What to Look for with Inpatient Addiction Treatment

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It is important to understand all of the available options before making any decisions about your path to recovery. Knowing and understanding the difference between inpatient and outpatient programs can help you determine which type of recovery environment best suits the needs of yourself or a loved one.

Inpatient programs require the patient to live at a facility 24 hours a day for anywhere from 30 to 90 consecutive days. One-on-one therapy and group therapy are generally available at the inpatient facility. These sessions usually focus on everything from drug addiction, alcohol abuse, codependency and trauma to life skills and coping mechanisms.

Depending on the needs of the individual and the severity of the addiction, there are many factors to take into account before choosing an inpatient treatment center.

Inpatient Addiction Treatment: What to Consider

What Types of Addiction Does a Residential Facility Treat?

Most inpatient treatment centers offer a wide range of options, though there are some facilities that focus specifically on alcohol abuse, whereas others have a wider range of options for drug abuse recovery.

Other facilities cater more to addicts who suffer from prescription drug abuse and may require a more supervised detoxification process. Many facilities will also treat process addictions (gambling, shopping, eating disorders, etc.) if necessary.

While drug addiction and alcoholism can send an individual down a troublesome path, it is important to address the other underlying issues many addicts struggle with, such as trauma, codependency and mental illness.

On top of imparting healthier coping mechanisms, many treatment centers will often lead group therapy or teach various life skills to help diminish the possibility of future relapses.
 
 
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What Are the Differences in Inpatient Treatment Models?

Many inpatient treatment centers today use a 12-step model to help patients recover from the disease of drug addiction or alcoholism, although some prefer the non-faith-based SMART Recovery® model. The 12-step model often involves attending meetings and working the 12 steps of AA or NA. SMART Recovery similarly stresses group-based support.

Some inpatient facilities may offer a wider range of options when dealing with patients who may have a dual diagnosis. Speaking to a referral professional about which facilities offer the best options can help immensely in making the right choice as to which program is best suited to meet your loved one’s or your own unique needs.

In order to stay sober, you’ll also have to face the underlying problems that led to drug addiction or alcohol abuse in the first place. Inpatient facilities offer the best setting to do just that. Chat with us now if you’re ready for expert guidance in your search for treatment.
 
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Inpatient Treatment FAQs

If you’re new to the world of rehab and recovery, it’s likely you still have some unanswered questions about inpatient or residential treatment. That’s why we’ve put together detailed answers to some common questions about this stage of rehab.

See if we have the answers to your questions below, or feel free to get in touch with us if you’re still looking for help.

How Does Inpatient Detox Treatment Work?

Professional detox treatment always happens in an inpatient setting. And if you suffer from addiction to alcohol, opioids or benzodiazepines, we highly recommend undergoing detox in a professional setting – due to the life-threatening acute withdrawal symptoms that may come. You need to stay overnight for three days or more at the detox facility so the staff can monitor your symptoms and stabilize you.
Now, how the detox program will function depends on the treatment center you choose. In many cases, you will undergo detox and then begin inpatient treatment in the very same facility. However, some treatment centers have separate properties for their detox and inpatient programs.
Many treatment centers count a person’s time in detox as part of their overall stay in an inpatient program. So if you spend seven days in detox at one such facility, then you only have 23 days left of inpatient treatment – if you entered a 30-day program.
Some treatment centers will not count your time in detox against your number of days in an inpatient program. Whether the treatment center you choose does this or not is really immaterial. What’s more important is how robust the treatment center’s outpatient and aftercare services are once you graduate from the inpatient program.

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What Is Inpatient Treatment Like for People with Dual Disorders?

Many inpatient treatment centers are very accommodating to people who struggle with addiction and a co-occurring disorder. Most even have the ability to identify an undiagnosed psychiatric disorder upon a thorough intake evaluation.
Dual diagnosis clients are quite common in addiction treatment programs. Besides drug or alcohol addiction, many individuals struggle with a secondary disorder such as:
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • OCD
  • Personality Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Schizophrenia
We recommend being diligent about which program you choose for dual diagnosis treatment, however. Some rehab centers merely play lip service to dual diagnosis treatment. What you want to look for is a facility that features at least a few staff members whose primary specialization is in mental health disorders.

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Who Does Inpatient Treatment Help?

Inpatient treatment is the ideal introductory stage of recovery for anybody suffering from drug and/or alcohol addiction. This level of treatment is also a great fit for those who also suffer from a co-occurring disorder (such as one of those listed above).
An inpatient program is especially recommended for those whose addiction has reached a severe state, as well as those who tried and failed with an outpatient program before.
The only downside is some insurance plans do not cover this type of treatment. When that is the case, individuals must make do with outpatient treatment, or they must get creative to cover the cost of an inpatient program through out-of-pocket and/or alternative payment methods.

We recommend looking for an inpatient facility that’s situated out of state, or at least a great distance from the individual’s hometown. The home and local environment is toxic for somebody actively struggling with addiction, so seeking treatment in the very same locale is setting oneself up for failure.

What Is the Cost of Inpatient Treatment?

Inpatient programs vary widely in cost, but it’s safe to say every program will run in the thousands of dollars. However, some or all of these costs can be offset if your insurance plan includes inpatient substance abuse treatment.
For standard inpatient treatment programs, the price tag will likely range from $10,000 to $35,000 just for the first month, although it could get more affordable in subsequent months if the plan is to move you to outpatient treatment after the first 30 days.
If you’re looking for luxury inpatient treatment, it could set you back $100,000 or more each month. Some of these programs do not accept insurance, either. The higher costs reflect the opulent amenities, desirable location and highly credentialed staff at these facilities.
The cost of addiction treatment might look overwhelming at first, but think of all the money you or your loved one spends to upkeep the alcohol or drug habit, as well as any medical and legal bills that are a direct result of the addiction. Addiction treatment is an investment in a new, fully functioning member of your family and society.
Fight Addiction Now can help you get a clear idea of how much and which levels of treatment your insurance provider will cover you for.

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