Inpatient Rehab for Drug Addiction

Inpatient rehab helps people with an addiction learn how to maintain a drug-free life. People stay at a medical facility run by doctors and nurses throughout inpatient treatment. They live and recover alongside other people going through the same issues. Inpatient rehab allows people to get a fresh start.

Inpatient Rehab Overview

Inpatient rehab allows people facing addiction to recover under the supervision of doctors, nurses and therapists in a specialized living facility. People admitted to inpatient rehab live in a full-time care facility with other people facing addiction.

When battling an addiction, recovery should be a person’s first priority. Inpatient facilities allow patients to recover without distractions from work, school or loved ones. Patients are encouraged to stay in the facility until their rehabilitation is completed.

The medical teams at inpatient facilities use different strategies to teach sober living habits to their patients. In addition, the community aspect of these environments helps those in recovery find strength alongside others going through similar issues.

Inpatient rehab facilities may not be right for everyone. However, for many people they are the bridge from addiction to sobriety.

While Dr. Hoffman primarily focuses on outpatient rehab, inpatient rehab may also be an option that can help you achieve a lasting recovery.

Why Choose an Inpatient Facility

Though inpatient and outpatient rehab have the same overall goal, inpatient rehab has many important features that set it apart from outpatient rehab.

These features include:

  • 24-Hour Care: Nurses and other medical personnel are available at any time at an inpatient treatment facility, meaning the residents will receive immediate treatment for any issues. This care also eases the burden on other family members as they get a break from providing primary care.
  • Away Time: Inpatient rehab removes people struggling with addiction from living in the environment and/or with the people that fostered their condition. When they return to their normal life, they will have new strategies to avoid drug use in their daily lives.
  • Friendships: Residents of inpatient rehab facilities form strong bonds with others going through similar issues, especially when they must stay at the facility until the treatment is over. Recovering friends can hold each other accountable and bond over ways to stay sober.

Doctors typical recommend inpatient care for certain individuals, including those:

  • Who have heavily abused alcohol or drugs for decades at a time
  • Who have had previous alcohol withdrawal seizures
  • In poor general health
  • Who have poor family support with no “detox buddy” available to assist with outpatient therapy
  • Who cannot stop drinking or using drugs unless they are isolated from the possibility of obtaining them

Inpatient Rehab Services

Inpatient rehab facilities offer a variety of services that encourage long-term sobriety. These services include different forms of therapy and education on recovering from addiction. Many facilities use all of these services to give patients their best chance of a full recovery.

  • Individual Therapy: One-on-one counseling sessions with a therapist will allow people to work out issues specific to them. By building a long-term relationship with a therapist, those battling an addiction can learn coping mechanisms and other strategies that will prevent them from relapsing. In some cases, patients may be able to continue seeing their therapist even after they leave the inpatient facility.
  • Group Therapy: Group therapy is a highly effective way to heal and grow stronger. Doctors and counselors adapt one-on-one strategies to work in a group setting. Therapy reinforces a drug-free lifestyle and improves social skills of patients. By listening to the stories of others who are battling addiction, people can learn common issues and helpful ways to maintain long-term sobriety.
  • Family Therapy: Family therapy helps improve communication skills between a person facing addiction and their loved ones. Family members can visit a loved one at the inpatient facility. Together, the family can work with a doctor or therapist to improve parenting skills and family dynamics.
  • Educational Programming: Education is the cornerstone of rehab. By learning the causes and dangers of an addiction, patients can understand the damage they have done to themselves and others. This, in turn, helps motivate them to stay clean.

Length of Stay

How long someone needs to stay in an inpatient rehab depends on their individual needs. Depending on how severe the addiction is, people may stay in an inpatient rehab for a few weeks to a year.

The length of time people stay is generally broken into two categories: short-term and long-term care.

Short-Term Care

Short-term residential programs usually last from 30 to 90 days. They can be recommended for different reasons, such as an addiction that may not be as severe compared to others. Residents at short-term care facilities will typically undergo the same forms of therapy and treatment that long-term care patients do.

Depending on person’s state at the end of their short-term stay, doctors may recommend more treatments. If they have successfully completed the rehab, they will often be advised to join a 12-step program. If they need more time to recover, they could be transferred to outpatient rehab, or their stay at the inpatient facility could be extended.

Long-Term Care

Long-term care can last anywhere from 6 to 12 months. This form of care works best for people who need significant rehabilitation. Long-term care helps people who have been involuntarily committed to a treatment plan gradually adjust to a drug-free lifestyle.

By staying for several months at an inpatient rehab facility, doctors and nurses can track the resident’s progress over time. They can then recommend additional treatments as they see fit.

Inpatient Rehab Costs

In general, inpatient rehab is more expensive than outpatient rehab, though the actual costs depend on the facility and your time of stay.

Typical inpatient programs cost anywhere from several thousand dollars to $25,000 for a 30-day stay.

Needless to say, these costs can add up for an unprepared family. Fortunately, there are many ways you can afford inpatient treatment if you need it. Your health insurance may be able to cover some or all of the costs of your inpatient treatment. You and your family can also set up a crowdfunding campaign on sites like GoFundMe in order to pay for treatment.

Life After Inpatient Rehab

Inpatient rehab can give people struggling with addiction the tools they need to live drug-free. After their stay in a facility run by specialized doctors, nurses and therapists, people are often encouraged to join 12-step programs to reinforce what they learned. If a person relapses despite going through inpatient rehab, they will likely need additional rehabilitation to maintain their sobriety.

Author:Kent Hoffman
Kent Hoffman

Kent Hoffman, D.O. has been practicing medicine for nearly 30 years. He is board-certified to practice addiction medicine and family medicine. Dr. Hoffman gets to know his patients on a first-name basis to provide compassionate and professional health care.

Last modified: 01/14/2019