Inpatient Rehabilitation for addiction, also known as residential rehabilitation, is a treatment facility where individuals check themselves into a 24/7 supported environment.

This is to get the best support physically and emotionally to help the individual start and maintain a journey into recovery. Often the person involved will stay at the rehab clinic and receive round the clock care from fully trained staff ranging from nurses to therapists, addiction specialists and support staff.

If the individual is physically dependent on drugs or alcohol the treatment will start with a medically monitored/managed detox arranged by a doctor to remove the substance and manage withdrawal symptoms.

Inpatient facilities can vary in their approach to treatment with some providing a structure based on the 12 step programme and group therapy with others focussing on a more holistic approach with 1-2-1/individual therapy.


This type of rehab is suitable for those with severe addiction problems. This way of treating the individual allows for around the clock care and support for the person. Compared with outpatient rehab there is a higher success rate.

The change in environment to the individual will have a big impact on their daily life and routine. By taking the individual out of their natural environment there is more chance of them becoming successful in recovery as they won’t be tempted or exposed to potential triggers around them.

Inpatient rehab is also a safer way to detox from a drug. This is due to the 24/7 support from medical professionals and carers. There is less of a risk to the individual withdrawing in a controlled environment which inpatient and residential rehab provides.

This might be a beneficial treatment for the individual involved if they have tried other types of treatment such as home detox's, outpatient treatment or therapy and found that they have continued to relapse.

It may also be an option for you if you are struggling to detox alone as there is 24/7 care and support offered in the inpatient rehab. Being in an environment surrounded by people who are often in recovery themselves can be really beneficial to someone who may feel they are stuck in the viscious cycle of addiction.

The individual will live in the rehab and be involved in a range of programmes and treatments such as group therapy, 12 step work and potentially cognitive behavioural therapy. It is very similar to residential rehab.

You can find out more about the benefits of inpatient rehab vs outpatient rehab here.

If the individual who is suffering from addiction is a teenager or under 18 rehab will be slightly different as family involvement is often encouraged during therapy.

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