Inpatient Treatment: A Vacation that Could Change Your Life

Inpatient treatment may feel like you are being asked to take a lot of time out from your life when you feel like you can simply do without it.  The fact is it can not only improve your life, but it is also the most effective method of combating drug, alcohol, and other addiction problems.

For some people the idea of inpatient treatment for addiction problems can cause an extra set of headaches. Taking what is essentially time out from life does not come easily to many people. They worry about their families, their partners, their children, their work, their pets, their gardens – their lives! The idea of enrolling in an inpatient treatment program and saying goodbye to the outside world for a while can seem like an impossible task.

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The fact is that, for many people who suffer from drug, alcohol or other addictions, inpatient treatment is by far the best option.  So what happens when you embark upon this type of journey? Could this vacation really change your life? Is it worth taking time off from your normal life and leaving the rest of your family alone in the outside world? The answer to the last question is a resounding YES!

Inpatient Treatment Programs Facts

·         Patients who enter residential or inpatient treatment programs have often been through various outpatient treatment programs with little or no success, ultimately lapsing back to their old ways of drug or alcohol use.
·         Some of the addicts who enter inpatient treatment programs have found difficulty in completing outpatient programs but manage to succeed in a residential program.
·         Inpatient treatment programs are particularly suitable to those patients who require detoxification amid withdrawal concerns. Detox services can be incorporated within an inpatient treatment program after which the patient will also benefit from intense daily alcohol or drug treatment so that they can learn about addiction as a disease, while enjoying an immersive, supportive environment.
·         All negative influences are removed from the scene when patients embark upon a residential treatment program. They find themselves in a safe, secure environment which is structured entirely around them getting better, beating their addiction and being able to live in successful recovery for the rest of their lives.
·         Patients can start to concentrate on building the vital life skills which they are going to need to survive in the outside world.  They do not have the added pressures of maintaining a job, relationships, shopping and cooking for themselves or their families, and can remove the challenges of caring for children, cleaning up after themselves, or the hundred and one things which take up their normal daily lives. In short, they can concentrate fully on recovering from their addiction.
·         Inpatient treatment programs really do provide a secure, safe environment away from the rigors of daily life and all temptations to slip back into old habits.

Inpatient Treatment and the Family

Family participation is a very important part of drug or alcohol addiction treatment and is positively encouraged at many inpatient treatment programs. Some of the ways in which the families are incorporated into the sessions include:

·         Family education programs
·         Family weekend programs
·         Family therapy sessions

It is also important to realize that the person who is attending the inpatient treatment program is not the only casualty of the addiction–not by a long margin. The families, friends, colleagues, and loved ones of drug and alcohol addicts can be easily forgotten, but it is important to remember that not only do they suffer as a direct result of the addiction but they are also paramount in the success of the patient living in successful recovery once they leave the comfort and security of the health center.

As well as having the benefit of their immediate families, the patients in these residential treatment programs also benefit from a therapeutic community–a community of patients who are all in the same boat, although not necessarily at the same stage of their rehabilitation program. This “patient’s community” is a very important factor in the success of a residential program. The patients support each other, understand each other, and encourage each other to focus on the task ahead and not waver from their goal.  This camaraderie, which is gained through shared experiences, can often be the deciding factor which helps addicts to find the strength they need to overcome addiction while they are completing alcohol or drug treatment programs.

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Drawbacks of Inpatient Treatment Programs

Although there are many real benefits for patients to enroll in a residential treatment program in order to combat their addiction problems, this type of program does also have its drawbacks.

One of the most common problems is the fact that the patient will not only have to leave their families and their homes while they embark upon this very necessary journey, they will also need to leave their work. Many suffering from addiction do manage to hold down employment while battling their addictions, and enrolling in an inpatient treatment program means that they will no longer be able to go to work each day.

It can be very difficult for some people to admit the extent of their addiction problems to their employers.  After all, alcohol and drug addiction patients are adept at hiding their problems from their families, loved ones, friends and colleagues – but this is all part of the very important step towards clean living.

Many employers are extremely sympathetic to the problems of their employees and will happily hold open a position until the patient has successfully completed the program and feels he or she is ready to return to their previous lives.

While many patients are initially hesitant to join the full force of a residential inpatient treatment program and leave their loved ones behind, it really is the most successful method of overcoming their addiction problems. They then return to their families with the necessary life skills to live successful, functioning lives.

Entering this type of program is the first very important step towards living a life in successful recovery. The road ahead is long and difficult, but it can be traveled just one step at a time with the help and continued support of an addiction treatment center.

About Sam R. Slaton, M.Ed., LPC-S, NCC - Director of Intake and Admissions

A Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Approved Supervisor, and a Nationally Certified Counselor, Sam Slaton received his Master's degree in Counseling and Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of North Texas. In addition to his work at Sante, an addiction treatment center, Sam is currently attending Texas Woman's University, working on Master's degrees in both Business Administration and Health Systems Management. Sam is an Eagle Scout and a member of Chi Sigma Iota, National Counseling Honor Society. Sam has been with Sante Center for over eight years.
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