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Inpatient Rehab


Inpatient rehab programs require individuals live at a treatment center for a certain period of time, typically at least a few weeks, and up to several months. The length of time will depend on the severity of the patient’s addiction and the mental and physical condition of the client. Participants attend immersive and concentrated counseling and therapy on a daily basis. Inpatient rehab treatments may include a medical detox, both group and individual counseling sessions, relapse prevention programs, and aftercare support. Inpatient rehab facilities in New York and elsewhere will vary pertaining on the needs of each individual.

Inpatient rehab differs from outpatient programs, as outpatient rehab involves a person living independently from the treatment center. Outpatient programs in New York have services available during the day and evenings, where participants regularly attend meetings several times a week.

A good candidate for New York inpatient treatment programs are those who have a severe level of addiction and need to be removed away from the temptations of substance abuse. Another factor is the substance of choice. For example, addicts who have developed a strong dependency to heroin or alcohol will often require around the clock care initially after a medical detox, to ensure the strong urges and cravings do not drive them back to using.

Anyone who does not have a strong support system, lacks backing from their family and friends, or cannot maintain independent living while being treated for substance abuse are all good candidates for inpatient rehab.

Inpatient care is recommended for the following reasons:

  • Lower rates of relapse for those attending inpatient programs compared to those who attend outpatient programs
  • Provides support and structure around the clock
  • Provides access to addiction specialists, counselors, therapists, doctors, nurses and social workers on a continuous basis
  • Removes temptations and distractions of substances by eliminating their availability
  • Isolates the user from drug friends and drinking buddies
  • Gives the user a chance to gain relief and regroup from negative family and living situations
  • An opportunity to have nutritional supplementation administered consistently, as in most addicts good nutrition is lacking
  • An opportunity to have prescribed medications administered under close supervision for monitoring effectiveness, any modifications needed can be made quickly


Goals of Inpatient Rehabilitation

  • Help addicts develop methods of coping and skills to continue to maintain abstinence by working effectively through life’s problems
  • Have a comprehensive aftercare plan in place for services and programs at the ready once the individual leaves inpatient treatment
  • Stabilize individuals both psychologically and behaviorally by administering immersive counseling and therapy services
  • Educate addicts on relapse prevention strategies and skills to decrease the probability of returning to substance abuse
  • Provide substance abusers with ways of coping and the needed skills to deal with unresolved issues to foster recovery
  • Assist individuals in developing aftercare treatment plans to support the transition from residential treatment to either outpatient treatment, sober living or independent living
  • Improve the quality of life of the individual to foster a solid base once graduated from treatment

After inpatient treatment, individuals may transition back to their own residences or enter a sober living home. Aftercare plans should be provided that detail the services and placement needed for each individual. An addict may be placed in a sober living home where he or she will live while receiving additional services, attend school or find work, and receive further support and supervision. Attending 12-step meetings and other addiction recovery services is recommended for all people leaving inpatient programs.

People are unique and each person responds differently to treatment. Consulting with an addiction specialist or counselor will help those who need addiction rehab facilities make informed choices as to the best plan of care for each individual.