Inpatient Rehabilitation is, for many, a sort of golden ticket to a new life. After a prolonged period of time spent in active addiction, proper residential treatment is a safe haven where addicts are provided the opportunities to learn about the nature of addiction, and how to pick up the pieces and assemble new lives for themselves in a way no other less intensive form of treatment seems to produce. Inpatient rehabilitation has served as the catalytic force responsible for instilling the values and tools required for long term recovery in the lives of not only countless addicts, but the family members, friends, and significant others involved with them as well. However, very few people seem to know why it works so much more effectively than other forms of addiction treatment, such as therapy or outpatient programs. The treatment modalities practiced within these facilities seem almost shrouded in mystery, and all most people understand about them is that they work.

This is due to a plethora of contributing factors. Primarily, it comes down to a simple lack of enthusiasm and overall interest in the recovery process. However, many argue for the idea that it is absolutely crucial for family members, friends, and the American people as a whole to verse themselves with the basics of how drug and alcohol dependency is treated. After all, one would be hard pressed in this current society to find a person whom addiction has left completely unscathed, and the support of loved ones is an irreplaceable advantage in the journey of long term recovery.

Inpatient rehabilitation generally begins with an intake assessment. This process is conducted by one of the staff of the facility who specialize in assessing whether a client will fit well with the specific facility, taking into account test results for any serious illnesses, mental and emotional trauma, and the depth of care a client may require. This brief assessment period is also the time when the new patient will receive an introduction to the treatment modalities offered by the facility and what their new schedule will be while under the care and supervision of the staff of the rehabilitation center. In addition, this is also the time allotted for incoming patients to call family and say goodbye for the time being, as phone useage is not typically allowed through the next stage of the rehabilitation process.

Immediately following the intake assessment, the new client is generally introduced to the peers and staff they’ll be working with. Practicing good communication and meshing in with the group can be vital to the early recovery process, as addicts tend to benefit greatly by sharing each other’s experience and working together towards the common goal of rehabilitation. After this, clients are typically led to their rooms, where they will place their belongings and acclimate to the new surroundings they will be living in. For many, this will be where they will detoxify their bodies, and begin receiving any medications they may need to get through the withdrawal process. For others who weren’t physically dependent on their drug of choice, this will simply be an introduction to their new living arrangements.

Next, once everything is squared away, the addict or alcoholic usually jumps right into the daily schedule of the group. Depending on what time of day they arrive, most addicts can expect very little downtime as either a group therapy session of some sort, a meal, or physical activity will closely follow the introduction to the facility. This is done as an attempt to eliminate excess time where patients generally beginning overthinking and reconsidering their motivations, which can often be expected to push someone out of the treatment program prematurely. This is the meat and potatoes of the rehabilitation process, where clients will find themselves with wake up and lights out times, chores, various types of group therapy sessions and physical activity, and healthy meals. All of this is placed on a stringent schedule meant to instill a sense of responsibility and accountability which, if practiced consistently upon graduation from the program, will increase the chances of self respect, contentment, and long term recovery dramatically.

After the intake, detoxification, and residential phases of treatment are all completed a graduation ceremony usually takes place. This is a celebration of the recovery found by the addict or alcoholic who completed the program, and a goodbye to the staff and peers who had formed relationships with the graduate at some point along the path of rehabilitation. This can be a very bitter-sweet moment for people, as at this point it has become customary to live within the parameters of the treatment program. Friendships are made, some lasting and some not, and a tie to the facility has been formed. However, it is also clear that it is time to return to everyday life, and to practice the techniques learned throughout the course of treatment in long term recovery. After graduation from the program, our treatment specialists at Never Alone Recovery like to offer our clients the option of continued care through the medium of sober living or outpatient. This adds a new dimension to recovery, and can ease the transition from treatment to home by creating a buffer where one will still have to upkeep a certain sense of structure and responsibility in their everyday lives, but will be allowed to pursue personal goals, such as school, work, and relationships.

Inpatient treatment has been the defining factor in the lives of many. The skills and structure instilled at certified treatment facilities can serve as the framework for a lasting and meaningful life. However, many believe this type of treatment to be inaccessible to them because of a lack of insurance or financial means. For this reason, our staff has worked tirelessly making connections within the recovery community which has allowed us to serve each addict, regardless of the situation. If you or a loved one think you may have an issue with drugs or alcohol, please reach out to our 24-hour hotline to speak with a treatment specialist today and see what options you have regarding treatment.