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Addiction Can be Stopped With the Right Rehab

Addiction Can be Stopped With the Right Rehab

RehabThe biggest decision that a drug abuser or alcoholic can make is that they need to get their life turned around. Their second biggest decision is enrolling in the right rehabilitation program. The first decision might be simple. The second decision might be the most important one because they can begin a lifetime of living clean. There are two treatment choices.

Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient treatment offers an individual the opportunity to attend rehab while also carrying on with their job, daily business and affairs. What comes to issue is that those endeavors and activities are significant influences on what got them into rehab in the first place. The sum of those influences contributes to a much higher likelihood that the substance abuser in outpatient treatment is going to relapse. There are just too many temptations out there.

Inpatient Rehab

The focus of inpatient rehab for substance abuse or alcoholism is on focus itself. There are no extraneous influences other than family and perhaps a significant other. The benefits of an inpatient program are immediate. They include:

  • Management of withdrawal symptoms
  • Elimination of triggers
  • Elimination of the chance of an overdose
  • 24 hour support
  • Emotional safety

Another benefit of inpatient care is that there are others in the program who are experiencing the same struggles, fears, and doubts.  Spending time with these individuals helps a patient feel that they are not alone in this situation, and in many cases, recovering addicts often form lasting friendships while in treatment.

Length of Inpatient Treatment Programs

The length of time somebody might spend in an inpatient treatment program might sound like a jail sentence, but jail sentences don’t ordinarily straighten people out. It’s hard to disagree with the premise that the longer a person is in inpatient treatment, the higher the likelihood will be of a full and complete recovery with no relapses. Inpatient treatment programs last as little as 28 days or for as long as a year. The degree of the individual’s dedication to rehab can also be a big factor as to how long they might be an inpatient. A quality inpatient treatment will include but not be limited to:

  • Educational groups
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Family counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Relapse prevention plans
  • Aftercare

The Benefits of Inpatient Rehab

When you’re at inpatient rehab, you will stay busy.  It’s highly structured. You don’t have time to think about getting drugs. You’re learning how they nearly ruined your life. Since you’re in a facility 24 hours a day, it becomes nearly impossible to access drugs or alcohol. The less you think about getting them, the higher the likelihood will be that you’re not going to start again. You’re completely focused on yourself, and focused on recovery and not on the outside influences that can trigger drug or alcohol use. If you’re suffering from co-occurring disorders, treatment for both conditions can be integrated into a single inpatient program so that you’re not going to one place to treat for one condition and another place for another condition.

An inpatient treatment program will continue to monitor and help you if necessary, long after you’ve successfully gone out into the real world again. There will always be temptation out there, but you can walk away from it smiling.

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