Inpatient drug and alcohol rehab is an intense residential program for those suffering from grave addictions. Patients admit themselves into a controlled environment where they will receive 24 hour medical, mental and emotional care. Those in inpatient programs may have already tried and been unsuccessful in outpatient treatment and counseling or this may be the first time they have seriously tried to get help. In this article, let’s look at how inpatient addiction rehab can help you on your road to recovery.

Types Of Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab

There are 3 primary types of inpatient rehab.

  1. Residential Rehab – This is your base level of inpatient rehab and typically the most affordable. In a residential inpatient program, patients receive research-based cognitive, behavioral, physical and emotional treatment from doctors, nurses, counselors and therapists in a group and individual setting. These programs are without the bells and whistles like saunas and massage that you might associate with a “high end” rehab facility.
  2. Luxury Rehab – These are your facilities that provide extra services beyond the basic listed above. The idea is to make treatment feel more like a spa, adventure or retreat depending on the type of luxuries offered. This may include: acupuncture, gourmet meals, swimming, hiking, saunas, massage, manicures, etc.
  3. Executive Rehab – These facilities are specifically designed for high-level executives who need help but because of their positions within companies they “feel” that they cannot leave work. While the executive does remain on site, he/she is expected to “take it easy” and the facility works around the executive’s busy schedule, while providing remote access to work through computer and audio-visual equipment.

Benefits Of Inpatient Rehab

  1. Removal from Temptations – When patients are admitted, they are closely supervised and have no access to drugs and alcohol. When not faced daily with the choice to use or not to use, those suffering can develop a healthier life perspective.
  2. Treatment of the whole person – Those who are suffering have often endured traumatic events either prior to or as a result of the addiction. They may additionally suffer from conditions like bipolar, schizophrenia, depression or suicidal tendencies. They may have issues with trust, relationships or anger. Because inpatient treatment is intensive, professionals can work to address many concerns at once for faster healing and reduced chance of relapse.
  3. Medication management – in the inpatient setting professionals regulate medication to make sure the patient is taking meds and taking the right dosage.
  4. Skills development – patients learn how to address triggers, manage their emotions and cope with cravings.
  5. More lasting results – studies show that those who undergo long-term treatment have a significantly reduced chance of relapse than those who go through short-term and intermittent treatment such as that in outpatient programs. Outpatient does, however, have its place. It is very effective if begun early in the addiction or used post-discharge to prevent relapse.

How To Prepare For Inpatient Drug And Alcohol Rehab

Making the choice to get help isn’t easy. It’s an investment of time and money. But it’s an investment worth making. Addiction is a disease that doesn’t get better on its own. And not getting better is a death sentence for the addicted and heartbreak for their family. This is a big step you are taking toward a better future. Let’s look at how to prepare for an inpatient stay, not necessarily in this order.

  1. Be honest with your employer. In larger companies, you may want to talk with the H.R. department. Find out if you qualify for job protection under FMLA, need to apply for short-term disability or whatever else might apply in your company.
  2. Make sure your family is taken care of. If you’re a single parent, have a heart to heart with family or a trusted friend to get the support you need. Those who love you, want you well. If you express your needs someone will step up to help.
  3. Tell your family you love them. You may not be able to talk with them for some time as you stabilize — this is for your benefit and not to scare you away.
  4. Find out what you can take. You should never take valuables or items that can’t be replaced (sentimental) to inpatient rehab.
  5. Get your finances in order. This will include having someone pay your mortgage and other bills, talking to your insurance company to see what they cover and who is in-network. Talk to someone about financial assistance you may qualify for.
  6. Find a respected and effective facility that will meet your unique physical and behavioral needs and give you the best chance at staying on the recovery path. is committed to helping those suffering from addiction change their lives through recovery. When you call our free, confidential helpline, licensed professionals listen, evaluate and research facilities and financial options for you. They connect you with a trusted and compassionate addiction rehab centers, services, and programs

Contact us to learn more about inpatient treatment options.