Benefits of Inpatient Programs

Residential addiction treatment programs offer focused care unavailable in other settings; plus they provide a seamless transition between detoxification and talk therapy. The benefits occur on all levels giving patients physical, psychological, and emotional support.

Patients who choose inpatient treatment start recovery within easily defined borders; temptations are at a minimum, distractions are outside the facility and support is available at all hours. Those addicted to multiple substances or long-term sufferers of addiction need this additional time and focus to more successfully start the recovery process. Spending enough time in treatment is one of the major factors associated with a long recovery.[1]

Physical Benefits

Programs that successfully treat addiction begin by offering a medically safe environment for detoxing from substances, particularly opiates and benzodiazepines (tranquilizers). After detox, treatment continues by providing psychological counseling and other therapies that change how the brain responds to temptations to use drugs. Michael’s House patients receive care through integrated treatment plans that address all of their symptoms, including addiction and mental health disorders. This type of care is harder to find, only around 18 percent of facilities nationwide offer it, although research shows it produces better outcomes.[2]

Anyone physically dependent upon drugs and/ or alcohol experiences withdrawal symptoms when stopping the substance. During this vulnerable period, people need medical help to feel more comfortable and manage drug cravings. By choosing a certified medical detox facility over just quitting cold turkey, patients increase the chance of success without relapse and the risk of drug overdose. Medical supervision also protects patients who experience extreme withdrawal symptoms, such as seizures or delirium tremors.

Psychological Benefits

Happy therapy groupInpatient drug rehabs offer a wide range of psychological therapies designed to address substance use history as well as current use and transitions to sobriety. Inpatient facilities offer different psychotherapy options and each person requires different types and styles of treatment depending upon their individual circumstances. It is important to make sure that the facility has the capability to address co-occurring psychological disorders like bipolar disorder, anxiety, or depression. People who suffer from addiction and a mental health disorder need treatment for both conditions at the same time to get the best outcomes.2

Psychological therapies are an integral part of inpatient therapy and are useful for treating all sorts of addictions. These therapies take several forms, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

MI is especially helpful for patients who do not believe they have an addiction and are not seeking treatment freely. For example, motivational interviewing techniques benefit inmates who don’t wish to seek treatment but are forced to by the legal system. During therapy patients discuss present situations, as a way to understand why seeking treatment is a good idea. Once they discover, with the help of a motivational therapist, that recovering from addiction is beneficial, they are more likely to actively participate in their own recovery process.1

Also, it’s imperative patients stay in treatment long enough to learn how to manage their addiction symptoms. Michael’s House offers many options for long-term and short-term stays. A long-term treatment center, generally six to 12 months in length, focuses on several aspects of treatment, including taking personal responsibility for one’s decisions and learning how to exist in a socially acceptable environment. A short-term residential treatment program is generally much shorter in duration, but is followed by ongoing outpatient services. These treatments are generally based upon the 12-step model of recovery.1

Emotional Benefits

While some prefer to characterize the emotional aspect of drug use as mental or spiritual, it’s important to recognize the emotional healing that occurs when patients are in treatment. Although the physical addiction and dependency on substances is significant and co-occurring disorders require medical treatment, the emotional safety and peace of mind patients achieve in inpatient rehab is crucial to the overall treatment.

Consider it: no bills, no arguments with significant others, no tension over past events, no stress from work, no sick or screaming children. While someone is in an inpatient drug rehab, he has a built-in buffer between himself and the world, allowing space for recovery.

Benefits of Rehab at Michael’s House

Michael’s House is home to one of the premier inpatient drug rehab centers in the country. Located in Palm Springs, Calif., we offer a comprehensive medical detox and psychological therapeutic treatment as well as multiple choices in aftercare services following the completion of your program. Contact us today to learn more about how we at Michael’s House can help you begin a new life without drugs and alcohol. Call 760-548-4032 now.


[1] National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2012). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition). Retrieved May 9, 2017 from

[2] McGovern, M.P., Lambert-Harris, C., Gotham, H.J. et al. (2014). Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Services: An Assessment of Programs Across Multiple State Systems. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. Retrieved Nov. 3, 2016 from