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What is inpatient rehab
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Inpatient Rehab

Rehabilitative treatment may be necessary for those who have recently been afflicted with an ailment that requires extensive medical attention, such as a drug or alcohol addiction. Short-term inpatient rehab vs. outpatient therapy may be discussed as part of your treatment strategy.

What is Inpatient Rehab?


Inpatient rehab is a 24-hour structured and comprehensive care conducted in licensed and residential treatment centers and entails:

  • Scheduling patient treatment

  • Offering safe housing

  • Providing a substance-free environment

  • Offering medical attention


Most patients benefit from inpatient rehab by achieving some level of sobriety, whether from AUD- alcohol use disorder, SUD-substance use disorder, or any other drug use disorder. The treatment benefits people suffering from severe co-occurring disorders, leading to dual diagnosis. SUDs are such that they occur in a spectrum of severities, meaning the condition is either severe, moderate, or mild.

How Inpatient Rehab Operates

Typically, an inpatient rehab lasts for 30 to 90 days. However, further treatment might be necessary depending on the patient's diagnosis, with additional options available. A patient diagnosed with a dual diagnosis might suffer from a form of SUD together with other mental health disorders such as opioid addiction, alcohol addiction, anxiety, depression, etc. 


This type of treatment requires patients to stay in the treatment facility for the entire treatment period. This way, patients can recover much more quickly with a structured program, have support and the guidance of the staff, and be fully involved in the recovery process. 



As we have said above, though inpatient programs might last 30 to 60 to 90 days depending on the patient, a typical doctor at an inpatient rehab generally takes you through the following steps:

They Evaluate You 

The doctor screens you clinically before coming up with a diagnosis. The test usually lasts a couple of hours, after which you receive the results of your urine test and interview. These results typically determine the potential treatment plan.


You Undergo Detoxification


Detoxification is a process whereby your body rids itself of external chemicals. Depending on the facility, detoxification might happen in a separate facility. This second stage has proven to be the most dangerous due to worsened withdrawal symptoms, though some patients do not require this stage. These symptoms might include delirium tremens, hallucinations, seizures, etc.


They Medically and Psychologically Treat You


This stage depends on initial evaluation results and the patient's progress through treatment. There are a variety of medical treatments and therapeutic activities like massage therapy, meditation, yoga, writing, etc. This stage also includes several group counseling therapies.




Your doctor will assist you with several tools and techniques to help you adjust to a sober life after inpatient treatment. These tools include coping mechanisms that deter you from possible relapses.



The maintenance stage is designed to help patients recover from addiction. After inpatient programs, most patients join an outpatient program to form a support network tailored to keep patients afloat, eliminate risks of relapse and offer any assistance where needed. Group or individual counseling are also possible solutions during this stage. You should also note that the maintenance stage can last for a lifetime, If not for years.

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Dr. Williams presently serves on the board of Directors for two non-profit service organizations. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Services from Lincoln University, Philadelphia, Pa, and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Clinical Psychology from Union Institute and University. In Cincinnati, Ohio. He is licensed to practice addictions counseling in both New Jersey and Connecticut and has a pending application as a practicing Psychologist in New Jersey.

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Prepare for Inpatient Rehab

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Getting ready for an inpatient program helps you mentally prepare for the road ahead; it keeps you calm and controls your nerves. Below are a few things you can do to help prepare you for rehab and have a positive experience while at it:

  • Will insurance cover drug and alcohol rehab?
    Private insurance is the most common and effective payment method for addiction treatment. It can pay for a significant number, if not all, of your rehabilitation appointments. Thanks to the efforts by private lobbyists and the government, rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction is now a mandatory benefit under insurance after the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  • Paying for addiction treatment
    Ways to Pay for Addiction Treatment Here are the five points for financing that might be helpful for your treatment: ​ 1. Insurance 2. Self-Pay or Payment plan 3. Loan or second mortgage 4. Funding or Scholarships 5. Family Insurance ​ If a person has some benefits, they can use them for treatment and take advantage of insurance. If you use health insurance providers so that you can recover yourself from addiction because they collect payment regularly or they have scheduled their income as well. Self-Pay ​ The second method is self-pay, and in this method, you can pay for treatment in lump sums or months and create a payment plan so that you can pay weekly, monthly, or whatever you choose the way to treat. Loan ​ The third method to pay is a loan. You can take a loan or a second mortgage from those homeowners. Funding or Scholarships ​ If you do some research, then you can find a lot of funding or scholarships for you that are available to you there. Family The last method to pay is family. Your family can help you financially with your treatment. There are many options available for you as a key for financial assistance so that you can choose one of these methods for addiction treatment.
  • Will I lose my job if I go to rehab?
    Employees who get treatment for addiction while still at work are protected by the ADA and other laws like the MHPAEA, the ACA, and the Family Medical Leave Act, which all work together to make them eligible to return to work after the treatment.
  • How much does addiction treatment cost?
    Depending on your needs, treatment options for addiction vary from extensive medical detox to inpatient (or residential) care plans to less intensive outpatient ones. If your addiction is chronic or you are also grappling with a dual diagnosis, then long-term care at a residential facility is often the best option; but it is more costly. It's even more expensive when your situation necessitates the consultation of many specialists and the administration of costly drugs.
  • When is it time to go to rehab?
    Many believe that a person does not need to go to rehab, even if they struggle with the most severe addiction withdrawal symptoms. Still, studies show that last year almost 100,000 people died in the United States due to substance use disorder or overdoses. As 22 million people are suffering from addiction to either drugs or alcohol, there is a need to talk about this subject more casually. Many people don’t go to rehab because they feel ashamed of being addicted. There is a need to make them realize that no one can judge them if they see any symptoms; they should decide to visit a rehab as soon as possible.
Inpatient therapies

Inpatient Rehab Therapies

While all inpatient rehab centers are geared towards providing a conducive environment for patients to achieve sobriety, they still differ in their areas of specialization. While some focus on specific substance abuse disorders, others focus on particular treatment approaches. Yet still, others specialize in utilizing different methods. Choosing an inpatient treatment facility depends on several factors, including:

  • Age 

  • Financial and insurance status

  • Substance use disorder type

  • Mental health condition

  • Medical history

Some of the most effective therapies include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy-CBT is a goal-oriented, short term and evidence-based treatment. CBT is also referred to as talk therapy- psychotherapy treatment that helps patients change their thinking and behavior patterns. These patterns are meant to change by focusing on attitudes, thoughts, beliefs, and images causing their problematic behaviors.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy-DBT, a type of evidence-based psychotherapy treatment, uses cognitive behavioral therapy methodologies but focuses on the recovery process. This treatment is highly recommended for people with extreme mood swings or other high emotional reactions in social situations. Patients work through their problems with their doctors and support staff, often involving role-play, homework, and practice. 


Contingency Management

Contingency management is a behavioral therapy, also known as evidence-based therapy. This treatment reinforces the patient's desire to continue working on their addiction by giving rewards when they record a positive behavioral change. The doctors work on" a patient is more likely to continue with a positive behavior shortly after completion when rewarded."


Person-Centered Counseling

Person-centered counseling mainly focuses on the patient, with the doctor helping the patient express their acceptance without judgment. The doctors engage the patient, influencing change talk and positively motivating them. The patient can change towards their desired goals during the process.

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Inpatient Rehabilitation Care

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Inpatient rehabilitation centers differ from place to place in terms of their costs. Compare various rehab centers to get the best option for your pocket. However, most offer financial assistance, provide financing options and accept insurance.

Insurance coverage has proven to be effective in paying for rehab over time. The range covers usually depend on the health provider, insurer, and insurance plan. But, most facilities will accept Medicare, Military Insurance, Private Insurance, Medicaid, and State-financed health insurance.

Inpatient Rehab Benefits

Inpatiet benefits

Inpatient rehab benefits its patients by offering a highly structured environment and access to various amenities and services. They include:


Structured programs enable patients to stick to daily, weekly, and monthly schedules that make it easy to stay focused on their recovery. 


Inpatient treatments offer holistic support. This means 24/7 medical, clinical, and spiritual support to heal the patient's mental and physical well-being damaged by addiction. 

Aftercare planning; after completing an inpatient program, it is not the end of healing or rehab; you may require additional support once you finish. These programs' counselors and caseworkers ensure you get the necessary help and tools to lead a sober and healthy life. 


Sense of community: Many inpatient patients have had similar experiences and connected them. Co-living and group therapies come in handy during these times and help ensure people support one another and practice good behaviors before discharge.

Nutritional support; since detoxification eliminates certain external chemicals from your body, you will need a nutritious diet to recover from the process safely. A health specialist at an inpatient center knows the best diets for the patient's physical health.

Consider following

Consider the Below When Choosing an Inpatient Rehab.

There are numerous inpatient rehabilitation centers across the US; finding one that suits your needs might be tedious, strenuous, and stressful. You, therefore, need to ask yourself the below questions to know if inpatient rehab is the best option for you when maximum recovery is a long-term goal:

  • What is the location of the center?

  • Is the center fully accredited and licensed?

  • What patient policies does the center provide?

  • What sorts of therapies does the center use?

  • What addictions does the rehab treat?

  • Does the center treat co-occurring disorders?

  • Is comprehensive aftercare available at the center?

  • What payment options and insurance coverage are available at the rehab?

  • What lengths of treatments does the center avail?

  • Is it specialized for my unique needs and wants?

If you are still unsure of the best rehab facility, try contacting treatment providers for advice and finding rehab centers near you.

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Bottom Line

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You are not alone if you are fighting addiction; however, being alone at these crucial times might prove detrimental. Do not be alarmed, though; inpatient rehabilitation can help. You will receive structured support, forge connections with other like-minded people, and medical care. Finally, get ready to live the best of your life because you can!

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