Differences Between Drug Detox and Inpatient Rehab

The differences between drug detox and inpatient rehab are critical to understand while you are performing your due diligence to find a program that suits you best. One thing to remember, however, is that in the vast majority of cases you will need to do both to have a chance at truly recovering from your addiction. They go hand in hand because detox cleanses your body and the inpatient rehab treats the overall substance abuse and underlying causes.

What Is Drug Detox?

After your medical assessment, detox is the first phase of your recovery. It is vital to your treatment because it’s designed to purge your body of the toxins that have inhabited it since you’ve been using. A body rid of all drugs is the foundation to successfully becoming sober and/or drug free. It can be very tough though.

In most cases, after a long time of being exposed to a substance, the body craves what it is not regularly receiving anymore. In fact, with many drugs withdrawal symptoms begin soon after the last use and peak within 24 to 48 hours. The symptoms can be uncomfortable at best and extremely painful at worst. Easing them is often the reason for relapses. It’s also why it is best to undergo detox within a medically supervised facility away from your normal environment. Not only will a professional be able to monitor your health but medications could be prescribed (where available) to help ease the discomfort of withdrawals. The detox might only last three to seven days but it has to occur before the real important work can begin.

What Is Inpatient Rehab?

Inpatient rehab is where you will have the best chance to be free for life from the substance you are addicted to. It is the most rigorous form of treatment because you live at the rehab center 24/7 until the completion of treatment. This method is especially recommended for those who have very severe substance abuse problems, those who have had difficulties in other treatment programs and for those seeking a distraction free environment. Addicts who have co-occurring disorder or a disjointed home life might also want to do inpatient rehab.

Inpatient treatment focuses on all of the aspects of addiction including the mental, emotional and spiritual ones. In addition to being there 24/7, the patient is exposed to a variety of treatment therapies which could include lectures, family therapy, individual and group therapies, alternative therapies like exercise and yoga and even music and art therapy. It’s intense and due to the round the clock support experienced by patients in inpatient treatment most addicts report higher rate of success. The average stay is about 30 days.

If you have questions about what happens in detox and what happens in inpatient therapy call the experienced addiction professionals at Recovery First, today. Our stay on this earth is brief. Enjoy it through a life of a drug and alcohol free existence. Contact us now before another wasted day and wasted night pass.

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