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Guide to Rehab: What to Expect in Inpatient Rehab

You or your loved one might be considering inpatient rehab to treat a substance use disorder, mental health concern, or a dual diagnosis. By knowing what to expect in inpatient rehab will help you make an informed decision about your treatment needs.

What Does ‘Inpatient’ Mean for Drug Rehab?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), inpatient facilities “offer 24-hour structured and intensive care, including safe housing and medical attention.” During inpatient rehab, you live within the facility during your treatment. 

Inpatient rehab might also be called “residential treatment.” You get all of your treatment needs for substance use disorder under one roof as you reside with peers sharing similar treatment goals.

Treating substance use disorder and addiction takes both time and a healthy environment. You need time to detox and go through withdrawal. Learning healthy habits also takes time, and you might need to replace negative coping skills with positive ones. Inpatient rehab can also keep you safe from triggers and stressors at home that could lead to relapse.

Benefits of Inpatient Rehab

The following are some of the benefits of inpatient rehab:

  • Avoid triggers and relapse
  • Peer support
  • Access to medical and clinical staff 24/7
  • Learn new life skills
  • Try different treatment methods
  • Having a structure and routine

In addition, inpatient rehab helps to keep you compliant with your treatment plan. During the early parts of treatment, you might be more susceptible to giving up. Keeping appointments with your therapist or attending group support meetings is much easier during inpatient rehab.

How Long Will I Be in Inpatient Rehab?

Inpatient rehab usually takes anywhere from 30 to 90 days. Most people stay at an inpatient facility for about 30 days. 

Forming healthy habits, detoxing from substances, and managing underlying mental health issues can take time. While 30 to 90 days might seem like a long time, you will benefit from your time in a safe environment so that you know how to manage triggers and avoid relapse when you leave the facility.

What Is a Typical Day in Inpatient Rehab Like?

A typical day in inpatient rehab will follow a routine of therapeutic activities to help you achieve your treatment goals. Rehab facilities adhere to a routine to help you stay accountable to your treatment plan. Your day might vary based on your unique treatment needs and preferences.

Most inpatient rehab facilities will follow a schedule filled with some of the following:

  • Healthy and nutritious shared meals with peers 
    • You might also learn healthy eating habits during inpatient rehab.
    • Eating healthy meals is essential to manage detox, and these habits will help you avoid relapse outside the facility.
  • Group support meetings
    • You might have scheduled group meetings, either as therapy or a support group.
    • Many inpatient rehab facilities can introduce you to 12-step and other recovery meetings.
    • You might also have group therapy; a therapist will facilitate treatment among you and your peers together.
  • Individual therapy sessions
    • One-on-one counseling can help you deal with specific underlying issues related to your substance use disorder.
    • A therapist can help you process the emotions that lead to your addiction and the events leading you to seek treatment.
  • Life skills classes
    • Addiction and substance abuse can impact several areas of your life.
    • You might need help learning how to get and keep a job, pay the bills, cook, or keep a healthy household.
    • You and your peers might take different classes during inpatient rehab to learn crucial life skills.
  • Alternative therapies and recreation
    • Many rehab facilities offer alternative therapies, like art or music therapy. 
    • You might not know how to fill up your free time without using drugs or alcohol.
    • During inpatient rehab, you can learn new hobbies from your peers or staff, like personal fitness and self-care.
  • Family involvement
    • Your treatment will be most effective if your family and loved ones can support you during your recovery.
    • Sometimes, your loved ones might try to help you, but they aren’t sure how.
    • Many inpatient rehab facilities involve the family in treatment planning for both inpatient care and aftercare.

Do I Need Inpatient Rehab for My Addiction?

You still might not be sure what to expect in inpatient rehab or if its is right for you or if you want to try other options, like outpatient therapy or partial hospitalization programs. If the following apply to you, then inpatient rehab might be the next step for you:

  • You have tried other treatments in the past that have not worked.
  • You need more intensive, hands-on support to get better.
  • You cannot detox safely on your own at home.
  • You have been addicted to substances for a long time and have never sought help before.
  • Your home environment is not a safe place for you to heal from your addiction.
  • You have medical conditions like chronic pain that trigger substance abuse.
  • You have a dual diagnosis of mental health and substance use disorders.

Inpatient Rehab in South Florida

Getting treatment for your substance use disorder is a crucial step towards living the life you deserve. Inpatient rehab can help start your long-term recovery on the right path. Ambrosia Treatment Center of West Palm Beach is here to help residents of South Florida by treating substance use and mental health disorders with our inpatient rehab programs. Your life is waiting; we’ll help you get there. Give us a call now or see our admissions process today.

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