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Choosing to end your relationship with drugs is the most important and equally difficult step toward recovery. To make this process easier, drug rehab is the best place to seek help. Different drug rehab centers are working across the United States, each offering multiple levels of care and services. However, these rehabs are broadly categorized into two categories: inpatient and outpatient.

An inpatient drug rehab is an intensive treatment that ensures withdrawal from underlying drug addiction in a well-structured environment. It best suits people with poor or no support system or severe habits that require round-the-clock supervision and recovery on a deeper level.

An inpatient drug rehab consists of withdrawal management, medical treatment, and counseling services in different settings. Combining these treatments is essential to manage every client’s overall mental and medical health holistically.

Mentioned below are some common components of an inpatient drug rehab:

Medical Treatment

Most inpatient drug programs involve medical care to support all clients as they take their first steps toward recovery. This element is crucial as it addresses the issues of physical dependence on a drug. Many people in active addiction are sick, malnourished, or generally unwell, and without seeking medical care, they could potentially be at risk of acquiring damage to their organs and major systems. For instance, an intravenous drug user may benefit from a medical screening for hepatitis B and C and HIV.

Withdrawal Management

Withdrawal symptoms occur as a response to the drug actively leaving the body. The time frame of these symptoms varies, depending on the type of drug being abused, the amount consumed, and the duration of addiction, along with other personal factors. Regardless, most people become highly uncomfortable during the detox phase. Fortunately, a good withdrawal management plan in an inpatient drug rehab can significantly reduce this discomfort and make the process more bearable for many. Another benefit of undergoing withdrawal at an inpatient rehab is that it reduces the risk of relapse and provides every client with a safe environment with a very low risk of complications.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Many inpatient drug rehabs now offer medication-assisted treatment to help clients stabilize themselves and recover quickly. This type of treatment includes the use of pharmaceutical agents to manage different uncomfortable symptoms, such as drug cravings, nausea, insomnia, etc.

Therapy Services

Therapy services in an inpatient drug rehab take place in different settings. Some of the most common types of these therapies include:

  • Individual therapy involves meeting one-on-one with a primary therapist to address specific symptoms and discuss personal goals and needs
  • Family therapy includes attending counseling sessions with your family members and other loved ones under the supervision of a therapist with the purpose of bolstering communication, relationships, and mutual understanding
  • Group therapy brings together different people with similar addiction struggles to talk with each other, provide insights into the underlying problems and form a support system to accomplish mutual goals

Recreational Therapy

Along with medical and therapeutic care, an inpatient drug treatment center also provides its clients access to recreational amenities that focus on improving their mental and physical health. These amenities may vary from facility to facility and usually include yoga, reiki, massage therapy, or sports activities. Recreational therapies provide clients with an escape from their usual recovery therapies while reducing their stress levels and improving their overall mood.

Most inpatient treatment programs take place in a well-structured environment that provides patients access to different services, amenities, and opportunities. Some benefits of choosing this level of care include the following:

Medical Support

Almost everyone who is detoxing from long-term addiction experiences withdrawal. Withdrawal is a highly uncomfortable process that can potentially prove life-threatening due to its serious side effects. Inpatient rehab can help individuals get through this phase with 24-hour medical support to manage painful symptoms.

Structured Programming

Inpatient rehabs include structured environments with pre-planned schedules for the entire day to help people slowly return to a healthy life. These schedules allow them to participate in therapy side while making enough time for relaxation, recreation, and reflection.

Nutritional Support

An inpatient drug treatment program provides clients with three meals a day that are healthy and highly nutritious. These meals are prepared by specialized staff in accordance with the dietary requirements of people undergoing detox and addiction treatment to ensure that they remain healthy and gain all their vitamins from the diet.

Healthy Habit Formation

One of the best benefits of joining an inpatient drug rehab is that it helps people build and maintain healthy habits while eliminating ineffective ones. It also helps its clients build new social circles and adopt different skills that help them get through difficult situations without using drugs.

A Sense of Community

An inpatient rehab harbors a community where people from different walks of life but with similar drug addictions live together, form bonds, and establish new and healthy support systems for each other. These support systems help instill a sense of community in everyone and help them continue their recovery journey for years.

Establishment of Healthy Boundaries

A person who has been living with a drug addiction may never have established boundaries in their life. Inpatient rehab can help them set these boundaries and provide them with tools to maintain them even after discharge.

Choosing an inpatient drug treatment facility is critical and can seem confusing or overwhelming to many. A lot of people may have questions regarding how to choose the best center that adequately addresses their needs. Below are some things to look out for as you shortlist an inpatient facility for yourself or a loved one.

Comfort

Inpatient treatment usually takes a few weeks to finish. Hence, try to look for a place that offers you to recover in a calm and relaxing environment with a complete focus on healing. Raise the following questions:

Is the accommodation comfortable?

Is the facility an all-gender or single-gender center?

Is the staff welcoming and compassionate during your first visit?

Credentials and Reviews

Always choose a treatment center that has authentic accreditations and qualified staff. Raise the following questions:

  • Is it accredited by local and national agencies?
  • Do its staff members hold active licenses and valid credentials in their area of practice?

Follow-up Support

If you or a loved one suffers from a long-term or severe addiction, you may seek an inpatient treatment center offering continued care. Look out for the following:

  • Will the treatment center help with transitions to lower levels of treatment?
  • Does it assign case managers to its clients to help with the transition?
  • Does it have any partnership with local treatment clinics for continued care?

Location

Location is one of the most important aspects to look out for in an inpatient drug rehab. However, the choice varies depending on personal preferences. Check for the following:

  • Is the treatment center close to home?
  • Will I benefit more from a treatment center far away from home or closer to it?

Treatment Approach

Look for a treatment center that uses a broad range of evidence-based modalities to treat the client as a whole person. Raise the following questions:

  • What is a typical day like in this treatment center?
  • Does it offer treatment for co-occurring issues?
  • Does it offer medication to manage medical and psychiatric problems?
  • Do they treat addictions to all drugs or a few only?

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