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For most of our clients, the first phase of our program is inpatient treatment. This particular type of treatment is key to helping those still wrestling with their addictions break free from chemical dependency and build a foundation of valuable therapeutic techniques and life skills.

If you’re a prospective client (or the relative of one), you probably have questions regarding the nature of the inpatient treatment process. On this page, we’ll discuss what inpatient treatment is, its many benefits, the ways in which it differs from outpatient treatment, and what clients can expect from inpatient care at Yellowstone Recovery.

What Is Inpatient Rehab Treatment?


Inpatient Group SessionInpatient treatment is a commonly used method of drug or alcohol addiction treatment that involves living on-site at the facility during rehab. The idea behind inpatient care is to completely separate addicted individuals from the outside world to protect against any unwanted influences or temptations.

With 24/7 supervision by staff, strong peer support, and a regular schedule of individual therapy and group therapy sessions, clients are totally immersed in the recovery experience to improve the chances of success. As they progress, clients can earn the ability to leave the premises for a short amount of time (up to a day with a pass). The duration of inpatient rehab varies from case to case; inpatient programs can take anywhere from 90 days to a year or more to complete.

For the majority of new clients, inpatient treatment is preceded by a period of medical detox. During detox, addicted individuals work with a team of medical professionals to help them purge the rest of the drugs or alcohol from their bodies.

Each client is given an individual detox plan based on their needs, which may or may not include the temporary use of medications mitigate the discomfort withdrawal symptoms. Any such prescriptions will be discontinued after detox as they are no longer necessary and are not allowed during inpatient treatment.


The Benefits of Participating in an Inpatient Program

While other types of rehab programs (e.g., outpatient or intensive outpatient care) may be ideal for certain types of clients, most individuals seeking treatment for alcohol or drug abuse find that inpatient drug treatment in residential treatment centers is the most beneficial. The following are just some of the many benefits clients can take advantage of during inpatient care.

Removal from Temptations and/or Negative Environments

Clients are completely separated from outside influences, which means no pressure or temptation from dealers, negative family relationships, or friends with whom they used to drink or use drugs.

24/7 Staff Supervision and Assistance

Expert staff members are always on hand to watch over clients and help them with anything they may need. This helps clients stay on the path of recovery and feel safe and cared for.

Peer Support and Socialization

Being around others in recovery helps clients see that they are not alone in their struggles. Clients naturally form peer support networks and are able to socialize with one another during downtime.

Evidence-Based Clinical Therapy

Certified addiction counselors use recognized cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to help clients combat negative thoughts, build a healthier self-image, and work through other mental health issues like depression and anxiety.

Freedom to Focus on Oneself

Being immersed in recovery provides an environment free from other obligations or pressures. This allows clients to focus inward on healing themselves rather than worrying about others.

Safe, Secure Premises

Inpatient residential homes and other facility buildings are well-secured and carefully monitored for everyone’s safety. Clients can rest assured that they are safe from harm and that their belongings are secure.

Relaxed, Healing Atmosphere

Rehab centers and inpatient homes are designed to be calm, compassionate places of healing. Many are also in beautiful geographic locations; Yellowstone Recovery, for example, is nestled right by the ocean in Orange County, CA.

Access to Expert Medical Care

Even after detox, clients and staff continue to have access to experienced medical professionals. If a client is seriously ill or injured, staff can set up an appointment with a doctor.

Amenities and Recreation

Inpatient residential programs aren’t just about work—they’re also about learning to enjoy life. Depending on the facility, there may be convenient amenities like gyms, pools, and gardens, as well as recreational activities like softball and video games.

Opportunities for Family Therapy

Inpatient treatment also gives clients’ families to have professionally led family therapy sessions. Family members can talk in a structured setting and receive expert input for a productive, argument-free experience.

Inpatient Treatment vs. Outpatient Treatment

Of course, inpatient programs are not the only means of treating substance abuse disorders. The most common alternative is that of outpatient treatment, in which the client does not live on-site at the rehab and is allowed more freedom to continue working and meeting with friends off-site.

Many treatment centers (including ours) offer both a standard outpatient program and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). The standard program is typically meant as the next phase of treatment for those who have completed an inpatient residential program. Intensive outpatient, on the other hand, is a more intense version meant for anyone who does not require detox or whose addiction is relatively mild.

What to Expect During Inpatient Rehab at Yellowstone Recovery

Calendar Of Inpatient Rehab ScheduleDuring this phase, clients will be in a 30-day “blackout” period where they will not be allowed contact with anyone outside of the program. The purpose of the blackout period is twofold. First, blackout gives the clients time to work on themselves without worrying about what is going on outside the program. Second, it gives clients’ family members a chance to rest easy, knowing that their loved ones are in a safe place and they won’t be getting “that call.”

Although clients are not allowed to contact anyone outside the facility, they can agree to let people outside the facility contact staff for progress updates while they remain in inpatient care.

Inpatient care introduces clients to the 12-step programs of recovery and addiction counseling. Clients attend 12-step meetings on a nightly basis with their house while under the supervision of their house manager and other staff members. During the week (Monday-Friday), clients attend day treatment from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. where they participate in group and individual therapy sessions. Lunch is provided for all clients during the lunch hour at 11 a.m.

Each week, clients have 20 hours of mandatory group therapy. The majority of that time is spent in group sessions with other clients in the same phase of their recovery. The full-day treatment curriculum can be found here on our website. Each client also has one weekly individual session with a certified substance abuse counselor. Additional individual sessions may occur at the client’s request or when a counselor feels they are necessary.

Each inpatient home is run slightly differently, depending on the house manager, but the requirements above are the same for all clients. Each morning, clients wake up and participate in morning meditation, during which house residents read portions of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Some houses will read out of additional books or recite certain pieces of information, such as the step they are on or their sponsor’s name and phone number.

After morning meditation, clients get ready to gather with members of other houses for day treatment, where they learn about the disease of addiction and how they can work together to maintain long-term sobriety.

Once day treatment has concluded, clients return home, where they cook a family-style meal, have downtime to work on counseling assignments or step work, and do their daily chores. After dinner has been cleaned up, the clients attend a 12-step meeting with other members of their house. When the house returns home from their meeting, clients will have more downtime to reflect on their day and prepare for the next.

Transportation to all outside meetings and activities is provided, and the staff is present to supervise clients at all times when they are off campus.

Weekends at Yellowstone are more relaxed. A Saturday morning meeting is followed by an extended period of downtime, during which most clients meet with their sponsors to review the progress they have made on their step work over the previous week. On Saturday evening, each home attends an outside 12-step meeting before turning in.

On Sunday mornings, clients from both extended and primary phases of care usually gather to play softball (participation is encouraged but not mandatory). This gives clients who are still in treatment the opportunity to practice with Yellowstone’s sober softball team and express interest in joining the team once they have completed primary inpatient care. On Sunday afternoon, there is a speaker meeting that Yellowstone clients attend while their families are attending family therapy. After the speaker meeting, the remainder of the day is free to work on assignments that are due the following week.

Inpatient care keeps clients very busy working on recovery from their addiction. While they work, they have the support of the staff, addiction counselors, sponsors, and alumni to help get them through this period of their sobriety.


Let Us Help You Get Started on the Road to Recovery

If you or loved ones are struggling under the weight of a powerful addiction to drugs or alcohol, you already know how hard it is to recover on one’s own. With a helping hand from addiction experts and evidence-based substance abuse treatment, however, things can change dramatically.

More than 5,000 addicted men and women have found hope and sobriety with the help of Yellowstone Recovery’s inpatient and outpatient addiction rehab programs. At the core of what we do is a strong foundation of compassion and optimism; we believe that each and every client truly deserves and can absolutely achieve freedom from addiction.

Are you ready to join the thousands of Yellowstone Recovery alumni in sobriety? Call (888) 418-4188 today to get started.


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