Inpatient alcohol rehab programs are designed to help individuals overcome dependence on alcohol. This is usually accomplished by helping problem drinkers understand addiction and arm them with skills to resist the urge to drink. Generally, inpatient alcohol treatment combined with diligent aftercare is quite effective. However, it’s most effective for individuals who are dedicated to making changes in their life.

What to Expect from Inpatient Alcohol Rehab?

An inpatient rehab program is an intensive addiction treatment program that requires the individual to stay under 24-hour supervision. Typically, rehabs are very structured so that the environment is safe for everyone. Individuals will sleep, eat, and be treated alongside other individuals in recovery. Residents in inpatient alcohol rehab facilities will often need to bring some personal items from home for the duration of their stay. This usually includes items such as a enough clothing, personal hygiene items, and a small amount of money or a credit card. Most inpatient alcohol rehab programs do not allow patients to bring anything containing alcohol, unopened over-the-counter medications, revealing clothing, or food. Patients should double check with the facility they will be residing in before packing for their stay.

Intake and Assessment

Usually the first few days in inpatient rehab tend to be quite intense. The individual has to go through an initial assessment upon being admitted to the program. This can include an interview, full medical/family history, a medical exam, and blood/urine samples that are tested for substance. This allows addiction specialists to evaluate the individual’s specific case and determine their individual needs. During this assessment, an addiction treatment plan will be drafted.


The individual might be required to go through medical detox before formal treatment begins. This depends on the severity of their addiction. Detox involves medical supervision and possible use of medications while going through withdrawal. During medical detox, doctors and nurses attend to the individual and are on hand to help relieve some of the withdrawal symptoms with the use of prescription medicines.


Psychological treatments are the building blocks of most inpatient rehab program. For example individuals in recovery will usually be required to attend daily individual therapy and group counseling sessions. These sessions are necessary for helping those in recovery understand the hold that alcohol has on them and teaches them ways to cope with it. Groups are helpful because they provide the individual with opportunities to develop communication skills and participate in socialization experiences. Groups help provide support.

Individual therapy is helpful for continuing to address issues related to substance abuse. One-on-one talk therapy sessions are also useful for treating underlying issues including mental illnesses, such as depression or anxiety, that may have contributed to a person’s alcohol problem.


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