Inpatient treatment is a specifically tailored program where drug or alcohol addicts receive necessary care to overcome addiction. Inpatient treatment differs from outpatient programs because inpatient treatment mandates that the individual reside at the hospital or treatment center for the duration of the program. The length of time required depends on the person, the severity of the addiction, physician decisions, and the treatment center.
Inpatient Admission Criteria
The client must meet certain criteria in order to be admitted. For admittance to specific inpatient treatment programs, like treating alcohol addiction for example, certain factors must be present and, “according to DSM-III-R a positive diagnosis of alcohol dependence requires the presence of at least three of nine symptoms of a core dependence syndrome.” In more severe cases of addiction, signs may have to show that the individual has a dangerous dependence and would benefit from immediate residential care.
While criteria for admission may vary based on location and on the treatment center, all inpatient treatment programs administer medical detoxification treatment, rehabilitation, and counseling, in some cases. Though, one of the main differences between inpatient treatment and outpatient programs is that inpatient treatment provides specific and round the clock monitored care for those who experience intense withdrawal symptoms. Medication may be given based on the client’s needs and health.
What’s Next After Inpatient Treatment?
Numerous statistics show that clients achieve higher rates of sobriety if they live in transitional housing once they complete inpatient treatment. Individuals who choose to return to original living environments or live independently face increased chances of relapse. Returning to the environment where addiction originated or grew is not recommended. While inpatient treatment and medical detox addresses the physical challenges of overcoming a chemical dependency, it does not fully address the emotional challenges that await.
Medical professionals and addiction specialists may provide counseling and guidelines (depending on the facility) on the next steps after completing inpatient treatment. All recovering substance abusers are encouraged to seek out transitional living environments in order to ensure success.
Sober living facilities may range in type, restrictions, price, location, and style, but they all provide a safe and stress free environment, free from drugs and alcohol. Sober living residences may be suburban houses, condominiums, or city apartment complexes. They may exist in more remote, quiet areas, or may exist in the heart of bustling cities. Regardless of location, staff members work to ensure that the location and home is quiet, safe, and peaceful.
In sober living homes, residents must abide by house rules. Therapy, group meetings, house chores, visitor restrictions, and curfew must all be adhered to. The most important requirement for sober living is that all residents must maintain their sobriety for the entirety of their time. If an individual relapses, they will be not be permitted to stay and will have to leave. While each sober living facility has their own specific set of rules and guidelines, certain homes may issue readmission at their discretion.
Sober living residences exist to serve sobriety. So residents who struggle with consistent relapse may need help beyond what sober living services can offer. Staff may recommend additional treatment programs, hospitals, or addiction experts who can better address struggles with relapse.
The road to recovery is ongoing and unpredictable. Sober living can help prepare for those unforeseen triggers and obstacles, which may get in the way of maintaining sobriety.
Recovering substance addicts may choose to stay at a sober living residence for as little as a month, though many experts recommend that longer stays are more beneficial. For a nine month duration, recovering substance abusers will be able to build a healthy and structured routine, complete with therapy, peer support, and time away from harmful influences.
Sober living, therapy, and twelve-step meetings all provide tools for the individual to work on tackling root causes of their addiction. These modalities encourage transparency and honesty, while getting rid of harmful coping mechanisms like avoidance. Sober living and therapy help individuals find alternative coping methods through trusted conversation and support, wellness activities (like yoga or physical fitness), or a creative pursuit.
Recovery is not a one size fits all journey. It takes various methods to determine how an individual will cope. Replacing addiction with other healthy coping mechanisms can be beneficial. Holistic modalities like yoga, meditation, or outdoor activities are all proven supplements for recovering addicts to use.
Healing After Treatment
Inpatient treatment is not just about ridding the body of the physical and chemical components of substance addiction. It is about total healing from the inside out. What comes after inpatient treatment is just as important as treatment itself.
After inpatient treatment is where individuals rebuild their self-esteem. Through therapy, sponsor partnerships, fellow peers, and sober living, recovering addicts will learn to understand their journey and who they are.
Individuals in recovery need to free themselves from addiction. Gaining strength through the positive support systems in sober living, learning about the inner workings of addiction, and taking care of physical and mental health all help prepare people for life after treatment.
While healing can be problematic due to addiction urges, recovering abusers need to make sure to turn to trusted individuals who have provided support. These people may be psychiatrists, therapists, sober living staff members, a sponsor, or a peer (who is also going through recovery).
Make the most of therapy and twelve-step meetings. Listen and actively participate in both. Deeper understanding and awareness about various origins of addiction can help understand other triggers and prevent relapse.
Much of healing after inpatient treatment relies on self-care. Sober living is one of the first steps to take, which increases sobriety chances. Take all avenues recommended and offered in recovery like group activities, additional therapy sessions, or the chance to learn new holistic methods of healing (like transcendental meditation or mindfulness training).
Practice self-care religiously by eliminating stress, focusing on the present, pursuing any creative pursuits, or finding new hobbies. Remind yourself that you are recovering from a chemical dependency and that the healing process needs to be taken slow—one step at a time.