Overcoming addiction is challenging. Many people resort to past behaviors and habits, with even the best intentions of getting clean. After all, sobriety is more than simply deciding to stop using drugs or alcohol. It involves an overhaul of addictive thought patterns and behaviors. Most people don’t have the knowledge, resources, or support necessary to take on the complexities of addiction alone.
Inpatient rehabilitation, or rehab for short, is a life-changing opportunity for people who are finally ready to tackle their addictions. Instead of struggling on your own, you can have access to an entire team of professionals who are ready to support you through the difficult moments and imminent successes.
Of course, you may be reluctant to start inpatient rehab. You might be worried about being away from your family. Maybe you feel like you can’t miss out on work or school. You may have no idea what to expect. Making major life changes isn’t easy.
Up until now, you may have been using drugs as a way to cope with negative feelings. You might be abusing substances to escape from a reality you don’t think you can manage without getting high. Perhaps alcohol is so ingrained in your behavior patterns that every time you try to quit, the need to get drunk eventually gets the better of you.
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What is Inpatient Rehab?
Inpatient rehab, sometimes called residential treatment, is a setting designed to provide education, skills training, and comprehensive therapy for people who are struggling with drug or alcohol abuse. In many cases, you stay at a rehab facility 24/7. Some centers allow visits to your family or time away from the rehab center after reaching certain treatment milestones.
Many inpatient rehab centers offer a comfortable, supportive atmosphere geared towards recovery. Some centers, like Pinnacle Peak Recovery in Scottsdale, Arizona, even have a resort-like setting with luxury amenities, scenic views, access to fitness classes, and adventure opportunities. In addition, your privacy and confidentiality are major priorities for the center. Getting treatment shouldn’t be something you are ashamed of, but many people prefer to keep their personal information private during their stay.
One major advantage of this type of treatment is the structured environment. Those struggling with addiction often lose structure and accountability in their lives as they sink deeper into drug or alcohol use. They may disappear for days at a time or neglect their duties as a family member, employee, or student. Inpatient drug rehab allows a person to once again take control of his or her life with predictable schedules, designated duties, and the ability to develop positive behavioral habits that support a sober life.
You may be wondering if you need to stay at a facility all day and night. For some, home life is a major trigger to drug and alcohol use. The constant exposure to people and places that trigger or enable your addictive behaviors can easily keep you from getting a solid footing in your recovery.
Residential treatment is a chance for you to essentially hit the reset button on your thoughts and actions. With the help of knowledgeable professionals and like-minded peers, you can begin the process of self-discovery. Also, trained experts can help you manage your withdrawal symptoms or any underlying mental health problems that could contribute to your drug or alcohol use.
Is Inpatient Drug Rehab Right for Me?
How do you know if inpatient drug rehab is right for you or your loved one? In many cases, you can talk to a specially trained intake counselor before deciding on any program. The counselor will take the time to listen to your story, struggles, and goals for treatment without judging or lecturing you.
During a routine assessment, you may find that some situations make inpatient rehab an excellent option. These can include:
Severe drug or alcohol use: If you abuse drugs or alcohol for a long time or use them excessively, even to the point where your life may be in immediate danger, rehab can help manage the taxing withdrawal symptoms. It can also be a fine place to start the process of positive change.
Chaotic home life: Living with other drugs or alcohol users or having an unstable home environment can sabotage your treatment. Time away can help you regroup and refocus your attention on living a better life.
Not responding to lower levels of care: If you attempt outpatient or intensive outpatient programs but find it difficult to maintain sobriety while at home, rehab can give you the added support you need to find success.
Recently out of a detox program: For some, especially chronic alcohol or opiate users, the medically managed detox is the first crucial step of care. Once the drug leaves your system, however, the real work begins. For example, alcohol rehab can help you discover the reasons alcohol took over your life and take steps to change these root causes.
First-time treatment: Once you decide to seek treatment, you will want every tool available to make it successful. This type of drug rehab offers around-the-clock support to help change your life and prevent relapse.
Change of scenery: Sometimes taking a break from the stressful life that has led to your addiction is enough to jump start your desire to rejuvenate your life.
Together, you and an admissions counselor can discuss the available treatment options, empowering you to make the best choice for your needs.
Programs like Pinnacle Peak Recovery offer a full continuum of care. Instead of moving progressively through multiple organizations, you can find the programs you need in one place. If you require placement in a lower level of treatment or after-care services, you can access them seamlessly without the hassle of switching facilities.
Why and How Drug Rehab Works
Across the board, the most effective type of substance abuse program involves:
Personnel with at least a master’s degree.
Physicians certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
An individualized treatment with a licensed addiction counselor.
The ability to treat underlying mental health or social issues.
A 90+-day time frame for rehab, followed by outpatient treatment, therapy, and support groups.
Access to medications, if needed or desired.
Emphasis on using multiple forms of treatment.
The most important takeaway is there are many forms of drug treatment and rehabilitation that use multiple methods in multiple contexts. Statistics show the longer you commit to treatment, regardless of what you’re addicted to, the better you’ll fare at achieving sobriety. Remember also that complete sobriety does not need to be your goal; treatment effectiveness depends on so much more than abstinence.
Choose the method that’s right for you, your addiction, your price range, and your family. Try different methods until you find one that feels right. Combine treatments as you see fit. Ultimately drug rehab is worth it: to your health, job, relationships, safety, finances, and life.
What Can I Expect During Inpatient Rehab?
Each facility is a little different, but there are some fairly standard, evidence-based approaches that are typically used during rehab. These include:
- Individualized treatment: You will have a primary counselor acting as a liaison to all the services provided. The therapeutic relationship you develop with your primary counselor helps set the framework for your treatment. During individual therapy sessions, you identify your strengths, need areas, and root causes of using behaviors. Then a treatment plan is developed so you can use your strengths to start overcoming the challenges in your life. Treatment plans are constantly modified as you progress through treatment.
- Group therapy: Rehab often has several group therapy sessions each day. At first, you may be reluctant to share with a group. After all, who wants to put their business out there for strangers to hear and judge? As you become more comfortable in groups, however, you can begin to realize the other people in the circle share similar struggles. They have stories you can relate to. Some even have advice that may inspire you or change your life.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a popular psychotherapy (also called talk therapy) used for addiction treatment. CBT during groups or individualized treatment is a way for a person to identify negative or inaccurate thinking that has led to addictive behaviors. Once aware of these cognitive distortions–like all-or-nothing thinking or catastrophizing, you can find ways to respond to troubling situations more effectively.
- Life skills training: Many people use drugs as a means to escape. As such, they miss out on learning and practicing basic life skills necessary for personal and professional success. Training in assertive communication, anger management, and vocational skills can make the journey of recovery much easier.
- Holistic therapy: Some facilities adopt a holistic approach to treating addiction. Instead of simply viewing a person as a diagnosis or set of symptoms, the treatment team looks at the whole person. Holistic treatments may include helping a person learn how nutrition, fitness, and mind-body techniques can help improve quality of life and reduce the risk of relapse. Holistic therapies may include yoga, Tai Chi, exercise classes, meditation, journaling, and healthy cooking classes.
- Adventure/recreation therapy: Once you are finished with your rehab program, you will quickly realize how much more free time you have. The time you used to spend using or obtaining drugs or alcohol will need to be replaced with something engaging and meaningful. Some rehab programs offer an assortment of experiential and adventure activities to aid with your personal discovery and expose you to exciting ways to embrace your newfound free time. Yes, rehab is much more than talking about your problems and sitting in groups!
Take a few moments to think about what you would like to receive from an inpatient program. If possible, list a couple of must-haves that are important to you. If the above approaches sound appealing, you may want to do a little more research on Pinnacle Peak Recovery in Scottsdale, Arizona. With our experienced, professional staff and our beautiful campus, we may offer the exact environment that you need to build your new life.
How Long Does Inpatient Rehab Last?
You’re probably wondering how long inpatient alcohol rehab or drug rehab will take. After all, you have a life to live. Maybe a family to support. Understandably, you want to get clean and get back to life as soon as possible.
Time in drug rehabilitation treatment often depends on you. Are you engaged in treatment? Have you and your loved ones work with the family therapist? Are you reaching your treatment goals? Do you truly seem motivated to change? These factors all contribute to your length of stay.
Some inpatient programs last a few weeks. For other people, more extensive treatment is necessary. Recovery isn’t one-size-fits-all. Your drug history, support network, and progress through treatment play an important role in the length of your treatment.
Of course, this time is an investment in your future. It’s a relatively short time in your life when you can finally face your challenges and get the support you may never have a chance to experience. Embrace it. Make it your catalyst for change.
Get Started Creating a Better Future Today.
The choice to seek inpatient rehab is a brave step in securing a better future. You may wonder what this type of drug rehab program can actually offer. If you’re looking for a family-like atmosphere that will support your journey of sobriety and self-discovery during rehab and long afterward, Pinnacle Peak Recovery can help.
Why not take a few minutes right now to talk to one of our admissions counselors? We can answer any questions, help you determine what level of care is most appropriate, and give you a chance to take control of your future.
Call now. Your future self will thank you.