It seems that as long as drugs and alcohol are available to provide the psychoactive effects people seek, a certain number of people will suffer addiction. However, no one sets out to become dependent on drugs or alcohol. By the time someone realizes they can’t stop using the substance they’ve become psychologically and physically dependent on, they need professional help. The gold standard of care for a substance use disorder (SUD) is an inpatient addiction treatment program.
Learn more about the benefits of inpatient treatment for addiction by calling Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge (PAATC). We have been providing high-quality, evidence-based care for SUDs for more than 60 years. Call 844.442.8673 today or use this online form to connect with one of our professional staff who can answer all your questions.
Inpatient vs. Residential Treatment
Both residential and inpatient addiction treatment share one factor regardless of where service is provided—they require clients to live on the premises during treatment. They are distinguished from outpatient rehab, which can fall into a wide range of intensity and levels of care but always involve the client being in treatment for part of the day while living at home.
At PAATC, we often use the two terms inpatient and residential interchangeably. However, we do have a short-term inpatient program that almost always involves a step-down into an outpatient rehab option.
The following distinctions can be made between inpatient and residential treatment:
Severity of addiction
Inpatient care often responds to an acute need for addiction treatment due to:
- The severity of the addiction
- The presence of a co-occurring mental health disorder
- Poly-substance addiction
- A prior history of relapse
These people qualify for and are recommended for inpatient care. A residential program can be accessed by anyone with any addiction or medical history.
Voluntary or otherwise
Inpatient care can be mandated by a judge, for example, and thus is undertaken involuntarily by the person with a SUD. Inpatient care can be voluntary, and residential treatment is typically always voluntary.
Often, inpatient treatment is suggested and undertaken as a short-term first step in rehab, after which the client steps down into a less intensive program on an outpatient basis. Inpatient programs are often referred to as 30-day programs or 60-day programs. A residential program has no time limit and upon discharge, clients may not require or choose any ongoing program.
Inpatient care can be provided in a rehab facility or in a hospital setting. Hospital rehab programs will not be referred to as residential.
If someone qualifies for inpatient addiction treatment due to documented need, insurance will often cover it. Someone who chooses residential treatment without a medically documented need will still benefit from the service but may have to pay out-of-pocket.
Inpatient Treatment for Addiction
Drug addiction rates in the US continue to rise. As a result, inpatient drug rehab has a firm place in the addiction treatment world for its efficacy in helping people in recovery. Opioids, cocaine, methamphetamines, and alcohol, to name a few, are addictive, available, and being used and abused by thousands of people every day.
When you enroll in an inpatient program, you will be assessed by your team of providers, which will include doctors, therapists, and others. You will undergo medically assisted and monitored detox to get you safely through withdrawal with as little discomfort and stress as possible.
In a secure, trigger-free environment, surrounded by compassionate professionals and peers on the same journey, you will have access to:
- Individual therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Peer support
At PAATC, we offer wellness practices, healthy meals, and opportunities for exercise and fresh air. We provide the setting and the support to focus on your healing.
PAATC for Inpatient Addiction Treatment
Reach out today to find out about inpatient vs. residential treatment, how inpatient rehab works, how long you should be in inpatient treatment, and more. To speak to someone today, just submit this online form or call our number: 844.442.8673.
Your recovery journey can begin whenever you are ready to make the first step. Let PAATC help.