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There are several options available for drug and alcohol addiction treatment, many of which involve the usage of a treatment center and/or program. What is involved with these centers or programs usually is determined by if they are conducted as an inpatient or outpatient program. While a single program could be applied to both, it is best to understand what each one means. In this case, this is what you or your loved one needs to know about inpatient drug and alcohol treatment.

What is Inpatient Treatment?

Also called residential treatment, inpatient treatment involves a person residing in a formal center or facility for the duration of their treatment. This means they check themselves in at the start of their treatment and do not leave until their treatment is completed and/or they are cleared to do so. Inpatient treatment can take weeks or even months depending on the circumstances, but it can be well worth it. 24-hour care and access to treatment resources are just some of the benefits of an inpatient program. Freedom from any kind of distractions that could impede treatment or cause a relapse during recovery is another. For some, the immersive care that inpatient treatment provides is necessary for successful recovery.

So what does inpatient treatment involve?

Detox Assistance

Detox is the process in which the drug or alcohol leaves the body, and this usually is a precursor to treatment. Some inpatient treatment programs will partner with a detox program or offer their own to allow for easier transition into treatment after the process is complete. As detox is a difficult and often uncomfortable process, this assistance is both needed and greatly welcomed. Any detox assistance an inpatient program provides can also allow any medical care the process starts to be continued without interruption.

One-On-One Counseling

Addiction treatment, in general, involves a therapeutic approach towards addiction recovery. This often involves counseling in some form. With inpatient treatment, individual or one-on-one counseling with a trained therapist specializing in addiction allows you or your loved one the opportunity to identify the underlying causes of addiction. They will also be able to help you deal with the emotional stress of treatment and provide healthy coping techniques that can be used throughout recovery.

Group Counseling

The therapeutic approaches in inpatient treatment don’t stop with one-on-one counseling but are usually supplemented with group counseling. These are shared therapeutic sessions with other residents in the program, and they can be very beneficial for treatment. Due to everyone’s similar circumstances, it’s often easier to relate with peers in a group setting than it is with a therapist in an individual session. Group counseling provides support and perspective that might not be found elsewhere or on your own.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

While not always needed, medication is occasionally used during inpatient treatment. Certain drugs, like opiates, are easier to address with medications that gradually ease the effects of withdrawal and block the high that the drug produces. There are also medications used to prevent cravings, which helps reduces the potential for relapse. This is done only under trained medical supervision, which is why it may be better used in an inpatient program compared to other types of treatment. It can also be a means of treating the effects of prolonged substance abuse or any remaining effects from the detox process.


Throughout inpatient treatment, you or your loved one will be evaluated to determine progress in the program. These evaluations can also help identify any new issues or needs that arise and allow them to be addressed in a timely manner. They are conducted by a professional in the facility on a regular basis, such as weekly or bi-weekly. Any adjustments to treatment, including the need to end or prolong it, will be based on the information gathered from these evaluations. For you or your loved one, evaluations can be one way to set and measure any goals in addition to sobriety that you hope to achieve during treatment.

What Can it do for Recovery?

Inpatient treatment is one of the primary methods of treatment and makes up the bulk of the path towards recovery. Anything that occurs during treatment can have an impact on that journey and its destination. With inpatient treatment specifically, it offers the added benefit of protection from outside forces that may seek to impede your or your loved one’s recovery. Inpatient programs immerse you in the treatment process and restrict the access of distractions, cravings, and triggers that can cause a relapse or prevent sobriety. This allows you to go through recovery and focus on the task at hand.

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