When you check into an inpatient rehabilitation program for the first time, the first thing you should do is give yourself a pat on the back. You have just given yourself a double dose of time and focus to help you overcome your dependency. Choosing the right program is an essential choice and not one that should be taken lightly. The wrong choice could set you back significantly. Fortunately, with an inpatient program, you will not be alone and will receive consistent support throughout your stay.
An inpatient program will initially focus on detoxification and will not recommend or encourage the act of going “cold turkey”. A certified detox facility will be on hand to guide you through the withdrawal process and, because access to the offending drug will be completely off-limits, the chances of a complete success will be very high.
With an inpatient program consisting of treatment on-site, you will thus be removed from an environment which could encourage a relapse or pose further risks to you. You can rest assured you will be in a caring, supportive and safe environment at all times with expert medical help immediately to hand should you need it.
Above all other things, an inpatient program is structured. Routine is paramount. This means that, as a patient, you will have very little free time. While this may initially sound like a disadvantage, it could not be further from the truth. Keeping busy and remaining active will discourage you from dwelling on the issue of drugs and from where to get them. Following a strict routine such as this will also induce a sense of commitment and motivation, as well as determination; characteristics which will undoubtedly serve you well after the program has ended and you return to familiar surroundings.
As you are under 24-7 supervision, you can afford to relax and feel at ease in the knowledge you are being looked after by trained and dedicated professionals who will support you irrespective of time of day or personal issue.
You will also be able to meet and form friendships with other recovering addicts, creating a unique support network of likeminded people who are striving towards the same goals and who will be able to support and encourage you.
Physical and Emotional Benefits
Part of your treatment program will include the provision of a balanced and nutritious diet. Not only will this sustain you through the withdrawal process, it will also equip you with a more durable and healthier body to help you through the entire process.
Your inpatient program will be conducted in an environment which will be free from the stresses of the outside world. It will not be unduly noisy, stressful, tense or argumentative. You will be able to focus solely on your recovery in a relaxed, friendly and qualified environment.
Your program does not end once you leave the rehab centre. During the course of your program you will have developed an entirely new mind-set to dangerous and addictive substances and be ready to develop an entirely new lifestyle to prevent relapses. It will require a high level of focus, concentration and commitment, but you must not forget there will always be services available to provide help and support if you ever find the going getting tough.