Inpatient rehab centers are facilities that function as temporary homes to alcoholics and drug addicts who have decided they need help and are ready to sober up. These residential programs offer the highest level of supervision, providing 24-hour staff supervision and on-call medical assistance.
In order to understand the way that inpatient rehab centers function as an aid in recovery, it is necessary to first understand the disease of addiction. Chronic alcohol and drug abuse arises from a dual-dependency. Addiction takes root not only in the physical body but also in the mind, making the disease a complex affliction.
The physical aspect of addiction is characterized by increasing tolerance and the presence of withdrawal symptoms. Both of these phenomena result from the body’s adaptation to the continuous presence of a drug. When a drug is perpetually ingested, the body learns to expect its presence, adjusting its definition of “normal” to include this substance. Once this definition of normalcy is changed, larger quantities of the drug are needed to create a “high.” Maintaining the same amount of the drug in the body will not produce this high – it will simply maintain normalcy. When drug use is stopped all together, the body cannot function normally. The result is withdrawal, which ranges from mild to incredibly severe depending on the substance in question. Inpatient rehab centers provide 24 hour medical supervision during the withdrawal period, as detoxification from certain substances (e.g. alcohol, opiates and benzodiazepines) can be dangerous.
Psychological dependency is different from physical dependency, but it can be analyzed in similar terms. Initially, the use of drugs and alcohol often “corrects” some preexisting mental ailment. Addicts tend to be people who suffer from co-occurring disorders, and drugs are often the first successful medication they experiment with. Whether the issue is social anxiety, low self esteem, depression or any other psychological condition, getting high or drunk can temporarily relieve it, causing people to conclude that drugs are the miracle-cure for all of their problems. Like the body, the brain becomes accustomed to the presence of the drug, causing the drug to stop producing the desired effect. As a result, these “miracle cures” inevitably fail their users after a period of time, leaving them addicted and unrelieved of their mental afflictions. Inpatient rehab centers understand that the psychological component of addiction is very real and must be addressed if recovery is to be successful.
Getting help: Treatment
When addicts come to terms with the fact that their drug and alcohol abuse is destroying them and has to stop, they have the opportunity to seek help through treatment. Though it is not impossible to recover without entering a treatment program, statistics show that rehabilitation programs greatly increase the odds of success. Inpatient rehab centers provide addicts a much-needed time of refuge from the outside world – time which can be wholly dedicated to healing and rediscovering the true self. By taking environmental and situational triggers out of the picture, inpatient rehab centers limit the intense cravings that come up frequently in early sobriety. These facilities also provide structured therapeutic groups and social activities that keep addicts outwardly focused. Spending too much time in one’s head can be destructive in the first stage of recovery.
Inpatient rehab centers ensure that addicts have constant support, allowing them to work through difficult and even traumatic emotions and memories that may surface once the mind and body are cleared of substances. Individual therapy encourages residents to explore repressed issues that may have contributed to the desire to drink and use. If necessary, psychiatric consultations can provide residents with appropriate medications for depression, anxiety, and other disorders which they may have been “treating” with drugs and alcohol.
Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women
For women who have had enough of drug addiction and are ready to start a new life, single-sex inpatient rehab centers offer a protected environment in which they can recover and grow.
Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women in Costa Mesa, California is a premiere women’s treatment facility which offers top-of-the-line treatment programming, beautiful and welcoming accommodations, and an unparalleled sense of community. Safe Harbor’s treatment program utilizes a multifaceted approach to helping women learn how to live sober and healthy lives.
Safe Harbor’s comprehensive treatment program includes a wide variety of therapeutic and enriching activities. Safe Harbor offers:
Safe Harbor’s 90-day treatment program is designed to encourage real growth, and offers extended care to all women who complete the 90-day program, ensuring that growth has time to take place. Many inpatient rehab centers cite the statistical fact that the longer an individual remains in treatment, the greater are her chances of staying sober. Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women takes advantage of this truth, encouraging women to move into one of Safe Harbor’s sober living houses after completing treatment, and remaining in this supportive environment until they have accomplished a year of sobriety.
Safe Harbor’s sisterhood of women battling together against the disease of addiction is a truly unique community. Because the majority of women who complete the 90-day treatment program choose to stay at Safe Harbor for sober living, there are always “big sisters” available to help newer members of the Safe Harbor family acclimate themselves to sobriety. All of the counselors and support staff at Safe Harbor Treatment Center are women in recovery from drug addiction or alcoholism, making them ideally suited mentors for women new to recovery. Safe Harbor sets itself apart from other inpatient rehab centers by this strong sense of community. The bond created amongst women determined to better their lives is a beautiful and unstoppable force. Any woman looking to put drugs and alcohol behind her and embrace a new life has a home waiting for her at Safe Harbor.