Inpatient Drug Addiction Treatment, Benefits, Principles, Effectiveness, Types & Medical Detox

What is Inpatient Drug Addiction Treatment?

Inpatient treatment is a type of addiction treatment where patients reside at a rehabilitation facility 24/7 while receiving supervised and highly structured care for their drug and alcohol addiction.  Once a person enters inpatient drug or alcohol rehabilitation, they become a full-time resident of their chosen program and receive targeted care and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

They may live in an assigned room or board with a roommate, eat meals at the facility, and go to structured one-on-one or group therapy sessions several times per day.  One of the many benefits of inpatient treatment is that it allows the patient to be far away from their potentially difficult home environments.  Moreover, removed from these distractions and stressors, a person may be better able to focus on recovery efforts—all under the trained guidance and supportive care of a professional addiction treatment team.

Principles of Effective Treatment

Addiction is a disease with many aspects, and effective addiction treatment should adhere to certain principles.  According to National Institute on Drug Abuse, the following principles should form the basis of any effective treatment program:

  • Addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior.
  • No single treatment is right for everyone.
  • People need to have quick access to treatment.
  • Effective treatment addresses all of the patient’s needs, not just his or her drug use.
  • Staying in treatment long enough is critical.
  • Counseling and other behavioral therapies are the most commonly used forms of treatment.
  • Medications are often an essential part of treatment, especially when combined with behavioral therapies.
  • Treatment plans must be reviewed often and modified to fit the patient’s changing needs.
  • Treatment should address other possible mental disorders.
  • Medically assisted detox is only the first stage of treatment.
  • Treatment doesn’t need to be voluntary to be effective.
  • Drug use during treatment must be monitored continuously.

Do I Need Inpatient Treatment?

An inpatient program can provide the person with the opportunity to focus entirely on healing and building tools for relapse prevention, stress management, and essential life skills to bolster recovery.  Also, there is limited pressure from the outside world, and there is no access to alcohol and drugs while in an inpatient drug treatment program.

Generally speaking, an inpatient program is highly beneficial for:

  • Heavy drug dependence and high levels of long-term drug use
  • Intravenous (IV) drug use
  • Presence of a co-occurring medical and/or mental health disorder
  • Insufficient support at home
  • Relapse after or during outpatient services
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Inpatient rehab treatment often offers the following:

  • 24-hour care and support in a safe environment
  • Distance and time away from home ambiance to concentrate on your recovery
  • Behavioral therapies (e.g., individual, family, group)
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Medically assisted detoxification (detox)
  • Services to address any significant social, vocational, and legal issues
  • Access to medical and mental health care services, when needed

Medically Assisted Detox

Usually, the first step in inpatient treatment is medically-assisted detox.  Doctors and addiction specialists monitor patients’ vital signs while the drugs exit the system. Depending on the type of substance a person is detoxing from, withdrawal symptoms may differ.

Cravings are very common during detox and can be challenging to overcome.  Moreover, this often leads to relapse. Constant medical care provided during inpatient treatment helps prevent relapse.  Clinicians can provide necessary medicine and medical expertise to lessen cravings and withdrawals.

Types of Therapy For Inpatient Treatment

There are several evidence-based methodologies for addiction treatment.  In addition, many inpatient rehab programs utilize a variety of behavioral therapeutic interventions to promote recovery.

Here are some behavioral therapies in inpatient rehab:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) involves using several interventions for an individual or in a group.  They can help a person think through a situation (anticipate problems) and change previous, unhealthy behaviors (using substances) to newer, healthier behaviors (using coping skills) to stay alcohol and drug-free.
  • Motivational interviewing/Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) addresses motivation to change and recognizes doubts about behavior change while strengthening motivation and building a change plan.
  • Contingency management (CM) is a reward program for individuals who reach important goals in treatment and demonstrate abstinence.
  • Relapse prevention (RP) is a therapy that helps identify cues to drug use and trains people to respond in an alternate way to their personal triggers.

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[1] National Institute on Drug Abuse – TreatmentNEXTStabilization

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