The Benefits of Inpatient Treatment

September 26, 2019

Addiction is never an easy thing to overcome, especially when you attempt it alone.

In order to get sober, you have to detox your system from all substances. Detoxing causes your body to withdrawal as the drugs leave your system and depending on the substance, withdrawals can be life-threatening without medical assistance. Although the detox process is important, there is more to getting sober than just removing the substance from your body. Most addicts need extensive therapy to get to the root of their problems, continued medical care to treat any drug-induced conditions, and to develop key life-skills they may have missed out on developing while they were using.

What is Inpatient Treatment?

Inpatient Treatment programs offer patients a variety of services that fit each and every patient’s personal needs. Inpatient treatment patients will live on-site at their rehab facility in order to allow time away from outside triggers and daily stressors that may prevent them from focusing on their recovery. Recovering addicts will be provided constant medical attention in order to ensure safety throughout the detox process, access to therapy, be put on any medications they may need, and be allowed to go to 12-step meetings with their peers.

Most Inpatient Treatment Programs Provide the Following:

  • Personalised treatment plan
  • A length of stay that can vary from 28 days to 3 months
  • Medication management if necessary
  • Dual-diagnosis treatment for anyone suffering from mental illness
  • Therapy and therapeutic activities such as massages, art, music, exercise, etc.
  • Participation in 12-step based fellowships

Why Choose Inpatient Treatment?

There are many different programs available for the treatment of addiction and alcoholism, but inpatient treatment is the most extensive route in regard to medical care and therapy. In this first national effectiveness study of AUD in the English public treatment system for alcohol-use disorders, 59% of patients successfully completed treatment within 12 months and did not represent for more treatment within six months. Longer duration of treatment and provision of structured continuing care is associated with better treatment outcomes. Not only has long-term inpatient treatment been found to be more effective, but it also provides you with many other benefits that you may not receive from other forms of treatment.

Structure and Accountability

During inpatient treatment, clients are left with very little free time. Staying busy promotes sobriety by not allowing the addict or alcoholic idle time to think or fantasise about using their substance of choice. Patients are also expected to attend all of the group therapy sessions, activities, doctor’s appointments, and 12-step meetings that are provided; keeping them accountable for their own recovery.

Therapy and Medical Supervision

Inpatient treatment programs offer varying types of treatment in order to meet each individual client’s needs. Most programs offer individual therapy, group therapy, and physical options for therapy such as yoga; meditation; massage; and exercise routines. Patients are medically supervised 24/7 to ensure that they are safely detoxing from all substances, not dealing with any complications, and as comfortable as possible. The combination of constant medical attention and individualised therapy plans will help to create a strong foundation of recovery, keeping an addict as far away from the next drink or drug as possible.

A Drug and Alcohol-Free Environment

Every inpatient facility requires that patients take drug urinalysis and breathalyser tests to ensure that they are clean. They also do random room checks to make sure that no one has drugs or alcohol on the premises. In doing so, patients can avoid being around their drug of choice which eliminates one form of a trigger that could lead them towards relapsing. This is one of the reasons that inpatient treatment is the safest option for recovering addicts and alcoholics.

No Distractions

While in inpatient treatment, patients are only allowed access to a phone once it is approved by their therapist and can only make a phone call at a certain time. This ensures that patients have the ability to focus completely on recovering from the physical and mental side effects of addiction, without distraction. Sometimes, being in contact with our families or close friends during early recovery can cause unneeded stress that could lead us to want to numb our feelings by relapsing. For this reason, inpatient treatment centres closely monitor patients to ensure they are focusing fully on bettering themselves and getting the help they need.

Building Relationships

Sometimes addiction can lead us to feel lonely or misunderstood. When you go to an inpatient treatment centre, you will meet a variety of people who are going through similar hardships as you who can understand and sympathise with the way you feel. This level of understanding can lead to increased self-esteem, promote a better outlook on life, and help form bonds between people that could lead to healthy friendships.

Healthy Tools for Sobriety

Inpatient treatment centres are designed to help patients form the best possible foundation for long-term sobriety. This means learning healthy coping mechanisms that are applicable to real-world problems, gaining an understanding of addiction, what may have fueled your personal addiction, working through trauma, and getting connected within a 12-step fellowship. These skills are vital for people recovering from addiction and aren’t necessarily easy things to learn on your own, which is why inpatient treatment centres assist you in developing these important qualities.

About the Author:

Kailey Fitzgerald is a writer in recovery who is passionate about spreading the word and breaking any stigmas relating to addiction and mental health.

She works for a digital marketing company that works to break these stigmas by writing for websites like


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