26 Ways Inpatient Drug Rehab Helps People Recover
1. Inpatient behavioral treatments “help patients engage in the treatment process, modify their attitudes and behaviors toward drug abuse, and increase healthy life skills” (NIDA).
2. Inpatient drug rehab helps those who need a controlled environment in which to better focus on their recovery.
3. Those who attend inpatient treatment have access to 24-hour care from doctors, nurses, and therapists.
4. Patients learn coping mechanisms that are not associated with drug abuse in inpatient rehab.
5. Patients learn to identify triggers and to deal with them before they begin to affect their judgement.
6. Medications given in inpatient care curb cravings and withdrawal symptoms and can often be continued through a doctor’s office or outpatient facility after inpatient treatment.
7. Patients meet other patients who are dealing with the same issues and are able to share with them, gain strength from one another, and even possibly become friends.
8. “Patients with high psychiatric severity… are predicted to have a better outcome in inpatient treatment” (NCBI).
9. Inpatient facilities give patients a break from the stressors of their lives, often part of the reason that they are abusing drugs.
10. Family and friends are encouraged to visit in inpatient facilities.
11. There are even specific therapy sessions for relationships between the patient and a member of their support system in order to fix issues that have occurred as a result of the drug abuse.
12. Inpatient programs have specified lengths of stay for each patient, allowing them to stay in treatment for the amount of time essential to recovery (usually 90 days or more).
13. Inpatient facilities can be incredibly beneficial to patients “with a poor support system,” according to the NCBI.
14. Inpatient facilities help to protect patients from those who might not want them to recover and, in some cases, from themselves.
15. “Treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective,” so patients who will not commit to treatment readily can be placed in inpatient treatment to help them recover (NIDA).
16. Inpatient treatment can be very comfortable and, in some private facilities, even luxurious. Comfort can often help perpetuate a stronger recovery.
17. Recovery does not happen overnight and takes times and effort.
18. Individuals who attend inpatient rehab often have access to many other classes and counseling sessions about jobs, nutrition, exercise, etc.
19. Especially in the beginning, the more that relapse can be prevented the better, as it can lead to overdose.
20. Addiction should not be someone’s secret or burden to bear; it should be treated with understanding and acceptance which you will find in an inpatient facility.
21. Being alone in your recovery can be detrimental and can often lead to relapse.
22. Some patients become suicidal during withdrawal which is why inpatient facilities are often a good choice.
23. Recovery is a long process that requires different treatments. A patient may have to try several which is understood in inpatient rehab.
24. Patients can often attend other activities in inpatient rehab (arts and crafts, yoga, etc.) which become part of recovery.
25. Inpatient facilities give patients the ability to remember what a drug-free existence is like.
26. Inpatient treatment gives people their lives back from drug abuse.