Addiction is so powerful, many people don’t feel safe from themselves when trying to reach sobriety. This happens because the metaphorical brake lines in your brain have been cut, and thus, you’ll experience intense cravings. Fortunately, an inpatient addiction rehab is the best way to begin on your path to recovery. Overall, it’s important to go through an inpatient program before outpatient for the highest chances of successful recovery.
Why Inpatient Addiction Rehab?
The brain is responsible for our behaviors as well as our day-to-day survival. The two primary parts of the brain that affect addictive behavior are the limbic system and prefrontal cortex. You can think of the limbic system as the gas pedal and the prefrontal cortex as the brakes of a car. Studies show that people with addiction have a limbic system that overpowers the prefrontal cortex, which is why they lose control of their use.
Unfortunately, a common mistake people make is going to outpatient treatment to begin their recovery journey first. Too much freedom in early recovery can be your worst enemy. However, inpatient addiction rehab gives you the necessary structure and accountability to build a strong recovery foundation. As you progress through inpatient, you’ll be well enough to transition to an outpatient program.
All Inpatient Addiction Rehab Starts With Detox
Over the course of an addiction, chemicals from the consumed substance cause the brain and body to adapt. At first, the body is unused to the presence of a substance, allowing for quick and potent highs. Over time, however, the body adjusts, and it takes more of a substance used more often to achieve the same high. As the body builds tolerance, the brain drives cravings, which in turn fuels the vicious cycle of addiction.
When a physical dependency is unfulfilled, the affected person undergoes withdrawal. Withdrawal is particularly severe for heavy users, and for users of alcohol, heroin, and benzos. This severity is dangerous not only to a person’s health, but to their recovery. If a person undergoes withdrawal but has access to their substance of choice, the urge to relapse will be very strong. Withdrawal is the first, and perhaps the most difficult, roadblock to your recovery.
Since withdrawal is so severe, doctors strongly recommend against going through withdrawal alone, aka “cold turkey.” Instead, doctors recommend that patients seek detox treatment at an inpatient addiction rehab facility. At San Antonio Recovery Center, we offer detox programs for alcohol and heroin, for both men and women.
Detox starts with withdrawal, lasting anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days. The benefit of detox is that it takes place in a secure, medically monitored environment. Some withdrawal symptoms, like seizures or delirium tremens (for alcoholics), can be fatal if left untreated. Medical professionals monitor detox patients 24/7 to keep them comfortable and safe as their body purges the addictive substance.
What’s an Inpatient Addiction Rehab Like?
While you’re in a residential addiction treatment center, you’ll follow a highly structured schedule. There are many different therapeutic methods counselors use to help you understand and conquer your addiction. For example, your day will consist of individual and group sessions, but you’ll also build lasting bonds with your peers. The friendships you build with others in treatment can last a lifetime.
Furthermore, being in an inpatient setting helps heal you psychologically as you develop good habits for transitioning to outpatient. As these quality habits begin to strengthen, you’ll find new confidence levels as you get ready to discharge. Throughout your struggle, your brain acclimates to using drugs or alcohol as a solution to stress. However, inpatient helps you retrain your brain so that, when triggered, you turn to positive solutions that aren’t self-destructive.
A 12-Step Philosophy at Inpatient Addiction Rehab
In treatment, you’ll have access to 12 step programs. For decades, this addiction treatment philosophy has been very successful. The program is so useful that you’ll have a wide range of 12-step options when you leave treatment.
For example, popular 12-step programs include:
- Alcoholics anonymous
- Narcotics anonymous
- Heroin anonymous
- Cocaine anonymous
When you’re ready to repair your life, San Antonio Recovery Center can help. We’ll help you learn how to overcome addiction and begin your personal healing process. Additionally, you’ll learn how to rebuild relationships with your loved ones. Aside from inpatient treatment, we offer diverse programs including:
Find out more about how we can assist you on your recovery journey. Reach out to us today at 866-957-7885.