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Inpatient Residential Treatment Centers

Alcohol abuse and drug addiction are not simple conditions that can be improved by behavioral therapies alone. Sometimes alcoholics or drug addicts may become so ill due to their addiction that they risk hurting themselves and the people around them. Finding a reputable residential drug or alcohol treatment center is the best thing that you can do for yourself or for the person you love. If you need help locating a trustworthy inpatient treatment center, call 1-888-968-9816 Who Answers? and get immediate assistance right away.

Introduction to Inpatient Treatment Centers

A residential drug or alcohol treatment center is a live-in facility that provides treatment and therapy for alcohol and substance abuse. The center may be located in the suburbs where patients are far away from their family or in a private hospital where the addicted individual is admitted for several weeks or months, depending on the severity of the addiction. Inpatient centers are indicated for the treatment of severe conditions, including alcoholism, drug addiction and physical or mental disorders. The center applies various treatment methods and specialized programs to meet the patients’ individual needs.

While alcoholism and drug addiction can be treated in an outpatient facility, it is recommended to enroll in an inpatient rehab center for complete recovery and to prevent the occurrence of relapse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), individuals who attend a minimum of 90 days of treatment in an inpatient facility receive positive outcomes. Those who exceed the minimum treatment period in a residential drug treatment center are more likely to abstain from drug or alcohol abuse and are less likely to be involved in criminal or violent activities. These positive results also apply to short-term inpatient programs.

Advantages of Inpatient Rehab Centers over Outpatient Rehab Centers

Outpatient rehab offers the same treatment programs as inpatient rehab centers. However, it cannot provide the same intensive care and addiction management that an inpatient rehab can. Here are some differences of outpatient and inpatient treatment centers:

  • Facilities – outpatient rehab’s facilities are limited to the amenities present in the doctor’s office or clinic, whereas an inpatient rehab has the proper facilities for different types of addiction. Even if the outpatient treatment facility is inside a hospital, it may not be able to provide the appropriate medical attention due to limited medical personnel or the availability of knowledgeable addiction specialists. Inpatient rehabs are designed to provide apt treatment and medical attention, making them more prepared for specific types of addiction.
  • 24-hour care and supervision – residential drug or alcohol treatment centers provide 24-hour medical attention and supervision. They supervise the addicted individual’s medications and monitor the patient’s progress thoroughly. Most inpatient drug treatment centers also have resident nutritionists to modify the patients’ diet according to his or her physical and mental conditions. Outpatient rehab may offer day care and overnight facilities, but the patient needs to leave the treatment facility the following day. This is because it does not have enough staff and facilities to cater to long-term treatment.
  • Addiction management – because of the lack of facilities, outpatient rehabs are not indicated for the treatment of all types of addiction, including alcoholism and polydrug addiction, because of possible life-threatening withdrawal symptoms of the detoxification process. A residential drug or alcohol treatment facility is intended for these types of addiction, as it can manage and monitor the patient throughout the whole detox process. Trained medical personnel and licensed addiction physicians are always on standby to guarantee the safety of the patient during the treatment programs. Inpatient rehabs also have specialized detoxification units that cater to the severity of the withdrawal symptoms.
  • Management of pre-existing medical conditions – an outpatient rehab lacks the facility and specialists to attend to the patient’s physical or mental illnesses. It is also not recommended for treating the addiction of suicidal or homicidal patients. A residential treatment facility, on the other hand, has on-call or resident psychologists to evaluate and monitor the patient. It also has on-call general practitioners and licensed healthcare providers to assess the patient’s overall health prior to the detox and rehabilitation program. Inpatients are given appropriate medications and are always monitored to prevent emergencies due to drug interactions.
  • Rate of recovery – although both treatment facilities offer both individual and group counseling, residential drug or alcohol treatment centers offer a more intensive treatment program for individuals who are dealing with complex recovery issues. This is called the long-term residential therapeutic community (TC) and is considered as the most well-established form of inpatient drug treatment. It is recommended for polydrug addicts. Individuals who enroll in a 90-day inpatient therapeutic community show remarkable recovery improvements, are more stable, and are fully employed three to five years after completing the program.

The only drawback of residential drug or alcohol treatment centers is the cost of treatment. However, money issues should never hinder your or your loved one’s recovery. Changing for the better may be a challenging or even an expensive feat, but it guarantees a more stable and healthier life with your family. Call 1-888-968-9816 Who Answers? if you or a loved one is in need of inpatient treatment or if you want to discuss various treatment and recovery options for your or your loved one’s type of addiction.

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