The vast majority of those currently dependent upon drugs or alcohol will eventually come to the point where they want to quit. If you or someone close to you is now in that position, inpatient rehabilitation must be a consideration.
We will look at why shortly, but first let’s understand one thing:
Quitting without help is a tall order indeed:
The thought of quitting drugs on your own is an admirable one. Sadly, it rarely works. This is not because a person is weak, it is because the need for their substance(s) of choice is far stronger.
A person will start with the strongest intentions to stop use, but it needs to be clearly understood that the substance you are dependent upon has changed how the brain works and reacts. The over-riding messages received will be a pressing need for the substance and that it is needed NOW!
To reinforce the message, it will be hammered home by extremely uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that accompany longer periods than normal without the substance. As these feelings develop and worsen there will be an overwhelming urge to ‘get back on it’.
Once this happens then dependence will continue unabated and an addict will be very reluctant to try such an approach again.
Inpatient addiction rehabilitation:
A stand-out characteristic of inpatient rehab is that the person concerned leaves their current environment and resides in a facility which is exclusively centered around recovery.
Most of this residential treatment will last for between 28 and 90 days. The length of time spent as an inpatient depends on the specific needs and priorities of each individual.
Accommodation will be comfortable and private, there will be grounds to roam and reflect in, healthy food served at set meal times and fitness facilities to take full advantage of.
Individuality is key:
This point must not be overlooked. A well-respected inpatient rehab establishment bases their treatment and healing programs around each and every individual.
Everyone is different and thus has different needs. Such individualism will be searched for and found during the early stages of a stay. This will happen through discussions with a fully qualified and committed counsellor.
Once the root causes of dependence, a person’s current situation, their physical and mental strength and any specific needs are understood a tailormade recovery program will be formed, discussed and agreed.
From here the real healing will begin.
Routine is key:
Many addicts have lost sight of a normal day-to-day routine. Their lives are centered around scoring and taking drugs or where their next drink will come from.
A stay at an inpatient rehab will give routine a renewed meaning. There will be 3 set meal times a day, activities and facilities to use and appreciate and crucial counselling sessions. These will be on a one-to-one basis as well as group sessions.
This routine will be interspersed with fun group activities, socialising time, periods of self-reflection and something all look forward to; weekly outdoor excursions.
A positive springboard:
We have not delved too deeply on what this type of treatment offers, but hopefully the above gives very positive feelings about a very positive way to overcome dependence and continue the healing process.