Inpatient Drug Treatment

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There are many different types of drug treatment, but for those who have a serious addiction and/or long-term history of drug abuse, inpatient treatment is often the best option. Due to its residential setting, this type of rehabilitation can help the person transition to a drug-free lifestyle while eliminating temptations and access to drugs.

Generally, inpatient treatment programs combine drug therapy (such as methadone) and detoxification if necessary, along with individualized therapy sessions and group therapy to encourage peer support. Depending upon the extent of the problem, life skills training and occupational therapy are often necessary as well.

Advantages of inpatient treatment are that it serves as a barrier to keep the individual from having access to their drug of choice, and it also provides a safe place away from home for the individual to re-order their life without the constant reminders that come from encountering that drug, or those with whom they used drugs.

The conversion to a lifestyle free of drugs can be quite difficult, particularly for those who have a long history of substance abuse. A good-quality inpatient drug treatment program can be an important first step in the process of helping the person gain the skills and confidence required to enter the world as a sober and productive citizen.


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