Long Term Inpatient Rehab

Written by Chloe Nicosia

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Long term inpatient rehab programs are an ideal treatment option geared toward people addicted to drugs and/or alcohol who are ready to make a commitment to getting clean. Some people who consider getting treatment talk themselves out of it because they are unfamiliar with inpatient rehab and worry about what they will experience while in the program. Here we will discuss what you or a loved one can expect when enrolling in a long term residential treatment program for addiction.

Addiction programs come in various lengths, with the most common being 30 days. Research and studies show time and time again that the longer an addict stays in a treatment program, the better he or she will do when it comes to recovery and staying sober. A 90-day long term inpatient rehab is recommended for those who have a serious addiction issue and are ready to be intentional and dedicated to getting clean.

Before entering a long term residential treatment program, you will have a full physical where the medical team at the rehab can assess your mental and physical health, and also learn more about the substances you have been abusing. It is crucial to be upfront and honest about your drug or alcohol use, as this information is key when the team creates a personalized detox and/or treatment program for you. If you will be undergoing a medical detox, certain medications can be used to help relieve withdrawal symptoms, depending on what substances you have been using. Also, certain addictions, such as long term alcohol addiction, can cause severe withdrawal symptoms so it is imperative the medical team know this information beforehand in order to provide you with the best care.

Once the detox phase is complete, you will enter the counseling and treatment phase of rehab. Every rehab is unique in their programs, treatments, amenities, etc. You will most likely be under the care of a physician, addiction specialist, counselor and/or psychiatrist. Your team of medical personnel will work closely with you in order to provide you the exact treatments you need to overcome your addiction issues. If you have co-occurring disorders such as bipolar, anxiety, etc., this will be treated along with addiction issues.

When in rehab, you should expect to take part in some of the following:

  1. Individual counseling and therapy
  2. Group counseling
  3. Family counseling, if applicable
  4. Workshops, seminars, guest speakers, etc. that cover addiction topics
  5. Holistic and alternative therapies
  6. Exercise and nutrition
  7. Nature/outdoor programs
  8. Relapse prevention workshops and much more…

Some of the best substance abuse treatment centers will recommend you or a loved one stay for 90-days or more when long term addiction issues are present. In some cases, rehab can last a year or longer. Each individual situation is different, so be sure to spend time with a rehab representative talking about what may be best for you.

In rehab it is encouraged that you begin your day early, and go to bed at a reasonable time. This helps to get you in a routine and offers your body the rest it needs to heal from any damage drugs or alcohol may have caused. You will also meet many people who are on a similar journey as you, and friendships typically form over time. These friendships are great way to get additional support while in a long term residential treatment program.

To find out more about rehab and detox programs, and to discover which questions to ask when researching rehabs, visit www.BetterAddictionCare.com