Making the choice to get clean is a huge step for anyone affected by addiction. It can seem like such a huge roadblock to overcome. The person wants to live a normal, happy life but knows that they must go through recovery first. So, if that person is you, or someone else you know, then well done. Now you have to choose between inpatient treatment or outpatient options.
There are so many things to think about when considering the right course of treatment for your needs. However, studies have shown patients who go to inpatient rehab and stay for a period of 30 days or longer have had more success in staying clean and sober than those who have attempted other forms of treatment.
The main arguments against going to an inpatient rehab facility usually revolve around the expense. However, in the long run, you will be saving money as you will no longer be spending money on the substance you were abusing.
You also won’t have to pay for any legal wrangles you may have gotten yourself into while drunk or high. Your health will be better in the long run and you won’t lose money by calling sick from work. In the long run all those sick days may have caused you to lose your job. Yes, inpatient treatment is expensive, but it’s effective.
Here are six reasons why you should choose inpatient treatment:
1. Detox Safely
Regardless of what substance you have been abusing, you’ll need to detox safely. For certain substances, particularly alcohol or benzodiazepines, it can be very dangerous to try and detox alone. That’s why you should check into a facility where you can have medical supervision. The medical supervision will help you with medicines that are properly controlled and used to help you with your withdrawal.
Withdrawal can be both painful and scary. When you go to a proper clinic to go through this, you’ll have access to help in seconds if something unusual arises. People can, and have died, due to alcohol, opiate and benzodiazepine withdrawal. Although, it is highly unlikely for other substances, complications arise from time-to-time for all substances if they are abused.
Your family and loved ones will have more peace of mind knowing that you are safely going through your withdrawal. Your benefit will include taking the edge off and making sure your detox is the safest it can be.
2. Less Chance of Relapse
Getting past withdrawal and into recovery, you might initially feel you can do anything and the hard part is over. The truth is, it has only just begun. Your cravings will loom large, particularly in the first few weeks of your recovery.
Even after your initial recovery stages, cravings can feel overwhelming at times when you least expect it. When you are staying at an inpatient facility, you can’t obtain any substances, so it’s easier than being at home.
You’ll also learn your triggers and the tools to overcome them. Tackling these will equip you for life in the outside world so you’ll be more prepared when you leave.
Other people at the clinic will also be on the same journey, so you won’t feel so alone. Everyone there is on your side and wants you to get well. In the outside world, there will always be those you used to drink or take drugs with.
Those friends and associates will want to tempt you to join them for just one afternoon when you get home. In treatment, you can learn how to withstand this before you have to face it.
3. A Sense of Community
Addiction is a lonely road. You can’t rely on those that you drink or take drugs with, because they literally steal money or resolve from you. You are not their number one priority. If you decide to get clean, and they don’t, they will resent you and want to see you fail. If you fail, it makes them feel better about themselves. You know all this because you have felt this way too.
When you enroll in an inpatient facility, every doctor, nurse, counselor, and other patients are looking towards a brighter future. It may not always feel 100% positive, but there is always hope. This is a place where you will meet people who have gone through what you have and are trying to come out the other side.
You will learn people’s secrets and demons and share your own. This builds a sense of community. There will be people that you connect with, people you realize care about your future. This can be empowering and give you strength when you are trying to get back on your feet.
4. A Comfortable Place To Heal
It can be challenging trying and get clean while living at home or on the streets. It is easier to recover when you can focus just on yourself and your well being. This means you need somewhere peaceful and calm.
Home environments normally have much going on, whether it’s your own kids playing boisterously or the ones next door screaming. There can be doors banging, sirens wailing by, or people shouting on the street. Worse, there may be people nearby doing drugs or drinking all the time, which creates temptation that can be hard to escape.
Although inpatient facilities aren’t hotel resorts, they still provide a quiet place to recuperate. Your needs will be cared for – you won’t have to worry about keeping food on the table and feeding yourself. You can take a shower whenever you like, take a walk to get some head space. In essence, you can focus on getting better. Treatment clinics are a space where you can grow and get stronger, so you can return to the world ready to meet challenges that are there.
5. Personalized Program
There is no one size fits all approach to recovery. There are certain things that help, like peaceful surroundings, cognitive behavioral therapy, and abstinence. However, everyone has different physical, emotional, and psychological needs.
When you check into a residential facility, you will have a consultation so that your needs can be specifically addressed. You will have access to a counselor on your own daily, as well as going through group therapy. You can choose recreational activities that you enjoy and you might even find a new passion in life.
Rehab gives you a chance to explore yourself as a new person. The staff at these facilities understand that people are not all the same. They are also experienced professionals, so they can offer advice on what may work for you. They can also help your family understand what is going on in your therapeutic setting.
With outpatient services, it can be harder to tailor to each specific person, as there isn’t the time or funding. This is why you can build so much more strength up when you go to in-patient rehab.
6. Gives You Routine and Structure
If you are heavily addicted to drugs or alcohol, you probably haven’t had significant structure in your life for some time. Even if you’ve been hiding your substance abuse problem, it still will have interrupted your daily routine to a certain extent.
Rehab is structured. This can annoy people at first, but getting into a routine is helpful for moving forward with your life. If you have things to do at a certain time, then you are less likely to give in to cravings and try to keep your outside world more structured when you go home.
Routines can take some time to get ingrained but when they are implemented at an inpatient facility, you will get into the healthy habits of waking up at an early hour and going to bed at a reasonable hour. This structure is healthy and you can carry it on when you leave the facility.