What is Residential Inpatient Treatment?

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28 February, 2018

Once the initial period of detoxification has started, it may be appropriate to enter a residential inpatient treatment facility.  It is not always a question if outpatient vs. inpatient treatment is more useful, but rather whether it is beneficial for the individual to begin with one method before transitioning to the next.


If you’re finding it difficult to cope with the cravings following an initial period of detox, an inpatient treatment facility may be the best environment for you to continue your journey to recovery. Receiving treatment in an inpatient Indy drug rehab center will allow you to focus completely on the program that is provided, away from harmful routines and environments that may be contributing to your addiction.


Many therapists believe that a complete change of environment is extremely useful when attempting to kick an addiction.  If you start the process of detoxification in your usual surroundings, it can be very hard to avoid the triggers that compel you to drink or use drugs – whether it is stressful or negative situations, difficult relationships or issues with codependency a complete change of scenery can be extremely useful to those wishing to recover from substance abuse issues. For individuals suffering from long-term psychological dependence on drugs or alcohol, a period of inpatient treatment can offer a safe, supportive and reassuring environment to begin the recovery process.


As an inpatient, you’ll be able to focus on developing important recovery skills and coping mechanisms which will eventually allow you to transition back to everyday life.  Once this important treatment phase is completed, and when you are fully confident of the skills and coping mechanisms that you have learned, it may be appropriate to transition to the partial hospitalization program.


What Can I Expect from Residential Inpatient Treatment?


Initially, you can expect to receive a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan, which will likely be followed by 24-hour supervision by a team of qualified professionals. You will also receive management with medications that you might require, and it is likely that you will meet with a psychiatric professional at least once a week (if not more).


You should expect to take part in community meeting groups, along with participating in an ongoing review of your treatment goals.  You will be given the opportunity to discuss any concerns or challenges that you have, and these might be addressed through group or individual therapy.


You may find that recreational therapies (including yoga, meditation, and mindfulness) are also available as part of your treatment program. Following your inpatient admission, you should also receive appropriate aftercare and discharge planning, which is vital to help your transition back into your everyday life.


You will likely be invited to daily group therapy including access to specialty groups which are designed to be psychoeducational – you may find topics that will include your individual substance abuse issues, problems with grief, loss, trauma survival, self-esteem, assertiveness, and family therapy.


Therapy is an extremely important part of the recovery process – not only will it allow you to explore triggers for your substance abuse, it will also help you develop crucial coping strategies to help you cope with possible cravings, and to learn how to avoid environments, situations, and pressures that might precipitate relapse. The period as an inpatient is primarily meant to allow you to progress with confidence to become a sober living outpatient and equip you with the tools to make a successful recovery.


If you’re trying to decide if inpatient residential treatment is the right choice for you, please contact Addiction Rehab Centers today – we are always available to offer impartial, non-judgmental advice to help you on your initial steps to sobriety.

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