Understanding Inpatient Drug Rehab
Inpatient drug rehabilitation or drug rehab is for patients who cannot come and go from a rehab facility. At an inpatient drug rehab hospital, the patients need critical care medicine, therapy, counseling and other services on a 24/7 basis. The addictions are so severe and damaging that the slightest chance of using will drive the patient back to a full-time abuser. Inpatient facilities are for the most extreme and needful cases of drug dependency.
Benefits of Inpatient Drug Rehab
As an inpatient, you are cared for around the clock with a staff of professionals. Nurses, doctors, therapists and the non-certified staff are trained in the latest methods of helping and treating patients in a safe, secure and drug-free environment. Each portion of the patient’s day is carefully monitored and planned for the benefit of the patient. For many patients, the opportunity of free time or down time is paramount to using and controlling these behaviors is an important step for recovery and eventually being clean.
Treatment Provided at Inpatient Drug Rehab
Patients attending inpatient drug rehab will be exposed to a number of different medical and therapeutic treatments. The medical treatments could range from methadone for a heroin user to the use of anti-depressants and all drugs in between. The decision, ultimately, is up to the medical staff and head physician. Therapies vary more than the medical treatments. Some facilities employ homeopathic remedies such as acupuncture in conjunction with more traditional therapies.
The more traditional therapies found in inpatient drug rehab hospitals and facilities are group and individual counseling sessions. In session, patients are encouraged to face their addictions and work on behaviors to contain the urges driving them to abuse substances.
In addition to medical and therapeutic treatments, many facilities teach patients certain skills necessary to survive in the world. All are encouraged and expected to work while in the facility and to take care of as many personal duties as possible. Many times patients are expected to do light housekeeping and maintaining their own personal spaces. Patients with trade skills may be asked to help around the facility itself.
Inpatient drug rehab has the goal of reaching all patients and helping them become clean and more importantly remain clean. While the onus rests on the patient, the hospital does all it can to treat the addiction while helping the patient learn behaviors to control impulses that lead to addiction initially.