The Benefits of In-Patient Addiction Programs

When trying to overcome an addiction, one might be tempted to try and do this on their own. The obvious downfall to doing this, even with support from family and friends, is that there is still access to whatever that person was addicted to. An in-patient rehabilitation facility will not allow the addict access to that substance or situation, ensuring a better outcome.

In-patient rehab facilities are also equipped to deal with all the aspects of addiction recovery. It is physically and mentally taxing to go through a withdrawal. Unless you have experienced this, you can never fully appreciate the discomfort an addict goes through. An in-patient facility will have doctors on staff that can prescribe medications to ease the physical discomfort. These withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe and potentially dangerous, depending on the age of the addict and length of addiction. Easing the discomfort can guarantee a more complete detox of the substance.

The psychological effects are more difficult to address and can make or break the success of the recovery. The addict has to mentally fight his or her own desires to achieve the successful result of a rehab program. When an addict is using drugs, it affects the brain in a way that is similar to pushing down on a coil. When the drugs are removed, the brain reacts by springing back with a surge of adrenaline. This causes insomnia and anxiety. Being in an in-patient facility gives the addict access to counselors and other mental health professionals.

Everything a recovering addict will need is in one place at an in-patient rehabilitation facility. It ensures compliance, medical supervision and mental health care.


N.A. “Benefits of Inpatient Drug Rehab.” (Website). (2015).
  • 2 Commentsby Likes|Date
  • I'm only speaking from my point of view, and I undersstand that others might think differently, but to me.... having to have it confiscated is a little like losing the battle. I feel the need to confront it, confront myself, and say "NO"... Otherwise I don't win, alcohol does. I think that a lot of what's wrong with modern society is that we like to be nannied... have "bad things" made illegal, and we have lost the ability to think for ourselves. It's a little like treating an addicted adult like a child, when what we were supposed to do was empower them. Empower them by taking away a freedom. A freedom to choose and think for themselves. 

    I know that most of the mainstream will disagree here, the idea being that we are brainwashed into thinking that we need someone else to make decisions and allow and prohibit certain things for our own good, but the reality is, if one cannot look a drug head on, and say "no", they they have not won the battle. They are not empowered, they are in the same weakened state they were in while  addicted. It's a little like the way people say, after a drowning "there shoulda been a lifeguard".... I disagree, There should have been common sense.
  • I think inpatient treatment has worked wonders for many people who simply could not stop using on their own.

    I also think that going to rehab does not mean you're acting like a child or that we are treating them like a child. We are treating them as if they have a disease, which they do. We are treating them as if they need some help, which they do.

    No, they may not feel empowered drinking and drugging. In fact, they don't. They most likely feel weak and much like a loser. So, making the decision to attend rehab, where professionals can be of support, IS EMPOWERING. It's making a decision that can foster freedom, growth, and empowerment.

    I think different strokes for different folks. For those who cannot start at alcohol or drugs and "Just say no"..... inpatient or outpatient rehab can certainly be a great decision. Whatever it takes.
Sign In or Register to comment.