Focus on yourself
At the Excel Center, we understand that sometimes it’s best to make a clean break. Inpatient, or residential treatment is the perfect way to do that. Inpatient programs provide secure and monitored accommodation where clients have their needs taken care of. In short, they take care of you, so that you can focus on yourself.
Unlike outpatient rehab, where clients attend appointments and therapy sessions but live on their own, inpatient rehab involves living in a treatment center. We offer outpatient services here at Excel, but we understand that some clients would benefit more from residential care.
We provide a comprehensive physical and mental health assessment to each of our new clients. With the information we gather from your assessment, we can determine the best type of treatment for your specific needs. If we believe that an inpatient program is more appropriate, we will arrange for your stay with one of our facilities.
Both inpatient and outpatient rehab can be effective in helping a person recover from addiction. Below we have included some important information about inpatient treatment, such as what you can expect when you enter residential care and how this type of rehab can be beneficial.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN RESIDENTIAL CARE
Medically Supervised Detox
Detoxification is the first step in a residential recovery program. It involves supporting clients as their bodies undergo the process of eliminating toxic substances and chemicals from the body. This is important because when we abuse substances, the body becomes dependent on them. They interfere with our overall health and well-being and hinder the healing process.
Detox is led and supervised by trained medical and mental health professionals. When we misuse substances for a long time, we inevitably go through withdrawal. Withdrawal can be overwhelming and can even lead to relapse, so it must be managed carefully and effectively. The symptoms of withdrawal include increased anxiety and irritability, depression, hopelessness, aches and pains, nightmares, and intense cravings for the drug.
Medication is required to detox from some substances, such as alcohol and heroin. Other drugs of addiction, such as cocaine or cannabis, do not require specific medical intervention. However, anti-anxiety and antidepressant medication can still be prescribed to help clients deal with the psychological symptoms of withdrawal.
Comprehensive Health Services
After detox, you will begin your stay in a residential treatment facility. Here you will meet your therapists, counselors, medical support staff, and other facility residents. Throughout your stay, you will participate in a range of evidence-based and compassionately led mental health services. These services focus on supporting you through your recovery.
Examples of services offered in residential care include:
What Types of Therapy Are Available in Residential Care?
Throughout your stay in one of our residential facilities, you will be provided a comprehensive range of therapy services. Each type of therapy has its own benefits. Combined, the benefits are even greater. The therapies listed below may be delivered individually, in a group setting, or with family members.
Each client in residential care will have different and specific needs based on their personal experience and life circumstances. A client might benefit from a certain type of therapy more than another. The facility you reside in will combine their understanding gathered from your initial assessment with your experience in therapy. We will continue to tailor and update your program to make it as effective as possible.
In residential care, you can participate in:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Family-based therapy
- Group therapy
- Group activities
- Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy
- Psychoeducational group sessions
- Solution-focused therapy
- 12-step groups
What Are the Benefits of Inpatient (Residential) Care?
Structure and Routine
Distractions and triggers can hinder the addiction recovery process. In residential care, you are provided with a daily structure and routine. This helps you remain focused on recovery and the activities and responsibilities of your routine.
Part of residential care is taking on responsibilities and therapeutic duties. This might include cleaning, helping others, and working together in a group. These responsibilities and duties help to restore a sense of normality. They also promote accountability, and help residents bond with each other.
Many of our clients suffer from low self-esteem. One of our goals is to build that back up. Being trusted to take care of part of the treatment center instills a sense of self-worth. Small things such as making sure the yard is clean can have a hugely beneficial effect.
Drug addiction is a frightening and lonely experience, and people feel isolated from society. Living with a group of people on the same journey as you is a great way to integrate back into regular life, while being supported during difficult times.
24/7 Care and Support
Professional care and support are available 24/7 in a residential rehab facility. This means that even if you wake up in the middle of the night with overwhelming cravings, support is immediately available. Having access to 24/7 support can make a huge difference to the challenging early days of recovery.
Withdrawal symptoms fade over time. Still, the length of withdrawal is different for each client. Cravings can be overwhelming, but they are not the only difficulties faced during withdrawal. Other symptoms include anxiety, depression, despair, physical pain, and vivid nightmares.
These symptoms can cause psychological distress. In severe cases, clients might experience suicidality. Our psychological support is available around the clock for any residential client experiencing difficulty.
New, Safe Environment
Relapse is common among those in recovery from addiction. If a person continues to live in the environment in which their addiction developed, then the factors contributing to their addiction might still be around. These factors might be people with a negative influence or the comfort of a familiar setting.
In residential care, you get a fresh start. You won’t be around any of your triggers. The environment is fully supportive of your recovery. The staff and the other residents support your recovery journey and have no intention of getting in the way of your healing process.
No Access to Substances
Cravings are an inevitable symptom of addiction. Though cravings can be managed with physical and psychological support, they can still sometimes be extremely overwhelming.
People in recovery from addiction are at risk of relapse when these intense cravings come up. In residential care, clients have no access to drugs or alcohol other than those prescribed and supervised by the facility’s medical staff.
Throughout your stay at a residential facility, you will participate in therapies and activities that support your personal growth, emotional resilience, and distress tolerance. The tools and techniques for coping and self-management taught in rehab can be carried into life after rehab and applied whenever you need them.
What Is the Difference Between Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment?
Inpatient treatment programs are a more intensive form of rehabilitation than outpatient programs. It is not a matter of ‘better’ or ‘worse’ – it comes down to what is most appropriate for you, the client. Outpatient treatment programs allow clients to continue with their daily lives and responsibilities outside of treatment. Inpatient involves removing yourself from your daily life while you begin the recovery journey. There are benefits to both, and the most important thing is your recovery. The most appropriate type of treatment will be determined by an addiction professional following an assessment of your specific needs and history of substance abuse.