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Find the Best Residential Inpatient Rehab Center: A Guide for Patients and Families

  1. Seeking Help for an Addiction

  2. Reasons to Choose an Inpatient Facility

  3. Finding the Best Residential Inpatient Rehab Center

Addiction to drugs or alcohol is a serious problem that can have widespread effects on an addicted individual's life. Addiction can lead to health issues, problems with making and sustaining relationships, and issues retaining employment. Fortunately, recovery is possible with the assistance of an inpatient drug recovery program. Finding the best residential addiction treatment center can be difficult to do alone, especially when going through the throes of addiction.

Seeking Help for an Addiction

“Addiction can lead to health issues, problems with making and sustaining relationships, and issues retaining employment. “According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug addiction costs over $600 billion annually. This cost is primarily due to health-, productivity- and crime-related expenditures. Much drug use is casual in nature, and users are often able to stop at will. An addiction recovery program is for those whose drug consumption has crossed over into addiction and for whom stopping drug use can be difficult both psychosocially and physiologically. Addiction can generally be determined through a visit to a physician, but the drug user or those close to him can also look for certain common signs to determine if the user is actually addicted to the drug. These signs include:

  • A feeling that ingestion of the drug is a necessity

  • The inability to halt the usage of the drug when desired

  • Maintaining a constant supply of the drug for consistent use

  • Seeking to obtain the drug through illegal purchase or by finding additional doctors to prescribe it

While these signs of addiction might not be proof positive that the drug user is in need of a residential drug treatment facility, they are good indicators that the person's drug use has become an issue that requires help. 

Reasons to Choose an Inpatient Facility

Drug addiction recovery programs are available on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. While both types of recovery programs may lead to positive treatment of an addiction, an inpatient program has a few advantages over an outpatient one. 

The primary advantage to an inpatient drug recovery facility is that the drug user enjoys 24-hour supervised care. Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction has a physical component that can be uncomfortable enough to drive the user back to the drug. Not only can an inpatient program help the user through some of the more difficult moments as the patient's body proceeds through the detoxification process, but the supervision aspect of the program can also help prevent the user from seeking out and ingesting more of the addictive substance.

Residential addiction treatment programs also have the advantage of removing any distractions to the recovery process.  A residential program allows patients to avoid the temptations that led them to take the drugs they are now addicted to. In addition, patients are removed from the people and places that served as triggers to the drug intake, allowing them to concentrate fully on their recovery programs.

A final advantage to inpatient drug recovery facilities is the availability of medical care on the facility grounds. Because the detoxification process of the recovery can be medically difficult, any medical issues that arise can be dealt with promptly and efficiently. Close medical attention can also make the recovery process more effective, as changes to any medications being used to aid the patient through detoxification can be made much faster than if the patient is being seen on an outpatient cases.

Finding the Best Residential Inpatient Rehab Center

In 2010, the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that over 22.5 million Americans ages 12 or over had abused drugs within one month prior to the date of the survey. A large number of residential rehab centers are available throughout the country to provide rehab and recovery treatment for the many drug addicts who spawned from such widespread use. Many of the centers offer differing approaches to the recovery process, from those that highlight the spiritual nature of recovery to more secular approaches that focus on the medical aspect of dealing with an addiction. Because of the wide array of facilities, choosing the best one can be difficult but is nevertheless feasible.

The first step to choosing the best facility is to narrow down the choices to those that fit your particular recovery needs. Make certain that the facility chosen offers a recovery program that has a successful history of treating your specific addiction. Keep in mind that the best facility may not necessarily be in your immediate locale, but because you'll be taking treatment as an inpatient, the location of the best facility generally has little impact except on the visitors you may have.

When choosing the best residential drug treatment center, it's also important to find one that has a program length that meets your scheduling needs. Most programs begin at about 28 days to give patients enough time to get through the detox process followed by counseling. This timeframe may be insufficient to completely battle the addiction, so a facility that has extendable programs is generally preferred because it allows addicts to work at their own pace toward recovery.

The third step is to ask if the program can show a history of success utilizing an electronic health record.  With the correct EHR a program should be able to show outcomes based on the programs methodology for providing treatment.  Not only is this important to determine the quality of the program it also demonstrates that the agency is truly interested in improving the lives of those they serve.  Treatment plans should be individualized and be driven by what the patient wants to achieve while participating in the program.   


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