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What to Look for in an Inpatient Drug Rehab

There are many different types of drug addiction treatment available to those who are suffering from substance abuse disorders.  One of the most common methods of treatment involves inpatient drug rehab which focuses on providing patients with consistent, around-the-clock treatment that works to help them stay sober and live a life of long-term recovery.  When you decide to take the steps toward choosing inpatient drug rehab, you’ve already made a wise decision.  The next step is to find a program that’s right for you.  Here’s a look at what you should look for in an inpatient drug rehab program.

Length of the Treatment Program

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Many inpatient drug rehab programs are 30 days or more in length which is a good starting point for recovery.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends at least 90 days of treatment in order for a patient to fully recover with a reduced chance of relapse.  Varied program lengths are available but it’s important to choose a program that is at least three weeks long and preferably longer in order to effectively break the habit of addiction.

Type of Treatment Offered

Inpatient drug rehab offers various types of treatment for those in recovery.  The type of treatment that is offered in a residential treatment program can make the difference between whether you are comfortable and happy in recovery or you feel out of place.  It’s important that you spend time in a place where you know that the type of treatment that you are receiving is going to be effective for your individual needs.  Some of the most common types of treatment offered include:

  • Holistic therapy
  • behavioral therapy
  • cognitive therapy
  • natural treatment options
  • alternative treatment such as acupuncture or massage
  • exercise programs
  • support groups
  • detox

Amount of Time Actually Spent in Counseling

Inpatient drug rehab is a place where the foundation of treatment focuses on counseling so it will be vital to choose an inpatient rehab program that actually provides adequate time in counseling.  Many programs require that patients spend 50 hours or more in counseling and support groups while in inpatient treatment each week.  It’s important to look for a drug rehab that requires you to spend enough time in counseling to learn how to stay sober, what to do in the event that you relapse, how you can change your behaviors in a positive way and what it is that caused your addiction.  Anything less can leave you prone to relapse.

Costs & Payment Methods

Every inpatient drug rehab is different so it’s important to read between the lines when it comes to determining the total cost of treatment and the payment methods that should be used to secure treatment.  Some programs cost more than others, some include the cost of medication or medical intervention in the total cost of treatment.  You’ll want to choose an inpatient rehab that provides you with the services that you need at a cost that you can afford.

The method of payment is also important to consider.  Many inpatient drug rehab programs will accept insurance or other forms of payment but not all programs do.  Some will require you to pay cash upfront for treatment while others will provide you with a payment plan that splits the total cost over a period of a few months or more.  Talk with the inpatient drug rehab center director about the payment methods that are accepted and what will be required of you when you enter the program.