For those who are deeply lost in a substance use disorder or are long-term, severe users, most treatment professionals recommend inpatient drug rehab as the best path to recovery, but what happens in inpatient treatment? How is it different than outpatient treatment?
Who Benefits from Inpatient Rehab?
Who needs inpatient rehab? Those whose addictions have led to job loss, broken relationships, and a difficult home environment are good candidates for inpatient treatment. Some addicts may be homeless and not have a place to stay as they complete treatment. Those who need stabilization or medical help during the detox process will do best in an inpatient program for Colorado addiction treatment.
Supervision During Detox and Recovery
One major aspect of inpatient rehab is the 24-hour supervision it provides. Having medical supervision ensures that detox happens more easily and that you will be safe while the drugs and/or alcohol are leaving your body. Medical complications can be handled immediately; this aspect alone could save your life in some cases.
After the initial detox, the supervision involved in inpatient rehab protects those in treatment from the temptation to go back to using and from cravings that can be overwhelming at times. Treatment staff members are also equipped to help you develop coping skills so you can handle cravings or temptations once you leave rehab.
Length of Treatment and Cost
Because inpatient treatment programs provide 24-hour care and supervision, they are significantly more expensive than outpatient treatment. Fortunately, inpatient treatment is often covered by medical insurance, and those without insurance may qualify for treatment assistance or medical assistance that will cover treatment costs even if they did not qualify before entering treatment.
Because of the increased cost, insurance companies may want to limit your time in treatment, so it is important to know your plan and what it provides. Most inpatient treatment stays are between 30 and 90 days, although some can be as short as 7 days or as long as two years in some cases. Ideally, the insurance provider will follow the assessing treatment professional's recommendation for length of treatment.
What is Inpatient Treatment Like?
The goal of inpatient rehab is to teach those with substance use disorder how to live in the real world without abusing the substance going forward. Group and individual treatment are both part of the schedule, along with healthy meals to build up the body and, often, opportunities for individualized therapies like equine (horse) therapy, art drama, or music therapy that can help you learn to express yourself and relieve stress so you are not tempted to relapse.
Other valuable aspects of inpatient rehab may be medication-assisted treatments, therapy for co-occurring disorders, and building relationships with the treatment community that can provide support and help through the process.
The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake provides inpatient rehab and many other treatment options for those who struggle with substance use disorder. Contact us today to learn more about your options.