The IN/OUT Study.” Found online 2/5/16 at https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00226720.
2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Drug Facts: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction.” Found online 2/5/16 at https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/treatment-approaches-drug-addiction.