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Inpatient Alcohol Rehabs
Inpatient alcohol rehabs, unlike outpatient programs, involve living at the treatment facility for the duration of the program. Common treatment lengths include 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days, although some programs may last longer if needed.
Inpatient alcohol addiction treatment is the most intensive treatment option available, and many patients benefit from the structure and routine provided. Plus, attending an inpatient rehab gives you the opportunity to separate yourself from your typical drinking environment so that you can focus solely on your recovery. It can be easier to obtain and maintain sobriety without exposure to stressors, triggers, or temptations.
Inpatient alcohol rehab can occur in several settings, such as by the beach, in the city, or in the mountains. Rules, features, and amenities vary from program to program, so you’ll want to make sure to do your research before choosing a program.
How to Choose the Right Alcohol Addiction Rehab for You or a Loved One
Alcohol addiction treatment is not a one-size-fits-all approach—rather, treatment is individualized and tailored to meet your needs. And everyone’s needs are different, which means some rehabs may be a better fit for you than others.
Here are some factors you’ll want to consider when choosing an alcohol rehab:
- Cost of the rehab
- Whether the rehab accepts your insurance
- Financial assistance offered, such as sliding scale fees, payment plans, or scholarships
- Treatment philosophy, such as holistic vs. faith-based
- Amenities and features
- Visitor policy
- Types of therapy offered
- Additional therapeutic activities, such as equine therapy, meditation, or yoga
- The staff credentials
- The program accreditations
- Experience in treating co-occurring mental health disorders, if necessary
- Program rules
- If they offer aftercare planning
- If they have an alumni program
Ultimately, the right alcohol rehab for you will depend upon your preferences, priorities, and financial situation.
The Benefits of Attending Alcohol Rehab
Inpatient alcohol rehab provides you with a highly-structured environment that can be extremely beneficial in the early days of recovery. Every patient at the program follows a daily schedule consisting of many therapies and activities, such as:
- Individual therapy sessions
- Group counseling sessions
- Family therapy sessions
- Peer support meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or SMART Recovery
- Holistic treatment, such as yoga or creative arts therapy
- Drug education and relapse prevention classes
Everyone has their meals together as well, and there tend to be structured recreational activities in the evening before lights out. Knowing what to expect out of each day can help you adjust to alcohol-free living without having to figure out how to fill your day. Boredom can be a trigger, especially in early recovery, which is why attending an inpatient program can be beneficial in jumpstarting your recovery journey.
Other benefits of inpatient treatment include:
- Medical detox services, which keep you safe during alcohol withdrawal
- A safe, substance-free environment
- Peer support and community
- Individualized treatment plans
- A myriad of therapies offered
Although anyone can benefit from an inpatient alcohol rehab, it may be particularly helpful for those with a severe alcohol addiction, co-occurring mental health condition (dual diagnosis), or comorbid medical condition. It may also benefit those without a stable and sober support system that can provide encouragement and compassion outside of treatment hours.