What is Inpatient Treatment Like?

What is Inpatient Treatment Like?


Inpatient rehab can be an effective treatment option for individuals ready to tackle addiction head on. Some people fear going to an inpatient treatment program which keeps people away from life saving resources and programs. Learn more about what inpatient treatment is really like and how to know if this option is the right one.


Inpatient Rehab

An inpatient facility is designed to help people work through addiction to drugs or alcohol. The person will be led through a program designed to look at why the addiction started in the first place and provide skills to combat cravings and a desire to use substances. Individuals who are ready to make positive changes are most likely to benefit from an inpatient program. Group and individual therapy are part of the educational component of inpatient rehab with other opportunities to connect with others, learn about addiction and grow personally and spiritually towards recovery goals.


Getting Started

People who enter an inpatient treatment program require a 24-hour supervised stay. The structure provides a safe environment for everyone. Eating, sleeping and treatment are done alongside other men and women in various stages of treatment. Personal items need to be brought from home for the duration of a person’s stay. The following items may be included:

  • Week’s worth of clothing
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Prescription medication
  • Small sum of money and credit card for expenses


Any items brought into an inpatient facility will be scrutinized by staff before being allowed. It is always best to check with the facility ahead of time to know what can be brought in and what should be left home (such as unopened over-the-counter medication, revealing clothing or even food).


What to Expect

The first time a person enters inpatient treatment can be daunting. Here are three things to be aware of before entering a facility for treatment.


Intake, assessment and detox

Initial assessments are conducted shortly after a person is admitted into an inpatient facility. An interview, full medical/family history, medical exam and blood/urine samples are done to check for presence of substances. Addiction specialists evaluate each individual’s case, needs and draft an initial treatment plan. Detox may also be needed under medical supervision.



Psychological treatments provide an opportunity for individual and group counseling session. People learn more about addiction and how to cope going forward. Groups provide opportunities to develop important skills such as communication and socialization in a sober setting. One-on-one sessions are helpful for treating underlying issues including mental illness, depression or anxiety.



Most inpatient rehab programs last less than 30 days. Some may last for several months. Ongoing follow-up care is critical to success in recovery. Most people in recovery will continue outpatient treatment for several months or years following inpatient treatment.


A person who is ready for treatment must first recognize and admit a problem exists. Treatment must be done willingly with the knowledge it is hard work. With a strong support network and willingness to change it is possible to build a life in recovery from drugs or alcohol.


The Villa provides treatment and resources for individuals ready to leave addiction behind. Contact us to find out how we can support your journey to recovery.