Since they live on-site during inpatient treatment, patients benefit from being removed from the home environments where they developed their addictions in the first place; if they were to continue living at home while in a rehabilitation program, there’s a significant chance that they’ll be confronted by people, places, things, or any other types of triggers that would cause them to relapse. Drug rehab centers are alcohol- and drug-free, so there’s little to no chance that patients in inpatient programs will be tempted to relapse while completing their programs. As well, this means that they won’t be put in situations where they’ll have to resist temptation until after they’ve completed treatment and learned the various skills and strategies that will help them to stay sober.
At an inpatient rehab center, counselors, physicians, nurses, and other members of staff monitor patients around the clock, ensuring that the patients remain safe throughout the recovery process and providing them with the support they need to make real progress in their individual recovery journeys. If a patient becomes uncomfortable or has some type of complication during the rehabilitation process, the incident is handled immediately whereas an individual in an outpatient program would be on his or her own.
There’s no set amount of time for a successful addiction recovery. Although most programs — both inpatient and outpatient — operate according to a loose timeline, there’s an awareness that there are many factors that can influence the amount of time a person needs to complete the first stages of addiction recovery. For instance, the specific drug to which an individual is addicted has a major effect on the amount of time needed for inpatient treatment. As well, the amount of time a person has spent in active addiction can be a major factor. If there have been previous attempts at recovery, it’s common for individuals to have the length of their treatment extended a bit since the previous unsuccessful attempts indicate that prior treatments were insufficient in length.
Generally, a person enrolling in an inpatient rehab center can expect the program to be no less than 28 days or about a month; however, programs lasting between sixty and ninety days are a more commonly-recommended length of time with some long-term inpatient programs lasting as much as six months or more.
Although it’s widely held to be the best and most effective form of treatment for addiction, there are some people who may experience better results in some other type of program. When choosing a program for your recovery from addiction, it’s important to be acutely aware of your specific needs and preferences as well as what your background says about your needs.
If you’ve had previously attempts at rehabilitation that were unsuccessful, inpatient rehab would likely be the best choice. As well, if the substance to which you’re addicted is known to have the potential to be dangerous during the detox and rehabilitation processes — such as alcohol and benzodiazepines — most professionals would strongly advise you to enroll in an inpatient program where you’ll receive round-the-clock care and supervision. Similarly, if you’re addicted to a substance known to be particularly addictive and different to overcome — i.e., heroin, prescription painkillers, crystal methamphetamine — you would be best served by an inpatient program where the treatment is more intensive and continuous, giving you very little time to be idle and experience cravings.
As a final note, it’s worth mentioning that even though some might prefer other types of treatment, virtually anybody would benefit from inpatient treatment due to it being the most intensive and, therefore, comprehensive means of rehabilitation. If you or someone you love would like to discuss inpatient rehab or other treatment options, call Elevations of Fort Lauderdale toll-free at 866-200-3224. We have a team of rehabilitation specialists and intake coordinators who would love to speak with you about getting you or your loved one started on the journey to long-lasting health can happiness.