July 17, 2019

What is Inpatient Treatment Like in Rehab?

What to Expect in Inpatient Treatment

Making the decision to finally go to inpatient treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction is a big one. It takes a lot of courage to look in the mirror and admit to yourself that you have a problem. It also takes a lot of courage to accept help from loved ones who have been concerned about you, but that you have been pushing away, for so long.

While the good news is that you will finally be able to live a healthy, positive life free from addiction, the bad news is that there seems to be a lot of scary unknowns ahead of you. These can include questions like:

  • What is inpatient treatment like in rehab?
  • What is a typical day like?
  • Will the amenities be acceptable for me?
  • Will I click with the treatment program?
  • Is detox going to be painful and debilitating?
  • How long will I have to be away from home?

These questions are completely normal, and shouldn’t be looked at as roadblocks to your recovery. That’s why we want to do our best to answer all these questions, making you and your loved ones as prepared as possible for the road ahead.

A Typical Day in Inpatient Treatment

While each treatment program for each person may vary, everyday in treatment follows a structured schedule. Mornings include breakfast, a morning meeting and small group therapy with your Primary Therapist. After lunch, there is an opportunity for some recreation time using the basketball, tennis or volleyball courts or to simply talk a peaceful walk outside. The rest of the afternoon consists of educational group sessions. The evening starts with a wrap-up group after dinner, followed by a 12-Step meeting, and ends with free time.

Being away from home and your loved ones can be difficult, but it is also an important thing to do. Removing yourself from triggers and the toxic environment you’ve been living in allows you an opportunity to learn the coping skills you will need in order to go back and live a healthy life. During your stay, you will have multiple opportunities to visit with your loved ones. Approved visitors will attend a Family Education session followed by face to face visiting twice a week. Families are also invited to attend a family therapy session with you and your Primary Therapist.

Types of Treatment in Inpatient Treatment

Every addiction is different. Depending on the type of addiction, the length of the addiction and the severity of it, you may require something different than other people. This can include medicated-assisted treatment, family therapy, and picking a niche group that fits with your needs.

Medicated Assisted Treatment

Detoxing can be uncomfortable, but medicated-assisted detox helps make it much more bearable by controlling withdrawal symptoms. This way, you can more easily focus on the therapy and journey ahead of you without feeling the tough symptoms of withdrawal.

In addition, medicated-assisted treatment is offered for people going through opiate detox. This helps to slowly wean the body off of opioids, since quitting them cold-turkey can be very difficult and damaging. This can be used in the long-term, long after you leave treatment, depending on your needs.

Family Therapy

One of the many damaging things that addiction leaves in its wake is fractured relationships with loved ones, especially family members. Chances are, your addiction has affected everyone in your family. You may have gotten a divorce, neglected time with your children, been abusive or manipulative to someone, or a family member may have been enabling you. Family therapy is a great way to work through these issues in a safe environment and a place to set healthy boundaries for the future after treatment is over.

Niche Groups

In addition to group sessions, family therapy, community meetings, one-on-one therapy and 12 step meetings, you also have the opportunity to participate in niche groups. These include:

  • Adults. Surrounded by others who are taking their treatment seriously, you will find kinship in their similar challenges and responsibilities, such as marriage, work, and family.
  • Young adults. As you enjoy sober fun with your peers, you can work on building a future free of controlled substances and you can learn life-coping skills that help you to successfully battle anxiety, loneliness, and self-doubt.
  • Chronic relapsers. Experience is the best teacher, so you likely have mastered some of the coping mechanisms already. Surrounding yourself with others who understand what you have been through can prove to be very comforting.
  • Trauma. Pinelands staff are experienced in the treatment of trauma that often accompanies substance use issues. Here there is no judging; you are free to be completely honest with yourself and others.

About Pinelands Recovery Center

Inpatient treatment is a wonderful way to pull back from life and learn new, healthy coping skills for the future. In addition to an array of treatment programs, Pinelands offers three chef-prepared meals daily, a gorgeous setting in nature, all the comforts of home and beautiful accommodations.

Pinelands Recovery Center of Medford is widely known as one of New Jersey’s finest, most respected addiction treatment facilities. With comfortable 30-bed accommodations and 24-hour professional staff, we can offer clients a serene, relaxing environment amid the lush piney woods. This stress-free setting with its sense of warmth and welcoming enables you to feel comfortable and confident about your clean and sober life ahead.

We will establish clear goals, both general in nature and specific to your needs. We continue to monitor those goals, to make sure that our clients are progressing and buying into their recovery plan. We thrive on assisting clients in feeling connected to the recovery community, share and demonstrate effective coping techniques, help clients to modify attitudes and patterns of behavior and everything else you will need to be happy and productive living a sober, healthy life.

We ensure that clients complete their planned concrete tasks, encourage hope, optimism and
healthy living. Our recovery program is not a revolving door treatment program; it is a recovery model designed to help clients go on to lead productive, happy lives. For more information, visit pinelandsrecovery.com

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