For those who are tired of suffering from their addiction, you may be looking at treatment options that best fit your lifestyle. Whether you’re working, going to school, or just busy being a parent, sometimes it can be difficult to imagine yourself taking the time away from it all to join a recovery center. While there are certain treatments that you can undergo outside of a recovery center, research has proven that those who attend an inpatient rehab center maintain their sober lifestyle and don’t relapse.
This article will go over the other addiction treatment options available for those who are interested in looking for something that isn’t inpatient rehab. However, it will also touch on what an inpatient rehab can offer to a suffering addict.
A great deal of outpatient treatments is going to revolve around your own self-discipline and willpower. For many addicts, this is a treatment that is doomed to fail right from the start. The brain is literally working against you. Because of the powerful effects that drugs have on the brain, basically rewiring its chemical activity, you’re going to be pressed every second of the day to use again. This is simply because your brain is seeking the same positive stimulation it received from the drug. Since its own chemicals have been altered and aren’t producing as well–if at all–as they’re supposed to be, you’re going to be driven to simulate that sense of positive and pleasurable sensation that the drugs provide.
An outpatient treatment may be able to assist you with some of the detox portions of your recovery, but they’re not going to be there all of the time. More than that, if you require medical treatment during a particularly bad episode of the detox and withdrawal, there might not be anyone there to help you. This could result in lethal consequences if the withdrawal symptoms are bad enough that it damages your body.
For long-term users, especially, you can expect the detox and period of withdrawal to be particularly severe. As such, it’s important that you are monitored closely to ensure your body can handle the process. Outpatient treatments can’t offer that constant supervision for your safety.
However, there are a few perks to an outpatient program. For one, it is typically more affordable for abusers. Because you don’t have to stay at a recovery center, and instead are living in your own home, that’s a cost that you don’t have to worry about. Outpatient programs are typically longer than inpatient programs, too. Although, it should be noted that inpatient programs often set up outpatient programs for their residents to reinforce their recovery after having spent time in the rehab center.
By and large, however, outpatient programs or even just trying to quit certain drugs on your own is typically met with a lower success rate. It can be easy to go to a group session or a treatment for a few hours a day, and then forget it all the moment you return home later. This is where an inpatient recovery program tends to shine.
While outpatient recovery may be an option for those with a mild addiction who can rely on their own self-discipline and willpower, by and large, most addicts are going to benefit from attending an inpatient rehab center. These programs typically last from a month to six months. However, as mentioned before, they also equip their patients with an outpatient program afterward to continue support and treatment, so the addict can continue to receive the encouragement and advice they need to maintain a sober lifestyle.
Addicts are taken out of their daily lives, away from home, and placed in a secure environment that is specifically designed to encourage their recovery. For many addicts, constantly returning to the environment that spiked their drug use in the first place isn’t exactly beneficial to their recovery. By taking them out of that environment, and instead giving them a safe and comfortable place to detox and recover, they are far more likely to be able to maintain sobriety.
his is largely due to the fact that inpatient rehab is more than just a place where addicts can detox in a safe environment. It also equips them with a therapist or a form of therapy that helps them to find alternatives to drugs in order to deal with some of the triggers that cause them to feel depression and anxiety. By learning about their triggers that may spark the need to use a drug, they can discover better coping mechanisms to deal with them and no longer rely on the drugs to make it through that situation.
While outpatient programs can offer therapy, too, it’s often impersonal. More than that, once the therapy session is over, they’re plunged right back into the same environment that might have caused them to begin their addiction in the first place. Those new coping mechanisms aren’t given the time to cement in their psyches like they are at an inpatient recovery center.
Perhaps the most beneficial aspect of an inpatient recovery program is the simple fact that patients are able to receive emotional and medical help at any given time. Doctors and professionals work around the clock to keep those at the inpatient recovery center safe and comfortable. For those with hard addictions, they can be given addiction-free medications to help them with their withdrawal symptoms and receive medical help should an emergency arise.