What is Inpatient Rehab

Every year, millions of people in the United States are impacted by drug or alcohol addiction. Unfortunately, a large percentage of people struggling with addiction do not receive the treatment they need. For those who are struggling with alcohol addiction, looking for help can be a daunting task. Admitting that help is necessary to overcome addiction is one of the most difficult hurdles those suffering from addiction face when considering treatment. This, coupled with the overwhelming number of different treatment options, as well as rehabilitation treatment being a rather foreign experience to most, certainly contributes to the staggering difference between those who struggle with substance addiction, and those who struggle with addiction choose to but seek help. With so many different treatment options and rehabilitation clinics out there, it is important to understand each option and their benefits. One of the most common and most successful rehabilitation treatment options is inpatient rehab.


In most cases, inpatient rehab is also known as residential treatment. With inpatient rehab, the individual who is suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction stays at the treatment facility for the duration of their treatment. Inpatient rehabilitation treatment is tailored to individuals who have a more severe addiction to drugs or alcohol. Inpatient rehab can be a great recovery option because it ensures that the entirety of the  treatment is held in a controlled environment. Patients can focus on their treatment and recovery without the distractions, or stress, of everyday home life. More times than not, someone’s living environment can be a trigger that leads to continued substance abuse. By checking into an inpatient rehab facility, those environmental triggers are substituted for round-the-clock care in a safe, controlled environment that is conducive to recovery. It is important to note that one of the most important aspects of inpatient rehab is the preparation required before starting treatment. Since someone would be living at the rehab clinic for the duration of their treatment, it is important to have one’s affairs in order before checking into rehab.

What are the Elements of Inpatient Rehab?

Personalized Treatment:

Sunshine Behavioral Health understands that not every treatment plan addresses individuals needs equally. That is why personalized treatment is an important element that many inpatient rehabs focus on. Some patients may be struggling with mental illness at the same time as their substance addiction. It is important that co-occurring illnesses are addressed since mental illness can play an integral part in a patient’s substance use. Addressing these co-occurring illnesses is known as “Dual Diagnosis Treatment”. Having this type of treatment available to patients will ensure that those who struggle with multiple illnesses receive the same quality of care as those who don’t. Once a treatment plan is customized, the likelihood of success is much higher.


Medically Assisted Detox:

One of the most crucial elements of inpatient rehab is detoxification. The first part of inpatient rehab is the detox. As many already know, detoxification can be a dangerous process depending on the severity of one’s addiction, as well as the substance they are addicted to. Nicotine for example, while highly addictive, may have withdrawal symptoms during detox, but left unassisted will not be life threatening to a patient. Alcohol on the other hand can be very dangerous to quit without assistance. Without proper assistance, alcohol withdrawals can be life threatening to patients. That is why many inpatient rehab centers, such as Sunshine Behavioral Health, offer medically assisted detox to begin a patient’s inpatient rehab treatment. The detox process is an integral part of inpatient rehab as it ensures all traces of the addictive substance flushed from the patient’s body. Medical assistance is available to control the physical withdrawal symptoms that ensue after substance use is halted. Medical professionals and addiction specialists will monitor the patient’s vitals and ensure a safe detoxification.


Qualified Therapists

An integral part of any addiction treatment is therapy. There are many different types of therapy offered at inpatient rehab facilities, such as Sunshine Behavioral Health. As previously mentioned, not every patient requires the same treatment plan as others. That is why it is important to offer a variety of therapy options. Between the aforementioned dual-diagnosis treatment that aims to tackle co-occurring mental illness and substance addiction, and various forms of group and individual therapy sessions, patients at inpatient rehab facilities have access to therapy that fits their specific needs.


Structured Days

In inpatient rehab, patients do not need to worry about what their day to day life will be like. Inpatient treatment programs provide patients with daily schedules filled with activities that are conducive to their recovery process. Patients will learn to plan their days accordingly and provide structure to their everyday lives. It is behaviors like these that help ensure patients will continue their road to recovery after inpatient treatment concludes.


Aftercare Treatment

Treatment does not end once a patient’s 30, 60, or 90 day inpatient rehab stay concludes. Reintegration into a patient’s normal life outside of rehab is of the utmost importance at inpatient rehab facilities. New ways of coping with everyday stressors and triggers are learned throughout the course of a patient’s inpatient stay. Community support networks are grown and different therapy, such as individual or group sessions, continue after treatment is completed. Aftercare is designed to keep patients on their road to recovery and reduce the chances of relapse. A successful aftercare service often includes tools that will help patients find employment opportunities, or pursue their education. Addiction doesn’t just affect the individual, It also affects those close to the individual such as friends and family. Aftercare encompasses family counseling to assist those struggling with a loved ones’ drug abuse and their return home.


If you or a loved one are struggling with substance addiction, Sunshine Behavioral Health is here to help. With many different rehab locations located across the United States, quality inpatient rehab facilities are not hard to find. Visit Sunshine Behavioral Health today to browse their different inpatient treatment options and begin your road to recovery today.

Medical disclaimer:

Sunshine Behavioral Health strives to help people who are facing substance abuse, addiction, mental health disorders, or a combination of these conditions. It does this by providing compassionate care and evidence-based content that addresses health, treatment, and recovery.

Licensed medical professionals review material we publish on our site. The material is not a substitute for qualified medical diagnoses, treatment, or advice. It should not be used to replace the suggestions of your personal physician or other health care professionals.

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