What Is Inpatient Rehab?

Inpatient rehab is a treatment program in which patients who have completed detox will transition into a live-in facility. This structured environment is designed for patients to work with a therapist and receive medical assistance for the ultimate purpose of achieving long-lasting recovery. At Dr. Paul’s By The Sea, our individualized care of each patient is planned to meet their specific and unique needs.

Our St. Augustine inpatient treatment program utilizes services such as:

  • Medically Assisted Treatment
  • Withdrawal Management
  • Individual & Group Therapy

By implementing these services into our treatment plan we can help our patients create a foundation that will support them long after they leave.

Medication – Assisted Treatment

Before entering an inpatient program, a patient must first go through a medical detox. This will rid the body of the dangerous chemicals in its system in the safest way possible. During this time, a clinician or doctor will be monitoring vital signs and can provide medical assistance when needed.

Relapse often occurs due to the adverse effects that happen once the substance leaves the body. Using medication can help ease the worst symptoms of detox, which can help prevent the patient from relapsing. After detox is complete, cravings and other withdrawal symptoms can still occur. Medication is also used in these situations while a patient progresses through treatment.

Manage Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms last long after the alcohol or drugs have left the body’s system. Determining how long these symptoms will remain depends on the substance and how long it was used for. These symptoms could include cravings, heightened anxiety, stress, uncontrollable shaking, dizziness, and more.

Patients who complete detox but don’t transition into an inpatient rehab are more likely to relapse due to lingering withdrawal symptoms. Remaining in treatment will increase the chance of a successful recovery. Implementing medication will help to manage the symptoms while participating in therapy and other activities within the program.

Individual & Group Therapy

Individual and group therapy are forms of psychotherapy where a therapist will work with a patient in a one-on-one setting, or with a group of people. Individual therapy is one of the most popular types of treatment. It involves different styles of treatment, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychoanalysis. The purpose of the one-on-one dynamic between the therapist and the patient is to build rapport and work to discover the underlying issues that could be the root cause of the addiction.

Group therapy is available at most drug and alcohol rehab centers and private practices. Multiple people come together and work with one or more therapists. By participating in this type of support group, people who are experiencing similar issues can create a community that provides emotional support. While group therapy can be used on its own, it is more likely that it will be used as part of a detailed treatment plan.

Benefits of an Inpatient Rehab Program

A Structured Program

Inpatient rehab programs are highly structured and specialized to each patient’s needs. Every activity or step in a program is designed to help patients confront their destructive behavioral patterns. During their course of treatment, a patient will meet with a therapist, psychiatrist, and their support group several times a week. This will encourage patients to work through damaging beliefs and learn to adopt more positive and healthy behaviors.

Healthy Coping Techniques

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In inpatient rehab facilities, patients are placed in a secure and structured environment. Removing negative outside influences and temptations that helped drive their addiction. In the absence of these. Patients can begin learning how to build positive life skills that will be beneficial long after they have left recovery.

These activities include:

  • Exercise
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Counseling/ Support Groups
  • Engaging in Relationships


Building a community is a vital part of an inpatient rehab program. Connecting with others who have had similar experiences helps patients to see that they are not alone. A community supports and encourages a patient to overcome their addiction. This provides a motivation that they may not have previously had.

Learning to create healthy boundaries is another important aspect of building a community. Often an addict has never learned how to establish boundaries in a healthy way. With the community that is naturally formed in an inpatient program, boundaries can be taught and used outside of rehab.

Living in a Treatment Community

Living in a therapeutic community can help patients find the support that they need to live sober at all times. When someone has a long history of substance abuse, it is not easy to quickly make the transition to going about their daily routine as a sober person.

They will feel that triggers are surrounding them when they are home, at work, or seeing their friends who may still be addicted. With inpatient treatment, they have the chance to escape all of the things that could lead to their relapse and instead spend some time off in a supportive environment with people that are always available for help.

How Long is Inpatient Drug Rehab?

A residential treatment program will last a minimum of 28 days. However, depending on the needs of the patient and their insurance coverage, inpatient programs can be 90 days or longer. Statistically, the longer someone stays in a rehab facility, the better chance they have of preventing relapse in the future.

A Step Towards Recovery

While staying in a treatment facility, patients have access to therapy and counseling throughout the day. As well as an opportunity to socialize and bond with people who are going through similar experiences. The support of peers can be one of the most critical aspects of recovery. That is why attending meetings, and group therapy is always incorporated into treatment along with one-on-one counseling. Discussing emotions with others can be a challenge for people with addictions who are accustomed to withdrawing and escaping from painful or stressful situations.

At our inpatient treatment center in St. Augustine, a person can learn to be more open at all times and practice being honest with the people that live with them in the facility. Spending this time in the treatment center allows them to get used to new behavior and habits. With inpatient treatment, people with addictions can practice their sobriety skills, learn to cope with stress in healthier ways, and become adjusted to life without substance abuse.

For those individuals that need to be involved in their recovery full time, Dr. Paul’s By The Sea offers an effective inpatient treatment program. Living in this environment will provide clients the chance to take time off from the stress of their own lives so that they can put all their effort into recovering from an addiction. Our program is proven to work for everyone that needs to free themselves of the dangerous cycle caused by substance abuse.