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Atlanta Inpatient Rehab

The Summit Wellness Group in Atlanta frequently recommends going to an inpatient rehab once a client with a moderate to severe addiction to drugs or alcohol has been medically stabilized .

Also known as residential treatment, inpatient is the highest level of care, with supervision and support available 24 hours a day and administered by professionals who are certified and trained in a broad assortment of fields and specializations.

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When is Inpatient Recommended?

Every individual’s situation is different, and ideally a trusted professional such as a family physician will refer clients based on perceived need. The most common reasons include:

  • The client previously attempted treatment and was not successful in remaining free from his or her drug of choice.
  • The client has a dual diagnosis disorder.
  • The client has a history of abusing multiple substances simultaneously.
  • The client’s external (living) situation is such that it is difficult, if not impossible, for him or her to avoid temptations to abuse his drug of choice (e.g., cohabiting with other addicts or living in an environment that is generally unsupportive to achieving and maintaining recovery).
  • The client has been determined, either via professional assessment or past experience, to be incapable of remaining abstinent from drugs or alcohol without the highest level of care and supervision available.
Inpatient Treatment


Inpatient alcohol and drug rehab programs provide round-the-clock care and provide an elaborate framework giving clients the greatest chance of a successful recovery. Additional benefits include the following:

  • It provides a comfortable environment that is safe from outside stressors and distractions that could potentially fuel substance abuse.
  • Medical professionals are continuously present to ensure health, safety, and emotional well-being at all times.
  • Clients have the benefit of a support system of counselors and fellow clients for the valuable exchange of encouragement which will ideally continue throughout the entire treatment process.
  • Highly structured daily schedules invariably lead to clients developing or re-learning organizational skills that will benefit them in the real world.
  • Well-tested and scientifically proven approaches to treatment, tailored to the needs of the individual, ensure that each client progresses at his or her own pace and is fully ready to re-acclimate to life beyond treatment when the time comes.

How Long Will I Be There?

While the average stay is 30 days, most facilities offer 60-day, 90-day, or even longer programs. Length of stay depends on several factors, such as the severity of the addiction, the existence of any co-occurring mental health conditions (such as clinical depression or bipolar disorder), and whether or not the client has attempted a rehab program in the past. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recommends that clients remain in treatment for no less than 90 days.

According to the NIDA publication “Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction: What Science Says,” “Research has shown unequivocally that good outcomes are contingent on adequate lengths of treatment. Generally, for residential or outpatient treatment, participation for less than 90 days is of limited or no effectiveness, and treatments lasting significantly longer often are indicated. For methadone maintenance, 12 months of treatment is the minimum, and some opiate-addicted individuals will continue to benefit from methadone maintenance treatment over a period of years.” Furthermore, a study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment found that “Longer duration of treatment and provision of structured continuing care is associated with better treatment outcomes.”

What Therapies Are Used?

A number of programs employ experimental methods in their approach to addiction treatment, many of which have not been scientifically proven to be effective. As a rule, it is always best to seek programs that adhere to evidence-based protocols in the treatment models that they utilize. Examples of the more common evidence-based therapy options include:

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), a general term for the use of medications in conjunction with behavioral therapies and counseling in the treatment of substance abuse.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a psycho-social therapy aimed toward improving mental health by the elimination of negative cognitive distortions and emotional roadblocks as well as the development and/or improvement of coping mechanisms.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), a psycho-therapeutic process in which therapists and patients work with acceptance and change-oriented strategies to develop healthier problem resolution ideas and skills.
  • Contingency Management Interventions/Motivational Incentives, a behavioral approach based on a system of rewards for positive and constructive behaviors.
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), a methodology designed to quickly evoke a patient’s motivation for positive change.

How Much Does Residential Treatment Cost?

The cost of an Atlanta inpatient rehab can vary substantially from one facility to another. Some programs, particularly those which are government-run, may be free, while certain private facilities can cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars per day. The average cost is around $6,000 for a 30-day program, with most top-rated private centers charging $20,000 or more for premium versions of similar services. For clients requiring 60- or 90-day programs, costs can easily range from $12,000 to $60,000. The good news is that most programs do offer financial aid, accept insurance or have other financing options.

Insurance is the most common method for financing treatment. The amount which insurance carriers are willing to cover depends upon the insurer, the patient’s plan, and what agreements may exist between the provider and the insurer. It is critical to ascertain these details prior to client enrollment, so as to avoid potentially unresolvable financial headaches later.

Plenty of free, or low-income, options are available in many areas. While they are not nearly as “luxurious” as many private facilities, they offer many of the same core services.

Regardless of whether a facility is recognized by whichever insurance plan a client may have, many offer financing options that are amenable to those of all income levels. Many offer assistance with crowd-sourcing initiatives (such as GoFundMe) in order to alleviate the financial strain that may bring in terms of the program’s price tag as well as the “opportunity cost” of the client being unable to provide for loved ones for the duration of the stay.

Regardless of the patient’s ability to finance in the short term, it is paramount that all involved realize that this step in the patient’s recovery is quite possibly the most important investment that can be made in his or her future. 30-90 days of treatment may mean the difference between a hopeless case and a miracle, and it’s hard to put a price tag on that.

Questions To Ask Providers

Atlanta inpatient drug rehab programs are fully customizable and no single approach will work for all clients; therefore it is paramount that a facility be flexible. Other considerations are as follows:

  • What kind of addictions does the inpatient rehab specialize in?

    It is crucial that the client attend a facility that has extensive experience treating his or her specific addiction and, if applicable, any co-occurring disorders. The center should have personnel with experience in addressing issues that may be unique to clients with the same drug of choice.

  • What types of therapies are offered?

    Does the facility offer family therapy? Yoga? Extensive time in one-on-one sessions, or more time in a group? Research performed ahead of time is invaluable.

  • What kinds of aftercare plans/options do they offer?

    Many inpatient rehabs also feature transitioning into outpatient treatment and sober living homes. If these services are not available within the same program, most reputable inpatient programs have affiliate services through which such care may be obtained or at least referral networks to such services.

  • What licensing / credentials should you look for?

    Any legitimate Atlanta inpatient rehab should have a license from the Georgia Department of Community Health. If they do not have one, stay clear. Other signs of trust include:

    National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers Membership
    Joint Commission certification
    CARF accreditation
    Having skilled, licensed, and experienced professionals can make all the difference regarding whether a client remains sober upon release from inpatient. The most important question to ask is whether the therapists possess a Master’s Level Degree or above? If not, they aren’t technically therapists.

  • What kind of peer support is offered?

    Group therapy among residents is essential to a client’s recovery post-treatment, as lifelong bonds are often formed with fellow residents within the program. Regarding meetings beyond the inpatient facility, it may be important to consider whether the program has involvement with 12-step or other recovery groups.

  • What payment options are offered?

    If the client is insured, locating programs in Atlanta that accept that insurance should be a top priority. If the client is uninsured, it may be a good idea to ask if a potential treatment center offers scholarships or in-house financing. Or to look for a free or sliding scale treatment option.

The above service is not part of The Summit Wellness Group Program. However, we recognize that it is vital to one’s long-term sobriety. If you or a loved one require any services that we do not offer we work to refer you to one of our trusted network of affiliates.

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