Getting sober on your own is not only dangerous during the initial detox, it is also more likely to result in a relapse later on. Addiction treatment centers provide a monitored environment where you will get the medical attention you need, as well as the emotional support to overcome drug or alcohol abuse.
Inpatient programs offer the highest level of treatment care, with medically supervised detoxification and around-the-clock care and support.
There are several options for inpatient addiction treatment. Rehabs differ by location, therapies offered, staff experience, amenities and more. It’s important to find the one that best fits your specific needs.
What is an Inpatient Rehab Program?
Inpatient rehab is a residential treatment center where patients reside for various lengths depending on their program. The average stay is 30 days, but most addiction treatment facilities offer longer programs (60 days, 90 days or even longer). The length of treatment depends on several factors, including the severity of the addiction, the existence of any co-occurring mental health conditions, and whether the person has been through rehab before.
Most inpatient centers offer family programs, where members of the patient’s family participate in family counseling and activities. This provides the opportunity to mend trust and identify dysfunctional relationships or dynamics that could trigger a relapse. Families can help encourage and support their loved one by being actively involved in their recovery.
Each inpatient residential facility provides its own unique accommodations. Some are basic, with shared rooms, cafeteria-style meals and recreational activities like pool and ping-pong. Others may offer private luxury suites with gourmet meals and a host of amenities, like a pool, spa and gym.
How to Choose an Inpatient Treatment Center
Because every person who needs addiction treatment is different, there are also a variety of differences among treatment programs. It is important to ask the right questions to find the treatment program that is right for you.
Questions you should ask when choosing a rehab:
- What types of addiction does the program treat?It’s important to find a center that has experience treating your specific addiction and any co-occurring disorders. Every substance has different physical and psychological effects, so make sure to ask about the treatment center’s familiarity with treating your specific one.
- What types of therapy are offered?Most rehabs offer group and individual counseling. Beyond that, there are many different types of traditional and nontraditional therapies. Maybe family therapy is important to you, or holistic therapies, such as yoga, art, music or equine therapy. Learn about all the options and find a rehab that offers what you’re looking for.
- What kind of aftercare and sober living options do they offer?Many treatment centers provide guidance and planning for after you leave the inpatient stay. A guided aftercare program is essential to maintaining sobriety. Find out if your rehab of choice has an aftercare program or can help you find one.
- What credentials and licensing does the facility have?Because you want access to skilled professionals, find out the accreditation of the clinical staff and the facility itself. This is important, as sub-standard facilities can not only fail to help you, but do so at a high financial cost.
- What peer group programs are offered?Many rehabs adhere to the 12-step program — Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Others provide alternative options, such as the SMART recovery program. Some even provide the option to undergo a 12-step program or an alternative within the same rehab.
- What are my payment options?If insured, finding out if a treatment center accepts your insurance is the first step to coming up with a plan to pay for treatment. If uninsured, ask if the treatment center offers scholarships or in-house financing options. Posing these kinds of questions will help narrow your options down and make the process of getting treatment less stressful.