With all of the different methods available for alcohol rehab, why is inpatient a better choice than outpatient rehab? First, let’s discuss the difference between the two.
Inpatient alcohol addiction treatment means that the person undergoing treatment lives in the physical place or facility that is doing the treatment for the duration of their program. There may be follow-up after discharge which occurs after the inpatient program is complete, but the inpatient portion of the program will occur where the person is sleeping and spending their days. Inpatient programs vary in duration, therapies and methods of treatment used. Detoxification and withdrawal management typically take place in inpatient settings.
Outpatient means that the person undergoing treatment visits a facility for their treatment but then is able to leave that location to return home, or return to work. Their treatment takes place at regularly scheduled times and utilizes different therapies and counseling.
What happens when a person stops drinking?
When a person has become alcohol dependent, making the choice to stop drinking is the first step. However, withdrawal symptoms will complicate this choice. Very often a person will continue to drink. Not necessarily to get drunk, but to manage or stop their withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can range in severity from mild to life threatening. On the milder side the symptoms can include nausea and vomiting, excessive sweating, headache, anxiety, getting “the shakes,” rapid heartbeat or heart palpitations, increased blood pressure, depression, insomnia, fatigue, agitation and cravings for alcohol.
Delirium tremens (DT’s), however, is a serious complication that can arise when a person is experiencing withdrawal from alcohol. DT’s symptoms include seizures or convulsions, visual, auditory, or tactile hallucinations, tachycardia, ataxia, high fever, confusion and disorientation, delusions, and even cardiovascular collapse. Because of the severity of the symptoms, DT’s management needs to be handled by physicians. It has a mortality rate up to 35% if left untreated. With early recognition and treatment, however, the mortality rate reduces to less than 5%.
So, why should I choose inpatient alcohol rehab?
Because the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can be so severe and unpredictable, it is important that the addicted person receive adequate medical care during their detoxification. It’s not enough, however, to just go to a detox facility. So often, a person will leave a standalone detox facility only to find themselves faced with yet another situation where they turn to alcohol. Because inpatient alcohol rehabs, such as Ocean Hills Recovery, handle detoxification AND addiction treatment, once detoxification and withdrawal management is over, the person can continue right onto learning how to deal with their addiction and making a plan for their future.
By choosing a California inpatient alcohol rehab facility, detoxification, counseling, and relapse prevention all take place in one safe, secure setting. There is around the clock care and around the clock opportunity for healing. The person will be away from outside influences of alcohol that can seem difficult to avoid, especially right after detoxification. The rehab staff will know the patient and their history as they progress from one step to the next. If an alcohol rehab like Ocean Hills Recovery is chosen, there is a sense of peace as the patient learns to love and care for themselves. They can truly immerse themselves in their recovery and have focus solely on changing their habits and thoughts and dependence on alcohol. Along with participating in group and individual counseling, family therapy, relapse prevention training, a person can also take part of yoga classes, art therapy, massage and other activities. Following their inpatient alcohol rehab stay at Ocean Hills Recovery, a person will be ready to enjoy a sober life full of fun and fulfillment.share