Types Of Treatment

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Every year, about 23 million people in the United States are addicted to drugs or alcohol and need to enter a residential treatment program to get help for their problem. However, only about two million of these people will actually follow through and enter a rehab facility to get clean and sober. There are a few reasons for this:

  • They may not know what to expect from rehab and are scared to check in to an inpatient facility.
  • They think that their problem is not serious enough to require professional treatment.
  • They believe that they are not the kind of person who needs to enter rehab.

People who are thinking about rehab probably understand that they need help in making a change for the better. Understanding what to expect from rehab can help a person with a drug or alcohol problem become more comfortable with the idea of entering a drug treatment program and may make them more likely to follow through and take the first step to a clean and sober life.

Should I Consider Outpatient Rehab?

Inpatient rehab and outpatient rehab are two different types of programs that have differing results. Despite the fact that people in outpatient programs tend to have less severe drug addictions, the rate of completion of this type of rehab program is quite low. Outpatient treatment programs have some of the lowest completion rates of all rehab programs. Only about 40 percent of patients who attend outpatient rehab centers will go on to successfully complete their program. By contrast, up to 70 percent of people in inpatient hospital treatment programs successfully complete their programs.

The low success rate of outpatient programs probably owes to several factors that result from the fact that patients go home at the end of their sessions during the program.

  • Patients still have to cope with family and other interpersonal issues, which are among the most common triggers for drug use.
  • Drugs are still easy to obtain and use when people are not in a facility.
  • There is no safe space for patients to go when they have cravings.

All of these factors work against people who are in outpatient rehab programs and directly contribute to the lower success rate of outpatient therapy for drug addiction. Even though these programs are for people with less severe drug addictions, inpatient programs, which have a much higher success rate, are often a better fit for people with all types of drug and alcohol problems, even those with less severe problems.

What Are the Advantages of Inpatient Drug Rehab Programs?

For someone with a drug or alcohol problem, entering rehab can be frightening. Going to an inpatient facility away from family and friends may seem counterproductive, especially since the support of loved ones is often cited as one of the most important indicators for recovery from addiction. However, going to an inpatient program has several advantages over outpatient rehab or private outpatient counseling:

  • Inpatient treatment allows patients to focus entirely on their recovery, as opposed to outpatient therapy, where patients still have to deal with problems in their personal and professional lives.
  • People in inpatient programs do not have access to people who enable their addictions such as family members, friends or people who sell them drugs.
  • Inpatient rehab programs encourage people with addictions to find support in people who are also in recovery.
  • Most inpatient programs have an individual therapy component and a group therapy component, giving patients an opportunity to work through the issues that foster their drug use in a one-on-one environment and in an environment with other people going through similar hardships.
  • Rehab centers provide a safe space free of drugs and alcohol, which is vital when patients experience cravings for alcohol and drugs. There is no way to get drugs in a rehab center, so patients are not at risk for relapsing while they are in rehab.
  • Rehab centers provide activities such as art therapy to give patients an outlet to express their feelings and allow them to discover new coping mechanisms for emotional turmoil and boredom, which are common triggers for drug use and relapse.

Inpatient rehab centers are staffed by professionals who carefully design and implement the programs within the facilities. Patients who undergo these programs have 24-hour access to medical staff who can help them through the difficult process of recovery.

Getting clean and living a sober life are never easy, even for people who complete a rehab program at an inpatient facility. However, people who do successfully complete inpatient programs increase their ability to stay clean and develop coping strategies that will help them in their daily lives. Rehab cannot relieve the stress of everyday life, but it can help change a person’s perspective and allow them to resist cravings for drugs and alcohol.