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What to Expect from Inpatient Addiction Treatment

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This article will explore the different types of treatment options that people can expect to receive when they choose to take part in inpatient addiction treatment. It will explore how rehabilitation centres work, how the detoxification process works, and it will discuss how rehabilitative therapy can help people to beat addiction and live better lives. It will also provide a distinction between inpatient care and outpatient care.

What Is Rehab?

Rehab clinics (also known as residential treatment centres) are a form of inpatient addiction treatment that can help people to overcome various forms of addiction, including sex addiction, gambling addiction, eating disorders, alcohol addiction, and drug addiction to name a few.

The unique aspect of rehab clinics is that they offer people the opportunity to temporarily reside within a treatment centre, gaining access to prescription medication and certified medical professionals who monitor the progress of patient treatment throughout their stay. Rehab clinics also provide a safe and secure environment for undergoing the detoxification process and  completing their recovery process.

Inpatient Rehab

Patients can opt to either engage in a fulltime treatment program by paying privately, or via a charity that is willing to provide the support, or they can choose to take part in a program that is supported by the NHS. The NHS programme will likely not include the full range of features and benefits that come with a full time private treatment plan.

Moreover, the NHS does not provide any full time forms of rehab treatment. They will offer the aforementioned partial support in some cases, as well as the initial detox programme for drug addiction that lasts between seven to ten days.

A key thing to consider is that with private treatment, patients are unlikely to face waiting times and will be seen very quickly, whereas going with the NHS programme options might mean that patients face long waiting times before they receive the care they require. This of course is highly problematic if an individual has a particularly severe form of addiction and desperately requires a detox and the subsequent treatment necessary thereafter.

Detox

The detoxification process can take place as part of an inpatient or outpatient programme, but the individual in question will need to reside in a medical facility either for a short-term period or a long-term period regardless.

This is to ensure that the patient is monitored and catered to throughout the detox process. This is important because the withdrawal symptoms associated with detoxing can be extremely difficult to cope with, and people’s bodies can react in various ways. 

Therefore, it is important to have medical professionals on hand to help provide support and medicine, and generally be present to check on the health and wellbeing of the patient. The detox process will typically be carried out in a specific section of a rehab centre, so that the healthcare professionals can provide individualised care and resources to the patients throughout their detox.

The detox process can either be medicated or non-medicated. The unmedicated route is much more difficult for the patient to achieve (it is often referred to as going ‘cold turkey’); however, it does have benefits. For instance, the detox will likely go faster and be less problematic, since the patient won’t need to wean themselves off any other drugs, and they will only need to beat the withdrawal symptoms of the specific drug they are addicted to.

Most forms of detox programmes will be medicated. In this version of the process, patients will have access to prescription drugs that will help them to deal with the difficult withdrawal symptoms they may face. However, this form of detox could prolong the recovery process.

Rehabilitative Therapy 

Detox is the part of the process that seeks to remove the physical dependence a person has to a drug, but rehabilitative therapy is the part of the process that truly works on eliminating the addiction, at least from the behaviour and mental side of things.

Rehabilitative therapy can take the shape of therapy sessions, counselling sessions, 12-step programmes, 4-step programmes, and many other iterations that seek to provide people with guidance, information, and steps they can follow to gradually overcome their addiction.

Therapy can be especially useful for people recovering from addiction because it can offer them answers in terms of explaining how the addiction came to be and how their behaviour patterns can turn into a cycle of addiction. It can encourage them to take ownership and responsibility for their problems, whilst also not blaming themselves and realising that it is something that can be conquered.

Elsewhere, therapy can restore people’s confidence within themselves. They can not only beat their addiction, but they can begin a new chapter in their life, where they understand themselves better, and make choices that will benefit their wellbeing.

Therapy can also be used to repair relationships with friends and family that have broken down because of a person’s drug use. Therapy sessions can include family members and can help people to feel comfortable discussing their personal feelings as well as fixing their relationships with people, whilst feeling supported and encouraged within a safe, non-judgmental, and secure environment.

Other Forms of Treatment Programmes

People suffering from addiction can also take part in outpatient treatment programmes as part of their recovery process. Outpatient care involves attending sessions at a medical facility or an NHS clinic a few times a week. The key difference from inpatient care is that patients do not reside within the facilities, they only visit during their scheduled sessions.

Moreover, outpatient care is often offered to people after they have already gone through their inpatient care in order to provide a continuation of their treatment. Outpatient care can provide the support and advice that people need to build coping mechanisms and confidence that will enable them to overcome their addictions and avoid future relapse.

Therefore, inpatient and outpatient care are typically provided in tandem with each other. They each can maximise the person’s recovery, and make sure that people are supported every step of the way. The goal is that they make a full long-term recovery.

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