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5 Signs That Inpatient Drug or Alcohol Rehab Is Necessary

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5 Signs That Inpatient Drug or Alcohol Rehab Is Necessary

When someone has been drinking heavily or has been binging on recreational drugs over the course of a weekend, they may often make the statement “never again”. This usually marks the beginning of a developing dependence or addiction which is in its early stages because the individual is still consciously aware that the “choice” to use is their own.

Unfortunately, if people fail to listen to this inner voice telling them to quit and they don’t take action and reach out for treatment, they are likely to spiral into substance use disorder. For people considering addiction treatment, there are several options available to them including an inpatient drug rehab center or outpatient care. However, outpatient addiction treatment is not appropriate for everyone and in this article; we outline the five main signs indicating that an individual would benefit from attending an inpatient drug rehab center instead.

Prior Outpatient Care

Individuals often choose outpatient care so as to make a gesture of getting help to get others to leave them alone. Outpatient treatment allows patients to remain at home, which is often seen as the easy route but the challenges of overcoming addiction remain the same, no matter whether the patient is residing in a center or not.

When someone has unsuccessfully attempted outpatient addiction treatment, they are likely to have relapsed into substance abuse. This can heighten existing issues driving addictive behaviors and lead to significant health problems. If outpatient treatment as primary or after-rehab care is attempted and failed, individuals are advised to attend an inpatient alcohol rehab for a better chance of successful recovery.

Low Levels of Motivation

When someone doesn’t make the same level of time commitment required for a residential treatment program, they can feel that they don’t have to make any effort. Families have almost inevitably become entangled in their addiction issues but may be placated by their loved one attending an outpatient program. However, this does nothing but drive addiction issues even deeper as it allows patients to continue abusing substances while giving the impression to those around them that they are getting help.

Inpatient drug rehab centers immerse patients into their recovery journey and also introduce them to others in similar situations. The interaction between patients and therapists in individual or group settings in rehab are invaluable in providing motivational support through the program and into recovery. If a patient’s motivation dips when they are in a residential treatment center, there is support around-the-clock to boost their resolve to continue.

Lack of a Safe Place to Recover

Many people live in unstable home environments or mix with others abusing substances who create a sense that it is normal. These kinds of atmospheres enable addicts to continue using by giving them a reason to do so, whether that is in response to stress or because everyone else is using. People living daily lives in these settings are always recommended to pursue inpatient alcohol treatment so that they are removed from enabling environments and into a sober space where they are supported by specialist addiction therapists and clinicians.

Underlying Mental Illness

There is a strong correlation between addiction and mental illness and generally, there are two scenarios that result in individuals developing what is known as dual diagnosis:

  • They started using substances to reduce the distressing symptoms of mental illness such as PTSD or depression, or
  • They developed symptoms of mental illness as a direct result of abusing substances

Dual diagnosis patients essentially have two serious health conditions to address and they are likely to interact with each other to perpetuate substance abuse. When individuals are diagnosed as having an addiction and another mental health condition they require specialized treatment to address both separately but simultaneously.

Serious Physical Illness

Addiction to drugs or alcohol can have a significantly damaging effect on a person’s physical, emotional and psychological health. In the same way that dual diagnosis patients have an underlying mental illness, some patients with addiction illness can also have a physical health condition at the same time. Because this makes treatment and recovery goals more complex, inpatient alcohol rehab is recommended so as to deal with all their health issues at the same time.

Physical health and long-term recovery go hand-in-hand, making it particularly difficult for recovering addicts also coping with a chronic physiological condition. Treating all conditions that may be working against each other to exacerbate symptoms is essential before individuals are able to cope with returning home to their usual environment. It is a fact that physical pain makes life harder and attempting to manage it can lead to substance abuse unless an appropriate treatment program is completed.

Recovering from addiction to drugs or alcohol is challenging whether in an outpatient or inpatient alcohol rehab setting. What is most important is that the treatment program meets the individual patient’s needs to provide them with a robust framework for a healthy life in sobriety. It is therefore crucial that people are completely on board with the treatment program they choose in order to maximize the potential for success.



Stacey Chillemi

I am on a mission to transform the health of millions worldwide. Check out my website at I am a popular and recognizable health and lifestyle reporter and expert, columnist and health host. Author of The Complete Guide to Natural Healing and Natural Remedies for Common Conditions, along with 20 other published books. I am the founder of The Complete Herbal Guide and a recognized health and natural remedies expert, with over 20 years in practice as a Health Coach. I write for the Huffington Post, Huff Post, Thrive Global and Medium (Owned by Arianna Huffington). I have been a guest on the Dr. Oz Show, local news, and numerous radio shows. My focus is on natural healing, herbal remedies, alternative methods, self-motivation, food for medicine, nutrition, fitness, natural beauty remedies and the power of positive thinking.