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Residential (Inpatient) Substance Abuse Treatment

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Individuals that are suffering from frequent or chronic drug addiction or alcoholism find Residential Treatment or also referred to as Inpatient Treatment very effective. Inpatient treatment programs are usually 28 to 30 days for a minimal stay with a more intense form of treatment compared to outpatient treatment. There are long term and short term residential inpatient treatment programs throughout every state depending on the individual's addiction needs. Because every patient is different the length of stay depends on the individual.

Some people in need of inpatient treatment are reluctant at first but soon realize the importance of a safe and supportive setting when it comes to recovering from their addiction. The patients are able to receive a much more individualized form of treatment in an inpatient setting and it helps to be around other recovering addicts going through the same things. Residential Treatment Programs are available for adults and also adolescents and teens. There is also gender specific inpatient treatment programs designed for either men or women. In a long term Residential Treatment setting, the patient remains at the residence usually for 6 to 12 months depending or the individual's needs and progress.

Inpatient Treatment programs are designed for individuals that have a need for a more intense form of treatment that offers around the clock care if needed. Patients that have a long history of drug or alcohol abuse and addiction do much better when they're not in their normal everyday surroundings. Family support is also a big part of most inpatient treatment programs and makes a positive difference when it comes to long term recovery and success.

Many residential treatment programs use a Holistic approach for treating substance abuse and focus on treating and healing the mind, body and spirit during recovery. 12 step based treatment and therapies are utilized during the recovery process. Holistic treatment emphasizes healing the individual physically, nutritionally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually bringing health and balance to the whole person.

There are different types of residential treatment programs, Therapeutic Communities (TCs) are very structured programs also and patients remain in treatment for 6 months to a year depending on their circumstances. These programs are designed to help change a patient's attitude, their perceptions, and behaviors when it comes to substance use.

Now we even have Therapeutic Communities that are designed for women who are pregnant or that already have children and are in need of treatment.

There is a wide range of treatment therapies used in Inpatient substance abuse settings. Some of the programs utilized in residential treatment include detoxification, evaluations, behavioral therapies like CBT, counseling, individual and group therapy, coping skills, life skills, relapse prevention, 12 step based therapy, and family therapy. Many residential treatment centers also include after care programs.

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    Victoria C. 13 years ago

    A year ago I thought I was beyond help. I had been to every 12-step meeting in the state. I had seen so many outpatient therapists that my cell phone's phone book was full of them. I had been to every intensive outpatient rehab program in the tri-state area. Overall, I had been trying to recover for almost a decade.

    I had just about given up and accepted my fate as an eternally addicted woman when my best friend from my childhood called me up out of the blue. I hadn't talked to her in nearly 20 years, but somehow she found my phone number. She explained she wasn't sure why, but she felt like she had to call me and wanted to meet with me for breakfast. We chatted over pancakes and sausage. She had just returned home from residential rehab for drug addiction. When I explained to her that I was battling addiction as well but wasn't as lucky as her, she explained that she had also tried outpatient treatment for years without success. Without my prompting, she picked up her cell phone and called the rehab center she attended. As soon as someone picked up the line she thrust her cell phone to my ear and quickly said, "Talk to them. They'll help you."

    She was right. They did help me. That evening I checked myself into rehab. It was the first day in as long as I could remember that I didn't use drugs. Because of them, and my old friend, that I learned I wasn't beyond help. Now I'm clean, sober and happy!

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    Wanda C. 13 years ago

    I thought residential rehab was going to be a joke. I had imagined sitting around a campfire singing Kumbaya like a kid at summer camp. I only went because my parents said that if I didn't go they would stop paying for college. Since I didn't have a job, lived on campus and ate in the dining halls, that would have left me with no money, no food and nowhere to live.

    I couldn't have been more wrong. At rehab we didn't sit around a campfire. We didn't sing Kumbaya. Instead, we changed our lives. Many of the people that I attended rehab with and I figured out why we were addicts, addressed the root issues of our addictions and ultimately changed our lives forever.

    Now I'm clean and sober. I'm back in school. I don't party and I don't use drugs or alcohol. Instead, I find meaning in my life by building relationships with friends and family. I can honestly say that for the first time in my life I'm a good student and a good son. Without my parents convincing me to go to residential rehab I'm not sure that I ever would have graduated from college and amounted to anything in life. I was too engrossed by my addiction. It was all that mattered to me. I didn't know it then, but I wasn't really happy. Now I know what happiness really is and I can genuinely say that I'm much happier than I've ever been before.

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    Drug Rehab 12 years ago

    "Individuals that are suffering from frequent or chronic drug addiction or alcoholism find Residential Treatment or also referred to as Inpatient Treatment very effective." I don't have the statistics but I have seen many who do it by themselves and those who enter a Residential Treatment program and they do tend to slide back more frequently. I think it has something to do with the support system they have.

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