Since there are so many options when it comes to the treatment of drug or alcohol addiction, it’s essential to gather as much information as you can about treatment programs such as inpatient drug rehab. This way you can make the most informed decision about your long-term recovery plans.
You likely have a lot of questions at this point. What is inpatient drug rehab? How does it differ from outpatient rehab? Which is the best option? What other options do I have? This page should answer most of your questions, but if it doesn’t, please reach out to us at 818.666.3083. We are here to talk anytime.
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What is Inpatient Drug Rehab?
First of all, what is inpatient drug rehab? Inpatient treatment centers (also called residential treatment centers) provide a highly structured, monitored environment in a home-like setting that offers residents serenity as they begin their long-term recovery. This ensures that residents do not have access to drugs or alcohol while in the program. Also, they can receive full-time support during their recovery.
Typically, inpatient drug rehab consists of a resident living on the premises on a fulltime (yet temporary) basis. They work with counselors, therapists, and support staff on various parts of their recovery. They are assigned a room, attend meetings and groups, eat meals with other residents, and go on monitored weekly outings with the staff and other residents. The main focus of an inpatient rehab program is to remove the addicted person from the native environments which only trigger and perpetuate their substance use disorder. Once they are removed from such an environment, their focus can remain on their recovery.
Inpatient drug rehab is typically the first step after sub-acute detox. However, not every person will go through the detox phase of treatment. Many people will start out with an inpatient drug treatment program.
Benefits of an Inpatient Drug Rehab Center
When an addicted person gets to the abuse and dependence stage of their using, they have considerable consequences. Whether it’s legal, social, family, work, or their physical health, they are facing incredibly tricky and life-altering consequences. At this stage, they require the stable and drug-free environment in which residential inpatient treatment can offer.
Inpatient rehab also provides round the clock medical supervision. At this stage, an assessment takes place to decipher if a co-occurring disorder (also known as dual diagnosis) is present. If so, the treatment plan will be adjusted to accommodate the diagnosis. The entire inpatient treatment process can take anywhere from 30 to 90 days or more. They will then move on to the outpatient treatment. An intensive outpatient program (IOP) will help them in maintaining sobriety through therapy and life skills workshops.
Other benefits of inpatient drug rehab include:
Residential treatment programs offer clients little free time. Staying busy keeps recovering individuals from thinking about drugs or trying to figure out ways to obtain them.
During the early days of recovery, the risk of relapse is high. The 24/7 professional support offered in an inpatient program can provide invaluable peace of mind.
Alcohol and Drug-Free Zone
In a residential program, clients stay at the facility for the duration of their treatment. There’s no access to drugs or alcohol at a rehab center, which makes inpatient treatment the safest option during the challenging days of early recovery.
Every client at an inpatient rehab is dealing with similar struggles. Rehab centers can be an excellent source of new friendships and much-needed social support.
A balanced diet can play an essential role in your recovery efforts. Nutritious food can help clients deal with the physical challenges of withdrawal and give them more energy for recovery.
Evidence-Based and Alternative Therapy
In addition to standard evidence-based treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), inpatient rehab offers a range of alternative therapy types. Many people find that yoga, meditation, and massage provide an efficient way to manage stress during recovery.
Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment
If you are searching for drug or alcoholism treatment, you may be unsure about what type of rehab program to choose. An addiction specialist can assess your health and the nature of their addiction to recommend a course of action.
Inpatient drug rehab requires that patients remain within the facility’s care around the clock. Alternatively, outpatient addiction treatment requires you or your loved one to visit the rehabilitation center during the day for therapy and return home in the evenings.
It’s important to note that many recovering addicts begin their recovery with inpatient services and later transition to outpatient services. The key is to choose a program that enhances healing and can help you on your road to a clean and sober life.
The Inpatient Rehab Treatment Process
Inpatient drug rehab is an individual’s first step after detox. The Discovery House helps residents transition gradually from our sub-acute detox program to our residential rehab program in our drug and alcohol abuse treatment center. We conduct full assessments on residents to determine their history and their needs and to establish an effective treatment program for them. Once the resident has transitioned entirely to our inpatient drug rehab program, therapists continue to monitor and assess the resident to determine their progress. Once they are stable enough to transition from inpatient treatment to outpatient therapy, their daily sessions will decrease, but our staff is always here to offer extra support when needed.
The Discovery House staff walks you through the entire recovery process. Inpatient treatment plans are tailored to meet your needs.
Since relapse is a risk after a person leaves drug or alcohol addiction treatment, we encourage residents to stay connected to our staff and others they have bonded with during their stay at our inpatient treatment center. In addition, many of our alumni remain involved with each other and with support groups to gain further incentive to stay sober and promote long-term recovery.
What to Look for in an Inpatient Drug Rehab Program
Licenses and Accreditations
First of all, ask about their licenses and accreditations. Some are required while others a more of a symbol that the treatment center in question is dedicated to a high standard of care. The Joint Commission, for example, is a voluntary accreditation which demonstrates that the treatment center has agreed to meet a certain set of additional standards.
- Joint Commission Accredited
- Licensed by the Department of Healthcare Services in the state of California
- State licensed to drug test
- Federally licensed to drug test
- Licensed to provide IMS (Incidental Medical Services)
Experience and credentials of the treatment staff
In order for a treatment center to run smoothly and effectively, it is very important that each staff member holds the required credentials, is trained well, and experienced in addiction treatment. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) provides Standards of Care for practicing medical physicians in addiction treatment (sometimes they are called addictionologists) which help medical professionals to better treat their patients. Most of all, when a treatment center works with a physician who is an ASAM member, it says that they are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care possible.
Furthermore, it’s typical for medical staff not to be on the premises 24/7 (unless it’s a medical facility, of course). As a result, most medical professionals (think doctors and nurses) serve several treatment centers and visit them a few days a week. Ask about the treatment center’s medical staff, their availability, and how experienced they are in addiction treatment.
Types of therapy
Look out for:
- Group and individual therapy
- MAT (Medication Assisted Therapy)
- Music Therapy
- Psychodrama Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Neurofeedback Therapy
Their treatment approach
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of an inpatient program is how they approach treatment. Do they lean heavily on the 12 steps or do they adhere to a more agnostic treatment philosophy? Are their programs created custom for each resident or do they apply more of a one-size-fits-all program? Not all programs treat co-occurring mental health disorders, so make sure if that is something you need, voice that.
In addition, it’s important to find a program that is going to work for you and you for it. Ask about their treatment approach and whether or not it’s evidence-based. It also helps to ask about whether or not your insurance will cover the treatment you need or whether you have other options.
What are Inpatient Treatment Facilities Like?
Since inpatient facilities are live-in, they tend to be in residential areas. However, not all inpatient residential facilities are created equal.
What truly sets us apart from other rehab centers is our treatment approach. Therefore, we know that everyone’s experience with addiction is different so it makes sense that the way we treat it should be, too. Instead of applying a “one size fits all” model, we assess your experience, needs, and treatment requirements to create a program that is unique to you.
We utilize evidence-based methods:
- Motivational interviewing
- Rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT)
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Psychodrama group
- Music group
- Mindfulness group
- Art Therapy
- Process Groups
We pride ourselves on maintaining a 3:1 client to counselor ratio which means that for every counselor they only have three clients, which is unheard of in our industry.
Each of our facilities has been built from the ground up to accommodate the needs of our residents. Everything from the colors on the walls to the furniture has a cohesive theme throughout so as you move to each stage in treatment, you still feel right at home. This is essential for those who have experienced trauma.
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Is Inpatient Drug Rehab Right For You?
In conclusion, both outpatient and inpatient drug rehab offers an efficient way to beat substance addiction and turn your life around; however, it’s essential to choose the right treatment approach for your needs. If you’ve decided to overcome a drug abuse or alcohol addiction, The Discovery House can help. Our trained professionals assess every client’s situation and determine the best treatment program for their needs.
When you are ready for inpatient drug rehab, our clinical and support team will welcome you.
Contact us today by calling 818.666.3083 to begin your road to recovery.