Benefits of an Inpatient Program

Benefits of an Inpatient Program

Everyone’s recovery process is different because no two people’s substance use disorders are alike. The appropriate treatment may depend on how long you’ve been using the substance, the presence of a co-occurring disorder, your economic background, the substance you’re addicted to, your age, gender, and more. Various therapies, facilities, support groups, medications, and emotional management tools work differently for everyone.

Finding a treatment option that works for you starts with deciding between inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and regular outpatient treatment programs. You’ll also want to seek treatment from a place or person that makes you feel comfortable and able to open up. You may receive a combination of these treatments throughout your recovery journey, but discovering which treatments are the best options for you at the present moment involves finding a space that feels comfortable where you can connect with others and be open about your needs. As such, inpatient treatment is often the first step in someone’s process of recovery and is especially helpful for people going through detox or who need 24-hour care.

Building a Supportive Community

Inpatient treatment involves living at a facility with mental health professionals and your peers. Living at the facility gives you a greater opportunity to build supportive friendships that are long-lasting. At an inpatient rehab center, you will be surrounded by sympathetic people who may have similar struggles to you, making it easier for you to connect with your peers. Many inpatient facilities offer group activities, social events, and group therapy sessions. Living in a community that is supportive and allows you to express your feelings and share your experiences with others can help expand your personal support group, and you may find friendships that stick with you throughout your recovery journey.

While building friendships with your peers is an essential aspect of a person’s recovery, when you receive treatment from an inpatient program, you also get a chance to form personal relationships with the mental health professionals at the facilities. Since you’ll be spending a large amount of time with different counselors and therapists, the staff at the facility center will have the opportunity to get to know you, enabling them to provide you with the best treatment that is specific to your needs, personality, and skillset.

Greater Focus on Healing

Since facilities often provide a safe and supportive environment, inpatient treatment makes it easier for patients to heal. Being surrounded by supportive, non-judgmental people gives you the space to explore and understand your relationship with substance use without experiencing shame or self-consciousness from people who might not understand the recovery process. Being at a facility rehab automatically removes you from potentially toxic relationships and triggering situations. You’ll be in a controllable environment where you will be able to receive the tools for getting your substance use under control before you also have to deal with assimilating into the real world.


Inpatient programs provide their patients with 24- hour supervision. This is especially important for people undergoing detox. Undergoing detoxification by yourself can be very dangerous and could be potentially fatal. Inpatient treatment centers can provide you with medications, doctors, and mental health professionals to ease the psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms you may experience during the detoxification process. Medical professionals will be able to monitor your physical health and detox symptoms. Whenever you experience a craving for alcohol or an especially low point of depression or anxiety, a mental health professional will be readily available to help you through your feelings.

Access to Different Types of Therapies

Another benefit of attending an inpatient program is the availability of different types of therapy. Outside of facility treatment, people may have a limited amount of treatment available, depending on what a particular therapist or support group may provide. At an inpatient program, multiple treatment options are usually offered at a facility rehab center. This may include different types of therapy such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), art therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and more.

Facilities may also provide other activities that promote healthy habits, such as yoga, meditation, music therapy, and more. Having access to multiple types of therapy will allow you to try many different treatments and discover what does and doesn’t work for you. Some facilities may also offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which makes it easier to change and switch medications depending on the side effects of the medication and how it is treating your symptoms.

There are many different types of treatment options for substance use disorder, such as inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization, and outpatient programs. It’s important to think about where you are in your recovery to assess what treatment option is best for you. Inpatient treatment may help people who need to go through detox and are looking for a safe environment to understand their relationship with the abused substance and build a support group.


Shoreline Recovery Center offers treatment for addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Our facility provides several different types of treatment and therapies because we understand that multiple approaches are important to a successful recovery. Our mental health professionals will work closely with you to create a treatment plan that is unique to your personality, needs, and skillset. If you or a loved one is suffering from substance use disorder, please reach out and call us at  (866) 278-8495 to learn more about our programs.

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