Inpatient drug rehab is when the drug or alcohol addict resides in a treatment facility either short or long-term, depending on the needs and circumstances of the individual. Inpatient treatment does not include detoxification, which follows treatment but usually occurs in a hospital environment.
Although inpatient therapy can also take place in a hospital environment, it’s mostly conducted in residential centers offering 24-hour care and supervision. The most common method of treatment is a therapeutic community that involves the staff and other patients, and focuses on helping the individual indentify the sources and conditions that led to and facilitate substance abuse. Medical care is also available.
Short-term Inpatient Drug Rehab
Treatment in short-term residential programs provides intense residential treatment — usually derivative of a 12-step approach — and lasts up to 30 days. Initially used as therapy for alcohol abuse, they’ve also become an option for drug abuse. Because of a variety of circumstances surrounding health-care coverage, not only have these programs become less common, but the length-of-stay averages considerably less than half of the original 30-day period. Give the limited time, most of these programs focus on medical stabilization, abstinence and lifestyle changes, and are primarily staffed by medical professionals and trained counselors.
Long-term Inpatient Drug Rehab
As with short-term residential care, long-term residential programs provide 24-hour treatment in a residential community of medical professional, licensed counselors and fellow recovering addicts. The length-of-stay, however, is expanded from 30 to 90 days or longer. Long-term residential programs employ a variety of methods in order to achieve effective results, depending on the needs of the individual. Among the treatment procedures:
Therapeutic community: This is a drug-free, highly structured program that creates an environment for change centered on personal and social responsibility. Its distinguishing characteristic is that it uses the facility’s entire community as the means to create change. Both staff and patients work in concert in structured and unstructured environments to address and change attitudes, perceptions and behaviors associated with substance abuse. At its most structured hierarchy, levels of personal and community responsibility increase as treatment progresses with the goal of learning how to function sober in society. Learn more about Therapeutic community >.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: CBT centers on the premise that individuals can and will monitor and control their behavior if they have the proper skill sets. The therapy involves changing how the patient thinks about conditions and circumstances, teaching and reinforcing rational processes to control the processes that contribute to substance abuse.
Social education: This is an integrated approach that uses principles from several disciplines. Addiction and substance abuse are considered learned behaviors acquired from a variety of sources, including genetic factors. As such, recognizing and imitating acceptable behavioral skills, identifying the impact of environment on behavior and understanding the influence of socialization processes form the crux of this treatment.
This is by no means a definitive list of the treatment programs available. In any inpatient treatment facility, one of the demonstrated keys to success is employing a flexible approach concerned with the needs and circumstances of the individual. Although there may be on overarching approach to treatment, outstanding treatment programs select and apply the best elements of everything available.
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