Research has shown that inpatient drug rehab is more often more effective than outpatient care. However, living in a controlled environment 24/7 for as long as is necessary is something that can be intimidating for a person seeking treatment, although being in a substance-free environment has been proven to get better results.

The fact is that people who seek care in a specialist inpatient treatment center are more likely to achieve long-term recovery. There are distinct reasons for this which can be summed up in the following three categories:

  1. Structure

When someone has a substance abuse disorder, alcohol or drugs have become the main focus in their lives. One of the main characteristics of addiction is a loss of control and that affects all areas of a sufferer’s life and their close personal relationships. They will no longer pursue the activities that previously gave them enjoyment; they may have become unreliable at work or even unemployable and may have changed beyond recognition due to their illness.

Residential treatment reintroduces structure into a patient’s life so that they can learn to regain control of it. Most inpatient drug rehab has a set schedule for each day so that patients have continuous care and limited downtime to allow cravings or temptation to creep in. This structured routine also gives stability to the more uncomfortable aspects of recovery, where patients may make discoveries about themselves that are upsetting.

Introducing this form of discipline allows patients to learn how to stick within boundaries and be accountable for their actions. When in the grips of addiction, sufferers become oblivious to the consequences of their actions, particularly in terms of how they affect those close to them. Inpatient rehab centers redress this balance by encouraging patients to confront their issues head-on, while accepting their behavior has an impact not only on themselves but other people in their lives too.

  1. Community

Becoming withdrawn and isolated from others is not uncommon for someone with substance abuse issues and in this respect, inpatient treatment can be invaluable. Individual and group therapy form a strong part of the majority of treatment programs and generally the bonds made in rehab go on to provide vital relapse prevention in recovery.

The main benefit of therapy sessions in inpatient rehab centers is that patients are offered a non-judgmental environment in which they can truly express how they think and feel. Oftentimes, rehab is the first opportunity a sufferer has taken to speak about their issues as they are likely to have tried to conceal them from family, friends, and coworkers.

The relationships formed in therapy sessions in rehab allow patients to find a new circle of friends to socialize with after treatment. In order to achieve effective recovery, it is essential for patients to rid themselves of enabling influences when they return home, whether they are social or environmental. Structured residential rehab arms patients with sufficient support to enable them to progress beyond formerly addictive behaviors and successfully into recovery.

  1. Focus

When someone has committed themselves to an inpatient treatment center, they immediately leave behind negative influences and also obligations of work, friends or family. This enables them to focus 100% on themselves without distraction from others. Although this may appear as selfish behavior, it is characteristic of an addict to have given up on themselves and inpatient drug rehab teaches more self-awareness so they can learn how to better take care of themselves in recovery.

The ultimate objective of addiction treatment is to achieve and maintain successful recovery. Although for some people outpatient treatment is more practical, particularly if they are a caregiver, it’s important to bear in mind the alternative. Irrespective of how long a person has been abusing substances and certain other factors such as underlying mental health issues, a structured program of care in an inpatient treatment facility is the recommended route to effective recovery.