The Benefits of Inpatient Treatment Ontario

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The Benefits of Inpatient Treatment

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If you’ve ever struggled with alcohol or drug addiction, you’ll likely know how difficult it can be to stop or reduce your consumption of these substances.

Simply ‘stopping’ or nipping a harmful habit in the bud sounds easy enough to those who have never experienced addiction.

However, for those who have, quitting drugs or alcohol for good can feel like a never-ending mountain needing to be climbed, with plenty of curveballs, slippery slopes, and unforeseen challenges.

Fortunately, various treatment options are available to those struggling with substance addiction, including inpatient treatment at an alcohol or drug rehabilitation centre.

Here, we’ll discuss the benefits of inpatient treatment for individuals with addiction and substance use disorder (SUD), including any effective treatments often used in these types of recovery programs. 

If you or someone you know are struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, you must speak to a healthcare professional for further advice and support.

Early treatment can help you better understand and manage your addiction, which, among many things, can help you avoid the long-term physical and emotional effects of substance abuse. 

To learn more about our inpatient treatment program, speak to a Centres for Health and Healing specialist, who will happily provide further information and support.

What is inpatient treatment?

Inpatient treatment, sometimes called residential treatment, usually occurs in a secure mental health recovery facility. 

Inpatient treatment programs vary, depending on the type of rehab facility and treatment program you enlist in. For example, they can be delivered in a luxury retreat centre or a hospital-style setting.

Inpatient care options will also vary based on your individual circumstances and requirements but typically include the following:

  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Psychotherapy and counselling 
  • Medical detoxification

Nowadays, most rehab centres offer personalised treatment to those with substance use disorder and other mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more.

In addition, inpatient treatment is recommended for individuals needing medical guidance and supervision during detoxification.

Intensive addiction and mental health treatment

People with long-standing substance abuse and mental health issues often require more intense treatment and guidance, including around-the-clock medical care and support for their condition.

Those enrolling in inpatient treatment can receive intensive medical and therapeutic support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout their recovery.

Each rehab facility will differ depending on its therapeutic approach, treatment options, and available activities. However, individuals receiving inpatient treatment at a residential facility can expect the following:

  • Comprehensive family support
  • Co-occurring mental health disorder treatment – which helps address a person’s addiction and mental health issues simultaneously, including anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and more.
  • Complementary therapies that focus on the mind-body-soul connection, such as tai-chi, massage, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness therapy, which can promote relaxation and aid long-term recovery. 
  • Sharing daily meals with other people in treatment.
  • Access to onsite amenities, including ssauna, gym, spa facilities, and tranquil outdoor spaces. 
  • Regular daily activities such as hiking, water sports, horse riding, swimming, and table tennis – to enjoy their free time between therapy sessions, in addition to spending quality time with their peers.
  • Aftercare and support programs – which provide clients with specific tools, services and additional support after they’ve completed an inpatient treatment program, to help them stay on track with their recovery.

In addition, those enlisting in inpatient therapy may get their own room or are offered shared accommodation, depending on the facility and the individual’s needs and preferences.

What type of individual can benefit from inpatient treatment?

Inpatient treatment is suitable for those who want to overcome substance use disorder and any underlying co-occurring mental health issues.

Those with substance use disorders often require intense treatment and support to help them recover from alcohol or drug addiction.

Inpatient treatment can help people avoid daily triggers and stressors and is necessary for patients suffering from severe mental health disorders and substance abuse.

Although many people can benefit from inpatient treatment, there are some situations where this treatment is essential, including:

  • People who need professional guidance and support for medical detox.
  • Those who don’t have safe or healthy home environments.
  • Individuals who are at higher risk of withdrawal symptoms.
  • Those with severe substance use disorder and addiction issues.
  • Individuals with a history of relapsing.
  • Those who are concerned about their mental health and substance use patterns.

The benefits of inpatient treatment

According to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), people tend to have higher recovery rates when enlisting in inpatient addiction programs, where each phase of treatment is carefully structured and supervised.

Since inpatient treatment programs are primarily client-focused, those in recovery can participate in one-to-one counselling, group therapy sessions, and family support as part of an integrated addiction treatment plan.

The duration of inpatient treatment can vary, depending on the type and severity of a person’s addiction, history of substance abuse, and other treatment needs and requirements.

However, inpatient treatment typically lasts between 30–90 days.


Individuals enrolling in inpatient treatment have access to various benefits and services throughout their recovery, including:

  • Access to medically monitored detox programs – medical detox consists of the guidance and management of moderate to severe, often painful symptoms frequently experienced during substance withdrawal. Rehab centres, like Centres for Health and Healing, provide a fully comprehensive treatment facility specialising in detox management under complete guidance and supervision from an experienced healthcare team.
  • Being away from unhealthy influences and distractions – inpatient programs require you to stay on-site throughout your treatment, meaning you will live at a rehab facility until you complete your addiction treatment program. Clients enrolling in inpatient treatment can focus solely on their recovery without outside distractions and temptations, leading to better treatment outcomes and a reduced risk of relapse.
  • Co-occurring disorder treatment – studies show those with substance use disorder and other addictions frequently have additional mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder. Integrated treatment is more effective than single treatment since it simultaneously addresses and treats a person’s addiction and underlying mental health issues, giving them a much better chance at lasting sobriety and wellness. 
  • Support from peers engaging in the same treatment process – group therapy helps to enhance self-awareness and insight through shared experiences and openness of all group members. Group therapy is a highly effective form of psychotherapy where one or more trained professionals treat several clients simultaneously. This treatment provides clients with a safe, nurturing space to feel seen, heard, respected, and acknowledged. Group therapy can significantly benefit those wanting to manage a mental health condition such as substance use disorder or those hoping to make significant life changes.
  • Family support – various studies have shown the benefits of family participation and support during a loved one’s recovery from addiction. It’s common for clients in inpatient treatment to have regular visits from close family members during treatment, which can be helpful, particularly when relatives have an uplifting, positive influence. 

    However, sometimes having no contact with certain friends or family members is necessary as many have acted as enablers or negatively influenced those with alcohol or drug addiction in some way. Therefore, inpatient treatment programs are sensitive to each client’s background and experiences and may restrict access to such influences, which can help reduce the risk of relapse during the early recovery stages.
  • Adopting healthier alternatives – addressing the root cause of addiction is vital to helping you recognise and identify what may have led you to drink or take drugs in the first place, allowing you to find healthier outlets that you can practise once you have completed your initial phase of treatment. Healthy alternatives to drugs and alcohol and other unhealthy behaviours may include activities such as yoga or meditation, art, sports, or any other personal hobbies and interests.
  • Aftercare and support – many drug and alcohol rehab centres offer clients continued aftercare and support once they complete an addiction treatment program. These follow-up programs may include additional therapy or counselling sessions and other forms of support where needed. For example, some rehab centres provide clients with therapists or sponsors they can contact if they feel their addictive behaviours returning or if they get the urge to re-engage in substance-related behaviours. 

How inpatient treatment programs are structured

Medical detox is usually the first step in any addiction treatment program, where individuals receive constant medical supervision and monitoring from their healthcare team.

Following detox, those in recovery have access to various therapies and treatments, including addiction counselling, trauma treatment, and behavioural therapies.

Clients undergoing inpatient treatment receive constant, ongoing care, support, and around-the-clock supervision by their healthcare team throughout their stay. 

Inpatient treatment programs are highly structured and organised, which, among many things, helps clients cultivate healthier daily routines they can practise during and after treatment.

Those in inpatient treatment can expect to stick to a similar routine every day. Although each rehab facility may run different structures and protocols, patients are likely to follow a planned schedule which may look like this: 

  • A healthy breakfast to start the day, followed by an early therapy session or meeting.
  • Early morning complementary therapy sessions to help clients start their day in a relaxed, positive mindset, including yoga, meditation, tai-chi, exercise, or prayer.  
  • Afternoon therapy sessions, following a healthy lunch, where clients can reflect on their progress and discuss any issues or concerns. Treatment usually involves a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy, individual therapy, group therapy, family support, and supplemental therapies such as equine therapy, biofeedback, art therapy, music therapy, and exercise. 
  • Free time – clients typically have at least two hours of free time a day to do whatever activities they enjoy between treatments. This may include reading, spending time alone, socialising with peers, or playing games such as table tennis, ping-pong, billiards, and volleyball.
  • Evening programs – most inpatient treatment programs include a short evening therapy session after dinner, such as 12-step therapy. This allows individuals to discuss their issues in a safe, supportive environment with others experiencing similar challenges. 
  • Most rehab centres encourage clients to cultivate consistent sleeping patterns, which often involve going to bed early, to help promote healing and recovery, resulting in better treatment outcomes.  

Individuals receiving inpatient treatment do everything they need to at the rehab facility, including sleeping, eating, and engaging in therapies, such as individual therapy, group therapy, and family support.

Clients receiving outpatient support tend to have a more flexible treatment plan. For example, they are not required to stay at a facility overnight and usually receive just 30–60 minutes of counselling or therapy daily. 

Whether you are offered inpatient treatment or outpatient support will depend on the severity of your addiction or mental health disorder. 

An inpatient treatment program may be the best option for severe mental health or addiction issues. 

Services offered in inpatient treatment

Clients receiving inpatient treatment typically have access to a wider variety of therapies and support services, including individual counselling and specialised care.

Inpatient treatment offers clients more opportunities to participate in specific activities and intensive therapies than other addiction programs. 

Residential treatment takes people out of their regular routines, some of which are often filled with temptations and opportunities to start reusing drugs or alcohol.  

Being away from your everyday routines and unhealthy distractions can help you focus entirely on yourself and your recovery.

The type of services offered during your 30, 60, or 90 day inpatient treatment usually include the following:

  • Around-the-clock care, support, and supervision from your healthcare team.
  • Medically monitored detoxification. 
  • Access to a range of treatments and therapies, including individual therapy, behavioural therapy, and group and family support.
  • Co-occurring disorder treatment to address any underlying mental health issues that may exist alongside the substance use – including trauma, chronic stress, and any other emotional problems you may be experiencing.
  • On-site activities, including yoga, mindfulness, gyms, and other amenities.
  • Aftercare and support programs – providing continuous support and care after you leave rehab, helping you to stay on track with your recovery and reinforcing the vital principles learned during treatment, such as practising healthy coping skills and relapse prevention strategies.

Inpatient treatment at Centres for Health and Healing

Centres for Health and Healing provide personalised addiction and mental health treatment to clients in Ontario and surrounding Canadian regions.

We offer individualised treatment to clients suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, various behavioural addictions such as gambling and gaming disorder, and other mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, and more.

We know that each client has had unique life experiences that have brought them to our centre. Therefore, our holistic treatment programs are tailored to each person’s needs, goals, and preferences. 

Our team of experienced healthcare professionals includes nurses, psychotherapists, counsellors, and healthcare staff to ensure you get the most out of your treatment. 

In addition, our inpatient treatment program blends multiple evidence-based therapies and modalities, including:

At Centres for Health and Healing, we know that no one thing causes addiction, and no single treatment cures it. 

Therefore, our personalised addiction and mental health treatment programs treat the ‘whole’ person, not just their addictive symptoms.

Overcoming addiction is possible with proper treatment and support. And we are here to guide you every step of the way!

Contact a friendly specialist at our Ontario recovery centre to learn more about our inpatient treatment program. 

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