When it comes to seeking treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol, the first question that many have is “Do I really need inpatient rehab?” It’s not uncommon to wonder if treatment is really necessary, or specifically if inpatient care is required. But once you realize you’re addicted and you’re ready to get sober, you’ll likely find it’s evident that inpatient rehab is the next step of the healing process.

The old saying, that you had to “hit rock bottom” before you could possible get sober—is WRONG! Sadly, many addicts still believe that hitting the greatest low in their lives is necessary before they can possibly begin to achieve goals in recovery and start the healing process. The truth is, if you’re already thinking about whether you really NEED inpatient rehab, you most likely are already in a situation in which you need professional help—bottom line.

For immediate help, call 1-800-552-0697 and we’ll connect you with a treatment advisor that can assist you. We’ll answer the questions you have about rehab and help you to determine whether inpatient care is your best first step or if you may be a valid candidate for other programs such as outpatient rehab or support groups.

How Severe is Your Addiction?

So the first step in deciding whether you really need inpatient rehab is to determine the severity of your addiction. Residential care is ideal for those who struggle with the strongest addictions or for those who are dealing with addictions that are also paired with mental or physical health disorders. Here’s a look at some of the types of addiction problems that warrant the need for inpatient rehab:

  • Addiction to intravenous drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine or certain prescription medications.
  • Loss of interest in activities that were once fun and no longer partaking in hobbies, sports or family events.
  • Using in situations in which you are putting yourself or others in grave danger, such as drinking and driving or operating heavy machinery while you are under the influence of drugs.
  • Struggling with relationship problems with close members of family or your dearest loved ones as a result of your substance abuse but using the substances in a continued manner.
  • Struggling with overdose or other consequences as a result of your addiction.
  • Struggling with symptoms of withdrawal when you cut back or quit completely.

Take a look at the points listed above—if you or a loved one can relate to one or more of the situations listed, you likely need inpatient rehab. If multiple situations or points above apply to you, inpatient rehab is DEFINITELY needed.

If you’ve got questions about treatment, call our helpline at 1-800-552-0697 and we’ll help you out. A treatment specialist is available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Why Choose Inpatient Rehab First?

You may think, initially, that you could benefit from outpatient rehab or a support group. You may genuinely believe that inpatient rehab is NOT necessary—but have you considered the fact that your addiction could get worse if you do not choose inpatient care? Have you considered the fact that outpatient rehab may leave you with too much free time, allowing you to relapse and potentially overdose or even die from your addiction?

Treatment statistics show that addicts die—very often—because they do not get the help that they need. Failure to choose inpatient rehab early on in the treatment and healing process can leave you vulnerable to relapse and other potentially serious complications.

Here’s a look at WHY you should choose inpatient rehab:

  • Inpatient rehab provides around-the-clock treatment in a supportive environment that does NOT allow drugs or alcohol. This improves your odds of staying sober at least while you are in treatment.
  • Addiction is a disease of chronic relapse. This means that you will continue to struggle with the potential for relapse for a very long time-much like you would have a chance for cancer to come back even if you get treatment for it. Seeking inpatient rehab as your first choice is like seeking hospitalized care for cancer as your first choice—it provides you the greatest chance for long-term recovery.
  • Inpatient rehab provides access to everything you need for recovery from addiction. You will receive meals tailored to detox and healing, counseling tailored to your emotional healing and growth, therapy tailored to meet your addiction recovery needs, reflection time that is necessary to meet your goals, and individualized care that is conducive to your recovery.

Choose Your Best Option

Inpatient rehab is your best first step in the recovery process. Whether you are addicted to heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, alcohol or a prescription drug, the early steps that you take towards meeting your recovery goals develop the foundation upon which your long-term healing will be based. Beating an addiction requires more than just a decision to quit—you will require counseling, therapy, support, medical care, intervention and around-the-clock assistance that ensures you remain sober through the hard times, and optimistic as well as confident that you CAN stay abstinent from drugs or alcohol.

Quitting cold-turkey is simply NOT an option. If you’re struggling with a hard to beat addiction (which most addictions are HARD to BEAT) you’ll need psychological counseling in addition to the physical care in order to fully recover.

Professional treatment, in an inpatient rehab center ensures that:

  • You have support when you need it.
  • You are monitored around-the-clock for your safety and comfort.
  • You receive medical care as needed.
  • You meet other like-minded individuals in recovery that you can use as your support system long-term.
  • You learn how to cope with cravings and other triggers without resorting back to drug or alcohol use.
  • You face psychological and emotional challenges head on and learn how to overcome them without using addictive substances.
  • Your physical and psychological dependence on drugs or alcohol is eliminated so that you can take each day on clean and sober.

Are you ready to get sober? Call 1-800-552-0697 and we’ll connect you with a recovery support specialist that will guide the way. Get in touch with a treatment specialist today and find out if inpatient rehab is right for you!