Committing yourself wholly to an inpatient treatment program is one of the most effective ways to end the cycle of dependency. Resident treatment programs typically range from 30 to 90 days, and allow patients to completely focus on healing and recovery in a safe, comfortable, and non-intimidating environment. During the inpatient stay, every moment of the patient’s day is guided by skilled and capable medical professionals who can help accelerate the recovery process.
Steps of Inpatient Treatment
During the intake process, the treatment center will run diagnostic tests to determine the severity of the addiction, determine any pre-existing medical conditions, and formulate the best plan for treatment. During this time, the patient has the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns they may have about their recovery plan.
Though drugs and alcohol are toxins, the body of an addicted individual comes to rely on these substances in order to function. During the detoxification phase, the patient is completely cleansed of all addictive substances. Depending on the type and severity of the addiction, sometimes prescribed drugs like methadone are used to ease symptoms of withdrawal. Detox can be an extremely scary and potentially life-threatening process, with withdrawal symptoms ranging from fatigue and nausea to stroke, heart attack, and even death. During this phase, constant professional medical supervision to ensure the safety of the patient is absolutely critical.
Once all traces of toxins are removed from the body, the patient can begin the rehabilitation process. During this stage, the patient undergoes counseling to get to the root cause of their addiction. Analyzing and understanding what led their current situation helps patients understand their triggers for substance abuse and what they can do to prevent a relapse once they are out of treatment. Many treatment programs include individual, group, and family therapy.
After completing their inpatient treatment, patients need to continue working towards recovery, which is likely something they will have to navigate for the rest of their lives. Treatment centers will work with the patient to establish a plan to stay on track, which will likely include continued, scheduled counseling and check-ins or an outpatient program.
Success starts today and is earned over time. Commit yourself today to a better tomorrow!