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5 Benefits of Long-Term Inpatient Treatment for SUDs

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Long-term inpatient treatment programs provide residential care around the clock for individuals struggling to manage a substance use disorder (SUD). It is a successful form of treatment because of its ability to remove temptations related to drugs and alcohol use. Inpatient care is also beneficial for teenagers as it provides safe and comfortable settings for you and your teen to continue to learn about addiction and how it affects your family. Let’s further explore long-term inpatient treatment and the five benefits your teenager will gain when choosing this treatment model.

What Is Long-Term Inpatient Treatment?

Long-term inpatient treatment is residential care where patients check themselves into a secure environment to help them overcome addiction. Long-term inpatient care programs at Clearfork Academy provide support specifically for teenagers and their families. These atmospheres will help your teen establish a sense of comfort, trust, and community among other teenagers seeking help. 

Additionally, long-term inpatient care will not have the stressors of everyday life. Therefore, your teen will have the opportunity to devote all of their focus to developing coping skills that will eventually help them through daily challenges.  

Five Benefits of Long-Term Inpatient Treatment

#1. Provides a Safe Environment Free of Substances 

For many, working to overcome addiction at home can create a number of challenges. Further, trying to attain sobriety while navigating the stresses of school, home life, and work is not easy and often unsuccessful. Among the many benefits of inpatient treatment is its ability to prevent negative influences that trigger the desire to use substances. When there are no addictive substances for your teen to access, your teenager will have a higher probability of achieving sobriety. 

Being in an atmosphere free of substances will help your teen explore activities and social settings outside of using substances that provide them the same euphoria and satisfaction. These activities will translate into their recovery regimen and help reduce the risk of relapse because they will have activities to help combat boredom. 

#2. Developing Healthy Habits

Long-term inpatient treatment allows teenagers with a SUD to move at a comfortable pace and participate in therapies that develop healthy habits. These habits will enable them to manage their triggers and cravings when they re-enter their everyday life. Such a setting promotes lasting recovery as your teen will form strong coping skills within the treatment facility. Establishing these foundational elements is invaluable for helping shape lasting recovery.

 Some helpful coping skills include: 

  • Developing trust and confidence within relationships
  • Mindfulness and meditation practices
  • Exercise and yoga
  • Keeping a journal
  • Improving nutrition

#3. Form Lasting Relationships

Peer support is essential for both treatment and recovery. If you are a parent who has never experienced substance addiction, it can be hard to identify and communicate with your teen managing addiction. Likewise, it can become frustrating for your teen because they might feel like they don’t have anybody who can understand what they are going through. However, long-term inpatient care offers your teen the ability to meet fellow peers that share similar experiences. These shared experiences will create lasting bonds that your teen can call on for support in times of challenge. 

Through group therapy, adventure therapy, and other activities, peers help each other stay motivated and accountable. These relationships are extremely valuable once your teen leaves treatment. 

#4. Long-Term Inpatient Treatment Offers 24/7 Support

The support that your teenager will receive during inpatient treatment is unmatched. Treatment centers such as Clearfork Academy provide therapists, nurses, and additional staff 24/7 to ensure your teen feels safe and comfortable. The same level of reassurance works for the parent as you can reach out to the facility at any point to ask questions concerning your teen. 

Additionally, your teenager will be immersed in an environment that supports them through individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy. Therefore, you and your teenager can engage in therapeutic practices daily. 

#5. Helps Get To the Core of Addiction

Addiction is rarely ever motivated by your teen’s drink or drug of choice. Addiction is a complex disease that can stem from a history of trauma, stress, or other co-occurring mental illnesses. Therefore addiction develops over time and will take time to address and manage all of the underlying issues. Long-term inpatient treatment will allow your teen the opportunity and time to address each issue and find the root of their addiction. Additionally, the staff, professionals, and peers that your teen will meet during treatment remain a point of contact for support should your teen encounter challenges too difficult to overcome. 

Managing addiction to get onto the road to recovery is a complex process. It can be that much harder for a teen who may feel like nobody understands what they are going through. Parents must help them find the best possible care, and Clearfork Academy can help. Our refined approach to treatment focuses on the needs of teenagers and functions to find treatment and therapy that speaks to their needs. We provide a thorough diagnosis, and depending on the severity of your teen’s addiction, we will help you and your teen establish an effective treatment plan. Our primary goal is to help ensure that your teen has all the resources necessary for managing addiction and establishing a strong foundation for lasting recovery. If your teen is currently struggling to manage their addiction them the time to get help is now. To find out more, reach out to us at Clearfork Academy today by calling (888) 966-8604.