Inpatient treatment, also called “residential treatment”, requires you to live at the treatment facility for the duration of your treatment program. It is the preferred option for those looking to escape their current temptations and focus solely on treatment and reaching sobriety without distractions.
Inpatient treatment follows the detox phase and is a more intensive form of treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Those receiving this type of treatment are monitored around the clock to prevent relapse, especially those who can’t go more than a few hours without the substance they’re addicted to.
Treatment programs usually last somewhere between 30 and 45 days or longer, depending on each patient’s need. All patients are required to stay at the facility for the entirety of the program, including overnight. While there is no single type of treatment that works best for everyone, inpatient rehab is one of the most effective forms of care for drug and alcohol addiction.
Having 24-hour supervision, intensive care, and instant access to treatment are some of the major benefits of inpatient rehab. Another benefit is the change of scenery; those who battle drugs or alcohol often associate a particular place or person with their struggle, and inpatient rehab allows them to live in a safe, new environment.
The potential to relapse is very high when undergoing withdrawal; the symptoms are physically and emotionally uncomfortable and using again will almost immediately result in a reversal of the withdrawal process. Patients in inpatient treatment will often be offered medication to alleviate the discomfort of going through withdrawal and staff can also offer them activities to keep their minds off of alcohol or drugs. Continual supervision allows them to immediately get professional intervention when experiencing cravings, emotional issues, or physical symptoms associated with withdrawal.
Since the patients are in an inpatient environment, it is extremely difficult for them to procure any substances they are addicted to, and this helps the recovery process greatly. During their stay at the facility, patients also form relationships with other people undergoing the same process they are and that makes it a lot more manageable than if they were battling their addiction alone.
Research shows that people who initially begin treatment for their substance abuse in an inpatient setting are more likely to be successful in achieving a long-term recovery.