Inpatient Rehabilitation – what are the benefits ?
There are many reasons why one would choose to stop addictive behaviours and seek help from a professional, but that begs the question, what type of help is appropriate for me or my loved one, what are the advantages of each and what may I expect? In this article we will go over the benefits of choosing formal, inpatient rehabilitation.
One of the benefits is of choosing to enter a rehabilitation centre is payment and cost. When looking at the financials, it can seem like a costly endeavour but what many people fail to realise is that even hospital plans assign specific benefits for inpatient detox and rehabilitation from addiction. These benefits are available even if there are none allocated for individual counselling or psychological services. This makes rehabilitation more accessible than people may think it is.
Another benefit of inpatient rehabilitation is that is it medically supervised. This is not possible when attempting to detox at home or as an outpatient. A client’s full using history is considered and medication is prescribed to mitigate any possible withdrawal symptoms and negative health consequences as a result of withdrawal. Medication is prescribed by a medical doctor, and administration and compliance to this protocol is supervised by a registered nurse. Mismanagement of medication ceases to be a concern. Supervision ensures that if there are any negative health consequences they are dealt with swiftly and appropriately.
Upon admission to a rehabilitation centre, a client is put in a safe environment, protected from the temptations, triggers and dangers of the outside world . The absence of these temptations means clients experience less frequent cravings, and are prevented from acting out on their cravings when they occur. This is highly beneficial as it reduces the stress in early recovery, giving the client a real opportunity to focus on the work that needs to be done.
Once ensconced in a rehabilitation centre, the client is isolated from the outside world. Though this is a drawback for some, it is one of the key benefits of rehabilitation as it allows the client to focus intensely on the task at hand – which is recovery from addiction. This singleness of purpose, allows for more in-depth recovery work to be done in the time allocated, as opposed to spreading oneself thin between work, family and social commitments, studies or anything else that may prove distracting. 28 days of inpatient rehabilitation includes a lot more work towards long-term recovery than the equivalent time in an outpatient or informal recovery environment.
What many people realise once they start the recovery process is that there is a lot more that needs attention, and that the use of drugs and alcohol are merely symptomatic of a larger problem. Beyond that, being in a treatment environment allows clients to work on a multitude of issues extending all the way back to childhood.
Ceasing to use drugs or alcohol is not the end of a recovery process, but the start of one. Learning to live a life without drugs is just as important as giving up those drugs in the first place.
If you or a loved one need assistance with addiction – know that help is readily available. The road to recovery is not always an easy one but getting yourself or your loved one the best care from the team at Crossroads Recovery Centre, provides you with a map to sober, healthy living. No matter how bad things seem, there is hope and it is a phone call away. If you or anyone close to you needs help with an addiction to sex, gambling, substances, alcohol or food, please contact us for a free assessment.
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