Residential Inpatient Program

Severe addiction may require intensive round-the-clock treatment that only a residential inpatient program can offer. Given the immersiveness of inpatient treatment, it is widely considered the most effective way to recover from addiction and substance abuse. During your residential inpatient program at Riverwalk Ranch, you’ll undergo detox and full-time addiction treatment in a safe and supportive environment.

What is a Residential Inpatient Program?

Inpatient or residential rehab refers to the highest level of care for those diagnosed with addiction and substance abuse. During inpatient rehab, you will live temporarily at the drug and alcohol rehab center, giving you 24/7 access to medical care as needed along with an intensive program of psychiatric care including individual and group therapy sessions.

Since patients stay at the rehab center for the duration of treatment, they are free to focus on their addiction recovery without the triggers, stresses, and distractions of work and home life. Inpatient treatment typically lasts from 30 to 90 days, but longer stays are recommended. The program is individualized according to your needs, so the exact duration of the program may vary.

Inpatient rehab typically follows detox, but it may include it if necessary. During detox, a patient safely eliminates problem substances from their system. The residential inpatient program promotes general physical wellbeing and good mental health in overcoming addiction. After completing a residential inpatient program, many individuals transition to a lower level of care with one of our outpatient programs.

Our inpatient rehab program includes:

  • Comprehensive evaluation by our clinicians
  • Treatment planning tailored to your specific needs
  • 24-hour nursing supervision
  • Medication management, if necessary
  • Individual therapy with a licensed professional
  • Group therapy sessions
  • Ongoing review of treatment goals
  • Recreational activities such as meditation, yoga, and equine therapy
  • Aftercare and discharge planning

Components of a Residential Inpatient Program

Inpatient rehab is multifaceted and targets addiction treatment through several important dimensions. By using holistic treatment and addressing several components of addiction together, the risk of relapse is reduced. These key components of therapy include medical treatment, therapy, and recreation therapy.

Medical Treatment

Medical treatment typically plays a big role in inpatient rehab, particularly during the initial stages. Medical detox helps safely remove addictive substances from your system, while treating potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms. In addition to detox, medical treatment may be required to treat other issues like sickness and malnutrition that pose a threat to your physical wellbeing. By keeping you physically healthy and restoring balance, you are primed to shift your focus to deeper psychological issues that underlie your substance use.

Withdrawal Management

Withdrawal management is one of the most important medical treatments offered during inpatient rehab. Withdrawal symptoms may be uncomfortable for some but unbearable for others, requiring medical care to mitigate their effects. Detoxing from certain substances like opioids and alcohol can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, so round-the-clock supervision and emergency care may be necessary. Detoxing in a safe environment with constant access to medical care, individuals can safely return to a drug-free state.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

In some cases, medication may be required to alleviate withdrawal symptoms or reduce cravings. Medication-assisted treatment, as indicated and supervised by a medical doctor, can help you navigate through the difficult process of detoxification. You may also be prescribed medication to treat co-occurring physical and psychological disorders that may hinder your recovery. By undergoing medication-assisted treatment in inpatient rehab, your dosage will be controlled and monitored to minimize negative effects.


Therapy is another key component of inpatient rehab, allowing you to uncover psychological mechanisms that developed and maintain your addiction. During therapy, you will learn techniques designed to improve your impulse control, respond effectively to triggers, and minimize cravings. Other types of therapy may be useful in boosting specific skills like self-care, self-esteem, communication, and vocational skills. Treatment often involves a combination of individual and group therapy.

Individual therapy

Individual therapy allows you to meet one-on-one with a therapist on a regular basis to discuss your addiction and potential behavioral routes to long-lasting recovery. Therapy may additionally treat co-occurring psychological conditions like depression or anxiety that may also reinforce substance use.

Group therapy

Group therapy complements individual therapy and allows you to build a peer support system. Group sessions may involve the 12-step paradigm or focus on specialty topics like co-occurring mental illness. Groups create an environment of shared accountability to help you maintain sobriety.

Family therapy

Family support is crucial in long-term recovery, so therapy during a residential inpatient program may include family members. This can help improve communication in the family unit and help educate them so they feel equipped to help you stay sober and drug-free after inpatient treatment.

Recreational Therapy

Part of maintaining long-term recovery involves developing healthier habits that can replace maladaptive patterns of behavior after rehab. As such, at residential inpatient programs, you have access to a variety of recreational activities that can improve your mood, keep your mind occupied, and reduce stress. This includes physical activities like swimming, yoga, or fitness classes. By engaging in a variety of healthy hobbies and pastimes, you can develop a healthy routine that promotes mental and physical wellbeing.

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Benefits of Residential Inpatient Programs

A residential inpatient program can be beneficial because it provides a structured and safe environment to help you focus on recovery away from the stresses of daily life. It eliminates triggers and distractions that can hinder sobriety. Its numerous benefits include:

  • Access to 24/7 medical care to manage withdrawal symptoms and other physical conditions.
  • A structured environment with scheduled days to help you develop a healthier lifestyle.
  • Nutritional guidance to help improve your diet and restore deficient vitamins and nutrients.
  • Ability to participate in healthy activities like exercise or meditation that can improve your physical and mental health.
  • Enjoying a sense of community made up of addiction professionals and motivating peers who are also in treatment.
  • Psychological treatment of addiction and co-occurring mental disorders.
  • Learning skills that can help you avoid relapse and maintain recovery.

Who Can Inpatient Rehab Help?

Inpatient rehab can be helpful to anyone who suffers from addiction or substance abuse, but it is recommended for those who require intensive treatment. This includes individuals who:

  • Need 24-hour care for addiction.
  • Tried less intensive treatment and were unsuccessful.
  • Live in a stressful or triggering environment that is not conducive to recovery.
  • Are at high risk for severe withdrawal.
  • Have relapsed after sobriety.

Though the full-time commitment may be challenging for some, inpatient treatment’s structured and immersive nature can be used to successfully treat addiction for a variety of individuals. It has been shown to be one of the most effective treatments to reduce the chance of relapse.

Inpatient Detox

For patients who have not yet completed detox, medical detox can be built into the residential inpatient program. Detoxing at Riverwalk Ranch is safer and more comfortable than at-home detox, particularly when detoxing from drugs such as alcohol, opioids, or sedatives which can have life-threatening withdrawal. During detox, withdrawal symptoms are monitored and treated to reduce their effects.

Inpatient Alcohol Treatment

As one of the most commonly abused substances, inpatient alcohol treatment is widely available. Individuals suffering from alcohol abuse and addiction benefit from the multidimensional approach of residential treatment and the security provided by the center. Alcohol withdrawal can be severe and may require medication, making the supervision and continuous care of an inpatient program suitable for treating alcohol abuse and addiction. Inpatient alcohol treatment typically begins with detox and progresses to other forms of therapy to treat underlying issues related to alcohol use. Group therapy, including the popular 12-step model, are common in treatment and allow the individual to become engaged in their recovery through social interaction.

Inpatient Drug Treatment

Inpatient drug treatment is designed to rehabilitate users of a variety of types of substances ranging from illicit drugs to prescription medication abuse. Treatment begins with detox unless detox has been completed prior to the inpatient program. Since different classes of drugs carry different symptoms and have varying effects, inpatient treatment will differ according to the drugs used and the duration of addiction.

Drug addictions that would benefit from inpatient treatment include:

Those with multiple substance abuse and addiction are likely to benefit from inpatient drug treatment. The combination of substances can lead to more severe withdrawal symptoms and require supervised care to prevent relapse.

How Long Is Inpatient Rehab?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), treatment length is closely related to positive treatment outcome. Many inpatient rehab programs are designed to offer 30-day, 60-day, and 90-day variants to accommodate individual needs. However, research has shown the best outcomes when participation in residential treatment lasts at least 90 days. Some drugs, like methadone, may require longer programs in order to maintain recovery.

It is important to remember that addiction is chronic and cannot be “cured” by treatment. Continuing care, including multiple rounds of treatment, may be required to maintain long-term sobriety.

Inpatient Treatment Programs at Riverwalk Ranch

Riverwalk Ranch is committed to providing high-quality medical and clinical care to help you overcome addictions that are preventing you from living a full and healthy life. Our inpatient treatment programs are designed to provide a wide range of treatment options to suit your specific needs, including therapeutic interventions, medical care, and peer group therapy. You can expect professional and compassionate care in a safe and comfortable environment to get you on the path to recovery and give you the skills you need to stay on that path long after you finish treatment.

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