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What Happens During Inpatient Addiction Therapy

Common Questions About Inpatient Rehab

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Addiction is recognized as a chronic brain disease. It is an adaptation that will occur in some people using mood altering substances such as drugs and alcohol. Even after successful treatment, persons with a true addiction will always struggle with some underlying desire to use the substance.

How do you measure or know if someone is actually addicted to drugs or alcohol?

If someone continues to use drugs/alcohol despite negative consequences, then he or she is addicted. If the person uses alcohol and drugs and such substances cause problems such as home, work, financial, physical and social problems, and the person is unable to stop using them, then he or she is suffering from addiction.

What is an inpatient drug/alcohol addiction rehab center?

This is a residential facility where addicts receive treatment to stop drug or alcohol addiction. These facilities have qualified workers and officials on staff 24 hours/day to take the patients through the rehabilitation program. Inpatient rehab is a lifestyle commitment to finding recovery.

What happens at an inpatient rehab center?

There are several steps including detoxification, meditation, reflection, behavioral counseling, etc. Many facilities utilize a 12-step program that is essential for complete recovery from the addiction. The patients are also involved in community activities in the rehab centers. The goal is to correct or heal the compulsive behavior.

What is the average period of stay at the rehab center?

The length of stay at an inpatient rehab center depends on the level of care the patient needs. However, on average most patients stay for 30-90 days.

Can I come and leave from an inpatient rehab center as I please?

No. There are modalities of doing things. Unless an urgent matter needs to be attended to, the patient is not allowed to leave the facility until they are officially discharged.

Are inpatients allowed to have their phones with them in the rehab center?

This depends on the facility. Even the facilities that do allow cell phones place usage limitations on them.

What is the benefit of choosing inpatient over outpatient rehab?

Inpatient rehab ensures that the patients do not access the drugs/alcohol easily while at the facility. The inpatient rehab system also ensures that the patient gets enough time to reflect on their conditions, and also interact freely with other people who are facing the same problem.

Where are the locations of inpatient rehab centers?

There are certified recovery centers in every state. Use our directory to compare the ones nearest you. Note: many therapists suggest attending a facility that is in a different state or, at least, not close to home. This helps the brain to establish the therapy as a fresh beginning on life.

Can friends and family visit during the rehab treatment time?

Yes. However, there are set dates and time for visitors and friends to visit. During the first 2 weeks of treatment, contact is limited or prohibited. Such measures are in place so as to avoid any influence from friends and family during the treatment program. However, the patient and his or her treatment team can discuss about the visitation.

What criteria do you use to find out if a client needs help at the rehab?

If the patient is abusing drugs/alcohol despite negative consequences to his family, finances, work and health, he or she needs help. For patients that are in advanced stages of addiction, inpatient rehab is the most effective venue. Outpatient therapy can be effective for a new addiction or dependency.

Is it true that a drug/alcohol addict has to hit rock bottom before the rehab can help?

No. This is a false theory. Any stage of addiction can be treated. What is needed is serious will of the patient to stop abusing drugs/alcohol.

Is inpatient rehab covered on insurance?

Sometimes. The cost of inpatient rehab generally ranges from $15,000 - $30,000/month. Rehab facilities work with most insurance centers and offer payment plans if needed.

What are the symptoms of drug withdrawal?

The drug withdrawal symptoms include insomnia, poor concentration, social isolation, restlessness, irritability, and tremor, racing heart, difficult breathing sweating, muscle tensions, palpitations and nausea. Undergoing a physician-supervised inpatient detoxification treatment is more effective and causes less pain and discomfort.

Is there access to recreational facilities in an inpatient rehab center?

Yes. Various recreational activities are available, depending on the location of your rehab facility. These include boating, fishing, exercise, watching movies, hiking, swimming, beach outings, etc.

When a patient progresses to another phase of treatment, are there any additional privileges?

Yes. Each step of improvement comes with more privileges.

Are TVs allowed in the rehab center?

Yes, but only certain channels and programs are available.

What happens after a patient completes treatment at a rehab center?

After completion of the treatment program, the patient is discharged from the rehab center with a discharge plan. The discharge planning involves the patient and the treatment team. Aftercare is the key to long-term recovery. Access to local support groups and counseling services is essential. Furthermore, the discharge plan is designed to ensure the patient can obtain future assistance if needed. It also helps the patient to track and achieve their goals after leaving the treatment center.

Do the rehab center officials do random tests during the treatment period?

Yes. The patient is tested for alcohol or drug addiction at entry time and is subjected to random drug/alcohol tests throughout the treatment period.

How many steps do patients go through during the treatment?

Many facilities use a variation of the 12 steps program developed by AA. However, there are several other non-traditional methods that have proven successful. Ask each facility for further details.

What should patients pack for their stay in the rehab center?

If possible, patients should come with personal items such as sneakers, workout clothes, toiletries, reading material, and comfortable clothing. In crisis situations where an emergency intervention is performed, the facility will provide the necessities.

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