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Inpatient Rehab

An inpatient rehab is drug and alcohol rehabilitation that takes place in a hospital or a clinic, and is an option which has several benefits and many advantages that aren't available in an outpatient rehab. Inpatient rehab is one of the most utilized treatment options and there are several reasons for this, with the most obvious being the fact that it is an environment that is 100% geared towards the rehab process without the distractions of everyday life that could jeopardize rehab and put someone at a high risk of relapse. The most defining reason why inpatient rehab is a superior option is because for one, outpatient rehab clients have access to drugs and alcohol on a daily basis. Relapse is far more common when this is the case, because rehab itself can be challenging and clients can turn to substance abuse as an outlet to relieve stress and anxiety. Relapse is also common among outpatient clients who have access to drugs and alcohol because it is normal to experience cravings which can sometimes persist for several months. So again, with easy access to drugs and alcohol and without a constant support system in place many relapse before completing an outpatient program.

Aside from relapse, outpatient clients are in a position to choose whether or not they will return to the rehab facility each day to continue on with their treatment plan. Addicted individuals who haven't been rehabilitated really can't be trusted with this decision, and many individuals who are taking part in outpatient rehab can be extremely vulnerable to outside influences and be inclined to not return to rehab and instead find themselves right back in the same boat they were before, having relapsed. In an inpatient rehab you don't have the choice to come and go, and while this can surely be a sacrifice for some it is one of the major factors that makes inpatient rehab a much more successful treatment option based on completion and success rates of clients.

There are inpatient rehab programs that offer short term treatment of 30 days or less, and long term inpatient rehab which offers treatment for 90-120 days. Whether someone will need brief, short term intervention or a long term treatment plan in an inpatient rehab is all dependent on their specific needs, their drug history, and rehab history. If someone has been in and out of outpatient and short term rehab on several occasions, it wouldn't make sense to make any further attempts at rehab unless they are put on a long term treatment plan in inpatient rehab that would give them a better chance of avoiding future setbacks and relapse. Likewise, if someone has a drug history that indicates that will need more intensive supervision and intervention over an extended period of time, it makes sense to give them the best chance at a full recovery in long-term inpatient treatment instead of setting them up for imminent failure in a less intensive treatment option.

Another benefit offered in inpatient treatment applies to clients who may need treatment for co-occurring disorders, also known as dual diagnosis treatment. In an inpatient rehab, dual diagnosis clients can receive treatment for any mental health disorder that has been undiagnosed or perhaps misdiagnosed while they receive treatment for their substance abuse. The benefits of dual diagnosis treatment are becoming more and more evident as inpatient rehab facilities are becoming more accustomed to treating such clients who need very specialized care and attention that really isn't possible in an outpatient setting. For example, someone who has stressors and drug triggers at home will often self-medicate and any mental health problem they may be experiencing will only be exacerbated if they remain in such an environment while in outpatient treatment. A full recovery will never be possible, and any gains in treatment will be lost quickly because of environmental factors that they don't yet know how to control or cope with adequately without drugs. In an inpatient rehab however, dual diagnosis clients have a much different experience because they aren't subject to the same environmental triggers and their environment is a therapeutic and proactive one with lots of positive reinforcement and a support structure that encourages sanity and recovery. Long-term inpatient rehab is essential for dual diagnosis clients, who will very likely be in treatment for twice as long as clients who don't need to address a co-occurring mental health issue.

One of the reasons outpatient programs are sometimes chosen over inpatient rehabs is because of something as simple as cost. Outpatient programs definitely tend to cost less than inpatient programs, because of the nature of the treatment environment, in which the individual isn't being care for in any other way other than their daily involvement in their treatment plan. In inpatient rehab, the individual's daily personal needs will need to be met of course including room and board, which definitely effects the overall cost of the program. This cost can vary based on what type of facility you are receiving treatment in, but the good news is that many different insurance companies work with inpatient rehab facilities to ensure that treatment is covered. This in turn benefits the insurance companies, who will ultimately be spared from having to cover future costs associated with alcohol and drug related illness. So before choosing a less intensive option based on one's assumptions about what the costs of inpatient rehab will be, check with the inpatient rehab to see if your private health insurance covers the cost of treatment in part or in full.

So when trying to decide whether or not an inpatient rehab is right for you or someone you care about, here are a few things to take into consideration.

  • Are there drugs and/or alcohol available in the environment at home, and is there anyone around the person who encourages or participates in the problem?
  • Is there a robust support system to help prevent setbacks and relapse?
  • Is it possible to be in inpatient treatment logistically in regards to work and familial obligations?
  • Is dual diagnosis treatment necessary as part of the treatment process?
  • Is privacy necessary during treatment?
  • Has outpatient treatment been attempted in the past but didn't work?

If there is any question about whether or not an inpatient rehab is the right option and the next step, the best thing to do is speak with a treatment professional who can answer any questions and help put things in the right perspective. A treatment professional at an inpatient rehab can also help with several other important issues including helping loved ones with a drug intervention, which may require a professional interventionist who will work closely with loved ones and the inpatient rehab to help get the individual into treatment as soon as possible. Treatment professionals can also help with the financial aspect of getting someone started in treatment, by helping determine what is and isn't covered through private health insurance, establishing what financing options are available if health insurance isn't an option, or perhaps making loved ones aware of any financial assistance offered by the facility. So contact a professional treatment counselor at an inpatient rehab today to get the process started.