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Addiction Treatment Centers, Drug and Alcohol Rehab and Addiction Intervention Services
Substance abuse treatment can be obtained on either an in-patient or outpatient status. Some drug treatment centers only offer either in-patient or outpatient care, while others provide facilities for both.
A person who seeks addiction treatment on an in-patient basis actually "lives" at the facility for a certain length of time. He takes all his meals there, he sleeps there, and he may even be limited as to the specific areas in the in-patient facility to which he has access or even the activities in which he can participate. He may have to "earn" the privilege to visit the common area or even to step outside the facility doors for some fresh air.
There are several advantages to participating in in-patient programs at drug treatment centers which offer them. These include, but are by no means limited to, being as far removed as possible from the temptation to take drugs or having limited or no contact with those people who might supply drugs or who may cause a patient to feel the need for drugs.
Further, some in-patient facilities provide 24-hour medical care and may even have physicians on call. This can be especially helpful to those people who have existing physical problems, such as diabetes or other chronic illnesses, or who become ill as a result of withdrawal and detoxification.
In-patient facilities may also be helpful to those who have become so addicted that they have neglected their physical health by not eating properly or regularly, or forgetting to take prescribed medications. Many times it is necessary for addiction treatment to be postponed until a person's overall physical health has improved. By remaining in in-patient drug treatment centers, those patients who are suffering physically simply because they have not taken care of themselves have the opportunity to recover, then proceed with the substance abuse treatment.
In-patient facilities can also very often be extremely beneficial to those who were diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) or fetal alcohol effects (FAE) earlier in life. These people often have emotional or developmental problems which may actually lead to them becoming addicted to the same substance, alcohol, that caused their initial problems.
Oftentimes, staff members in in-patient facilities recognize that FAS or FAE has played a part in the addiction. By realizing this, they are also aware that these problems may hinder them from participating in addiction treatment in the same way as others can. For them, entering into an in-patient program allows staff members time to work with them to determine the best course of action that needs to be taken for their treatment.
For example, a person who has FAS or FAE and is in an in-patient substance abuse treatment program may be better served by one-on-one counseling and treatment rather than try to participate in a group setting. If this is the case, staff members can make arrangements to see that this happens, thus making the treatment more effective.