Inpatient drug rehabilitation is often referred to as residential treatment. This is because those who are quitting drugs will live in the facility for the length of treatment. The benefits of inpatient drug rehabilitation include those that are physical, psychological, emotional, and often even spiritual in nature.

benefits of rehabilitationWhen a person first quits using drugs, there is a period of detoxification of the body, often referred to as detox. The person typically experiences intense withdrawal symptoms, especially if drug use was heavy or occurred over a long period of time. Depending on the drug, withdrawal symptoms can range from uncomfortable to painful or even excruciating. Many people relapse during this period in an effort to alleviate the pain from withdrawal symptoms. Accidental overdose may also occur from a relapse to overcome withdrawal symptoms. Inpatient treatment prevents relapse while giving the necessary physical and emotional support needed during this first stage of the rehabilitation process.

Time to Focus on Self

Residential therapy gives the person time to focus on the self and the healing necessary to overcome drug problems. Time that was formerly spent on obtaining, using, and recovering from use of drugs can now be spent on creating a healthy new lifestyle free from the effects of drugs and their use.

Those who are overcoming drugs often benefit by keeping the mind clear to focus on the recovery process. Inpatient treatment keeps the client free from distractions, stress, and tension of everyday life so that more focus can be spent on recovery and a healthy new lifestyle.

Extended Therapy Time

Outpatient programs may last for a good part of the day, depending on the program, but once the appointment is over, there is limited time for people to stay behind to discuss necessary or relevant issues. Inpatient treatment offers the advantage of qualified professionals thatmeet the client’s needs without the client having to wait until the next session.

One of the benefits of inpatient drug rehabilitation is that the former user’s day is mostly structured. This structured environment not only keeps the person busy by teaching ways to remain drug free and how to create a healthy new life, but gives the patient very little free time to dwell on problems that might interfere with proper treatment.

Support to Overcome Addiction

During the early stages of recovery, around the clock support is important. A person who has recently quit drug use has the potential to experience all sorts of conflicting emotions and issues, and having someone nearby to talk to can mean the difference between success and failure in the recovery process.

The structure of inpatient programming helps to prevent the client’s access to drugs and relapse. This is because the patient is kept secure in the building, while access to visitors is limited and restricted.

Continued Supervision

Although physical addiction may have been completed through detox, there are the emotional aspects of the detoxification process to consider. Depending on the drug, the amount, and the length of time used, psychological withdrawal can last for weeks or even months. Having qualified professionals available around the clock helps clients to overcome these issues as they arise, no matter what time of day or night.

As the person is kept within the facility day and night, this limits the influences and triggers to drug use that the patient is exposed to on a daily basis, allowing for more focus on recovery.

New Support System

According to information provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), social support greatly improves a person’s chance of recovery from drug abuse and addiction1. When in residential treatment, clients gain new association and referrals to treatment providers and others who are also overcoming addictions.

When quitting drugs, it is best to avoid friends that continue to use drugs to prevent relapse. At inpatient facilities, new friendships develop that may continue well after discharge from drug treatment, giving long-lasting friendships and additional support for a drug-free life.

Many inpatient drug rehabilitation programs implement some form of exercise, whether in the form of classes or equipment rooms available to clients. Exercise can help strengthen the mind and body, while giving the client more activities to fill free time with beneficial activities that do not involve drug use.

Alternative Therapies

Many facilities offer a variety of services to their clients to help reduce tension and stress. These might include activities such as yoga or meditation. These activities can be used after treatment to maintain a strong mind and to reduce tension and stress rather than return to drug use.

One of the benefits of inpatient drug rehabilitation is the meal planning. Clients are served balanced and nutritious meals. Many drug users do not place focus on healthy eating habits. Residential treatment helps the client focus on a more healthy lifestyle that can be continued after treatment is complete.

Time and focus in residential treatment allows the client to learn the root causes of their drug use and to deal specifically with overcoming these issues. This allows for preparation and learning to prevent relapse upon completion of the program.

More Intensive Programming

Compared to outpatient treatment, inpatient therapy provides more intensive treatment programming. The client’s day and evening are filled with activities that include workshops and different types of counseling. Parts of this treatment can continue with aftercare programming and integration of life coping skills and healthy lifestyle choices into the clients day to day living arrangements once they have completed the inpatient rehabilitation program.

Resources:

1. SAMHSA; Strategic Initiative #4: Recovery Support from Leading Change: A Plan for SAMHSA’s Roles and Actions 2011-2014
http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA11-4629/06-RecoverySupport.pdf