What is Inpatient Addiction Rehab?

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What is Inpatient Addiction Rehab?

Inpatient addiction rehab is also called residential addiction treatment. There are some people struggling with substance use problems and addiction that feel they need time away from their environment and daily lives. Inpatient addiction rehab provides a clinical setting and immerses patients in addiction treatment for a period of weeks or months. The average length of stay at an inpatient rehab is 28 days, but some can be as short as two weeks or as long as one year. While in an inpatient addiction rehab your day is usually quite structured. Primary treatment modalities used include medication, group therapy, counseling and support group meetings. Most inpatient addiction rehabs in the US are based on the 12-step program (Alcoholics Anonymous) and diseased based treatment models. You can tell if a program incorporates the 12-step program by learning if they have 12 step meetings as part of their treatment or if they recommend them for aftercare. Additionally, it is now common for inpatient addiction treatment programs to dual diagnose patients with mental health issues such as clinical depression, generalized anxiety disorder and bi-polar disorder to name a few. Psychotropic medications are usually prescribed for these conditions, as well as ongoing therapy after discharge from the inpatient rehab. While most inpatient addiction rehabs are very similar, there are alternative residential options available such as educational and/or wellness retreats.

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