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Information on Inpatient Drug Rehab

Last updated on: Friday, 15 September 2023
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Inpatient drug rehab focuses on getting an individual stable off drugs and alcohol. Inpatient treatment can be short-term or long-term and helps someone begin their recovery process and involves staying at a facility. Short-term residential treatment is usually in a hospital setting for 28 days, but can sometimes also be at a facility. It does a great job of addressing the immediate challenges someone in recovery needs. They usually provide some form of detoxification and keep the patient under care long enough so that they can develop a healthy routine. Long-term inpatient drug rehab provides an extended stay of 30, 90, 120 or more days and utilizes this extra time to focus on the development of life skills. After attending inpatient treatment, an individual should continue their care at an outpatient program for the best chance at a drug-free life. DRS has a comprehensive directory with short-term and long-term inpatient drug rehab.

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Is Inpatient Drug & Alcohol Rehab the Right Choice for You?

To know if residential drug rehab is proper for you, it is best to assess your drug use and recovery history honestly. When choosing a drug and alcohol rehab treatment center, receiving the right level of care is crucial. To establish this, It is suggested you get an assessment done by a medical professional, but honesty is the key. Treatment plans are created based on the information you give, so if you are not completely truthful about your past, you could be setting yourself up for failure. If you attend a program that isn’t long enough, you may not receive the care you need and learn the tools necessary to stay drug-free. Inpatient rehab can be long-term or short-term, so make sure you choose a time frame that is best for you.

Things to consider:

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Have you been using drugs and/or alcohol for an extended period of time?

If you have been using drugs and alcohol for long time, inpatient drug rehab is a great choice to start your recovery journey.

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Have you tried to stop on your own and were unsuccessful?

If you are having trouble stopping on your own, inpatient drug rehab can provide the support you need to stop using drugs and alcohol for good.

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Have you done a detox in the past only to revert to using drugs and alcohol?

If only detoxing did not help you reach your recovery goals, then inpatient treatment is an excellent option as it provides a higher level of care.

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Have you attended a short-term inpatient treatment program in the past and failed to live a drug-free life?

If a short-term inpatient treatment hasn’t worked for you in the past, it’s important to try again. If you choose to do an inpatient program, ensure the methodology is something you agree with. You may also want to look into a long-term treatment program.

Inpatient drug and alcohol rehab is usually the best option for someone with a history of drug use that has not attended treatment in the past. It is usually the standard level of care given to those attempting recovery for the first time. Determining whether or not long-term or short-term is the right choice should depend upon your substance use and recovery history. Consulting a medical professional on this decision is always recommended.

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.

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Michael Leach is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, who has over 5 years of experience working in the field of addiction. He spent his career working under the board-certified Addictionologist Dr. Rohit Adi. His experience includes working with families during their loved one’s stay in treatment, helping those with substance abuse issues find treatment, and teaching life skills to patients in a recovery atmosphere. Though he has worked in many different areas of rehabilitation, the majority of his time was spent working one on one with patients who were actively withdrawing from drugs. Withdrawal and the fear of going through it is one biggest reason why an addict continues to use and can be the most difficult part of the rehabilitation process. His experience in the withdrawal atmosphere has taught him that regardless of what approach a person takes to get off drugs, there are always mental and emotional obstacles that need to be overcome. He believes having someone there to help a person through these obstacles can make all the difference during the withdrawal process.