Residential Inpatient Rehab Centers
Inpatient drug rehab centers offer programs that are considered short term, which generally last five to seven days. Long-term programs are those that usually last between 60 and 90 days. The average program length is 28 days. An initial assessment and evaluation is usually done when entering an inpatient rehab facility. At this stage, the patient’s personality, medical history and objectives are examined to identify any mental health problems that might be present. These steps are in place to ensure that no additional health issues interfere with treatment and that the patient can be stabilized through a detox program. Most of the short-term facilities only perform these initial steps of treatment on an inpatient basis, while the rest of treatment is performed on an outpatient basis. Until the patient is physically stable, no rehabilitation can truly commence; because of this, a complete detoxification process, which can take between three and 14 days, is undertaken before the patient starts any other step in a residential drug rehabilitation center. Most inpatient drug rehab centers are based on the well-known Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program, although there are other choices available for those seeking an alternative. The traditional 12 steps are as follows:
- Admitting powerlessness over alcohol and/or drug addiction and loss of control over one’s life.
- Believing that a Power greater than oneself can restore sanity
- Deciding to turn over one’s will and life to God
- Performing a fearless and searching inventory of oneself
- Admitting to God, to oneself and to another human being any wrongdoings
- Being ready for God to remove defects of character
- Humbly asking God to remove shortcomings
- Making a list of all persons who have been harmed by one’s wrongdoings and being prepared to make amends to them
- Making direct amends to those people when possible, except when doing so would injure one’s self or others
- Continuing personal inventory of any wrongdoings and admitting them
- Seeking to improve conscious contact with God through prayer and meditation and praying for knowledge of God’s will and the power to carry it out
- Having a spiritual awakening as a result of undertaking these steps and practicing these principles in all areas of life
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there are 23.5 million people 12 years of age or older who needed treatment for drug or alcohol abuse problems in 2009, which translates to roughly 9.3 percent of people 12 years of age or older in the United States.
The 12 steps are used both in drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers and have been proven successful in the treatment of either addiction, even when they occur together in an individual. There are serious risks associated with both addictions. Some of the risks of long-term use of drugs or alcohol are as follows:
- Brain damage
- Liver damage
- Kidney damage/failure
- Chemical burns
- Irregular heartbeat
- Decreased muscle control
- Depressed breathing
- Impaired memory
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Depending on the severity of the addiction and the substance abused, addiction to drugs and/or alcohol can cause a coma and even death.
Did you know that according to SAMHSA, of the 23.5 million people aged 12 years of age or older seeking treatment for drug and/or alcohol abuse, only 2.6 million received treatment at a specialty inpatient drug rehabilitation center?
Inpatient drug rehabilitation centers are available to treat a large variety of substance abuse and can be gender-specific. Some substances are more addictive and dangerous than others, and combining drugs with alcohol can cause disastrous effects for an addict’s health, work and home life. Some of the substances susceptible to being abused are the following:
- Inhalants, also known as “huffing,” such as glue, markers, gas and air fresheners
- Cocaine, in all its forms, including crack cocaine
- Opiates and opioids, such as heroin and opium
- Methamphetamines, such as meth, speed and amphetamines
- Anabolic steroids
- Club drugs, such as MDMA, GHB, Rohypnol and LSD
An addict can be described as someone who cannot control his or her behavior with a substance to the degree that the cravings for that substance can lead that person to do things completely out of his or her character. Some have been known to steal, lie and even prostitute themselves just to be able to obtain the next dose. If you know of anyone exhibiting this type of behavior, or if you recognize this behavior in yourself, you can reach us at 1-888-968-9816 Who Answers? . We can help advise you on the next step and offer options for your journey to sobriety. A lot of programs contain activities that not only help you recover faster but also help cultivate health and balance in your life. Besides group and individual therapies, there are lectures, exercise, yoga and tai chi, as well as music and art therapies.