How Do I Know I Need Inpatient Rehab?
Making a decision regarding inpatient versus outpatient treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction can be easy or difficult. If, for example, you have been ordered into rehab after being arrested, the choice is out of your hands. More often, however, you need to take a lot of elements into consideration. Residential treatment is a very large commitment in terms of time and money. How do you know it’s the appropriate choice?
Guidelines for Choosing Inpatient Rehab
There are many factors that must be taken into account when making this decision. One of the most important considerations is the level of your addiction and the resulting severity of withdrawal. When you stop using your drug of choice, what is the result? If you have strong cravings, but do not feel physically ill, you may well be able to deal with your addiction through outpatient counseling or a support group such as AA or NA. If, however, you experience nausea, tremors, delusions or other such symptoms, you need detox which can best be provided in an inpatient setting. Medical supervision of the detox process can make the transition much easier for you.
Inpatient rehab treatment is also indicated if you use more than one addictive substance. Multiple addictions are particularly resistant to recovery, and generally require professional help on a full-time basis. How “hard” the drug is can also be a factor in your decision. You are less likely to need detox if, for instance, you smoke marijuana than if you use heroin. Similarly, the length of your addiction is a relevant factor. If you have only recently started drinking too much, you might not need detox or inpatient care but if you are a long-term alcoholic, detox is likely to be a necessity.
You should also seriously consider inpatient drug rehab if you have an emotional or mental issue such as depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety or panic disorder, or any other co-existing condition. Similarly, if you suffer from a chronic disease, it would probably be best for you to undergo residential treatment for your addiction so your health can be monitored constantly while you recover.
Finally, you should consider various aspects of your home environment. If your drug of choice is readily available to you, if someone close to you is also an addict or if your daily life is so stressful that it makes it difficult to stop using or drinking, residential treatment might well be your best choice regardless of other considerations. It is much easier to recover when you are removed from the triggers that caused your addiction and from the temptation of easy accessibility.