Though there are several treatment options to consider, here at Addiction Advocates, we typically refer those who approach us for treatment to an inpatient addiction treatment centre.

Considered extremely advantageous due to the benefits associated, inpatient addiction treatment availability has expanded in recent years.

However, studies conducted to examine addiction treatment across Europe highlight that for every one person who attends an inpatient addiction treatment facility, ten people secure outpatient addiction treatment.

While various factors will ultimately ascertain whether an inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment centre is suitable, as can be seen above, many individuals who require treatment typically opt for outpatient treatment.  This is often because outpatient treatment is free of charge.

Although outpatient treatment is effective, if you or your loved one requires addiction treatment, exploring the pros and cons to inpatient addiction treatment before making a final decision is recommended.


Understanding Inpatient Addiction Treatment

Private rehabs across the United Kingdom provide inpatient addiction treatment. Requiring individuals to remain within their chosen rehab facility as they complete a treatment programme, inpatient addiction treatment combines detoxification, rehabilitation, therapy and several other treatment options.

Catering to the addiction recovery needs of each individual, inpatient addiction treatment can be obtained for a plethora of addictions such as drug addictions, alcohol addictions and behavioural addictions.  Dual diagnosis treatment for co-existing addictions and mental health disorders is also available.


The Pros Of Inpatient Addiction Treatment

Inpatient addiction treatment comes hand-in-hand with many benefits that essentially help individuals secure a long-term recovery and maintain their sobriety in the weeks, months and years that follow addiction treatment. However, the pros of inpatient addiction treatment are often overlooked as outpatient addiction treatment is favoured.

To help you understand the benefits of inpatient treatment, we have shared a number of pros of inpatient addiction treatment below.

  • Inpatient addiction treatment provides a safe space for those struggling with addictions to rest, relax and recuperate from the physical and psychological ramifications that they have come to experience.
  • Securing inpatient addiction treatment guarantees access to a wealth of industry-leading treatments that outpatient rehabs are often unable to provide.
  • As no one addiction is the same, personalised treatment programmes are created by medical professionals for each person that obtains inpatient addiction treatment.
  • Therapy options greatly vary when inpatient addiction treatment is provided. Irrespective of the therapy options employed, the cause of addiction is evaluated, and coping strategies are created to minimise the risk of relapse.
  • Attending an inpatient rehab essentially safeguards those in recovery from any triggers that could hinder their progress and cause them to relapse.
  • Around the clock care and medical support is available when completing an inpatient addiction treatment programme. Though many do not believe that this is important, having access to care and support as and when needed contributes to an individual’s ability to make a long-term recovery.
  • During inpatient addiction treatment, individuals are encouraged to recover at their own pace.
  • Relapse prevention and aftercare support are offered for 12-months following inpatient addiction treatment.


To Cons Of Inpatient Addiction Treatment

Though attending an inpatient addiction treatment is recommended, as with all treatment options, there are several cons of inpatient treatment. Below, we have outlined a number of the cons of inpatient addiction treatment.

  • Attending an inpatient addiction treatment sees individuals faced with a somewhat structured routine and programme. In some instances, the routine administered offers little room for flexibility.
  • Individuals who attend an inpatient addiction treatment will need to remain within the facility as they complete addiction treatment.
  • Inpatient addiction treatment requires complete focus and dedication. Those who attend an inpatient addiction treatment cannot continue to work or carry out their everyday tasks and responsibilities.
  • Completing an inpatient addiction treatment takes at least 28-days. However, as recovery specialists monitor progress at all times, some individuals are required to stay in rehab for longer.
  • Unlike outpatient addiction treatment, which is free of charge, inpatient addiction treatment can be quite costly. In some instances, taking advantage of inpatient addiction treatment costs more than£14,000 depending on the centre attended.  Unfortunately, the costs associated with inpatient addiction treatment make it almost impossible for some individuals to attend inpatient rehab.

In exploring the pros and cons to inpatient addiction treatment, the cons of inpatient treatment may leave you hesitant about referring yourself or your loved one to an inpatient facility. However, we would ask you to consider that the pros of inpatient treatment greatly outweigh the cons.


Seeking Treatment For Your Addiction

If you would like to refer yourself for inpatient addiction treatment upon exploring the pros and cons of inpatient addiction treatment, we can assist you, thanks to our self-referral service.

Our self-referral service includes making an initial enquiry and completing a pre-admission assessment. Though the thought of contacting us and discussing your addiction for the first time may leave you feeling somewhat anxious, we are here to support you every step of the way.

As you progress through our pre-admissions assessment, we will ask you several questions that will enable us to determine the inpatient addiction treatment you require. We will also gauge which inpatient rehab is best for you before making a referral.


Referring A Loved One For Inpatient Addiction Treatment

If you are concerned about your loved one’s behaviour and have reason to believe that they require addiction treatment, we can also assist you in referring a loved one for treatment. To do so, all you need to do is contact us today.

In doing so, our admissions team will ask you various questions to ascertain whether your loved one requires treatment prior to contacting them directly to inform them of their treatment options.

Should any help and support offered be rejected, it may be necessary to conduct an intervention.


Contact Us Today

To obtain inpatient addiction treatment for yourself or refer your loved one for addiction treatment, please contact us today by calling 0800 012 6088.


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