If you have an addiction that you are hoping to be free of permanently and effectively, you will need to try and find an approach that is as effective as possible for you personally. But if you have never looked into it before, that can be quite tough to achieve, and you might find yourself wondering whether you should go for this or that approach.
One of the most common types of treatment you might want to try out is being an inpatient in a rehab clinic at an addiction treatment center. As it happens, this is a very effective way to overcome an addiction, although inpatient might not be the most suitable for everyone at all times.
So let’s take a look right now at what considerations you should bear in mind here as you try to make this decision.
Decide On Your Goals
It might sound strange to say that you need to decide on your goals, because you might think that your goals are simply to overcome your addiction!
But there might be different timescales that different people have, for instance, and your goal could actually vary significantly from someone else’s, so it’s important that you are making a point of deciding on your goals early on. That will help inform whether or not you should be an inpatient at a rehab center, or whether you should try another approach altogether.
Look At Success Rates
Perhaps you are just keen to do whatever is most likely to help you overcome your addiction. If so, you will want to look at the success rates of the various types of treatment. There are two main types of rehab, inpatient and outpatient.
Outpatient can be very effective, and is the best choice in some instances. But when it comes to purely just the success rates on their own, inpatient treatment is far and away the more effective form of addiction recovery treatment. So you should certainly think about that if this is what you are keen on.
Another way in which this will be affected is in terms of how it will change your general routines in life. If you are an outpatient, you will be able to carry on with your normal life most of the time – you’ll just also have to attend some sessions and check in occasionally. But as an inpatient, you are not going to be able to carry on with your normal routines. Instead, your entire daily life will become about overcoming your addiction.
Of course, that is a major part of why it is known to be so incredibly effective, so there is clearly a very good reason for that. But you should make sure that you are aware of this sacrifice, as it is considerable for many people. Are you in a position to spend all of your time and energy on overcoming your addiction?
One major benefit of the inpatient way of doing things is that you will be in a much safer environment compared to being out in the world. This is important, because there are many changes that you will go through as you detox from your drug, and you’ll find that these can sometimes lead to behavioral changes which can be quite profound as well.
Being looked after at those times can therefore help to protect you, but also the people around you. Being in a safe environment ensures that you won’t come to any harm, nor harm anyone else while you are in the throes of withdrawal.
Building New Habits
A major part of overcoming any addiction is learning how to build new habits, and this can be harder to ingrain into your brain if you are doing it while going about your normal daily life.
Conversely, when you are in inpatient care, you will have help there to ensure that you are able to build new habits easily and effectively, and thereby replace your addiction with something that is much more useful and better for your health. This is just another way that inpatient care can be very effective.
Stay Away From Bad Influences
One of the things that drives us back into our addictive cycles is when we are around ‘the wrong people’ – in other words, those people who are also into that drug and who might encourage us, explicitly or implicitly, to get back into it. Without their influence around, it is therefore much easier to overcome the addiction, and that is another way inpatient care can help.