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Do I Need Inpatient Treatment If I am a Functional User?

Do I Need Inpatient Treatment If I am a Functional User?The need for inpatient treatment can depend on several factors, including the specific drug in question and the length and severity of the addiction. Even if you are a functional user, you may have developed a physical dependence upon your drug of choice and will experience withdrawal symptoms if you abruptly quit using.

Drug Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms

The physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal can include the following:

  • Cravings
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Nausea
  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Tremors

If you experience these symptoms when you stop using a drug, then you have likely developed a physical dependence and will require inpatient treatment in order to ensure a safe and lasting recovery. If you are a functional user of an addictive drug but have not yet developed physical dependence, then a less intensive outpatient treatment program that focuses on counseling to address addictive behavior may be sufficient to help you recover.

Drug use may also be a manifestation of underlying issues such as depression, bi-polar disorder or a history of abuse or trauma. If you are a regular drug user, it is likely that there may be emotional or mental issues in your life that professional treatment can help to address. The more serious the underlying issues, the more you may benefit from inpatient treatment and intensive therapy.

Detoxification and Withdrawal

Certain withdrawal symptoms can become so unpleasant that they can make quitting on your own difficult and often ineffective. Despite having the best intentions to quit, addicts often choose to end the misery once the withdrawal symptoms set in, which can lead to relapse. Opiates (such as heroin, oxycodone and hydrocodone) and sedatives (alcohol and benzodiazepines like lorazepam and diazepam) can produce particularly severe withdrawal symptoms that not only make quitting difficult, may even be dangerous. Detoxing from benzodiazepines can also be dangerous and often requires a carefully planned tapering schedule conducted under medical supervision in order to avoid potentially dangerous consequences.

Benefits of Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment provides medical supervision to ensure your safety during detox as well as a secure environment that helps to keep patients from giving in to cravings, procuring drugs and relapsing into drug use. Inpatient rehab can also provide intensive counseling to address behavioral and situational issues related to the addiction as well as and any co-occurring mental health issues or psychological disorders that may be contributing to the addiction. Inpatient treatment programs can educate addicts about healthy ways of living and techniques for coping with stress without resorting to drug use. Recovering addicts can also enjoy the support, empathy and encouragement of fellow patients who are sharing a similar experience. After exiting rehab, patients will have access to follow-up care that can provide support for maintaining lasting sobriety.

Finding Inpatient Treatment for Functional Users

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, please call our toll-free helpline now. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about addiction and rehab. We can help you find the best treatment option for your situation. Please call now.