What is Inpatient Addiction Treatment and Why Does It Work

Inpatient drug rehab is an opportunity for you if you have drug addictions of any kind (alcohol, prescription drugs, meth, heroin, and cocaine) to get 24/7 care and finally put the drug addiction behind you.

All addictions are not the same, and it's important to be at a an addiction treatment facility that specializes in the type of addiction you have.

You'll be living with others who are in the same situation as you are, and in some inpatient drug rehabs, it's common to share a room with someone else. It's good to look at this situation as an opportunity to bond with another person because the new friendship may become a lifetime friendship.

When you go through a difficult situation together such as drug rehab, it's easy to bond with a roommate. Neither one of you wants to see the other person suffer and both become more compassionate in the process. Your stay could be as short as 30 days, although many are 60 or 90-day inpatient drug treatment programs.

There are some things to consider before you actually check into the inpatient drug treatment program. Here's a list to get you started:

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Who does the Inpatient Drug Rehab Treat?

Some inpatient drug rehab centers are designed for a specific clientele. For example, some are for women. Others are for celebrities and are incognito about who is going there. Others are for business executives who are top-level management of big companies. You may think you can get along well with business executives or celebrities but the reality is that if you aren't in the category the inpatient addiction treatment facility is set up for, they most likely won't accept you.

Does This Inpatient Treatment Center Treat the Addiction That You Have?

All addictions are not the same, and it's important to be at a an addiction treatment facility that specializes in the type of addiction you have. For example, alcohol addiction is a lot different than meth addiction or heroin addiction or even prescription drug addiction. The difference is in how the addiction affects the body. Opiates affect the receptors found in the body for endorphins. Alcohol induces widespread vitamin and mineral deficiencies that can be life-threatening during the withdrawal process.

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How Trained are the Addiction Counselors at the Inpatient Addiction Treatment Facility?

If you have a college degree, you know how much there is to any discipline pertaining to health. For the addiction field, there are core courses that have to be taken so you know and understand the anatomy and physiology of the problem, the psychological processes affected by the drug addiction, and clinical strategies that are used in different situations. You want the addiction counselors at the inpatient treatment center to be knowledgeable in addiction counseling. You can't help yourself, but a knowledgeable and experienced treatment counselor can spot things that are hidden from you and things that are keeping you in the place where you are right now.

What Will the Accommodations be Like During my Addiction Treatment?

Your biggest concern here is whether or not you're going to be comfortable in the inpatient drug treatment center or elsewhere. Is the facility open and welcoming or does it have a dark sense to it? Most of the inpatient drug rehab centers understand that the facility should be upbeat and positive but do scrutinize it yourself. Always go with your first impression and don't let logic steer you away from your intuition. Your intuition is always right.

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Are You Being Accepted Just to Fill Rooms or is There a Genuine Match?

Before you enter any inpatient drug treatment or elsewhere, make sure you are right for the inpatient program. There are also outpatient programs and these may be more suitable for you. If you have a serious addiction, an inpatient treatment program is a necessity. But if not, there may be other options for you to consider.

What Type of Addiction Treatment is Offered?

You will want to know what works best for you. Some people function best in groups, while others need one-on-one counseling. If someone who needs one-on-one counseling is then enrolled in an inpatient drug treatment that focuses on group therapy, there's a big mismatch. The person will not receive what they need during the 30 days or longer at the facility, and the whole investment may end up unfruitful if you're seeking drug recovery.

Give this serious consideration. If you aren't comfortable in groups, then this is no doubt something that goes back to something that occurred in your past. The inpatient drug rehab process is difficult enough without having to bring up one more skeleton in your past. Recognize what you need - and then find it. You will find an inpatient program that will work for you during addiction treatment.

You'll also want to find out what is a sample schedule of what goes on during the day at the inpatient treatment center. How many hours of group counseling is there, compared to one-on-one counseling? If the one-on-one counseling is only sporadic, it may not be enough for you to work successfully.

Another thing to consider is the 12-step meetings. These are group meetings so you must confront the situation straight on - will they work for you or not? If you've been attending the 12-step meetings for years, it may be time to realize that you need another type of therapy; it's not working.

Does the Inpatient Drug Rehab Believe you Can be Healed of Drug Addiction?

If not, then you could end up in another inpatient drug treatment program somewhere else over and over again. The treatment centers range from about $10,000 to $25,000 per month, and that's a lot for you or your family to be paying time and time again.

Choose the inpatient addiction treatment facility carefully. Cost of addiction treatment can take a toll. Don't make it a Groundhog Day type of experience that depletes your family resources.

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