Choosing the right drug rehab program to provide effective substance abuse treatment can be a difficult task. There are many elements and factors that must be considered to ensure that you choose a program that will provide you with quality treatment and care. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports more than 2.5 million admissions to drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs each year and these numbers are rising. Unfortunately, the failure rates for many of these enrollees is usually high and many addicts will relapse many times before finding the right drug rehabilitation program for their needs.
Much of the problem with relapse and the need for additional treatment surrounds the length of time that people are spending in treatment. Many drug rehab programs are only 30 days and some are even less. Studies show that it takes at least 90 days to break a bad habit (like doing drugs) and for some it will take longer. Therefore, effective drug rehab programs must be at least 90 days long in order to work. Most inpatient drug rehab programs take this to the next level by providing long-term care for a period of no less than 90 days and in many cases much longer.
Benefits of Inpatient Drug Rehab
There are many benefits to attending an inpatient drug rehab including:
- Patient monitoring – this prevents the change of others sneaking drugs into the facility and also provides a safe atmosphere for recovery. Most inpatient drug rehab programs are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provide patients with very limited access to the outside world. Even when patients are allowed to take day trips, monitoring of their activities and potential for drug use continues to further prevent the chance of relapse.
- Treatment Focus – patients are able to focus their time in rehab on their addiction and the importance of recovery without being distracted by things like work, kids, or school. Inpatient drug rehab provides a distraction free environment where the patient can focus all of his or her time on getting well.
- Removal from poor situations – by entering an inpatient drug rehab program, you are removed from the situations that may trigger drug use. It may be a friend or family member that you are used to using drugs with or it could be the stress of work that usually triggers drug abuse. Regardless of what environmental triggers you would normally encounter at home, you can rest assured that these triggers will not follow you to rehab!
- Counseling & Therapy – through counseling and therapy you will learn how to avoid potential triggers, how to recognize and control cravings and how to stay sober. Many inpatient drug rehab programs even provide counseling for families in an effort to help heal the social support system and promote long-term sobriety without relapse.