Benefits of Inpatient Alcohol Rehab to Treat Alcoholism

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Last Edited: December 18, 2020

Bianka Fisk

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How Inpatient Treatment Can Help

Inpatient rehab can help treat alcoholism and get an individual on the right path toward treatment and recovery.

There are different types of treatment options for people suffering from addiction and they can be divided into two categories: inpatient and outpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment means that people live at the facility while they are working through their treatment program. It also means that they can no longer take part in other daily activities, including going to work, visiting friends, socializing in town and so on. Success rates of inpatient treatment tend to be higher than with outpatient treatment, although this does depend on how long treatment lasts, which substance the patients have been abusing and how bad the addiction is.

There are certain specific advantages to entering inpatient treatment compared to outpatient treatment, and it is important to be aware of these if you believe you may need help. For those with an Alcohol Use Disorder, inpatient treatment is often required for the period of detox, but can also be beneficial after that. This is because:

  • It offers a structured environment that combines psycho-education and intervention
  • It makes it easier to identify any co-occurring disorders and offer treatment for those
  • It ensures that the patients are always surrounded by professionals and relevant peers
  • A multidisciplinary team of professionals is at hand to address each facet of the addiction
  • It teaches patients to become accountable and responsible for their own behavior, particularly during the withdrawal process and also beyond
  • It is easier to modify inpatient treatment to suit the needs of the individual
  • It can take people who live in a difficult home environment out of that toxic situation, making it easier for them to recover and focus on themselves
  • It may soften legal consequences of any actions undertaken while intoxicated – although this is not a given
  • It helps to build the motivation to become and remain sober, particularly if someone is resistant to that idea at first
  • It can be of tremendous benefit for those who have gone through multiple episodes of relapse, which is common
  • It gives people a tremendous sense of well-deserved accomplishment if they do finish rehab, boosting confidence and making people rightly feel like a role model to others

Inpatient Treatment for Suffering Individuals

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There are thousands of alcohol and rehab centers all over the country, each of which has some specific benefits. However, it is widely agreed that the following 10 rehab facilities are the best in the country. They are all private facilities, however, and they can be quite costly. They are:

  • Addiction Solutions of Florida, Coconut Creek, Florida
  • Hawaii Island Recovery, Kailua-Hone, Hawaii
  • Hope by the Sea, San Juan Capistrano, California
  • Betty Ford Center, Rancho Mirage, California
  • Sober College, Woodland Hills, California
  • The Caron Foundation, Princeton, Texas, Wernersville, Pennsylvania, and Boca Raton, Florida
  • Nova Recovery Center, Wimberley, Texas
  • Cirque Lodge, Sundance, Utah
  • Serenity Vista, Republic of Panama
  • Sundown M Ranch, Yakima, Washington DC

Over 16 million adults are diagnosed with an Alcohol Use Disorder within a single year.

How Long Is Inpatient Alcohol Rehab?

The length of time for inpatient rehab will vary. The majority of treatment centers last for 28 days. If you suffer from alcoholism, it is important to consider the length of time. It is common for alcoholics to have made multiple attempts at recovery, only to relapse. How long your treatment will last, and that it starts with a solid foundation, is vital to your eventual success.

Recovering from an alcoholism always starts with detox, which must be medically supervised. Without medical supervision, alcohol withdrawal can be fatal. Going to an inpatient facility at least for this period of time is vital. Without it, the chance of relapse is so high it is almost unavoidable. In an inpatient facility you will be constantly monitored and you are likely to also be given medication to help you manage the symptoms.

There will be absolutely no access to any alcoholic drink during time at a residential inpatient treatment facility. Alcohol is a readily available, socially acceptable drug, which means detoxing without help is very difficult. A residential facility doesn’t just make it difficult for you to get to alcohol. It also ensures you are occupied so that your mind is on other things.

The most important thing is that you are medically monitored. If your withdrawal symptoms become life threatening, medical assistance will be right by your side. This means you are less at risk of seizures and delirium tremens as well. Research has shown that those who attend inpatient facilities during detox are more likely to achieve overall success. If you are interested in inpatient detox give us a call. we can find a place that is right for you. Our number is: (866) 578-7471

Alcohol misuse contributes to over 200 illnesses and injury-related health disparities.

Inpatient Treatment Approaches for Alcohol Addiction

While there are different treatment approaches for alcohol addiction, they do all follow the same steps. These are:

  • A period of detox, where the body becomes clean of the chemical elements of alcohol
  • Behavioral counseling, during which time you will learn more about your personal behavior, what has triggered your addiction, what your personal stressors are, how you have affected those around you and so on.
  • Medication to help you manage withdrawal. If you are at high risk of relapse, you may also be prescribed medication that would stop the intoxicating effects of alcohol and would make you physically ill should you consume it.
  • Evaluation for the presence of co-occurring disorders and adjusted treatment if those disorders are present.
  • Follow up care.

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Choosing an alcohol inpatient facility can be difficult. This is because there are many factors to take into consideration. Some of the most immediate issues you may need to think about include:

  • How much the program costs and whether they accept your insurance coverage
  • Whether you want to go to travel for treatment
  • Whether you want to be able to access any special amenities
  • Whether you want the facility to cater to your specific demographic (age, gender, sexual orientation, religion)

To help you choose, you may want to ask the following questions:

What type of results do you expect from the treatment? Some facilities define “success” as completing the 28 day inpatient program. Others define “success” as remaining clean and sober for five years to a life time.

How long do you want to be in treatment and why? Rehab facilities offer anything from inpatient medical detox, which usually lasts around seven days, to a full year inpatient stay or even longer. You need to ask yourself which length of time will be most appropriate for your personal situation, but also what happens should your situation change. If you sign up for a three month program, but find towards the end of that, that you require longer treatment, you need to know what your options are.

Are you willing to take some medication to help you deal with your addiction? With alcohol addiction, Klonopin is a commonly prescribed medication to help you deal with the withdrawal symptoms. Klonopin is in itself an addictive substance, as well as having very dangerous interactions with alcohol. It is also very effective. Those who are prescribed this medication as part of their alcohol detox often have to have a “detox from detox” afterwards. You need to weigh up those pros and cons. Not every drug prescribed to help in the treatment of alcohol abuse is like Klonopin. You may also be prescribed Antabuse. This drug stops the effects of alcohol and will also make you feel sick if you do consume alcohol. While this drug can be very effective, it can also lead to potentially fatal liver problems.

How do you feel you can manage the physical cravings for alcohol, and how will the rehab facility support you in that? Cravings can be very severe, and it is quite common for rehab facilities to address this through medication only. While this can work, it is often a crutch or sticky plaster, and you must be able to find a way to deal with the cravings by yourself at some point. A good rehab facility will also work at addressing your nutritional needs and they will provide you with sober living training.

How important are your nutritional needs? It is common for people with alcoholism to have severe nutritional deficiencies, so much so, in fact, that their health would be poor. A recent study by the Medical Center at the University of Maryland demonstrated that the poor health of alcoholics can lead to brain disease and anemia. In these cases, working on a diet and nutritional plan is hugely important, but you may also be required to take supplements and even medication to help you become healthy again. One study showed that rehab facilities that offer nutritional support had a success rate of 60% to 80% in terms of people staying sober. On the other hand, those that did not have this component had a success rate of between 17% and 50%.

Will you get help with basic life skills? If a rehab program is successful during the time period you are there, you will usually leave full of enthusiasm. You then have to return to the real world, and this can be incredibly difficult. You return to the environment and the people who had facilitated your alcoholism in the past, and unless you have been given the skills to manage your own life in a sober way, and to walk away from trigger situations, you are at a higher chance of relapse. Another important issue is that if you were addicted you will have changed your behavior and thinking patterns, teaching yourself to hide how you feel physically and emotionally. You have learned to resolve financial issues by committing crimes. What you must learn now is how to once again be a responsible individual.

Do you believe addiction is a chronic disease, which comes with frequent relapses, and does the clinic support your views on that? Usually, treatment facilities can be divided into two schools of thought:  those who believe relapse is a normal part of recovery, and those who believe relapse can be prevented. The rehab center should give you strong skills in terms of abilities and life management. These are also longer term facilities, where you will stay for a period of at least three months.

Can you see through empty promises? Some rehab facilities are more interested in the money that they get for offering treatment than in actually solving the issues themselves. They often make huge promises, including instant cures. Some examples of these include the use of ibogaine, a hallucinogen from the Brazilian jungle; use of aversion therapy including electric shock therapy or nauseating drugs; use of hypnosis to change the way the brain works very rapidly; or the use of hallucinogens such as LSD, something that is being tested scientifically at present. These promises are not necessarily empty, and there are people who have found great solace from these types of treatment, but a lifetime of destructive behavior cannot be magically cured overnight. If you do want to attend a facility that offers these types of treatment, you also have to think about what comes after that.

What type of step program do you think is suitable? A lot of rehab facilities base their approach on the 12 step program, originally developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. However, there are variations on these steps; the original 12 step program includes surrendering to a higher power, but it is not considered religious, but rather spiritual. There are also religious 12-step programs such as, Celebrate Recovery. You need to make sure that the program you choose follows steps that you can believe in, and that your family or support network can believe in as well.

Ask yourself these questions first, and then ask representatives from the various facilities you are considering to find the one that best aligns with your needs. Give us a call. We can help you get the help you deserve. Our number is: (866) 578-7471