What makes residential alcohol rehab superior to other forms of treatment? Are there advantages to inpatient alcohol rehab that make it better than other forms of rehab? You bet there are. Let’s take a look.
1) Safe zone with no alcohol or other drugs.
Residential rehab for alcohol is a controlled environment where everyone who is admitted for treatment gets searched first. This is absolutely critical because then you know that there is no chance for relapse while the alcoholic is in rehab. None whatsoever. The person is guaranteed to stay sober, at least while they are in rehab. This is a small blessing in itself, one that makes residential worthwhile. You can’t get this level of control with other forms of treatment. For example, take outpatient rehab. The alcoholic must go home each night. Or consider counseling or group therapy. Or even 12 step meetings. All of these alternative solutions offer enough freedom that the alcoholic can simply go grab a bottle. This is one of the main advantages of inpatient. The alcoholic does not have access to drugs and alcohol. This is huge. So if they agree to stay for 28 days, then you know that the person will be clean and sober for at least 28 days. After that, it is up for debate. But while they are in rehab, they will be sober. That is the power of inpatient rehab.
2) Intimate setting with close peer group contact.
In inpatient treatment, you get to meet a group of peers and actually get close with them. This is much different than meeting a group of peers in outpatient therapy or even in group therapy. The connections and the relationships you form in a residential rehab setting are much more deep and meaningful than they are with other forms of treatment. This is because you are actually living with the peers and experiencing real life moments with them. Much of the therapy and the recovery happens in the moments in between groups and therapy, out in the smoke rooms and in the cafeteria and so on. Living with your peer group changes the nature of the therapy (and the quality).
3) More options for aftercare.
When a client is wrapping up their stay at a residential drug rehab, they have the luxury of having a therapist work with them and find them a good aftercare plan for when they leave rehab. This is not the case with other forms of treatment. For example, the therapist might send them to long term treatment, or outpatient rehab, and so on.