An inpatient treatment center is among the most comprehensive methods of dealing with substance use disorder. In most inpatient facilities, treatment deals with medical detox as well as psychological support initiatives. Pathfinders Recovery Center deals with inpatient care Along these lines. Our staff includes medical personnel and highly trained therapists to help someone dealing with substance use disorder overcome their illness.

Starting Treatment

The first step to overcoming substance use disorder is for our clinicians to get an idea of your current situation. The treatment team on hand will examine your current mental and physical health. If you have issues related to any physical disorder, you should inform us directly to plan accordingly.

Analyzing your chemical use habits allows us to develop a customized plan that deals with your specific needs. Additionally, we may reach out to others among your family and friends with your permission.

This step allows our staff to get a good feel for what may already be working for you. We can integrate those positive measures into our customized plan dedicated to you.

Understanding Addiction and Dependence

Addiction and Dependence

Dependence and addiction are related terms, but they aren’t interchangeable. When someone is dependent on a substance, it means that their body chemistry can’t operate without the substance.

In many cases, this comes from repeated use of the drug beforehand. Once the body becomes dependent on the substance, it becomes increasingly difficult to operate without it in the person’s system.

Addiction usually follows dependence. When a person starts making questionable choices or disregards their own safety when seeking out the substance, they are considered to be addicted.

Addiction is a mental condition that needs to be addressed through therapy and understanding. Inpatient facilities are designed to help treat both the physical and psychological attachment that a person may have to a particular substance. The depth of this attachment is what affects how the recovery process will proceed.

Inpatient Treatment Center Procedures

When a person enters an inpatient facility, they tend to be isolated from the outside world. This isolation helps them to focus on overcoming their problem. However, it’s not like being in prison. On the contrary, inpatient facilities offer their visitors all the amenities they need to help them overcome their condition.

From therapy to support, an individual going through rehab in an inpatient facility always has something to help them. Therapy sessions focus on replacing harmful behaviors with productive ones.

They may also help the person figure out why the substance has such a hold on their lives as a way of overcoming it. The entire process of an Inpatient Treatment Center starts with detoxification.

The Process of Detoxification

Process of Detoxification

Detoxification, also known as detox, is the first stage in quitting a substance altogether. Regardless of the substance, detoxing is a necessary first step since it targets dependence. Unfortunately, the body isn’t usually willing to give up a substance that easily.

This resistance stems from how dependence affects the body. When a person becomes dependent on a substance, their body chemistry alters. Their daily functions can’t continue without the substance within their body.

Getting rid of the substance means dealing with the craving and physical symptoms of withdrawal.

Some people attempt withdrawal on their own. While this is possible, it is also dangerous. Withdrawal symptoms for some substances can lead to unexpected side effects.

In some cases, individuals going through withdrawal may need to be rushed to emergency rooms to deal with the fallout of those symptoms. This result is far from the typical situation, however.

The intensity and duration of these symptoms are based on how long the person has been using the substance. From the moment a person starts coming off their last use, the body begins to crave the drug again. This craving intensifies within the first day. The longer the person is without the substance, the more intense the symptoms are.

There is no definite prediction for how symptoms will affect a person. In some cases, the withdrawal may be mild, with symptoms only showing up in a minor way.

The symptoms may be intense and varied in other situations, lasting as much as four or five days.

Having a support staff that can monitor a person’s vital signs during their withdrawal process is crucial in ensuring things don’t end badly. Pathfinders Recovery Center has medical staff ready and waiting in case a situation becomes dire.

They monitor all of our clients through withdrawal and recovery.

Detox is a flush that allows a person’s body to get rid of the substances that have kept it dependent for so long. It’s not an easy process, but it’s necessary if someone intends to recover and move past their dependence.

With a qualified care staff present, an individual can face withdrawal with confidence. They know that trained professionals will be there in case they need them.

Usually, we monitor recoverees around the clock during their withdrawal. This monitoring keeps us notified of changes to vitals so that response can happen if things take a turn for the worse.

Inpatient Rehab Therapy Methodologies

After detox, a person will need a few days to recover. During this time, psychologists may visit to listen to them and start breaking their psychological dependence on the substance.

Residential treatment centers usually house rooms for clients that are entering this second stage of treatment. Activities within the Inpatient Treatment Center may include:

  • One-on-one and group therapy sessions
  • Individual assessment of chemical health and therapy
  • Individual mental health assessments and targeted therapy
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Family reintegration and therapy
  • Educational or experiential workshops
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Medical appointments
  • Long-term care planning

The recovery processes we use are based on proven scientific methodologies. Our experience in the field has given our practitioners some hands-on experience.

They are well aware of what works and how to respond to different recoverees’ unique needs for treatment and therapy. Through constant awareness of advances in the field, we upgrade our methodologies accordingly.

Using evidence-based therapies alongside proven therapeutic methods, we help visitors overcome their dependence and addiction over the long term.

We rely on several procedures to help out visitors overcome their substance use disorder.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in Inpatient Treatment Center

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT remains one of the most well-known and used methods for overcoming substance use disorder.

CBT is a type of psychotherapy (or “talk therapy”). It helps a person recognize their negative or harmful behaviors and offers them alternatives to replace that behavior.

It’s a “time-limited” form of therapy, resulting in individuals developing new habits quickly. It works on modifying the negative thoughts and feelings that a person may have.

CBT has three vital approaches:

  • Breathing retraining: This approach helps to steady a person’s mood and attitude. By deep breathing, the person relaxes and allows them to clear their mind. In a situation where someone may be making a bad decision, this can help them recover perspective. It’s a critical starting point for the other approaches.
  • Mental Health Education: Knowing one’s enemy is the best way to defeat them. Mental health triggers can directly affect a person’s dependence and addiction. by learning about how these different aspects interact with each other, a person can educate themselves about their recovery. They can then use their tools and resources to ensure they don’t end up in the same mental condition as before.
  • Cognitive Restructuring: Restructuring requires taking a look at one’s thoughts. Self-monitoring helps a person spot the negative thoughts that lead to negative actions. Heading these off before they can take hold allows a person to better respond to the issues at hand. The therapist’s role is usually to help a person recognize the underlying behaviors that lead to their destructive behaviors.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is most effective in individuals with emotional backgrounds or triggers that lead to their substance use disorder. DBT is another form of “talk therapy” that helps a person address the way they feel. These sessions focus on four primary areas to help the person better sort out their emotional state:

  • Mindfulness: When someone practices mindfulness, they are aware of themselves in the present. That includes all the things that are around them and their current mental state. Mindfulness techniques help train positive acceptance of emotional conditions. They allow for a healthier perspective of life experiences and enable a person to live “in the now.”
  • Distress Tolerance: When someone is distressed, their mental state deteriorates significantly. Typically, if someone is dependent on a substance, distress may drive them to use it. DBT offers healthy ways to focus in these situations. By increasing distress tolerance, a person is less likely to end up stressed and anxious because of the conditions surrounding them. This acceptance also translates into a lower drive to use the substance.
  • Emotional Regulation: Negative emotions can lead to us lashing out at those around us. They may also drive a substance user to seek out that substance to numb their feelings. Emotional regulation allows individuals to better deal with their emotions so that they don’t make decisions based solely on emotional triggers. This approach also helps them to control the draw a particular substance may have for them.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: Humans are social creatures. Being able to reach out and communicate with someone effectively is something everyone should do. Unfortunately, because of how substances affect people’s ability to communicate, they will need support to relearn this most basic human interaction. DBT helps to give a recovery a head-start in recovering their interpersonal interaction. With time they will regain their social skills and return to life as usual.

The Inherent Benefits of Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment centers are a unique way for recovering individuals to focus on their treatment. Trained staff are on the premises at all times to assist and support the recoveree’s efforts. Inpatient care offers more than just a facility that someone can visit.

It’s an in-depth treatment regimen that incorporates methods of dealing with both physical and psychological dependence. Being on-site means that there’s no worry about missing appointments.

The level of care that attendees have is impressive. It’s like being housed in a specialist facility that caters to the needs of those who genuinely want to recover.

There is an element of isolation involved. Typically, family members and friends are encouraged to visit.

However, these visits may be limited in scope since the recoveree may still need time to process. Being in a dedicated, substance-free zone removes the temptation to fall back into using the substance.

Psychological triggers that might push a person to relapse are not allowed in these centers.

Similarly, relationships that might result in relapse can also be controlled to a great extent. Group and individual counseling provide a positive support network.

Replacement therapies offer positive alternatives to substance use and slowly start reforming the person’s mindset to move away from dependence.

Unfortunately, inpatient facilities also have their drawbacks. Being caught with any illicit substance can be grounds for removal. The schedule is strict about giving attendees some sense of order.

This structured day helps to provide clients a sense of purpose and direction. Those who choose inpatient treatment may need to make arrangements to attend. Employers may give time off for dealing with addiction.

For those with kids, they’ll need to find a friend or relative to keep them for an extended period. Despite these drawbacks, inpatient treatment is still one of the most effective ways to overcome addiction and dependence.

Coming Home to Pathfinders Recovery Center

As an inpatient facility, we provide the highest level of care to each person who visits us. Our fully certified medical staff is ready to deal with any situation that may arise. We believe that the road to recovery is only truly complete when someone no longer has the urge to use a substance. The therapies guide our clients to replace those negative behaviors with positive and uplifting experiences. Are you ready to see what an inpatient residential treatment center can feel like? Contact us today and let’s arrange a meeting. Come to where we care for you.


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