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In this article, we will explore how inpatient treatment works and the steps involved in the treatment process.

What is Inpatient Drug Rehab?

Inpatient drug rehab is a type of treatment program where individuals live at a facility while receiving treatment for drug addiction. This type of treatment is often recommended for individuals who have a severe addiction or who have unsuccessfully attempted other forms of treatment.

The Intake Process

The first step in inpatient treatment is the intake process. During this process, individuals are evaluated by a medical professional to determine the appropriate level of care. This may include a physical exam, psychological evaluation, and a review of the individual's medical history.


Detoxification is the next step in the treatment process. During this phase, individuals are gradually weaned off the drugs they have been using. This can be a difficult and uncomfortable process, as withdrawal symptoms can be severe. However, medical professionals will monitor the individual's progress and provide medications to ease their symptoms.

Counseling and Therapy

Once the individual has successfully completed detoxification, they will begin counseling and therapy. This is a critical part of the treatment process, as it helps individuals to understand the root causes of their addiction and develop strategies for maintaining sobriety. Counseling and therapy can take many forms, including individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy.


Aftercare is the final phase of the rehab process. This is when individuals are transitioned back into their daily lives. During this phase, individuals may continue to receive counseling and therapy on an outpatient basis. They may also attend support groups and participate in other activities designed to help them maintain their sobriety.


Q: How long does inpatient drug rehab last?
A: The length of inpatient treatment varies depending on the individual's needs. Some programs last for a few weeks, while others can last several months.

Q: Will insurance cover the cost of inpatient drug rehab?
A: Many insurance plans do cover the cost of treatment. It is important to check with your insurance provider to determine the specifics of your coverage.

Q: What happens if an individual relapses after inpatient drug rehab?
A: Relapse is always a possibility for individuals in recovery. If an individual does relapse, they may need to return to treatment to continue their recovery.

Inpatient drug rehab is an effective treatment option for individuals struggling with addiction. The treatment process involves several steps, including intake, detoxification, counseling and therapy, and aftercare. While the process can be challenging, it can help individuals to overcome their addiction and live a healthy, sober life. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, consider seeking help from an inpatient program for drugs and alcohol.


National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition). Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). TIP 45: Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment. Retrieved from https://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-45-Detoxification-and-Substance-Abuse-Treatment/SMA15-4131

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2021). Types of Treatment Programs. Retrieved from https://findtreatment.gov/

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