Don’t think that your drug addiction treatment services will end at the end of your inpatient residential program. Certain inpatient treatment facilities also offer outpatient treatment, as well as a list of other excellent benefits to help you stay on course for a drug- and alcohol-free life. All of the treatments offered by inpatient programs are covered so long as your insurance covers it, and you can count that as one less thing that you have to worry about. All of the treatments offered through a reputable drug and alcohol rehabilitation program have the potential to offer you a positive, powerful effect, and it is worth exploring all of the options for healing that you have at your fingertips.

Also remember that the positive interactions that you have with others are also part of the benefits of inpatient addiction treatment. Going to rehab is like going on a healing vacation that gives you a little extra care, and where you meet a new crowd of people that can give you the empathetic encouragement that you’ll need to keep going. You’re not alone with your drug addiction treatment, and there’s no shortage of support.

Not Just Inpatient Treatment

continuing treatment for sober livingInpatient treatment is an extremely important step in treating people living with drug and alcohol addiction. Inpatient treatment is also the best way to ensure that the critical first month of your journey to lifelong sobriety is handled as carefully, and as thoroughly as possible. Inpatient programs mean that you’ll be able to receive specialized attention as you receive your medication, some of which may need to be administered intravenously.

You will be close to medical staff who can be available for small emergencies, and you’ll be under the care of compassionate individuals. Inpatient treatment should, as much as possible, be charged to your insurance. The treatment isn’t affordable for every family, but there is good news: rehab centers themselves can work with you on financing. There are rehab options for everyone, and for every situation, but you may need to take a little bit of time, and find a good fit.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment is a valuable and crucial step in your journey to lifelong sobriety. Outpatient treatment programs are designed for people who have successfully completed a thorough inpatient treatment program, and an excellent way to reinforce the lessons and tools that you picked up during your residential treatment program. Some outpatient treatment programs may be as thorough as inpatient treatment programs, but you shouldn’t expect this will be the case everywhere. Outpatient treatment is the place for extra support as you continue to transition away from a life of drugs. The difference between outpatient and residential treatment is where you’re sleeping: outpatient treatment programs allow the flexibility of attending school, going to work, and having more time with your social circle outside of your rehab community.

Outpatient treatment is another chance to get your life back on track, and integrate yourself back into your normal daily routine. There may be a change in employment, or living situation, but every person who finishes a residential treatment program will have access to counselors and life coaches who can help you to explore different options for your professional life. In an effort to boost the success of patients, competitive treatment facilities will offer lifelong therapy, or lifelong sobriety support. Whether you need the extra support for a few months, or a few years, patients with this option are strongly encouraged to take up the option. Depending on the facility, you may also have access to fitness classes and other sober events that can help you feel even better about finishing your treatment than you already do.

Contact with Therapists

Let’s not forget some crucial members of the rehabilitation staff: Counselors and therapists are critical to the success of every patient in a program, whether they are completing an inpatient or outpatient treatment option. Counselors and therapists are important every step of the way, but may continue working with patients after their treatment is officially over. Choosing to stay in touch with the therapists and counselors who were with you during your treatment means that you will have another source of support as you continue to move forward.

It is also possible that you will need a therapist who is independent of your rehab facility for a variety of reasons. If you find yourself in need of more psychological and mental health care after finishing your treatment program, consider a drug addiction therapist in your city. You can even ask for a referral from your therapist from your drug addiction treatment facility. With no cure for addiction, it’s understandable that a person who’s successfully completed treatment may still need additional support, but it is also important for a recovering person to try, always, to reach out to those who are looking to assist.

Schedules

You’ll notice that your treatment program has something in common with other treatment programs, and that’s a schedule. Establishing a schedule is one of the most important ways to heal. Drug addiction can make your life revolve around drugs, to the point that, in some cases, all waking hours are spent in pursuit of the high. Sticking to a daily routine is a direct hit to addictive behavior, putting control of your day back into your hands. A busy, productive day that includes wholesome food and plenty of exercise might stop you from making a mistake that unravels your progress. With that, though, if you slip, it’s not the end – reach out to someone who can help for best possible next steps.

Sober Outings

Of course, slips are far less likely to happen when you’re careful and conscientious of your surroundings. Choosing to stay away from social situations that may present dangerous temptations is one of the many ways that you can protect yourself. After your treatment program, you’ll have established ties with someone local to spend time with them, away from drugs and alcohol. If you didn’t bond deeply enough with another person in your treatment program, that’s okay, too! You’ll have other opportunities to meet up with sober people, whether you meet them through treatment, or whether you’re referred by other friends.

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