One of the most important decisions you’ll make in your recovery is whether to receive outpatient or inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment refers to extended residual care in a drug treatment facility. Outpatient care is receiving addiction treatment while continuing to live at home. Both approaches offer distinct advantages, depending on your particular circumstance, so it is essential to weigh the options and make the right choice for you. Inpatient treatment may seem like a huge commitment, but the freedom from outside distractions allows patients to put forth the necessary focus to complete a recovery program successfully.
At Baltimore Detox Center, we proudly provide a wide range of treatment options, including our extended residential care program. If you or someone you care about may benefit from addiction treatment, contact our team today by calling 833.714.1575 or completing our online contact form.
What Is Inpatient Treatment?
Being completely insulated from everyday life is a drastic option for many, but taking yourself away from responsibilities and stressors may be necessary to heal from addiction. Inpatient treatment is the best option for people struggling with a severe addiction or prone to relapses. Recovering from a severe addiction poses dangerous withdrawal side effects and a more dynamic approach. The more facets of a patient’s life that have been affected by their addiction, the higher the likelihood they will benefit from inpatient treatment.
There are many benefits to inpatient treatment when compared to other treatment options, such as:
- A drug and alcohol-free setting, away from temptations
- Ample time for the body and brain to begin the healing process
- Structured daily schedules to keep you on track
- Around the clock medical staff, trained to act in the case of emergency
- Trained psychiatric staff to address emotional needs and provide support
- Spending time with people that can relate to your struggle and will hold you accountable
- Time to solidify the skills and strategies learned in therapy that will help to maintain your sobriety and prevent relapse
- The ability to continually tweak your treatment program as needed to ensure you are getting the treatment that is right for you
People who have an addiction struggle that is severe enough to warrant staying in an inpatient treatment facility will go through what is known as “the stages of recovery.”
The Stages of Recovery in Inpatient Treatment
The “stages of change” is a recovery model created by psychiatric professionals researching alcohol use disorder (AUD) a few decades ago. These steps have proved useful by the majority of rehabilitation centers to monitor their patient’s progress. Each stage is a checkpoint, reflecting the emotions and actions patients predictably go through in recovery.
You may realize you’re addicted at this stage of recovery but don’t see it as an actual problem. You think the short-term benefits of substance abuse are worth the price of addiction. You see it as no big deal. This stage is filled with justifications and rationalizations, like “ I could quit right now if I wanted.” “I’m going through something right now,” or “I’m supposed to have fun while I’m young.”
You are beginning to realize the harm caused by your actions. You’re open to the possibility of quitting and willing to consider it; however, you have not come to a final decision. Inpatient recovery helps in this stage by assisting you with withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms often prevent patients from recovering on their own. There are still justifications, but you will cling to them less and are beginning to waver.
Inpatient treatment is critical at this stage to offer support and treatment options and work with the patient and their family on preparing a comprehensive treatment plan. At this point, you decide to commit to recovery fully. You recognize the benefits of recovery far outweigh the short-term benefits of your addictive behavior.
Inpatient treatment centers help in this stage by facilitating patient involvement in programs and therapies. You may join a 12-Step program and learn about strategies and coping skills you’ll need to navigate your way out of addiction. Your program involvement reinforces your commitment to recovery.
People who participate the most during the previous stage have the most success in this stage. Inpatient treatments help you by encouraging involvement during the previous stage, offering counseling, and providing aftercare. Relapses are possible, and at some point, you may have to return to any of the earlier stages. If all previous stages were the planning stages, then this stage is the final execution stage. The higher quality of life attained through a healthy diet, exercise, and quality sleep gives you confidence in maintaining sobriety.
At this stage, you’ve reconnected with the outside world and have integrated coping skills and maintenance techniques to stay sober long-term. You look at your addiction from an outside perspective and may not even feel connected to the previous version of your life. You might have new friends, jobs, and interests that don’t revolve around addiction and don’t resemble your life before recovery. You may no longer be directly involved with an inpatient treatment center, but the skills learned while there are solidified during this stage.
Move Forward With Inpatient Treatment at Baltimore Detox Center
Research studies report higher success rates with inpatient addiction treatment than outpatient treatment. Everyone has a slightly different view of recovery success, but it’s generally defined by abstaining from alcohol and drugs for an extended period after rehab. Contact Baltimore Detox Center today by calling 833.714.1575 or completing our online form to learn more about how inpatient treatment can help you fight addiction and get your life back.