A Light at The End of the Tunnel: Inpatient Drug Rehab

Drug addiction is a complex disease. The brain and emotions become chronically dependent on the abused substance. The substance itself may be legal(prescribed) or illegal. The most commonly abused drugs (that don’t include alcohol) are heroin, cocaine and prescription painkillers. An inpatient drug rehabilitation program can give you the right tools to succeed in overcoming drug addiction. If you are struggling with an addiction, there are options to help you overcome your problem, and get your life back on the right path.


How Do People Get Addicted?

Substances like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine, release neurochemicals in the brain which create a euphoric high. Simply stated, they send an overwhelming, artificial “happy” feeling which overloads the natural neurotransmitters resulting in dependency. The reason for this, is because the drug user is left feeling unhappy and depressed after using, because the drugs take away the body’s own ability to make its own “mood regulators”.  The addict, eventually, is left only feeling pleasure or normalcy when they are high. As time passes, the addict uses drugs, simply not to feel sick. This very physical chemical dependency makes quitting drugs very difficult, regardless of the best intentions.


The Repercussions

In the United States, drug-related crime exceeds $600 billion annually. The monetary damage alone, does not fully describe the trauma and emotional damage, caused by family destruction, domestic violence, loss of work and child abuse. According to the FBI, over 1.5 million people were arrested last year on drug-related charges. An estimated 183,000 people overdosed on narcotics globally.


The Hard Road Ahead

Unfortunately, most people give up on rehabilitation before they even start. The fact remains, that it will be one of the hardest things you ever do. Withdrawal symptoms are the number one reason people quit the process. You don’t have to face it alone. There are professionals in place to make sure you succeed, but it begins with you. A crucial part of any recovery is accepting personal responsibility. Accepting that you need help is a huge step in the right direction!


What Is Inpatient Drug Rehab?

There are different types of addiction treatment plans. An inpatient treatment facility requires an individual to check in for an allotted amount of time. The program can run from 30 to 90 days. Typically, a patient will go through a detoxification process where therapy and group counseling follows. The benefit of an inpatient drug program is the 24-hour care and the removal of any outside interference and distractions. You can focus on your recovery. Statistics favor inpatient versus outpatient when it comes to maintaining sobriety.


Why You Should Consider Inpatient Drug Rehab

Although inpatient care is a personal decision, there are certain situations that warrant an inpatient facility over an outpatient one. If any of the below circumstances apply to you or a loved one, you should strongly consider inpatient care:


  • Having a family member, significant other or roommate who exposes you to drugs.
  • An unhealthy or abusive relationship.
  • A job that requires you to take clients out to bars or entertain.
  • A social circle which promotes drug use.
  • Living alone with no emotional support.


How Much Does It Cost?

Inpatient rehabilitation programs can cost anywhere from $2000 to $25,000, depending on your length of stay and rehab preference. As with most things, you can choose a prestige facility, or a local program. Having a program that meets your recovery needs is the most important decision in choosing a facility!


Inpatient care has a slightly higher cost than its counterpart, due to therapy, meals, lodging and medical care. If cost is a factor in your decision, you should consider the long-term costs of your addiction. Most addicts lose their jobs and have health issues, not to mention the cost of the actual substances themselves. If you are low-income, there are programs that can assist you with the price of care. There are a handful of government rehabilitation facilities that are free. Contact your insurance provider, who will be able to direct you to local facilities that will accept your plan. You can also call your county’s department of health to find a sliding scale program in your area.

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