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What to Expect at an Inpatient Rehab Center

Written By Recovery Centers - June 6th, 2022
What to Expect at an Inpatient Rehab Center

Making the decision to ask for help and start an addiction treatment program can be life-changing, but you may still be nervous about going to rehab–especially if you don’t know what to expect.

Inpatient rehab facilities are popular options for people who have moderate to severe addictions, co-occurring disorders, or have never been to rehab before. This type of treatment provides comprehensive, 24-hour support. While every recovery facility is different, most have a similar framework upon which treatment is provided.

This is what you can expect during inpatient rehab.

Inpatient Rehab Intake

Rehab begins with intake. Intake is a simple, fairly quick process that you start before arriving at the rehab facility. In actuality, intake begins when you make the phone call asking for help. A counselor on the phone will verify your insurance, learn about your situation, and help you arrange transportation to the treatment facility.

Once you arrive, a staff member will search your items and personal belongings while confiscating any contraband or prohibited items. This is for your safety as well as the safety of those around you.

After your items are searched, you will sign paperwork consenting to treatment as well as private health information release forms that designate who has access to your health information while you are in treatment.

A staff member may show you to your living quarters and give you a brief tour of the facility so you are familiar with your surroundings.

Comprehensive Physical and Psychological Assessment

After intake is complete, it’s time for a comprehensive physical and psychological assessment. Since addiction affects everyone differently, everyone has unique treatment needs. These needs are determined by the information collected during your assessment.

Your initial assessment may consist of:

  • A urinalysis drug screening
  • Comprehensive physical exam
  • Your medical history
  • Your family’s medical history
  • A discussion and/or a questionnaire about your drug or alcohol use
  • Routine bloodwork
  • Psychiatric exam

Using all of this information, the clinical team will work together to develop a customized treatment plan just for you.

Private or Semi-Private Living Quarters

During inpatient rehab, you live, eat, and sleep at the facility’s housing. Most addiction treatment centers offer private or semi-private living quarters where you will have your own room or a room shared with 1 to 2 other people. There are usually shared bathrooms, kitchens, and common areas, so you are expected to cooperate with your housemates/fellow patients during your stay.

When you aren’t in your living space, you will be expected to engage in a variety of therapies and healing modalities.

Group Therapy Sessions

Much of your time in residential care is spent engaging in group therapy. You may have small groups and large groups. Group sessions are vital for people in recovery because they encourage healthy communication, problem-solving, and peer-to-peer connection.

During sessions, the therapist will introduce a topic and group members will be given time to discuss it. You may share your thoughts, experiences, and feelings, while your peers give you feedback. Group members act as sounding boards to one another by providing feedback, support, and guidance. This gives you an opportunity to understand how you are perceived by others as well as to learn from the mistakes and experiences of your peers.

Group therapy sessions may cover a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Relapse
  • Triggers and cravings
  • 12-Step support groups
  • Gender-specific issues
  • Trauma
  • Mental health
  • Family and friends
  • Romantic relationships
  • Support systems
  • Coping skills

As you begin to know your peers on a deep, personal level, you may have the opportunity to foster healthy relationships with like-minded individuals who can support you on your recovery journey.

Individual Substance Abuse Counseling

While group counseling plays an important role in addiction recovery, individual therapy does, too. During your stay at an inpatient drug and alcohol rehab facility, you can expect to have 1 to 2 individual therapy sessions each week. Individual therapy sessions are private counseling sessions between you and your primary therapist.

Individual therapy sessions have three specific purposes:

  1. Explore topics discussed in group therapy in deeper, more personal detail
  2. Provide you with a safe space to discuss sensitive or personal topics that you may not feel comfortable sharing in a group setting
  3. Give your therapist an opportunity to connect with you one-on-one and discuss your progress, set goals for recovery, and adjust your treatment plan based on your changing needs

Holistic and Complementary Services

Inpatient addiction treatment consists of a lot of talk therapy, but it also involves holistic and complementary therapies that provide you with an opportunity to relax and heal outside of a traditional therapist’s office setting.

Holistic therapies used during residential treatment may include:

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Breathwork
  • Reiki
  • Tai chi
  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Exercise and fitness
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture

All drug and alcohol rehab centers are different, but examples of additional complimentary services you may have access to include:

  • Case management
  • Recovery coaching
  • Community outings
  • Transportation to 12-Step meetings in the community
  • Recreation

These services promote structure and recovery without the demands of intensive therapy sessions.

Around-the-Clock Support and Supervision

What makes inpatient rehab for addiction unique is that you have 24/7 support and supervision. In addition to living among your peers, staff members and behavioral health technicians are always on-site. They monitor your whereabouts, keep tabs on your behaviors, and are available as emotional support if needed. They will also hold you accountable for your daily schedule while making sure all of your needs are met.

Find an Inpatient Drug & Alcohol Rehab Center Near You

Here at Recovery Centers, we work closely with some of the top-rated addiction treatment centers in the country. Our admissions coordinators are available 24/7 to answer your call, verify your insurance, and help you choose the right residential recovery program for you.

Don’t wait any longer for the life-changing treatment you deserve. Call now to speak with a qualified team member.