Your Guide to Inpatient Rehab

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What Is Inpatient Rehab?

Inpatient drug rehab is a type of drug and alcohol addiction treatment. There are several ways to get treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. One of the best methods of treatment is inpatient rehab. Through inpatient rehab, you receive the help you need to start getting sober. From there, you continue to work a treatment program within the treatment center for a prolonged period of time.

Inpatient drug rehab can last anywhere from 28 days up to several months. Different treatment centers offer different options, and depending on the individual, a shorter or longer treatment might be more beneficial. Professional, medical, and psychological staff help you get sober from addiction while you undergo inpatient rehab. A lot of times, health insurance providers can help you pay for the costs of going through rehab.


Why Go To a Drug Rehab?

Many people who are trying to get free of alcohol or drug addiction choose inpatient rehab as the best option. Inpatient programs mean that you remain on-site at a treatment facility. Therefore, it’s a chance to fully focus on getting sober and working through the underlying issues of addiction.

People going through inpatient drug rehab have the chance at setting aside the distractions of daily life, step away from any potential peers or situations that contribute to their addiction, and clear their bodies and minds from drugs completely.

When Do I Need To Go To An Inpatient Drug Rehab?

You can benefit from going to an inpatient drug rehab at any point in your desire for recovery. The sooner you go, the better. Don’t wait too long to reach out for help with your addiction. The longer one goes on with life while dependent on substances, the worse of a toll it can have on their body, mind, and overall well-being.

Inpatient rehab is for you if you have tried quitting your substance addiction before on your own, but failed. If you feel like you can’t control your substance abuse habits it’s probably a good idea to get professional help and a daily support system going. Once you’re sober you can start working through the other issues that lead you to use and abuse drugs or alcohol.

In some instances, inpatient drug rehab is required. If someone gets arrested, say, for a DUI, they may be court-ordered to an inpatient rehab program instead of being sentenced to jail. Some prosecutors feel it’s necessary to try to help addicts if they’re willing to try getting sober, instead of throwing them in jail where their addiction may worsen or lead to death.


Short-Term or Long-Term?

Inpatient drug rehab programs can be short-term or long-term. Short-term typically refers to the immediate detox process through withdrawal symptoms and a rebalancing phase. Longer-term rehab can mean anything from a few weeks to several months.

For example, a typical court-ordered stay at an inpatient facility lasts 28 to 30 days. However, you can stay for up to several months if the facility allows and both parties feel is necessary. This can also be better known as “residential rehab” along with sober living homes. Sober living homes are not technically a form of inpatient rehab but usually, they are a means to remain sober while readjusting back into normal life after inpatient drug rehab is completed.

What to Expect During Inpatient Rehab.

As mentioned, first, there needs to be the process of detox. This is the first step to inpatient treatment. A lot of treatment centers require medically-assisted detox, as it can be rather dangerous quitting certain drugs cold turkey. The patient is supervised and monitored throughout detox to make sure he or she gets the drugs out of their system and the body can start returning to function normally without the use of drugs.

After detox is over, the treatment really begins. Here the patient goes through their days with a set schedule. Usually, their days include group sessions, individual therapy, recreational activities, personal reflection, support groups, and sometimes,  Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) or psychiatry intervention. When someone overcoming addiction has an underlying dual diagnosis, that means they have a mental health issue along with a substance abuse disorder.

As time goes by the inpatient program might allow more flexibility with the individual’s schedule. They might be able to have visitors on a normal basis, such as family and friends. Meals are sometimes provided in inpatient facilities. Basically, the individual lives “on-site” for an extended period of time until they feel they are ready to re-integrate back into the real world.


How to Find an Inpatient Drug Rehab Center

There are several ways to get help in finding an inpatient rehab for you or a loved one.

Contact a professional addiction hotline or review your state’s government mental health page to find resources and available treatments. You can look up which types of centers your insurance will help you cover, and go from there.

At Opus Health, we offer specialized, individual inpatient treatment. This means no two people have the same exact treatment plan. Everyone has different needs and we seek to support all of our patients with the high-quality professional care that is best suited to their recovery. We take most insurances and have helped many men overcome addiction then grow a better life for themselves.

 Contact us for options if you want an inpatient treatment center in southern California.

What To Look For When Finding an Inpatient Rehab

Licensing and Credentials

First of all, you want to make sure the treatment centers you look into are fully licensed. Make sure they have good credentials. There have been scams in many states where sketchy people run “fake” but seemingly promising treatment centers. In Florida, hundreds of people have died from drug overdoses as a result of fake treatment centers or “patient brokers” who unethically use addicts as a means to obtain money from insurance companies in a corrupt way. So make sure the place is legitimate before giving out your information!

Insurance Coverage

The first thing when finding an inpatient drug rehab is to check how your insurance coverage is. Insurance covers a wide variety of treatment costs. You should call your insurance provider to see what part of inpatient drug rehab they cover and find a treatment center accordingly.

Sponsored Programs for Inpatient Rehab

If you don’t have insurance, you can look into state and locally-sponsored addiction treatment programs. These are treatment options that offer services for those who cannot afford inpatient drug rehab. However, it’s important to note that there are typically long waiting lists for these types of sponsored programs. If you need immediate detox or treatment, you should go to a hospital or detox facility.

Additionally, there are a lot of people who go into locally sponsored programs because of a court order or family pressure. In many cases, you can run the risk of meeting ill-intentioned people who may offer you drugs or alcohol in these settings. Be mindful of entering into these programs with the knowledge you might face temptation or less-than-ideal situations for recovery. This doesn’t happen all the time, but it’s something to know, as it could disrupt your path to sobriety.

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Demographic of Treatment

Consider the demographic that the treatment center caters to. Are you a middle-aged woman with kids and grandkids? You will want to look into treatment centers for women of your age and background. If you’re a laid-back guy fresh out of a rough situation, then look for a treatment center for adult men, as you’ll be able to find mentors from all walks of life.

Support and Relating to Other Recovering Addicts

You want to be sure you can relate to some of the people you go into treatment with. If anything acts as a setback to getting sober, it’s feeling isolated or misunderstood. The better support you have, and the more you can feel comfortable being open and honest to those in your group, the more effective your recovery will be.  


Many professionals advise that you seek treatment outside of your immediate area. This will allow you to avoid all life distractions and give yourself space to fully immerse yourself in recovery. You won’t have the option of calling up a friend out of impulsive feeling to come to pick you up and buy drugs. Instead, you can stay surrounded by supportive people who want to see you succeed through the treatment and become free of addiction.


The amount of time you want to spend at an inpatient rehab is also a factor to consider. If you have a full-blown addiction that seems to be ruining your life, you might want to stay a bit longer, for up to three or four months. This allows healing to happen on a consistent basis after your initial detox from drugs. You should consider how long you can be away from your family, if you have kids, what your work situation is like, etc. However, it’s good to focus on your recovery for the first few months, so there’s no shame in taking the time away for a little while.

Cost and Deductible

Get to know the cost of the inpatient rehab program. It can be helpful to know what to expect for you or your loved one when it comes to cost. There are different types of inpatient, from hospital-like to almost “luxury resort” style. Choose the one that’s reputable and professional, but still somewhat affordable.


Your Willingness!

The biggest thing to consider when finding an inpatient rehab is your willingness to get and stay sober. If you or your loved one isn’t even willing to even try, then, unfortunately, recovery might be bound to fail. Surely, there are some instances where you can “force” treatment and it ends up leading to some eye-opening realizations that can heal and help someone get sober. But first, you need to be able to admit you have a problem and be willing to do what it takes to get sober. From there, it just takes one day at a time.

Recap: What to consider when looking for drug rehab?

  • The legitimacy of a licensed, certified treatment center
  • Insurance coverage or Sponsored Programs
  • Deductible, costs, and affordability
  • Demographic, gender, and age group of the inpatient treatment center
  • Support groups and contributing to a group conversation
  • Location, preferably out of your immediate area
  • Time and length of treatment
  • Your willingness to get sober and work through the inpatient program
  • If you have a Dual Diagnosis find a facility that is rooted in mental health

Rehab can set the tone for your long-term recovery! This is why it’s so crucial to find the best possible treatment center for you. When you need inpatient drug rehab, you can find it. There are many licensed centers in every U.S. state. Feel free to Opus Health at 949-625-4019 with any questions you might have about finding the right inpatient treatment center for you or someone you love.

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