Attending a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program can be life-changing for both the participant and his or her loved ones. While there are many programs that can benefit a person on his or her road to recovery, experts highlight five clear benefits of inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation in particular. These benefits can set the participant up for long-term sobriety success.
Round-the-Clock Care and Support
One benefit participants will receive from attending an inpatient substance abuse treatment program is continual care. The “in” part of the word “inpatient” specifically refers to the round-the-clock care and monitoring that is commensurate with patients admitted into a hospital. Every facet of the participant’s experience of the initial phase of treatment — detoxification, mental and physical health-monitoring and intensive therapy — will be guided by highly trained, caring, compassionate professionals. The person will have access to a multi-disciplinary team of professionals including a doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker, nurses and others.
Expert Detoxification Management
Having to go through the detoxification (or “detox”) phase of treatment represents an individual’s greatest initial reservations or fears about seeking treatment. This is because, at times, detoxifying the body from drugs and alcohol’s residual effects can cause some level of physical or emotional discomfort (or both). However, this discomfort is alleviated when you introduce an expert detoxification management team into the treatment picture. There are many useful detoxification approaches that can ease or eliminate discomfort; in the inpatient setting, the individualized care can ensure the right approach is chosen for an individual’s needs.
Individually Tailored Treatment Plans
In the inpatient treatment and rehabilitation setting, you will not find a “cookie-cutter” approach to treating program participants. Instead, each person’s individual treatment plan will be mapped out on the basis of his or her personal history, background, needs and specific situation. One person may need more time in the detoxification phase while another person may need a few additional sessions of individual or group therapy. These small adjustments can make all the difference in overall treatment outcome. Because of the level of comprehensive care provided in an inpatient setting, this type of treatment is only possible in an inpatient rehabilitation program.
Assistance With the Transition Phase
The initial detoxification, education, therapeutic and transition phases actually represent a compressed time period in the person’s rehabilitation. The initial process is designed to set that person up for a lifetime of success in meeting his or her recovery goals. One area where many types of treatment programs fall short is the “transition phase.” This is the critical time period where the person leaves the rehabilitation program to return home to his or her daily life. This can be a challenging time for the person, because they realize they will be exposed to the same people and situations that caused them to turn to drugs or alcohol in the past. Management of the transition phase must include careful monitoring of each person after he or she leaves treatment to see to it that he or she can continue to work toward his or her recovery goals. On an inpatient rehabilitation level, the person can leave treatment with a comprehensive plan for managing the transition phase successfully.
Opportunity to Heal on Multiple Levels
While some programs focus simply on detoxification, some simply on therapy and some simply on transitional support, an inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation program has the resources to provide each person with the chance to heal on multiple levels. From physical health to mental health, emotional well-being to life skills-building, education about drugs and alcohol, communications and career skills, conflict resolution and self-confidence-building skills, a participant in an inpatient program will have access to the full range of resources necessary for long-term abstinence and recovery success.
These five benefits of attending an inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation program demonstrate why type of treatment approach can be more successful than other options.
About the Author: Felicia Adams is a contributing writer who works as a counselor for RehabHotline.org, a nonprofit entity that assists addicts and their loved ones in finding the right treatment programs for their situations.