What Is Inpatient Rehab?

Inpatient rehab is one of the most common ways to treat alcohol and drug addictions. The process involves checking into a rehab clinic and residing there for the duration of your addiction treatment. You will be surrounded by medical professionals and other addiction specialists 24/7. This allows you to rest easy knowing that there is always help available when you need it.

Inpatient rehabs have a set schedule, usually consisting of breakfast in the morning, followed by various therapies, counselling sessions, medical care and activities throughout the day. Anyone suffering from an addiction can seek help from an inpatient rehab.

Why Should I Choose Inpatient Rehab?

There are several reasons why residential rehab is beneficial for those looking to over come addiction. These include:

  • Residential treatments are designed to help you quit an addiction, this improves the chances of a full long term recovery.
  • You will have access to care on a 24/7 basis and will never be left alone during your detox and recovery.
  • The treatments are highly structured and focus on all aspects of your addiction.
  • You will be in a safe and comfortable environment throughout your recovery.
  • You will be away from your usual triggers, making it easier to recover.


How Long Does Inpatient Rehab Last?

Typically, inpatient rehab programs last for around 28 days. This is usually the right amount of time for someone to recover from their drug or alcohol addiction. However, in some cases, you may need to stay in rehab for longer. This is usually when the addiction was extremely severe or when you’re not reacting well to treatments.

Motivation is a key to success, so if you want to ensure you achieve your recovery in the initial program period, you must remain motivated and dedicated to succeed.

What Happens During Inpatient Rehab

There are several types of treatments and therapies that occur during inpatient rehab. When you go into alcohol or drug rehab, you will likely take part in the following treatment options:


When you enter the rehab centre, you will go through an initial detox stage. This aims to rid your body of all traces of harmful substances. During this time, you will usually experience several withdrawal symptoms that can range from mild to very severe. In very severe cases, you may be given prescription medications to help you deal with the effects of withdrawal.

Individual Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy is one of the most effective types of addiction treatments. This therapy works on your behavioural responses to certain triggers. Your therapist will work with you to learn new, healthier responses to your triggers.

Group Therapy

Group therapies can be very effective as these involve speaking to others who are also going through the same things you are. These therapies can help keep you motivated and will give you a chance to make new friends within alcohol rehab and form additional support.

You may also go through some other treatments and therapies in rehab. Some specialist treatments may focus on certain things such as anger management, stress management, or grief counselling. You may also have family therapy which aims to help rebuild your relationship with your family and provides your loved ones with the support they need to help you with your addiction recovery.

Inpatient Rehab Aftercare

The main goal of rehab is to ensure you’re feeling much better when you leave than when you arrived. Rehab centres take a holistic approach when it comes to addiction recovery and aim to help you rebuild your confidence and make you ready for going back to your normal life.

It’s important that you don’t see your inpatient rehab treatment as the end of your recovery journey. When you are in the rehab centre, it’s easier for you to avoid your usual triggers. However, these triggers can return when you go back home to your usual environment. Rehab will give you the tools needed to go home and avoid relapsing. However, this can sometimes be difficult. The aftercare team are there to help you if you feel like you’re in a difficult situation and you’re worried about relapsing.

Recovery from addiction lasts a lifetime and it’s something that you need to continue working on to ensure you avoid relapsing. It will get easier as time goes on. The aftercare that you get when you leave the rehab setting will include weekly Zoom aftercare sessions and follow up calls from our admissions team.

How To Find The Best Inpatient Rehab For Me

It’s best that you do as much research as possible. Speak to various different rehabs and find out more about their services and what they can do to help you. Discuss your specific addiction and find out whether they have the right treatments to suit your situation. You want to choose a rehab where you feel comfortable and that offers the right treatment for your kind of addiction. You also want to consider your budget and ensure you choose a rehab facility that fits in with what you can afford.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I detox at home?

You can detox at home in some cases. However, if you start to experience severe side effects, you should seek medical treatment immediately. If you are worried about detoxing at home, your best option is to speak to a doctor or medical professional for some medical advice on the best approach. It is always recommended, however, that you attend rehab for the safest detox.

How much does inpatient rehab cost?

It’s impossible to predict exactly how much rehab treatment will cost as prices vary. However, you can expect a 28-day treatment plan to cost around £6950-£11,950. Some rehabs may cost more or less than this depending on their facilities and location.

What happens after inpatient rehab?

After inpatient rehab, you will be taken care of by the aftercare team. You will be encouraged to attend weekly support groups on Zoom which are designed to prevent relapse and help you stay sober.

John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 16 February 2022

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) - Clinical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 16/02/2022 2:30 pm

MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures