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Inpatient Drug Rehab

Inpatient Drug RehabIf you have a problem with drugs, you have only a few choices: you can work on your addiction with a counselor as an outpatient, you can join a support group such as Narcotics Anonymous or you can take advantage of residential rehab services.  Inpatient treatment is a big commitment. It’s expensive and it takes you away from family, friends and work for an extended period. However, it also has a very high success rate. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you make the decision on inpatient versus outpatient rehab.

Should I Do Inpatient Drug Rehab?

A.Is your drug use limited to marijuana?
B. Are you addicted to street drugs or prescription drugs?

A. Is your home environment generally free of drugs?
B. Are drug users common in your environment?

A. Is it difficult to obtain your drug of choice?
B. Are drugs readily available to you?
A. If you are using prescription drugs, did you obtain them from your physician to treat a medical condition?
B. Do you use prescription drugs recreationally?
A. Have you been using your drug of choice for a relatively short time?
B. Is your addiction of long standing?
A. Is this your first attempt to recover from your addiction?
B. Have you made repeated attempts to quit using and failed?
If your answers are almost all A, you might be able to recover from your addiction through outpatient therapy or joining a support group.  Any answer of B should be considered a danger sign, and if you have more than one or two, you should definitely think about inpatient drug rehab treatment.

What Happens in Inpatient Drug Rehab?

Inpatient rehab generally consists of three phases: detox, counseling and aftercare. Detox is the process of getting the drug out of your body. Depending on the drug used, it can be a relatively quick and easy process. More often, however, the addict must go through a more lengthy and highly uncomfortable period of withdrawal. Detox is one of the most important elements in choosing inpatient treatment. When withdrawal is supervised by medical professionals, the transition is greatly eased.

Once the drug is out of your system, you start the core of your recovery: counseling. The purpose of counseling is to help you understand why you became addicted to drugs and how to prevent relapse. Counseling may be individual or in groups, or a combination of both. Inpatient treatment centers also often make use of 12-step groups.

Support groups play an important role in aftercare as well. Getting you away from your home environment is an important element in choosing residential treatment. If you are recovered enough to return to your environment, you will most likely continue outpatient counseling and/or attending 12-step meetings. If you feel you need more time before returning, you can seek out a group home where you can get added support during your transition.