When an individual makes the decision to seek drug and alcohol rehab advice, one of the most difficult prospects that may be faced is that of checking into residential rehab. Exactly what type of rehabilitation represents most suitable choice the will only ever be determined by the unique circumstances of the case and the individual in question. Nevertheless, many professionals agree that residential rehab has the kind of power and potential that goes above and beyond outpatient rehabilitation.
But what exactly are the unique benefits and advantages of inpatient rehab? Why is it that so many professionals direct their patients to residential facilities, rather than outpatient treatment programs?
Well, first of all there is the way in which anyone going through the addiction treatment process will inherently experience any number of physical withdrawal symptoms. Regardless of whether the individual in question goes ‘cold turkey’ or reduces their intake on a more gradual basis, there will still be any number of side effects and symptoms to deal with. When going about the recovery process as an outpatient, you find yourself in a situation where you essentially have to deal with these physical side effects and symptoms alone. In a residential rehab facility, programmes typically include various treatments, alternative medications and methods by which the physical side effects and symptoms of withdrawal can be reduced in severity. Perhaps even eliminated in their entirety. Given the way in which the side effects and symptoms of withdrawal can be some of the most powerful relapse triggers of all, it of course makes sense to deal with them as proactively as possible.
There are also various psychological benefits that are exclusive to residential rehab. One of which is of course the way in which most people find themselves inherently more likely to comply with any given programme, if they feel they are under constant supervision. Not only this, but we also often feel perhaps a little too comfortable in our own surroundings, surrounded by those we know we can behave however we want around. When residing in a specialist facility and surrounded by experienced professionals, you immediately find yourself in a situation where you are more committed and dedicated to the recovery and treatment process than you otherwise might be. Not only this, but there’s also the confidence and peace of mind that comes with knowing you are only ever a short distance away from a qualify professional, not to mention the help, treatment and medication you may require, if you find yourself struggling. This kind of confidence alone has the potential to make all the difference in the world, when it comes to addiction treatment and recovery.
While inpatient rehabilitation can be uniquely helpful with pretty much every kind of drug addiction there is, it is particularly beneficial for those battling alcohol addiction. The reason being that unlike the vast majority of other drugs responsible for addiction, alcohol is 100% legal, readily available and costs next to nothing to purchase. Not only this, but the simple fact of the matter is that regardless of where you go and what you do, you often find yourself surrounded by alcohol on a 24/7 basis. All of which for obvious reasons vastly increases the likelihood of temptation and relapse for those looking to quit alcohol consumption for the sake of their health and wellbeing.
When going about the process as an outpatient, there’s really very little you can do about this ongoing temptation. Even if you confine yourself to your own home and ensure there’s not a drop of alcohol within reach, you still no at all times that you only have to take a short walk/drive to get your hands on all the alcohol in the world. There are even services these days that will deliver alcohol to your door. By contrast, when you check into an inpatient alcohol rehabilitation centre, there is fundamentally no means by which you can access any alcohol whatsoever. And because you know it is impossible to get your hands on alcohol, you instinctively find yourself not wanting to get your hands on alcohol. Temptation is removed, access to the substance is out of the question and therefore the likelihood of relapse during the treatment programme itself is drastically reduced.
Inpatient rehabilitation often comes across as a relatively severe option, but the simple truth is there’s often no more effective approach to treating alcohol or drug addiction.
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