For many alcoholics, realizing the need for treatment is only the first step on the path to recovery. While this is a major accomplishment, it can help to understand the types of treatment options available.
Most treatment programs fall into one of two categories: outpatient or inpatient. With outpatient treatment options, patients are free to live on their own. They go to the rehab center based on their treatment schedule and leave the facility once they finish the day’s session.
Inpatient treatment centers, also known as residential programs, require patients to remain on site for the entire duration of the recovery program. They cannot leave the premises without permission and, in some cases, may need and escort to do so.
Given the more rigid structure of inpatient alcohol treatment centers, you may be wondering why you should choose one. Here are few reasons to consider:
~ Inpatient treatment centers help addicts escape environmental triggers. Some addicts are more prone to drink in certain settings. For example, they may not have the will power to pass by their local pub on the way home from work. Others may enjoy a drink when they are watching their favorite baseball team. An inpatient center removes these triggers.
~ Inpatient treatment centers immerse patients in the recovery process. Some people don’t have the discipline it takes to resist outside temptation during treatment. With a residential program, patients remain in the recovery environment for the program’s duration, which can help them stay focused on their goal—getting clean.