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What Can You Expect During Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

Taking steps to finally go into rehab for an addiction is a huge deal. It means you’ve admitted you have a problem, you need help and are putting your trust in others to help you get better.

When it comes to your options of addiction treatment, it boils down to residential or inpatient treatment vs. outpatient treatment. Both of them have their pros and cons and the major difference is that in inpatient substance abuse treatment, clients live at the rehab center for the duration of their treatment while in outpatient treatment, they get to go home after a day of treatment. The two options also vary in terms of duration and rate of success.

What to Expect from an Inpatient Substance Abuse Program

Residential treatment programs are designed to help those with severe addiction. They are also a good option for those who don’t have a supportive environment back home. Living at the rehab center allows you to fully focus on your treatment without distractions and temptations from the outside world.

Here’s what you can expect during inpatient addiction treatment:

Initial assessment

Once you arrive at the rehab facility, you’ll undergo an initial assessment. Addiction treatment specialists will review your medical history and give you a medical examination to determine your overall health status.

 After that, one of these professionals will speak with you about your substance abuse, uncover any underlying issues they need to be aware of and even address any co-occurring ailments you may have. 

This initial assessment is meant to help the treatment professionals to familiarize themselves with your case and also gives you a chance to seek clarification or ask any questions you have. It acts as a basis for the rest of your duration at the facility.

Individualized treatment plan

The initial assessment also allows the addiction specialists to come up with a treatment plan based on your unique needs. Since addiction affects everyone differently, you’ll need an individualized treatment plan that’s designed to meet your recovery goals. 

Based on your assessment – including the severity and duration of your addiction – your health, among others, the center will recommend which therapies and addiction treatment programs will work for you. You will either be assigned to a residential drug treatment program or an inpatient alcohol treatment program. The particulars of each will be explained to you prior to your admission, including the schedule you’ll follow daily.

Medically assisted detox

Before proceeding to an inpatient program, you’ll most likely have to undergo detox. The goal of a detox program is to break your physical dependence on alcohol or your drug of choice and to give your body time to eliminate those toxins. Once you stop using the addictive substance, your body will go into withdrawal. Since withdrawal can pose a serious threat to an individual’s health, most treatment facilities have medical professionals on hand to ease the discomfort and take the edge off the cravings.

You’ll have 24-hour medical supervision and support to ensure your comfort, safety and well-being. Detoxification is done to ensure you’re free from the effects and influence of any addictive substance, giving you a better chance of concentrating on the treatment program ahead.

Inpatient therapies and treatment

Once you’re done with the detox program, you’ll be admitted into an inpatient treatment program. These programs typically provide a higher level of care than outpatient ones and patients stay at the facility for 30, 60 or 90 days, even longer in some cases.

Different therapies are used in inpatient programs including traditional talk therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. You’ll likely attend both group and individual therapy and if appropriate, family therapy. 

Individual therapy consists of one-on-one sessions with a therapist where you explore your addiction, understand more about yourself and uncover the underlying issues, including past trauma, which led to substance abuse. 

You’ll also set recovery goals to work on before the next session. Group therapy involves having discussions with others admitted to the treatment program. Here you can learn and draw support from others going through a similar experience.

Additionally, during your stay at the rehab facility, you’ll learn certain life skills that’ll come in handy once you complete treatment. This may include communication skills, relapse prevention and vocational skills, among others.

Holistic approaches and recreational activities

Some rehab facilities aim at providing clients with a well-rounded treatment experience. To achieve this, they provide different educational and recreational activities to complement the inpatient program. This may involve fitness and wellness classes, yoga and meditation, nutrition and food preparation classes as well as sessions on art and music.

Others go a step further and provide outdoor adventure activities to challenge clients to think outside the box, learn to cooperate with their peers and have fun. Incorporating such classes and programs into the treatment schedule goes a long way toward breaking monotony and keeps patients excited and motivated to continue with their treatment.

Aftercare program

A key part of inpatient treatment is an aftercare plan. Before being discharged from rehab, your treatment team will likely create an aftercare plan for you. This will provide you with the necessary resources to help you continue your treatment growth and healing even after discharge from the facility. 

The plan may include helping you transition from inpatient care to partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient or outpatient care. It may also link you with a sober living community or a support group that will help you transition to life after rehab. Having a support group is especially important to keep you accountable and motivated in your recovery journey.

Change Your Life Today

Don’t let addiction devastate and destroy your life. With the right help from Findlay Recovery Center, you can rebuild a sober, healthy and more productive life. We provide a simple and affordable approach to addiction treatment to anyone who walks through our doors. Get in touch with us today and we’ll help you find sustainable and lasting recovery from substance abuse.

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