Addicts have the tendency to become frustrated when the treatments they try don’t work right away, as anyone would with a disease that’s difficult to treat successfully. Often the reason keeping someone addicted to drugs or alcohol from finding success is they haven’t tried the right strategy or found the right fit in a treatment program that’s right for them.
If you or a loved one fit this description, it might be time to get professional treatment at a supportive, inpatient facility. Residential rehab can help addicts recover in a distraction-free environment under the supervision of trained addiction specialists. If you’re struggling with addiction and want to find out more about inpatient rehab facilities, give TTC Care a call at (866) 295-6003 today.
The Benefits of Inpatient Rehab
There is a handful of benefits offered uniquely by an inpatient rehab facility, that outpatient treatment and 12-step group meetings alone cannot provide:
A Distraction-Free Environment
Addicts often have trouble getting and staying sober outside of rehab facilities because of a combination of factors. They may still associate with social groups that act as triggers to use, or at least, the responsibilities of daily life make it difficult to focus on recovery. As much as we’d all like to believe that everyone in an addict’s life wants to help them get clean, the truth is that there are daily reasons where distractions and negative reinforcement may come into play, causing the process of addiction recovery to be extremely difficult with 24-hour attention on focus.
Safety and Support Around-the-Clock
Inpatient treatment centers often have safety as one of their main goals for patients. This starts with medically-supervised detox, the period when an addict first starts to abstain from the substance(s) at the heart of their addiction. During this time, people are susceptible to the symptoms of withdrawal, which can be dangerous or sometimes even fatal if not stabilized medically during the process.
This supervision and commitment to a safe environment continue throughout inpatient treatment programs. Around the clock medical care means that loved ones don’t have to worry about an addict’s health and wellness while they are getting help with their condition.
A Comfortable, Clean Lifestyle
The amenities available at a residential treatment center beat the coffee and stale donuts you’ll find at an AA meeting, and for addicts just starting the process of recovery, this comfort can be a huge boost as part of a process that is inherently uncomfortable and unpleasant. This can include comfortable rooms, laundry service, chef-made meals and luxurious surroundings to make a patient feel as comfortable as possible during their treatment.
Constant Professional Guidance
Therapy and counseling is a huge part of successful addiction treatment but in outpatient programs and 12-step meetings, therapy can be discrete, inconsistent and often insufficient. Residential rehab usually includes some combination of the following:
- One on One Counseling Sessions: Professional addiction counselors have meetings with addicts to help them learn more about themselves, their addictions and the causes of their condition.
- Group/Family Meetings: Larger meetings with peers in rehab and/or family members can be useful in creating a constructive, supportive environment for addicts to recover.
- Introduction into 12-Step Programs: Groups like AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) aren’t always effective on their own at helping addicts treat addiction, but when used as continuing support of a sober lifestyle, they are regarded as very effective. Often, inpatient rehab facilities integrate 12-step programs in with treatment to facilitate a smooth transition once a patient leaves residential treatment.
Foundation for Cultural Change
Addiction is more than just telling yourself you’ll never use again. Successful recovery takes a commitment to cultural change and the way addicts approach their lifestyle. You may not be the same person sober as you were when you were using, and the kind of comprehensive treatment offered by an inpatient rehab facility can give you the foundations you need to change your entire life.
Many people, when they leave a residential rehab stay, realize that they can’t go back to their old life. Many times, the people they associated with were the reasons they turned to substance abuse, and these associations will act as triggers for relapse if they continue. Complete lifestyle changes are needed to stay sober and residential treatment can provide the basis on which to build a new, healthy life.
Misconceptions About Residential Rehab
There are two common reasons you might be resistant to the idea of being checked into a rehab facility for inpatient addiction treatment:
- The perceived lack of rehab success
- The social implications of addiction
These are some of the reasons that as of 2013, only about 11 percent of drug and alcohol dependent people (self-reported) were receiving specialized treatment. Here, we attempt to get to the bottom of these issues and explain why they are keeping addicts from getting the help they need:
Rehab Success Rates
Due to some bad apples in the rehab industry, especially in South Florida, the entire industry’s reputation was tarnished in the early 2010s. Although state and national regulatory bodies would clean out the industry of frauds, there is still a lasting reputation that gives addicts and their loved ones a negative perception of inpatient rehab.
People also view rehab as a less than perfect form of treatment because of the way society views relapse rates as an indictment of the program. The fact is that like other chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes, addiction is not curable. Society looks at relapse rates like with curable diseases, rather than treatable diseases, wherein the results look very similar. Relapse is inevitable with many diseases, and addiction is one of the hardest to recover from due to the effect the condition has on an addict’s brain chemistry. Through this adjusted lens, residential rehab is actually quite successful.
Social View of Rehab and Addiction
Although the scientific and medical community views addiction as a disease and is often genetic, a large part of society sees addicts as people of inferior will and moral stature, placing a stigma on the condition as a whole. As a result, addicts have a more difficult time admitting that they have a problem and asking for help, for fear that they may be judged in their social circles.
At TTC Care, we understand the reasons why an addict may be hesitant to admit that they need help, and we understand why you might be frustrated because you feel like nothing has worked. With our inpatient treatment program, we’re confident you’ll get the help you need to get sober and stay that way. For more information, call us at (866) 295-6003.