Inpatient treatment

Many patients undergoing addiction treatment require around-the-clock medical supervision and a structured environment to make a full recovery. Once the medical detox portion of recovery has been completed, patients often make the step in their recovery by entering a residential treatment center for addiction, such as Altus Treatment Center in Aliso Viejo.

Inpatient rehab centers in California are staffed by medical professionals and maintain facilities necessary to assist those patients whose addictions are so severe that they require continuous supervision. During the course of their residency, patients will develop a recovery strategy that best fits their individual needs. They will undergo intensive counseling sessions to gain insight into the underlying issues involved in the addiction. Finally, patients learn the skills they need to meet the challenges they will face once their inpatient rehab has been completed.

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What is an inpatient addiction treatment center?

Inpatient treatment, or residential treatment for addiction as it is sometimes called, offers a secure and structured environment where the patient can completely focus on making a successful recovery. Along with receiving daily professional help, they will also spend time among other addicted persons who will be an important means of support as they help each other through the process. Altus Treatment Center offers treatment 5 days a week consisting of counselling sessions, assessments, treatment sessions, and time to reflect and rest.

24-hour support and care

Many inpatient rehab centers in California are staffed by addiction specialists who can offer around-the-clock care and assistance in each phase of the recovery process. However, this is not necessarily the case in all facilities. It is critical that you know beforehand the level of care that you can expect to receive before making a decision. The dedicated staff at Altus Treatment Center understand the importance of having round the clock support and residential facilities are manned 24 hours a day.

12-step programs vs. alternative approaches

Inpatient treatment programs will invariably involve some form of daily therapy sessions. Many clinics employ a 12-step recovery system as its primary form of counseling and support. These group-oriented sessions allow for support among peers who are all engaged in the recovery process. Facing similar challenges can help to forge a group bond and offer a level of support not available through counseling alone.

There are also alternative approaches to group-based therapy. These can have significant differences from the 12-step structure and method. Some patients prefer these non-12-step programs because they are less rigid and more tailored to the individual.

When choosing a residential treatment center for addiction, you should always be aware of what approaches to treatment they offer, as the methodology can have a significant impact on your recovery.

Inpatient rehab: The basics

How much time you spend at a residential facility will vary depending on the program. 30-days might be an average stay, but many inpatient rehab centers in California, offer 60 to 90-day treatment programs. Research suggests that treatment periods of 90-days or longer have a much better track record of resulting in a long-term recovery. The medical staff and psychologists at Altus Treatment Center will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for you if you are going to be an inpatient.

Other factors involved in the length of inpatient treatment:

  • The severity of the addiction
  • The existence of co-occurring mental health conditions
  • Previous unsuccessful attempts at rehab

In addition to group and individual counseling, many inpatient programs seek the involvement of the patient’s family or loved ones. There are a couple of goals in mind for using this approach. Re-establishing the bonds of trust is critical. Also, revealing relationship issues or other conflicts that need to be resolved in order to prevent relapse.

Another important consideration when deciding on an inpatient facility is the accommodations that are provided. Obviously, these will be unique for each situation, but it is important to keep in mind that the differences can be dramatic. In some cases, facilities will be extremely minimal, to the point of having shared rooms, cafeteria-style meals, and only basic recreational activities. At the other end of the scale, luxuries such as private suites, gourmet meals, pools, spas, and gyms, etc., may all be included.

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Choosing an inpatient treatment center

Often choosing the right inpatient facility simply comes down to asking the right questions. So what are the questions that you should be asking?

Does this facility specialize in certain addictions?

It can be critical to your recovery that you identify a center that has worked extensively with your specific type of addiction. In the case of dual diagnosis (where the patient has both an addiction disorder and a mental health disorder), this is especially important. Facilities will need to have specialized staff to treat these disorders, or else the patient runs the risk of both disorders worsening.

What types of therapy are offered?

All rehabs centers are going to offer some form of individual and group counseling sessions. However, there is a wide array of approaches to therapy that range from traditional to cutting edge alternatives. Therapies such as yoga, art therapy, equine therapy, etc. may prove critical to your chances for recovery, or they may not appeal to you in the least.

Which are the therapies that this facility is licensed and credentialed for?

Make certain that the help you are receiving comes from qualified professionals. The sad fact is, some facilities do not meet even the minimum requirements. They can end up being a major step backward, rather than the beginning of a new life.

What are the payment options?

Is your insurance provider accepted by this facility? What if you are uninsured? What are the alternatives for payment in those situations? Be sure you know what you are obligating yourself to financially.

What is the aftercare program?

Aftercare can be an essential component of remaining sober. It is important that you discuss what will happen once the inpatient portion of your recovery is completed. Altus Treatment Center is pleased to work with community organizations and neighbour treatment facilities to provide ongoing patient care after they have been discharged. It is collaborative effort that can make all the difference to a patient leaving the care and security of a treatment center, like Altus.

If you think you need to be admitted for addiction or other treatment, do not delay in reaching out to Altus Treatment Center today.

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