FAQs – INPATIENT REHAB
Q: What is inpatient rehab?
A: Inpatient rehab is a residential facility that provides treatment and rehabilitation services to people who have abused or become addicted to alcohol or drugs. Inpatient programs offer a structured and supervised environment away from regular home environments.
Q: What does rehab include?
A: Rehabs usually offer detoxification services, psychological treatment and counseling services. Plus, inpatient rehab can includes referral to aftercare programs such as outpatient treatment, halfway houses, or community recovery centers.
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Q: How long does inpatient rehab last?
A: Inpatient alcohol rehab programs can last anywhere between 28 days and 12 months.
Rehabs can offer an environment where there is a singular focus on recovery. However, inpatient rehab is not a quick and easy process. Treatment isn’t over when the substance is out of the system. Working on the underlying causes and the psychological aspects of addiction is crucial for providing long term sobriety. Longer rehab programs allow patients to take their time, work daily with professionals and employ the most effective ways to cope with addiction. However, the duration of the rehab stay should always correspond with your individual needs.
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Q: What happens during a stay at an inpatient addiction treatment center?
A: The course of most residential rehab programs are about the same.
When you first visit an inpatient rehab, you will be clinically assessed and the extent of substance dependence and use will be diagnosed. Then, treatment modalities follow, with continuing evaluation to help adjust your treatment program, as necessary. Following are the general steps and stages of inpatient alcohol rehab.
STEP 1. Assessment
STEP 2. Medical detox, if necessary
STEP 3. Phamacotherapy (medications) combined with psychotherapy and psychological treatment
STEP 4. Education on the nature of addiction
STEP 5. Supportive services
STEP 6. Aftercare and transitional living
The primary goal of any inpatient rehab is to help people stop using their drug of choice and stay stopped. In fact, addiction recovery is the most important element of an inpatient rehab program. It is typically necessary for a person who is addicted remain abstinent after detoxification, because attempting to control the use of drugs or alcohol isn’t feasible.
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Q: How much do inpatient rehabs cost?
A: Inpatient rehabs cost, on average, around $20K per treatment episode.
Inpatient residential rehabilitation programs usually include food, room and board expenses, but also require you to pay for the therapy and other services you receive in rehab. It is recommended to contact the treatment provider directly and before you agree to enter rehab. Being able to predict your costs will also help you with finding ways to ease your economic situation.
Before you decide, check with your insurance company whether your insurance plan covers the addiction treatment rehab. Maybe you qualify for Medicare, while some of your costs may be tax deductible. Don’t forget to ask the rehab center whether they offer sliding scale payment options and whether they take the kind of health insurance you have. Still, you can find low cost inpatient rehabs through your state’s Department of Health and Social Services. Federal vouchers exist to help supplement financial costs, and some programs are even state funded.
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Q: What should you bring with you to rehab?
A: A positive attitude, a collection of photos or objects to inspire you, and comfortable and low-key clothing are essential to any stay at rehab.
It’s most likely that you will need to go through a check-in process, so check with the rehab about what IS and what IS NOT allowed during your stay.
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Finding the best inpatient rehab
The right rehab will be different for different individuals. Inpatient rehab centers provide intensive drug or alcohol rehabilitation, different therapy models and tools to help you recover from addiction. However, your individualized treatment should be unique, just as your relationship with your drug-of-choice is unique. So, how do you know what’s right for you?
Your doctor can refer you to a rehab center in your area, or you can explore your options locally. You can look for references from psychotherapists, social workers, community leaders, or even trusted friends. You can also search for inpatient rehabs online – then contact the rehab facilities you are interested in directly.
What to look for in inpatient rehab
1. Certification – One of the most important things to look for is accreditation. Be sure that the inpatient rehab is certified in your state and reports to your State’s Department of Health and Social Services. Check also for national accreditation. National accreditation programs include the Joint Commission, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the All-States, and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). You can be sure the inpatient rehab is listed in the SAMHSA Treatment Directory and/or check to see if the rehab is run by licensed, mental health professionals and addiction specialists. In other words, verify the medical qualifications of the rehab before considering enrollment.
2. Appropriate program and treatment modalities – Second, you’ll want to look for a treatment plan that will fit your needs. All substances require unique detoxification interventions. Further, depending on your drug-of-choice, specific treatments and types of treatment modalities like medications may help. Drug and alcohol detox is often accompanied by unpleasant and potentially serious side effects, and withdrawal administered by a physician in an inpatient setting reduces your risk of problems. Medications are available to assist in the withdrawal from opioids, benzodiazepines, alcohol, nicotine, barbiturates, and other sedative drugs.
3. Meet your personal needs – Then, see if a rehab designed for a particular community (women, professionals, LGBT population, teenagers, elderly people, etc.) will create a more comfortable setting for you. Check out the accommodation, see what kind of therapy is included, and plan for covering the costs or ways to lower the expenses of inpatient addiction rehab.
Getting started in inpatient rehab
After you have chosen the inpatient rehab that is a good match for you, your rehab treatment begins. The process starts with an initial assessment by professional medical personnel to determine your general health state, medical requirements, what degree of medical assistance you may need during detox and then proceed with detoxification. Detox is an important part of the rehab process because it’s the time when the substances leave your system and withdrawal symptoms need to be managed. Once detox is over, you will move on to the rehabilitation part of recovery.
Making inpatient rehab work for you
One of the first conditions to making rehab work is choosing the right rehab program that will provide you with physical, psychological and emotional support and help. Being motivated and determined to work on changing your habits, thus changing your life is also helpful. Medical doctor and addiction professionals will be there for you to help eliminate or monitor and assist you through a number of issues, such as:
- going through the withdrawal stage
- coping with cravings
- resisting the urge to relapse
- transitioning into abstinence
- learning new and positive behaviors
- feeling emotional safety
- relieving stress levels
- focusing strictly on rehab
- make significant lifetime changes
Inpatient rehab can be an effective way to get clean and sober. But, you’ll need to set up realistic expectations of yourself and the facility before going. What are some final considerations?
Many rehab centers use both individual and group therapies as their base therapeutic modalities. Group therapy can provide social reinforcement that promote abstinence and a non-drug-using lifestyle. Some of the more established behavioral treatments, such as contingency management and cognitive-behavioral therapy, have been adapted for groups. However, a lot of the work is internal. Finally, keep in mind that combinations of behavioral therapies and medications (when available) generally appear to be more effective than either approach used alone.