The decision by the in-patient treatment, also called full-time hospitalization, is aimed at detoxification that is the first step in the treatment process. The hospitalization must be requested by a professional, and the family support is essential.
Hospitalization is indicated for very intoxicated dependents, who are little motivated for abstinence and shows resistant behavior towards the treatment.
The dependent may have many conflicts at home, endangering their own and other people’s lives. Clinical and psychiatric complications involving patients require specialized 24/7 monitoring, not only for the medication control but also for their lives protection.
During hospitalization the patient gets help from multidisciplinary staff that will guide them on the need for changes in various aspects of their lives, with therapeutic activities aimed at raising awareness of the disease, re-education in the routine of life, reintegration into family and society, acquisition of disease coping skills, life plan and development of spirituality.
Hospitalization time varies from one patient to another and depends on the diagnosis made by the staff and its evolution. Each patient responds differently to the treatment.
The program estimates 60-day hospitalization, but it may be extended.
Family attendance at family group meetings during hospitalization contributes to a better acceptance and understanding of the disease.
Hospital discharge by clinical evolution is always the best alternative because it indicates that the patient is more psychologically prepared for their rehabilitation, since they went through all the stages of the hospitalization.
It is important to mention that the hospitalization is just one step of the treatment for detoxification and the preparation to start the therapeutic program. After discharge, with family support, the patient must continue the recovery process in out-patient or Clinical Day Treatment.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT IN-PATIENT TREATMENT:
It is a patient hospitalization after professional evaluation, when it is determined the treatment period in order to promote detoxification. With psychiatric and psychological medical support, the patient and family, during this process, recover from the crisis, and then proceed with Clinical Day Treatment.
The treatment is individualized because the disease has different severity levels and each person demands a different treatment, so it’s not possible to predict its duration.
The request is made by the doctor, but it can be requested by the family or by the patient. This way, the person will be evaluated by the technical staff that will decide on the admission.
If the hospitalization is voluntary, the patient can ask for it and will be discharged from the program after a progress evaluation with the family and with the agreement of all involved. If it is involuntary, discharge will only be granted after authorization of the person responsible for the patient.