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What Should You Expect From Inpatient Rehab?

Updated: Feb 1

Inpatient programs treat individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) and related mental health conditions. Most people attend shorter 30-day programs, but some require long-term residential care. The severity of your symptoms and side effects will determine which program is best for you. Facilities like California Care Detox and Treatment use prescreen and admissions assessments to decide what services will be most helpful in your treatment. Inpatient treatment provides the best support for individuals with mild to severe symptoms.

How is Inpatient Rehabilitation Different From Outpatient Programs?

Inpatient treatment takes place in a facility where multiple people attend daily treatment sessions. California Care Detox and Treatment offers residential inpatient programs that can last from a week to three months. According to the results of clinical research published in Addictive Behaviors, study participants who completed inpatient treatment had a lower risk of relapse.

The next step after inpatient treatment is usually an outpatient treatment program (IOP), sober living community, or other forms of community-based or private continuing care. Partial hospitalization (PHP) and IOPs consist of weekly or daily treatment sessions.

Intensive outpatient programs allow you to stay at home overnight and attend to personal or professional responsibilities between sessions. Some facilities offer in-home outpatient care where a trained professional either visits daily or stays at your home for a set period.

What Happens During Inpatient Treatment?

During inpatient care, you will have daily individual and group therapy sessions and other treatments to help you manage mental and physical symptoms of withdrawal. The facility provides a private space where you can sleep and spend your free time between mandatory activities. Standard services you can expect to benefit from during residential inpatient rehabilitation include:

  • Mindfulness-based therapy and activities

  • Medically supervised detox and withdrawal

  • Relapse prevention therapy and education

  • Development of essential life skills

Collaboration is essential for successful inpatient treatment, which means you will be working closely with your care team to create and implement a comprehensive care plan. The team responsible for your treatment will consider any religious, cultural, or personal preferences while determining which services and treatment modalities would be most beneficial for your recovery. Attending an inpatient program gives you access to the following:

  • Structured and controlled environment

  • 24/7 medical assistance

  • Higher rate of successful long-term recovery

  • Less risk of severe reactions to detox and withdrawal

  • Regular nutritional meals

  • Peer support

Who Benefits Most From Inpatient Treatment?

Individuals struggling with severe symptoms or side effects of SUD and related conditions benefit most from inpatient care. If you have previously attempted to abstain from substance misuse and experienced setbacks, you might find the structured setting in a residential facility makes it easier to stay motivated and move forward in your recovery. In addition, inpatient programs make detox and withdrawal safer for individuals with severe side effects or co-occurring conditions.

The following are most likely to benefit from completing an inpatient program:

  • Anyone with a dual diagnosis

  • People between the ages of 18-30

  • Anyone with a history of substance misuse or mental health issues

  • Anyone suffering mild or severe symptoms of SUD

What Are Some Drawbacks of Inpatient Treatment?

The primary drawback of inpatient treatment is the cost. Insurance coverage can vary significantly between different plans, and when long-term residential care is necessary, the cost of treatment is generally higher than outpatient programs. Fortunately, many facilities offer various financial assistance to ensure that anyone seeking treatment has access to high-quality care.

Some people also find it challenging to be separated from their families for weeks or months during treatment. Others do not have the luxury of leaving personal or professional responsibilities behind for long periods. The many benefits of inpatient treatment outweigh the cost and time required to complete a rehabilitation program.

How Do You Prepare For Inpatient Treatment?

During inpatient treatment, you will be away from your home, family, and work for weeks or months. Preparation is vital to make the transition less stressful for yourself and your family. You may need to do the following:

  • Inform your workplace or school about your absence

  • Pre-pay or set up autopay for recurring bills

  • Make arrangements for children or loved ones

  • Have someone you trust available to look after your pets or home

  • Inform your doctor or therapist about your plans

  • Make transportation plans to and from the facility

  • Contact the facility to make sure you know what to bring

Should You Attend an Inpatient Program?

Some factors to keep in mind when deciding on whether you should attend an inpatient or outpatient program include:

  • Insurance and financial considerations

  • Personal and professional responsibilities

  • How you would react to being away from family

It is essential to make an informed decision. Speak with your doctor, therapist, or reach out to California Care Detox and Treatment to learn more about inpatient treatment.

Substance use disorder can have potentially dangerous and life-threatening side effects making it essential to have a trained medical team at your side during detox and withdrawal. Inpatient rehabilitation offers multiple advantages. If you have a dual diagnosis or severe symptoms, it is safer to go through detox and withdrawal under the watchful eye of experienced professionals. You will have multiple departments looking after your care and ensuring you meet recovery goals. Progress is also much easier to track in a treatment facility where you have the advantage of being monitored by recovery experts. The staff responsible for supervising your care can quickly adjust treatments as needed to meet your goals. We offer high-quality residential inpatient services at California Care Detox and Treatment with evidence-based treatments like relapse prevention, life skill development, and talk therapy. Learn more about our facility and programs by calling our office today at (949) 281-0632.

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