Few things in life are more difficult than overcoming an addiction. For many people, the environment in which they live enables them to keep using, making it all but impossible for them to stop. In that case, inpatient rehabilitation is usually required.
What Is Inpatient Rehabilitation?
This is a type of treatment in which you are required to reside in a center for at least a month, with the center being designed specifically for those who have issues with addiction. You will be supported by mental health and substance abuse professionals, as well as by physicians. Together, you will create a personalized plan that works for you as an individual. This will generally start with a period of detox, followed by therapy and monitoring.
The most important thing about inpatient rehab is that you are immersed in a healing environment, away from the one where you developed your substance abuse problem. As such, it gives you an escape and an opportunity to gain control over yourself, since you can’t control your environment. Furthermore, you will be surrounded by professionals and peers, learning from each other on how to grow as an individual free from substances.
How to Enter Rehab
Deciding to enter rehab is a huge deal, whether you are going voluntarily or you were court ordered to do so. It is important that you prepare yourself, so that you know what to expect. This also gives you a greater chance of being successful. Prepare yourself by:
- Accepting that, no matter how hard rehab will be, it is vital that you complete it. It may feel inconvenient to be in a residential facility, but it is necessary if you are to get your life back in the long run.
- Doing some research on the facility that you will be attending. Know which type of treatment you will get, what your living arrangements are, whether there are special treatment options, what you will be eating, whether you can contact your family, and so on. Visit the facility beforehand if at all possible.
- Taking a look at the options for entertainment and comfort. You probably won’t be allowed to take your cellphone, but things such as books, comfortable clothes, a journal, puzzles, and other things that you enjoy can be very helpful in making you feel more comfortable and at home.
- Getting ready for withdrawal. Everybody knows that kicking a drug habit comes with withdrawal symptoms, and that these can be very severe. But remember that you will be in a supportive environment where your symptoms will be monitored. If appropriate, you may also be given treatment to better manage your symptoms.
- Knowing that you will have to face some tough issues inside yourself. You are likely to have bottled up a lot of hurt over the years, and this will come out. Remember that you are supported through this, and that your stay in rehab is completely confidential. It can be hard to deal with a confrontation of the facts of your life as an addicted person, but it is necessary to stop you from returning to that very same life.
- Thinking about some long term goals before you go. What is your vision for life after treatment? These are the types of things that you will be talking about in treatment, so you may as well prepare yourself.
How Much Does It Cost?
Unfortunately, treatment costs are often a significant barrier for people seeking help. This is particularly true because they often have financial difficulties already as they had to support their drug habit for a long time. Luckily, help is out there. Insurance carriers now all cover at least some elements of rehab, and there are numerous grants, and low interest loan options out there. Most treatment facilities are also happy to make a payment arrangement with you, so that the barrier is effectively removed.
How Long Will I Stay in Treatment?
There is no set length of stay in rehab. Rather, this depends on the center you go to and, more importantly, your personal needs. Usually, the minimum is between three and six weeks. Long term programs exist where people stay for six to 12 months. There is no set answer as to how long you will require treatment, as it all depends on your personal and unique situation.
Different Types of Inpatient Rehabilitation
There are two main types of rehab to choose from:
- Short term rehab, which is the most cost effective and common way of getting help. This treatment starts with medically supervised detox, followed by intensive counseling and therapy. This counseling includes individual, family, and group therapy. This teaches you to recognize your triggers, and put strategies in place to cope with them.
- Long term rehab, which includes sober living facilities, where you will go to after short term rehab and learn how to live in a sober way, while having the same social, professional, and economic responsibilities as other individuals.
Rehab Does Not Guarantee Recovery
Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee that you will recover as a result of rehab. After your inpatient treatment, you will largely be responsible for staying sober yourself and some struggle with that more than others. However, long term sobriety is more likely to be achieved by those who have attended at least 30 days of rehab. Relapse will always be a risk, however.
Once you leave inpatient rehabilitation, you are likely to experience an intense urge to return to your drug of choice. Most are able to resist at least that initial urge, but few are able to resist every urge. Remember, however, that a relapse does not mean that you have failed and have to start over. It just means that more treatment is needed, and that you need to figure out how to respond to triggers more appropriately.
Recognizing That You Need Inpatient Rehab
It can be very difficult, not to mention frightening, to realize you need help with an addiction. A lot of people genuinely don’t realize that they may need inpatient rehab. There are a number of signs of symptoms that often mean that this type of help is needed for you. These include:
- Not being able to control how you use
- Asking yourself whether you may have a problem
- People around you are concerned about your usage.
- Keeping the extent of your use a secret.
- Needing substances to cope with stressful or emotive situations
- Failing to meet your personal, professional, and/or educational responsibilities
- Isolating yourself from those who care about you.