Inpatient addiction care is often a necessary component of treatment for drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. Selecting the right patient care program for you is one of the biggest choices in your journey to recovery. You need to ensure you find a program that aligns with your values, offers the support you need and provides a comfortable, safe space where you can focus on getting well.

Find out about intensive inpatient rehab care and detox programs at Sunlight Recovery in South Florida. 

What Is Residential Rehab?

Residential inpatient addiction treatment is sometimes referred to as rehab. It’s offered at a live-in facility where you can receive treatment for substance abuse and addiction without the stresses and distractions of everyday life. Residential inpatient care is typically the first step in an addiction treatment program, supporting the process of medical detox

Programs can last between 21 and 90 days (or longer), depending on your needs and situation. Upon arrival, you undergo a medical and psychological assessment that helps our staff identify a baseline for your addiction and mental health. We can use this as a reference for your treatment and to track your progress throughout your stay. Following assessment, you’ll meet with our doctors and therapists to create a treatment plan and understand what the road to recovery looks like for you.  

Why Is Residential Treatment the Preferred Option for Addiction Care?

There are a few reasons many patients prefer to participate in a residential treatment program rather than outpatient care. For addiction care, seeking help requires a detox period, which can be challenging to handle without support.

Symptoms you might experience while detoxing from a substance are often consistent with having the flu. When you’re in a residential treatment center, you don’t have to worry about taking care of yourself while going through this process. You can focus solely on getting through the detox period. You also have the necessary support to prevent you from turning to substance abuse to stop the withdrawal symptoms.

Residential care provides a safe environment with no outside distractions. You don’t have to worry about navigating your personal relationships or being responsible to somebody else like a spouse or child during your stay. You can put yourself first and give yourself the attention you need to manage your addiction. 

A 2007 study indicated that people who received professional treatment had a higher chance of addiction remission after 3 years compared to those who were untreated. A review of alcoholism treatments suggests that short-term abstinence rates are more than double for people who receive some form of treatment (43%) versus those who don’t (21%). 

Detox Treatment in Residential Care

Detox treatment is often thought of as a stage of residential treatment, but the process affords you many of the same amenities as the overall residential inpatient program. Nearly all residential rehab patients start their programs with the completion of a detox protocol. During detox, your body is ridding itself of the substance you’re dependent on. 

While it’s common to experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms during this time, Sunlight Recovery offers the care you need. Meeting with psychiatrists and addressing physical needs such as working with a nutritionist are just a few of the ways we support you through your detox. 

Benefits of Intensive Inpatient Rehab

There are many advantages to managing your addiction or substance abuse problem through an intensive inpatient rehab program. Beyond the support you receive during detox protocol, the primary benefits of inpatient addiction treatment are the success rate, ongoing support, structure in your daily life and the sense of community that surrounds you. 

The Success Rate

Outpatients are four times more likely to have relapses during early treatment stages than inpatients. This is largely due to the model of the inpatient care program and the safety it provides to patients as they navigate treatment. While outpatients are able to call their dealer or go to a bar whenever treatment becomes too challenging, inpatients are in a supportive facility where they have alternative resources like therapy and medication to help manage their emotions and symptoms of withdrawal. 

While outpatients spend time between treatments in the same environment where they engaged in drug abuse, inpatients are in a completely new environment that gives them a fresh start. 

Access to Multiple Therapies and Treatments

Addiction affects people mentally, physically and psychologically. Therefore, having access to multiple forms of therapy and treatment during an inpatient program improves your experience and increases your chances of successfully managing your condition. 

Inpatient rehab programs can provide patients with:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Behavioral therapy 
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Group therapy 
  • Yoga 
  • Meditation practices 
  • Dietary support 

Depending on your addiction and course of treatment, integrating multiple types of therapy into your program can be extremely beneficial. 

Ongoing Support

One of the most significant benefits of an inpatient intensive rehab program is the ongoing support provided to you after you leave the facility. These programs are designed to give you the best chance of staying in recovery even after you return to your normal day-to-day environment. Throughout treatment, you’re given the tools you need to make choices and build habits in your life that help you abstain from substance abuse. 

Through these programs, you can often gain access to support group therapy sessions and referrals to local counselors so you can continue to work on yourself even after you leave inpatient care. 

Medical Care

Withdrawal is a challenging period that results in unpleasant and sometimes dangerous physical symptoms as your body adjusts to operating without the drug in your system. As part of an inpatient addiction program, you receive around-the-clock medical care and supervision to ensure you’re healthy and safe. 

You can feel confident that your well-being is the facility’s top priority and medical staff are always on hand in case of an emergency. 

Emphasis on Your Overall Health and Wellness  

Substance abuse of drugs and alcohol can take a severe toll on your physical health. Some of the most notable physical risks include harm to your organs, increased risk of infectious disease (from sharing injectables) and skin lesions or acne. You may also fail to prioritize your exercise and nutrition when dealing with addiction. 

At an inpatient program, you focus on your mental health and your physical wellness. With access to activities like yoga, meditation and Pilates, many people find they develop a better relationship with their physical health and bodies over the course of treatment. You’ll also be able to consume a healthy diet that supports your body’s systems and mental function to help you feel your best. 

A Sense of Community 

Having a support system greatly increases your chances of recovery and remission from addiction. When you attend an inpatient rehab program, you meet like-minded individuals who are on a path similar to yours and looking for support. Being part of a community of people seeking to improve their lives and focus on their health is inspiring and encourages you to stick with your treatment plan. 

Common Hangups on Seeking Treatment

Although inpatient rehab programs offer a higher chance of recovery than trying to abstain from drug or alcohol abuse independently, many people are hesitant to enter such a facility. Some common hangups for seeking treatment include:


The conversation about mental health is becoming more open, but there are still some stigmas surrounding inpatient care. You may wonder what people will think or worry about facing judgment. Know that your well-being is the priority and people who love you will support your decision to seek help. 


Financial barriers sometimes prevent people from getting the help they need. Talk to the team at Sunlight Recovery about payment options and the cost of inpatient rehab. 

Time Commitment 

Inpatient rehab requires a substantial time commitment that may make you hesitant to enter the program. Taking time off work or away from family can be challenging. However, think of this time as an investment in yourself and your future. 

Taking a Step Toward a Better Life

Residential care requires a commitment, but accurate diagnosis and planning is a step towards a better quality of life. At Sunlight Recovery, our compassionate counselors are ready to help you detox and get your life back on track with inpatient drug rehab in South Florida. Call us today at (888) 586-9798 to start the journey to addiction recovery.