Choosing the Best Inpatient Secobarbital Addiction Rehab

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Secobarbital is a type of medication known as a barbiturate.1,2 A barbiturate is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant that slows activity in the brain, causes relaxation, and helps induce sleep.2 When taken as prescribed, barbiturates are typically fairly safe, but misusing drugs like secobarbital can lead to tolerance, physiological dependence and withdrawal, and addiction.3 Fortunately, an inpatient secobarbital addiction rehab can help you stop using and provide you with the skills you need to maintain sobriety in the long run.

What is Inpatient Secobarbital Addiction Rehab?

Inpatient secobarbital addiction rehab is an intensive treatment option that includes 24/7 care. If you choose to attend an inpatient rehab, you will live at the facility. These programs are highly structured, and each aspect of the program is designed to be therapeutic. Some residential treatment facilities use a therapeutic community model, which means your peers and staff are part of your treatment. This model can help improve your relationship skills, which is believed to positively impact recovery.4

Some inpatient rehabs can be completed in 30 days, while other programs take at least 90 days to complete. Research shows that for most people, treatment needs to be at least 90 days to be effective.5

During your stay in inpatient secobarbital addiction rehab, you will most likely follow a daily schedule. A sample of a daily schedule in rehab is:

7:00 AM: Breakfast
8:00 AM: Meditation
8:30 AM: Exercise
10:00 AM: Snack
10:30 AM: Group Therapy
12:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM: Group Therapy
2:00 PM: Individual Therapy
3:00 PM: Snack
3:30 PM: Coping Skills Group
4:30 PM: Journaling
5:00 PM: Dinner
6:00 PM: Free Time
7:00 PM: 12-Step Meeting
9:00 PM: Lights Out

Inpatient rehab programs might be a good fit for you if you need intensive, 24/7 care and support to stop using secobarbital or to detox safely. Inpatient rehab may also be the best option for you if you don’t have a lot of outside support or a safe, stable place to live while you go through the beginning phases of treatment and recovery.

How to Choose an Inpatient Treatment Program

With so many rehab options available to you, it can be difficult to choose a program. However, there are some factors to consider that can help you narrow down your options and make the best choice for yourself.


If you are going to be at a treatment program for several weeks or months, you may be willing to travel farther to a treatment facility. Location is also important to consider if you live in a rural area. It’s unlikely that there will be a lot of treatment programs near you, so it can help to be realistic about the fact that you might need to travel to get care. You’ll also want to think about treatment setting. Some inpatient secobarbital addiction rehabs are located by the beach while others may be in the mountains or in the desert.

Program Accreditations

An inpatient treatment center should be accredited. An accreditation means they have reached certain standards and provide a level of care that is determined to be safe and effective for clients. The two accreditations to look for are the Joint Commission or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Staff Credentials

The staff providing care should be trained appropriately and have adequate credentials, such as Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), psychiatrists (MD), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses (PMHN), and more. Before choosing a program, make sure to ask about the credentials of the staff members who will be treating you.

Cost and Insurance

Residential rehab treatment can be expensive. Before you select a facility, it’s crucial to ask how much the program costs. If you have insurance, make sure that the rehab accepts your insurance before committing to it. And if you don’t have insurance, you’ll want to ask about payment options, such as sliding scale fees and financing plans. If you can’t otherwise afford treatment, many rehabs offer scholarships. There are also free rehab options, funded by the state.

Treatment Approach

There are standard therapy techniques that are used to treat secobarbital addiction, such as individual therapy and group counseling. However, some treatment programs may offer additional treatment modalities, such as animal-assisted therapy or other holistic techniques like yoga and meditation. You can ask about how a rehab facility treats addiction and what type of modalities they offer to help you reach your goals. It can also be helpful to ask how they view substance abuse and how they go about treating it.

What Happens at Inpatient Secobarbital Addiction Rehab?

Treatment at an inpatient secobarbital addiction rehab occurs in phases. The first step is intake and assessment. Intake and assessment allow a treatment provider to get a clear sense of what you are coming to treatment for, your history, and your treatment goals.

Once you and your provider complete the intake and assessment, a provider will create an individualized treatment plan, tailored to meet your needs. A treatment plan is essentially a provider’s plan for how they will help you reach your goals. This should be a collaborative process. While assessment takes place at the beginning of treatment, a provider should continue to assess the plan throughout treatment to make sure the therapy techniques remain effective and helpful for you.

Once you and your provider create the treatment plan, treatment can begin. A provider can use a wide variety of treatment approaches to help you accomplish your goals. Common therapeutic modalities that are used in inpatient rehab include:6,7

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a treatment approach that seeks to help you change the way you think. CBT therapists believe that your behavior directly results from the way you think and feel. If you can change the way you think, you can control your emotions and you can change the way you act. This can be helpful for addiction counseling because if you have unhelpful or illogical thoughts about drug use, changing these thoughts can help you recover.
  • Group counseling: Group counseling is a powerful therapeutic approach because it allows for each group member to give and receive feedback from people who are in a similar position.
  • Family counseling: Family counseling is shown to be helpful during inpatient treatment. Relationships can positively or negatively influence the recovery process. Family counseling can help you and your loved ones improve your relationship, work through past problems, and develop better communication skills.

An inpatient secobarbital addiction rehab center may also include holistic treatment approaches such as animal-assisted therapy, art therapy, music therapy, yoga, or meditation. Some centers may also include spiritual services or faith-based counseling. There is a wide range of treatment approaches that a center may provide. However, the core of every residential program tends to be individual therapy, group counseling, and family counseling.

How to Pay for Inpatient Treatment

There are numerous ways to pay for inpatient treatment. Every treatment facility will differ in its cost, insurance contracts, and payment options. Once you identify a secobarbital treatment program, ask and confirm with them that they accept your insurance. You can also contact your insurance provider directly to confirm that your plan covers the selected treatment program.

Some treatment programs don’t accept insurance. This isn’t usually the case, but it does happen. If you are interested in an inpatient secobarbital addiction rehab that doesn’t take insurance, you can ask if they offer scholarships or payment plans if you aren’t able to pay the full fee upfront.

Additionally, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers addiction treatment grants for those who need financial assistance. You can apply for a grant through SAMHSA’s site.

Other options may include crowdfunding or taking out a loan to pay for rehab.

What Happens After Inpatient Secobarbital Rehab?

Attending and completing treatment in inpatient rehab is an amazing, brave, and important first step. However, the work doesn’t end there. Inpatient rehab often focuses on helping you stop using Secobarbital. However, this is an early step in the recovery process. After residential treatment, your work in recovery may shift to repairing the damage that your substance abuse caused and making necessary, positive lifestyle changes.8

Toward the end of treatment, you and your treatment team may start working on an aftercare plan. An aftercare plan is essentially a plan for how you will maintain your recovery once you complete inpatient treatment. An aftercare plan may include any or all of the following:

  • Relapse prevention techniques: Relapse prevention techniques are strategies you can use to avoid using secobarbital, especially if you experience cravings or are tempted to use substances.
  • Referrals for ongoing treatment: Your treatment team at residential may provide you with referrals for intensive outpatient programs or partial hospitalization programs. Research shows ongoing treatment can help reduce the risk of relapse after inpatient treatment.8
  • Recommendation for sober living: Sober living environments are safe, stable, sober-free residencies where you can live while you transition out of residential treatment.
  • Support group meetings: Your team may recommend you join a 12-step group like Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or non-12-step group like SMART Recovery.


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