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The Success of Inpatient Addiction Treatment

successful residential rehabRealizing that you or someone you love needs addiction treatment can be overwhelming and daunting. It is hard enough coping with the emotional realization, let alone trying to understand what kind of treatment is right for you. There are a vast number of treatment options ranging from 90-day residential rehabilitation to luxury drug and alcohol addiction treatment to optional support group meetings. If you are looking for the treatment option that is statistically proven to prevent relapse, inpatient residential treatment is the way to go. Addiction treatment at an inpatient rehab is more immersive, intensive and personalized than any other form of treatment available.

The main success factor to inpatient treatment is its live-in accommodations under lock down, which physically keep the addict away from their addiction. There is no more effective way of allowing the addict to recall what it feels like to live without addiction. Inpatient addiction treatment filters the addict’s experiences through the lens of constant positive reinforcement and a strong support system. The long, uninterrupted duration of treatment makes the recovery process very immersive, which makes recovery a realistic state of mind for the addict.

The treatment itself is also very intensive at an inpatient rehab. The addiction therapy sessions are frequent, both in individual and group settings, giving the recovering addict the opportunity to share their struggles with compassionate listeners and receive valuable advice. A quality inpatient rehab will make use of proven methods and current materials in its treatment, as well as employ knowledgeable staff who are qualified to help people through the recovery process. This level of addiction treatment boasts a high success rate and clients who leave ready to manage the triggers that used to make them relapse.

Lastly, and possibly most importantly, the treatment at an inpatient rehab facility is tailored to your needs. Upon entry into the facility, the client will be interviewed about their addictions, their mental hardships and generally who they are. This information will be used to select particular treatment materials, therapies and activities that appeal to the client and apply to their circumstances. This ensures that their personal recovery needs are met and they are able to return to their lives with the skills needed to resist their addiction.


personalized treatment

Treatment at a residential rehab will be more personalized than any other form of addiction treatment. Because of the duration and the intensity of the treatment, the rehab staff are more able to lend focus to each individual in the program. The level of personalization depends largely on the operating budget of the rehab. Government funded rehabs typically have many more clients than they do staff members, so the personalization of the treatment is considerably less. Private rehabs with a higher operating budget will have more staff members than clients, making it much easier to see to every individual’s personal needs.

Clients are able to form closer relationships with staff members at an inpatient rehab as opposed to undergoing outpatient treatment. This is primarily because the length of the treatment allows for more interaction between the clients and the staff members. Staff have more time to converse with each client and they come to understand them much better than they would in a support group setting. This is valuable to recovering addicts because the stronger they are to a healthy support system, the more likely they are to succeed in their recovery.

In a good quality residential rehab, every client’s treatment plan will be tailored to their individual needs. This is essential to the recovery of severe addicts or people with disorders and mental illnesses because the same recovery plan that works for minor addiction cases will not work for them. At a quality rehab, an evaluation of each client will be performed at the time of check in to assess the client’s personal history, personality and addictive tendencies. Counseling sessions, discussions, workbooks and reading materials will then be planned for the client based on their personal needs.

It is also important to keep in mind that any given inpatient treatment program may work forĀ one person and not for another. There is always a choice in the matter of which rehabilitation center the client checks in to, and considerable time should be spent selecting the facility that suits the individual’s needs best.


intensive addiction treatment
Another reason for the success of inpatient addiction treatment is how intensive it is. Residential inpatient addiction treatment centers follow precise schedules and treatment plans to ensure that everything the client does is tied to their recovery, healthy living or clean fun and downtime. This teaches them good decision making, psychologically sound thought patterns and a generally healthy way of living.
Residential rehabilitation involves a very concentrated focus on recovery. Much of the client’s time will be spent with counselors or facilitators going over readings, workbooks or psychological recovery topics that are meant to work the client through why they are addicted and how to end their addiction. A priority is put on down time, relaxation and privacy as well, but there is a great deal of work and responsibility expected of the client.
Counseling and therapeutic ventures make up a large portion of the client’s time as well. Group and individual therapy are frequent sessions held for the clients. Depending on the budget of the rehab, there may be more group therapy time as opposed to individual therapy time, but letting everyone share and express themselves will be heavily emphasized for all clients. Therapeutic adventures meant to help the client relax and heal may include animal therapy, outdoor recreation, gardening, yoga or many other relaxing fun, activities.
And lastly, the material used to treat each client at a quality residential rehab will be current and modern, created by professional psychologists in order to give the client an insightful, in-depth treatment plan. Every residential rehab operates under slightly different philosophies. Some are religious, some are spiritual, some are hollistic and some simply follow current psychology. The managers of the rehab use material created by expert psychologists and mental professionals who share the same philosophies that the rehab operates under. The better quality the rehab is, the more personalized, current and in-depth the treatment material will be.


immersed in addiction treatmentResidential rehabilitation is effective in-part because it is very immersive. The extended inpatient treatment style surrounds the client’s life and eliminates concerns about the outside world, enabling the client to focus solely on their recovery. The purpose behind this style of treatment is to surround the client with a different world than the world their addiction thrives in. One of the reasons addiction is so powerful is because people have free reign in their day-to-day lives to indulge in their addiction, so escaping its grasp long enough to change one’s way of thinking is nearly impossible. Inpatient rehabilitation physically separates a person from their addiction because they submit to lockdown inside a safe facility where there is no access to their addiction.

Because a person’s thought patterns are unhealthy when they are heavily addicted, and because addiction so often occurs in tandum with disorders and mental illnesses, the treatment and the staff of a residential rehab is there to help the client interpret and reinterpret their life events. This oversight of objectivity and clarity is critical to adjusting the client’s thought patterns and behaviors and make them healthier. Treatment that is outpatient or sporadic is less effective in this way because the client is still heavily immersed in their old thought patterns.

The mere duration of the treatment is essential to its success. A person’s thought patterns do not change overnight. There are many exercises the recovering addict should go through in order to ensure changes to their behaviors and thought patterns. Statistically, the longer the treatment goes, the more effective it is. When treatment is brief or continuously interrupted, it allows for opportunities to fall back into old patterns. To summarize, residential rehabilitation is the method of addiction treatment that offers the most separation from the addiction itself, and the most immersion into a healthy lifestyle.