Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs


Treatment for drug and/or alcohol addiction generally starts with one of two paths. Intensive Inpatient treatment or intensive outpatient treatment, and often times one leading into another. Inpatient rehabilitation programs generally require at least a 30 day hiatus from ones every day life, yet the chances of success are much higher and removing the addict from the toxic environment they have been stuck in helps immensely. Outpatient rehabilitation programs, on the other hand, may still work for less severe cases and allow one to stay present for commitments at their job or school. Before making any drastic decisions, it is certainly important to know the pros and cons of each different path in order to make the most educated decision possible.

Inpatient Drug Rehabilitation and Treatment

Residential treatment and recovery programs require clients to be checked into a behaviorally and medically controlled environment before starting their journey of recovery. In most cases, this is necessary as the patient must endure anywhere from a 1-4 week detox, depending on their drug of choice. Not only is it essential for clients like this to be medically supervised and monitored, it is also important to be realistic about the opportunity for relapse when someone is detoxing and still in the environment they used or drank in. On sight are 24-hour nurses and medical assistance and emotional support, accompanied by case workers, counselors, etc..

If you have decided that inpatient is the right choice for you, which if you are reading this it most likely is, deciding on a program to attend is the next step. Search engines are essentially dominated by conglomerate facilities that take large numbers of patients and have the funding to create a website that shows up on the first page of Google. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, it is still important to be aware of the fact there are smaller facilities with a smaller client:staff ratio out there. Researching all different types of facilities is important before making a decision to spend 30 days somewhere, as all treatment and care is different and might not necessarily fit ones unique needs. See our article on how to choose a rehabilitation treatment center for more information on this subject.

After making this crucial life changing decision, and a check in date is set, it is important to prepare for entering your program.

  1. Talk to your employer

  2. Find living arrangements for children or other family members

  3. Plan how to get to and from the rehab center

  4. Find out what personal items are allowed

  5. Family Support and Contact in Inpatient Rehab

Successful inpatient rehab programs are fully aware of the fact that family involvement is an integral part of recovery. Family members can contact loved ones in residential treatment to provide emotional support and encouragement, yet still uphold the much needed boundaries required for a healthy relationship.

What to expect of daily life while attending an inpatient program

While a patient is checked into a residential program, they no longer have the pressures of the world interfering with their ability to concentrate and focus on their recovery. A healthy, well running rehab program is carefully scheduled and every hour is accounted for, with the occasional free time. Psychiatrists, counselors, and psychologists all collaborate on providing every needed aspect of treatment and meet individually with the patient or in group settings to offer a well rounded approach to recovery. This treatment schedule can last anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months, contingent on the patients financial situation and need for a certain amount of time.

The first week generally consists of a medically supervised detox process. Nurses monitor the patients vital signs and dispense medications to ensure that no one has a seizure, or even worse, dies while the toxins exit the body.

Once the detox is over the patients mind begins to clear and recovery can begin with the presence of a newly lucid mind.