How Do I Know if Inpatient Treatment Is Right for Me?

How Do I Know if Inpatient Treatment Is Right for Me?

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

Recovery is a personal and unique journey for each client. While one client may benefit from certain treatments and therapies, another client may find that those services are not right for them. This is normal and expected in recovery. Every client has different needs and different services that fit best with their lifestyle, particular addiction, and individual traits. Some clients may wonder, for instance, if inpatient treatment is the right step for them.

At First Steps Recovery, the staff learns about each client and works to create a unique treatment plan to best fit each client’s needs. Whether the best next step is inpatient treatment or outpatient treatment, First Steps Recovery works to provide the type of care that will be most effective.

What Is Inpatient Treatment?

Inpatient treatment is defined by the setting where treatment takes place. With this treatment option, clients stay at the facility, receiving on-site and direct care. The length of time clients are kept in inpatient care depends on the facility and the needs of the client. Typically, clients are in inpatient programs for 28 to 30 days. Following the inpatient treatment, clients are provided with less intensive continuing care (or aftercare), though this depends on the client’s needs as well.

Inpatient treatment (sometimes called residential treatment) provides the same treatment, therapy, and services that other programs do. This includes individual therapy and counseling, group counseling, and holistic care options. Community is largely emphasized in inpatient treatment as the clients who reside together are with each other for an extended period. This setting helps clients receive direct care while working on their social skills, communication, and emotional intelligence.

How Does Inpatient Treatment Differ From Outpatient Treatment?

Outpatient treatment is typically the second approach to treatment that clients are offered. This form of treatment is also dependent on the setting. Clients are offered the same services that are offered in inpatient treatment but can partake in these services outside of the facility. Outpatient treatment is usually recommended for clients who cannot take time out of their daily routines to stay at the facility for treatment. This program is also recommended for clients who have mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms and addiction needs.

What Makes Inpatient Treatment Right for You

Inpatient treatment is likely to be implemented into one’s care plan if they experience moderate or more than moderate complications. This includes the severity of withdrawal symptoms and their needs in the recovery treatment process. Inpatient treatment is also recommended for clients who have or are likely to develop co-curring disorders. A co-curring disorder is when clients have a simultaneous substance or alcohol use disorder and mental health disorder. Co-occurring disorders are not abnormal for clients, as mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety (or symptoms of these disorders) often arise.

Inpatient treatment provides clients with a more structured and planned regimen, where staff members are always available. This makes inpatient treatment better suited for clients who need more intensive care, especially following detoxification. Inpatient treatment is also beneficial for clients who need acute care in which they are closely monitored. This program is also recommended for clients whose home environments negatively influence their addiction. An example of this is when addictive substances are available or accessible in the home.

Overall, inpatient treatment is better suited for clients who require more intensive care directly with the facility. Working through addiction can be overwhelming and stressful. Inpatient care allows clients to work through these hardships in a safe and controlled environment.

Inpatient Treatment at First Steps Recovery

At First Steps Recovery, inpatient treatment follows the detoxification process. Detoxification lasts for one week, and after these seven days, clients are put into either inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization, or intensive outpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment at First Steps Recovery lasts for 30 days after detoxification. Clients may also stay in the inpatient program for up to another 60 days depending on their progress and needs. The length of the program is determined by the timeframe that will most effectively help clients sustain sobriety long-term.

Clients remain on-site for the inpatient program where they are involved in individualized experiences of therapy and treatment catering to their recovery needs. Those in the program partake in individual and group therapy and can take advantage of holistic services such as wilderness therapy or field trips and outings. The inpatient program provides clients with a healing environment both inside and outside. In the external environment, they are surrounded by natural beauty. Connecting with this calming environment promotes healing in clients and allows them to connect more deeply with themselves.

Inpatient treatment also allows clients to be closely monitored when starting medication following the detoxification process. Team members remain on-site to help clients through their difficult feelings, thoughts, and emotions while on their recovery journeys.

Here at First Steps Recovery, inpatient treatment is available for clients after completing the week-long detoxification process. With inpatient treatment, clients stay on-site at our facility where they can take advantage of holistic care in a peaceful and health-promoting environment. Clients develop key social and communication skills alongside other residents and receive intensive and hands-on care from our team members. The program can last anywhere from 30 to 90 days depending on a client’s needs. Clients who experience moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms or who generally require more intimate care are best suited for this program. To learn more about our inpatient treatment program, please call us at (844) 489-0836.

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