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What is Inpatient Treatment?

The four most important dimensions of recovery are health, home, purpose, and community (as defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA). Here at SUN, we strive to ensure our patients find all four of those things, and one of the ways we do that is through our inpatient treatment program. 

Inpatient treatment is one of the options available for those looking for help recovering from addiction, or who are struggling with their mental health. It provides patients with a stable and supportive environment in which they can focus on their recovery while being surrounded by trained and licensed professionals and others who are going through the same thing. 

During inpatient treatment, patients stay on sight at the rehab center 24/7. They get to experience a wide variety of activities and programs during their day from individual therapy sessions and group sessions to activities such as yoga or hobbies that help rebuild new habits and focus the mind on healing.

Individuals That Need Inpatient Treatment

No singular treatment plan is perfect for every individual, and we understand that. That’s why inpatient treatment options are only one of our choices for patients here at SUN.

Inpatient therapy can be a beneficial option for those who might live in an unsupportive, stressful, or potentially triggering environment that could impact their road to recovery. Inpatient treatment allows a safe place for the patient to focus on recovery and not have to worry about or be impacted by, outside stressors. This can also be especially helpful for those escaping a potentially abusive situation in their home life. It can also help those who need to learn new coping skills before they go back to a difficult situation at home.

Substance Use Disorder Patients

For those looking to recover from a substance use disorder, inpatient treatment can be a great step on the road to recovery. Many times, inpatient treatment can follow detox, allowing the patient a safe and stable place to continue to recover. This is especially beneficial as they will always have access to professional and licensed staff who can help with things like withdrawal.

During your time in inpatient treatment, you will learn many skills that will help you handle potential situations that could be tempting. It gives you time to learn and build support systems.

It can also be beneficial for some to be surrounded by those who are going through a similar situation. It helps you feel less alone and more understood. It can also be a great place to start building new connections and friendships, which are very helpful during recovery. 

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Many times, the environment a person is living in can have a large impact on their mental health. Inpatient treatment can offer a way for patients to recover in a place where they don’t have to worry about outside stressors. In some cases, it can also be used as an in-between while they might look for a new place to stay if they’re escaping things such as domestic abuse. 

In addition, inpatient treatment allows patients who might decide to try medication to be around medical professionals in order to ensure their medication works well for them. There are also many activities to participate in during inpatient treatment, from yoga and nature hikes to other hobbies which are healing during recovery and beyond.

Co-Occurring Disorders

For those with co-occurring disorders, which is when someone is dealing with both a substance use disorder and also a mental health issue, inpatient programs can be particularly helpful as you are better able to tackle and address both concerns at the same time.

Many times you might be taking medication for recovery from substance use, while also looking into medications that can assist with your mental health. Being at an inpatient facility allows you to do this in an environment that can help make sure your medication is working properly for you. It gives you access to medical professionals at any hour of the day in order to ensure your best level of recovery.

The Difference Between Inpatient Rehab and Residential Care

There are a couple of differences between inpatient rehab and residential care.

Residential care tends to be a bit longer term. Normally, residential care is outside of a hospital system, which means they might not have the same level of medical staff available on hand, or not have them available nearly as often. 

Inpatient care always has medical professionals involved during the bulk of the patient’s stay. This allows the patient to have access to help whenever they may need it. This can be especially important during times of crisis for someone dealing with mental health, or for those dealing with withdrawal symptoms from substance use.

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How Long Are Inpatient Treatment Programs?

The average inpatient program lasts a few weeks. However, each individual's recovery journey is different, so time will vary between patients. Recovery does not end with inpatient treatment, either. Afterward, patients might choose to switch to intensive outpatient or traditional therapy. 

Outpatient treatment can be similar to inpatient, except the patient no longer stays at the facility 24/7. This allows for an integration back to living outside of the treatment center, where you still come in for large chunks of the week, still experiencing much of the same things that the inpatient treatment has to offer without staying overnight.

Depending on the individual, you might switch over immediately to traditional therapy after inpatient, or migrate to it after outpatient if you feel it’s necessary for you. Traditional therapy is when you come in once a week, or whatever time frame is set between you and your therapist, and have one on one sit-down sessions with them.

These portions of the journey can vary in length as well. Just be kind to yourself during your recovery and know that everyone’s timeline is different. No time is too long or too short.


Inpatient Treatment at SUN Delaware

Here at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware, we want to help our community be the happiest and healthiest it can be. This is why one of our many options for treatment includes inpatient treatment. We offer inpatient rehab options for both adolescents and adults. 

To get started with inpatient treatment, you will first receive an assessment from one of our counselors or registered nurses. They will help discuss your concerns and desires for your recovery journey with you in order to help determine the best level of care for you. During your entire recovery process, you will be able to work alongside our professional staff to ensure

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you receive the best support and outcome, while also establishing an ongoing plan for success even after you leave our treatment center. 

If your or a loved one is struggling with substance use disorder or mental health issues and want to start exploring your treatment options, give us a call today at 302-604-5600. Our assessment staff is available 24/7 and is ready to get you started on your recovery journey.

Frequently Asked Questions About Inpatient Treatments

Does Medicare/Medicaid cover inpatient treatment?

Medicaid has the potential to fully cover your treatment at SUN Delaware. If you have any specific questions about your situation, feel free to give us a call so we can better assist you.

How do I start the admission process for inpatient care?

Our assessment staff here at SUN are available 24/7 to help get you started on your recovery journey. After your assessment, you will receive a no-cost evaluation from one of our registered nurses or master’s level counselors in order to determine what level of care will work best for you.

What are the benefits of going through inpatient care?

Some of the biggest benefits of inpatient care include access to medical staff 24/7, a safe and supportive environment during your recovery, not having to worry about home life stressors, and being around others who are also going through recovery. 

Outpatient status refers to a patient who is getting care while staying outside of the facility. Patients in outpatient status are not required to stay overnight at the care facility while getting care.

Inpatient Treatment in Georgetown

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