5 Ways Inpatient Drug Rehab Facilities Help Patients Heal
Abuse of drugs or alcohol can quickly lead to physical dependence which can create a rapidly spinning downward spiral for the user as well as for the loved ones and family members who try to help the user. When drug addiction has taken over a user’s life and there’s nowhere else to turn, inpatient drug rehab facilities are there to provide quality, safe and effective treatment that helps them to heal. There are many ways that these programs can help by providing screenings, counseling, support and medical care.
While in inpatient drug rehab, “patients receive counseling services, both individually and in a group setting, by counselors licensed and certified in the area of addictions,” according to the Carroll County Health Department. Counseling helps patients to learn about the disease of addiction and the steps that they can take to become empowered and to make it through recovery. Patients are exposed to education, confrontational groups, discussions, creativity awareness scenarios and other helpful counseling sessions along the way.
Inpatient drug rehab facilities focus the majority of their teaching and services on providing a supportive environment in which the recovering addict can learn and grow to become more self-confident and self-sufficient. The support that is received in treatment will help the patient to build strong and healthy relationships that can not only be beneficial in the immediate sense but also in the future when there’s a need for help.
According to NIDA, effective “treatment programs should assess patients for the presence of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases as well as provide targeted risk-reduction counseling to help patients modify or change behaviors that place them at risk of contracting or spreading infectious diseases.” Inpatient drug rehab facilities help patients heal by assessing them for these conditions and providing additional treatment and education on a case-by-case basis as needed.
Many people who fall into the downward spiral of addiction either lack vocational training or have fallen so far off from routine living or normalcy that getting back on track can seem light years away. Inpatient drug rehab facilities help patients to heal by providing them with training which gives them hope. Many provide, “a variety of on-site educational and vocational services and referrals to assist patients in continuing their education, beginning a job-training program, or returning to the work force,” according to the Staten Island University Hospital. Each of these programs can assist patients in their journey toward becoming productive members of society while healing from their addiction.
Recognizing that addiction is a disease that requires treatment, inpatient drug rehab facilities shift much of their treatment focus onto the individual health of the patient and what can be done to help them heal from any underlying issues which may have caused the addiction or to heal from any of the side effects which have resulted from the drug use. Various forms of medical care may be provided including mental health counseling and therapy, harm reduction therapy, recovery readiness therapy, medication assistance, physical therapy and various other means care necessary to help the patient heal on all levels.