How Do I Pick the Right Treatment for Me?

When considering the right type of addiction rehab, an early task should be to determine if inpatient or outpatient treatment is the best fit. Learning as much as you can about these kinds of addiction treatment centers can help make the decision to enter and, ultimately, the transition into rehab easier. Inpatient or residential addiction treatment facilities provide immersive substance use treatment while patients live on-site 24 hours a day, allowing them to focus solely on their recovery during that time.1 Inpatient treatment is commonly sought by those with relatively severe addictions and addiction-related issues: however, such a treatment setting can be highly effective for people in many different situations. Outpatient treatment options also exist for those who prefer to live at home while attending substance abuse treatment sessions for several days a week at the rehab facility.

Inpatient Treatment

The first phase of inpatient rehab often incorporates a period of detoxification (detox). Having developed some magnitude of physical dependence to the previously used substance(s), many people will experience some withdrawal symptoms during this phase.1 Detox is meant to manage the often-unpleasant and potentially dangerous effects of suddenly quitting alcohol and certain types of drugs.1 For these substances, the acute withdrawal syndrome can be very severe or even life-threatening.2 For people in these situations, detox under medical supervision in a professional facility provides the safest and most comfortable setting in which to begin recovery.2,3

After withdrawal is successfully managed during detox, therapeutic efforts to address the deeper causes and maladaptive behaviors that underlie the compulsive misuse of drugs and alcohol comprises the bulk of inpatient or residential rehab. In many cases, this phase of recovery involves a combination of numerous counseling sessions, peer support and, when needed, medical care.1 Most inpatient treatment programs tailor treatment to the needs of individual patients, adjusting treatment according to what will help the patient most at any given point of their recovery.

Treating the psychological addiction to drugs and alcohol is traditionally the second step of the inpatient rehab process.

Holistic programs approach treatment from a whole-body perspective, often incorporating various natural therapies to promote sobriety, contentment, and overall health. Gender-specific rehab programs offer care for women or men only. Adolescent rehab programs address the unique challenges teens face in recovery, and religious or faith-based rehab programs incorporate various religious philosophies into their treatment models.