Have A Great Relationship With Your Doctor

5 FAQs Regarding Inpatient Drug And Alcohol Addiction Treatment

by Terry Wilson

If you or a loved one struggles with a drug or alcohol addiction, you may be considering a rehab clinic for inpatient addiction treatment. Inpatient treatment is designed to aggressively treat the addiction and any potential underlying causes. If you aren't sure about inpatient rehab yet, check out these five frequently asked questions to determine if it is right for you or your loved one.

What Happens When You First Get to Rehab?

When you first arrive at rehab, you'll need to begin the intake process with one of the coordinators. This is much like a medical history question and answer session. You will likely be asked about your complete medical history, including physical and mental health. The intake coordinator will also ask you about your addiction and any potential causes or triggers. After the intake process is over, and you are officially checked into the clinic, you may be sent to a detox nurse. There, you can safely detox while under the care and supervision of a skilled and qualified nurse.

Can You Continue to Visit Family While in Rehab?

When you're in rehab, you live in the facility, and you do not have the freedom to come and go as you please. You can, of course, check yourself out early if you so choose (unless stated otherwise by a court order), but you can't leave to visit family or friends, work or go to school. In fact, for the first part of your treatment, you may not be able to see your family members at all. This is because treatment is designed to remove any potential external triggers, stressors or concerns, so you can simply focus on getting better. Depending on the patient's situation, a short visit with a parent could set back a patient's progress.

What Kinds of Certification Is Required for Employees?

The staff at inpatient addiction facilities are properly trained and educated. Nurses with experience and education in detoxing from drugs and alcohol overlook detoxing patients to ensure absolute safety. The facility also likely staffs various counselor, therapists, physiatrists, etc. to offer different patients different levels of therapy. The rest of the staff is also trained and skilled in helping patients cope with drug and alcohol addiction and promoting wellness.

What Kinds of Services Are Available in Rehab?

While in rehab, you or your loved one will be kept busy to help fight the addiction. Much of your rehab involves therapy, but there are other services offered too. For starters, they may offer a gym and exercise program to help promote a healthy body overall and redirect your behavior in a healthier direction. They may also provide stress management classes, such as meditation, deep breathing, yoga, etc.

Many of the services provided teach patients life skills. Many may not have learned or have forgotten some of the basic skills needed to care for themselves. These classes help teach about cooking, paying rent, managing a bank account, etc. These will help ensure patients have all the tools they need to restart their life after treatment ends.

What Types of Therapies Are Available in Rehab?

There are many different types of therapies available while you're in rehab. Depending on your case, you may need individual sessions, but group therapy is usually common for everyone. It allows you to discuss your addition with people who share the same struggles. If your family is a part of your addiction, family therapy may also be necessary. Many people who suffer from addiction also suffer from a mental health disorder, such as depression, anxiety, etc. Most inpatient rehab facilities can also offer specialized dual-diagnosis treatment and therapies for these individuals. After treatment ends, it's best to continue outpatient treatment at the same facility or at another location.

If you're tired of watching your loved one struggle with addiction, or if you're ready to end your own addiction, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program can help. For more information or to set up an intake appointment, contact a rehab center today.