Deciding to seek help when battling an addiction is a remarkably difficult decision to make. It is often accompanied by feelings of shame, fear and extreme vulnerability. These negative feelings often lead addicts to lean toward outpatient therapy as a means of avoiding what they assume will be a humiliating experience with inpatient therapy. The mere idea of living in a rehabilitation center or sober living facility while you struggle with the intimate details of your substance dependence can cause feelings of panic and intense anxiety.
Outpatient therapy can seem less invasive and more comfortable because you essentially get to carry on with your life while receiving treatment. You may even be coming up with excuses and justifications as to why you can handle outpatient therapy and all the reasons inpatient therapy is not right for you. Refusing inpatient therapy based on emotion is dangerous and unwise. If you were able to control your substance use, chances are you wouldn’t even be reading this. Trusting yourself to complete an outpatient rehabilitation program while maintaining certain aspects of your life can lead to relapse. Without breaking your routine and changing your life, it will be almost impossible to cut destructive social ties and establish the new behavior patterns necessary for successful sobriety. Inpatient rehabilitation offers you a removed environment where you can truly focus on conquering your addiction without the distractions and triggers of your life and safely detoxifying.
Behavioral and Emotional Benefits of Inpatient Rehabilitation
Removing yourself from your everyday environment can be terrifying. Change can make people uncomfortable, but it is often necessary to regain control of your life after addiction. Taking yourself out of the situations and places you are used to gives you the opportunity to truly begin confronting your addictive behavior patterns and get to the root of your substance dependence.
Choosing to begin your recovery in an inpatient rehabilitation facility also means that you have the added benefit of being around people who are also struggling with addiction as well. This provides a sense of community and a safe place to work through the underlying issues that contribute to your problem. Finding people to connect with and open up to and seeking advice is far easier when you are surrounded by people who share your experience. The consistency of a controlled environment away from the people and places that enable and trigger your substance abuse makes it easier to establish good habits and equips you with the recovery tools necessary to deal with situations that could tempt you to relapse.
Physical Benefits of Inpatient Rehabilitation
Along with the emotional and social advantages of inpatient rehabilitation, there are actually physical advantages as well. The first thing required when you enter any inpatient rehabilitation facility is that you complete detoxification. This is the process where you are weaned off of the substances you are addicted to. It can be uncomfortable and possibly painful. Being part of an inpatient program allows you access to medical professionals who will monitor your physical progress during detox.
Depending on the substance and the severity of your addiction, your withdrawal process can potentially have serious side effects. Having medically trained staff supervising your physical response to withdrawal makes it a very safe process. In some cases, they can prescribe medications to make the process less uncomfortable. Making sure you detox in the healthiest and safest way possible is imperative to a successful addiction recovery.
Making the decision to receive treatment is one that only you can make. You deserve a life free from the burden of addiction. You deserve healthy relationships. You deserve to be successful and stable and happy. However, you are the only one who can give yourself those things. Continuing the same behaviors and staying in the same environment that contribute to your addiction will only encourage that cycle.
Inpatient therapy allows you the opportunity to work through the underlying issues behind your addiction in a safe, non-judgmental environment away from the triggers that encourage your problem. It also gives you a place to safely cleanse your body of addictive substances so that you can enjoy your life. Recovery is the only way to get your life back and inpatient rehabilitation is an invaluable tool on the road to your sobriety.