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Do I Need Inpatient Addiction Treatment?

a diverse group of inpatient addiction treatment participants gather after group therapy

Choosing to seek treatment for substance abuse or addiction can be challenging. However, with the right kind of help and support, recovery is possible. Millions of Americans seek treatment each year for addiction, which is a treatable medical condition. There are many different types of programs available for substance abuse, one of which is inpatient addiction treatment.

For those who are wondering if they may need this kind of treatment, it can be helpful and empowering to learn more about inpatient rehab programs and why LGBTQ+ inpatient treatment may be a better choice. To learn more about residential treatment for the LGBTQ+ community, call Pride Institute at 888.408.1625.

How Do I Know if I Need Addiction Treatment?

Most people would probably prefer not to need addiction treatment, but in order to recover, it is vital to receive the appropriate care and help. Some questions to ask yourself or a loved one if you are concerned about addiction are:

  • Do you take steps to hide, conceal, or lie about your drug use or drinking?
  • Have you had problems at work or school related to substance abuse?
  • Are you concerned about your physical or mental well-being?
  • Have you wanted to stop using drugs or drinking but had difficulties?
  • Has someone you care about spoken with you about your substance use?
  • Are you spending more money than you want to on substances?

The level of care one will need and the length of their stay will depend on the individual and the severity of the addiction. An addiction treatment specialist can help determine which options are best for your unique needs.

Inpatient vs. Outpatient: Which Is Right For Me?

Each client is different, with specific needs and circumstances that will need to be considered when seeking out an addiction treatment program. The best way to learn what type of program is right for you is to speak to a licensed counselor or someone from an addiction treatment program. Generally speaking, inpatient treatment programs are most appropriate for those who:

  • Require medical supervision during the detox or withdrawal period
  • Would benefit from a secure and highly supervised environment
  • Need to disengage from circumstances in their normal daily environment that may not be supportive of recovery

Oftentimes, outpatient programs can serve as a transitional level of care for those who have already completed a residential or inpatient addiction program.

How Is Residential Treatment for the LGBTQ+ Community Different?

Although more people and places than ever are welcoming to those of all identities and orientations, when it comes to addiction treatment, members of the LGBTQ+ community have special and unique needs. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that members of the LGBTQ+ community are more likely to experience a substance use disorder and may enter treatment with more severe symptoms than others. Members of the LGBTQ+ community may also benefit from recovery programs that allow them to interact with, support, and be supported by those of similar life experiences. Also, programs designed with the needs of the LGBTQ+ community in mind allow clients to receive the care they need while feeling comfortable and free to be their authentic selves. This type of environment can also lead clients to form a recovery-focused support system, independent of the queer spaces that focus on partying or drinking.

Pride Institute: Serving the Recovery Care Needs of the LGBTQ+ Community Since 1986

At our treatment centers in Minneapolis and Eden Prairie, Minnesota, each client works closely with staff to develop a treatment plan with goals and milestones that will work for them. Our programming is designed with the unique and specific needs of the LGBTQ+ community in mind, and we are proud to honor, embrace, and celebrate our clients’ identities and experiences. If you or someone you care about has been struggling with addiction, you do not have to battle alone. Reach out to our caring and compassionate staff today at 888.408.1625 or via our online contact form and learn how we can help you start your recovery journey.