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Inpatient Addiction Treatment

Inpatient Addiction TreatmentOne of the common “markers” used to diagnose addiction is repeated unsuccessful attempts to stop using the drug of choice. If you have tried to quit drinking or using and failed, whether with the help of support groups such as AA and NA or on your own, inpatient addiction treatment may well be your best option. There are many types of inpatient rehab treatment available, so you can choose a facility that best meets your needs.

What Happens During Inpatient Addiction Treatment?

When you enter inpatient addiction treatment, you will surrender all contact with the outside world, at least for the first part of your stay. Providing this protection from the stresses and triggers of your daily life is one of the reasons that inpatient treatment has such a high success rate. Gradually, as you become stronger, you will be able to restore the connections you have relinquished.

The first step in your recovery is likely to be a period of detoxification. Depending on what substance you are addicted to, and how long and how much you were using, this might require medical intervention to minimize your discomfort.

Once you have the drug out of your system, you must begin work on the psychological elements of your addiction. Often, control of this element is much harder to achieve than control of physical cravings. You may also have a co-existing condition – also called “Dual Diagnosis” – which means your addiction is accompanied by a mental health problem such as bipolar disorder or depression. If this is the case, professionals will work with you to try to separate out which symptoms result from which condition.

Types of Inpatient Addiction Treatment

The treatment program that will be most effective is one that is tailored to you in two ways. First, it will address your specific addiction. Among the many types of specialized treatments available are:

The other way in which your treatment can be tailored to your needs is in the approach used. While many, if not most, treatment facilities use a range of techniques in a variety of combinations, you might find that you are best suited to a particular approach. Holistic treatment, for example, puts more emphasis on such methods as nutritional counseling, relaxation techniques, physical activities and meditation, while other programs emphasize group and individual counseling or a medical model. Whatever your needs, you can find a residential treatment facility that will help you defeat your addiction.