Inpatient treatment for alcohol addiction takes place in a hotel-like or hospital-like setting that includes living areas for patients and provides around-the-clock medical care. This type of addiction treatment is typically offered to those who suffer from more severe cases of alcohol addiction and who have already tried outpatient treatment but have seen little or no success in their efforts.
During inpatient alcohol treatment, the patient will live in a facility that provides them with counseling, medical care, supervision and meals. Recovery is encouraged in various ways and alcohol is prohibited. The supervision levels in an inpatient treatment facility make it difficult for patients to gain access to alcohol which can greatly reduce the risk of relapse—at least during this phase of treatment.
Programs are tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient and may include:
- exercise programs
- alternative therapy such as massage and acupuncture
- equine therapy, art therapy and other therapeutic programs
- individual and group counseling
- trust building programs
- spiritual guidance
Every aspect of inpatient alcohol addiction treatment is focused on helping that addict to recovery. These programs typically last a period 90 days but may be longer or shorter. The National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends that all treatment programs be at least 90 days in order to ensure the greatest effectiveness for lasting sobriety. Most inpatient treatment programs last at least this long.
Meals, counseling, therapy and social support are all provided in inpatient treatment. For the recovering addict who has suffered great loss, has relapsed many times or has had a great deal of consequences as a result of their alcoholism, inpatient treatment is the ideal choice for recovery.