Choosing the Best Inpatient Sedative Addiction Rehab

Dr. Susanne Reed
Calendar icon Last Updated: 02/10/2022

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Sedatives are prescription medications used to manage anxiety and sleep issues. Examples of sedatives include sleeping pills, benzodiazepines, and barbiturates. Sedatives are controlled substances by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) due to their potential for misuse which can lead to physiological dependence and sedative addiction.1

If you are misusing sedatives, you may want to consider an inpatient sedative addiction rehab. At an inpatient program, you receive around-the-clock care, an individualized treatment plan, several types of therapy, and more.

What is Inpatient Sedative Addiction Rehab?

Inpatient sedative addiction rehab is a great place to start recovery if you need 24-hour access to doctors, nurses, and therapists. You are given the physical and mental health care you need during early recovery so you can have a clear mind when learning new sober skills. Many people enter inpatient treatment after completing a detox program, but it is not required.

Many people benefit from inpatient treatment because they are separated from their everyday using environment, which is full of triggers and stressors, so they can focus solely on their recovery journey. Inpatient rehabs are often located in peaceful, serene environments, such as by the beach, in the mountains, or in the desert.

An inpatient sedative addiction rehab may be best for people who have:

  • A severe sedative addiction
  • A polydrug addiction
  • A co-occurring mental health disorder
  • A comorbid medical condition
  • An unstable housing situation
  • A lack of a sober support system

How to Choose an Inpatient Treatment Program

If you are ready to change your life, choose a program that can lead to success. Finding the right inpatient sedative addiction rehab takes a little research, but it is worth the effort.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) developed a list of characteristics that qualify a treatment program as being a great resource. The list includes the following traits:3

  • Staff and professionals with licenses in good standing
  • Program facility accreditation
  • Treatment plans based on individual needs
  • Behavioral therapies to teach essential skills for recovery
  • Medication to ease withdrawal symptoms and control cravings
  • Mental health programming to treat co-occurring disorders
  • Physical health programming to treat dual diagnoses
  • Recovery support services
  • Long-term support with treatment plan adaptations as needed

SAMSHA notes additional characteristics of a quality inpatient sedative addiction rehab, including:4

  • Family therapies
  • Aftercare planning
  • Cost and payment options that take individual circumstances into consideration

Additional considerations for making the right treatment choice include:5

  • Treatment approaches
  • Treatment philosophy
  • Amenities provided and what you need to bring
  • Rules and expectations of the program
  • Location and transportation availability

When comparing inpatient rehabs, you’ll want to make sure to ask a lot of questions to make suer you end up with the right program for you. You don’t have to settle for a program that doesn’t feel like a good fit.

What Happens at Inpatient Sedative Addiction Rehab?

The structure of inpatient sedative addiction rehab ensures you receive all the program’s benefits. The goal is to establish an integrative treatment plan that meets your needs so you can learn how to avoid sedative use in the future. You may not know what to expect when you arrive at rehab, but the treatment process doesn’t have to be confusing. The information below will help demystify what happens at rehab.

Intake and Assessment

When you arrive at rehab, you will first go through intake and receive an assessment. The assessment is comprehensive so that the doctors and therapists can create an appropriate action plan. Information you provide in the evaluation may include:6

  • Your family’s history of physical health, psychological disorders, and substance use or misuse
  • Your history of physical and psychological health and sedative misuse
  • Legal problems, current or past
  • Supportive persons who can help you in recovery
  • Education
  • Insurance or payment information
  • Religious or spiritual beliefs
  • Special accommodations
  • Goals for treatment and after treatment
  • Strengths that can help you in recovery

The information will help determine a diagnosis and confirm that inpatient sedative addiction rehab is the correct level of care. Then, the staff will create a treatment plan.

Detox Treatment for Withdrawal

If you have a history of withdrawal symptoms or are currently experiencing withdrawal, your treatment team may decide that you need to go through detox before beginning therapy. Detox involves a set of interventions aimed at managing withdrawal symptoms and achieving a medically-stable, substance-free state.

Sedative withdrawal can range from mildly uncomfortable to severe and potentially life-threatening. Sedative withdrawal symptoms may include:1

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Shakiness
  • Anxiety
  • Palpitations
  • Insomnia
  • Cravings
  • Hallucinations

Although rare, seizures and delirium tremens can happen, which is why professional oversight is so important.
Though there is no FDA-approved withdrawal medication for sedatives, your treatment team may choose to substitute a long-acting sedative for your short-acting sedative that you misuse. This can help to manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings while you detox. Then, they will slowly taper you off the long-acting sedative to prevent sudden withdrawal symptoms to emerge.2

Therapies and Interventions

Once you go through the detox process, you can begin the therapeutic part of inpatient sedative addiction rehab. Behavioral therapies and interventions teach you how to avoid relapsing on sedatives once you leave the security of inpatient treatment. Below are standard therapies with proven success in treating substance use disorders:7

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): Supports the idea that your thoughts influence your feelings, influencing you to act or react. CBT’s multiple subtypes are adaptable when more specific treatment is needed, including mindfulness CBT and dialectical behavior therapy.
  • Contingency management (CM): Motivates you to stay in treatment and stay sober. You get vouchers and incentives as rewards the longer you remain sober.
  • Motivational enhancement therapy (MET): Improves motivation to attend and stay in rehab. It is most effective when combined with CBT.
  • 12-step meetings: Offer beneficial peer support and a structured plan to help you recognize the power sedatives have over you, accept that you have a substance use disorder, and learn steps to aid recovery.
  • Family and couples therapy: Focuses on healing those affected by and who have played a role in your sedative use disorder. Setting healthy boundaries, avoiding enabling behaviors, and communicating better are a few goals of family therapy.
  • Aftercare planning and case management: Help you predict potential triggers and problems and prepare to overcome them before leaving inpatient sedative addiction rehab.

Alternative and holistic therapies may be part of your schedule if your treatment team feels they can benefit your recovery. Examples of alternative therapies include equine, art, and music therapy. Holistic treatments include yoga, meditation, and acupuncture.

How to Pay for Inpatient Sedative Addiction Rehab

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 established that insurance companies can no longer limit coverage for addiction and must provide treatment that is comparable to other medical benefits. This act applies to companies with group health insurance plans for over 50 employees. It does not apply to companies with less than 50 staff.8

Fortunately, you have multiple other options to cover inpatient sedative addiction rehab costs, including:9,10

  • Private insurance: If your insurance plan does not qualify for the MHPAEA, check with your insurance company to see exactly how much is covered. Many insurance companies pay for inpatient sedative addiction rehab, though the extent may vary.
  • Local or county funding: Typically, county drug and alcohol departments are issued state funding to cover treatment costs for those without insurance and who can’t afford treatment.
  • Grants and scholarships: Depending on the treatment center, they may have funding available or waive the costs for people who qualify for services. These funds can help extend your time in treatment or cover the amount your insurance company did not pay.
  • Join a research study: If you want to try cutting-edge medications and treatments and make money, watch out for research studies that focus on sedative use disorders. If you qualify, you may receive compensation for participation.
  • The Veterans Hospital: If you served in the military, you could receive treatment at your regional Veterans Administration hospital.
  • Local resources: Some community organizations donate to good causes like addiction recovery. Check with local churches and non-profit organizations to see if you qualify.
  • Self-pay: If you must self-pay, work with the inpatient sedative addiction rehab to establish a payment plan or ask about sliding fee scales. Don’t be afraid to negotiate on your behalf.

Before entering treatment, you must find out payment information to avoid creating financial triggers later. Work with treatment centers covered by your insurance first. Then move through the other options.

What Happens After Inpatient Sedative Addiction Rehab?

Completing inpatient sedative addiction rehab does not mean your overall recovery treatment has to end. As you re-enter your home environment, you must implement your new recovery skills. You do not have to do this alone, however.

The best treatment plan operates on a continuum of care, meaning you step down from intensive care into a less restrictive level of care, such as partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient programs. Also, before leaving inpatient sedative addiction rehab, you can receive aftercare planning in which you and your treatment team collaborate to create a post-rehab relapse prevention plan.

Aftercare planning may also be called recovery capital, recovery support, or case management. It helps you to establish contact with numerous community resources to support you in relapse prevention when transitioning home. Services like the following support recovery:11

  • Continuing treatment for sedative use disorder
  • Continuing treatment for a mental health disorder
  • Continuing treatment for medical conditions
  • Continuing family therapy
  • Connecting you and your family to community support groups and 12-step facilitation groups, including Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) and SMART Recovery
  • Managing medication
  • Training in vocational skills
  • Searching for jobs
  • Finding appropriate housing, including sober living homes
  • Establishing transportation options
  • Setting educational goals
  • Attending recovery activities and events
  • Attending alternative and holistic therapies

If you are ready to start searching for the best inpatient sedative addiction rehab center, there is no better day than today. We want to make your search much easier so you can spend time preparing for the great changes that lie ahead rather than trying to figure out which rehab to choose.

We will connect you to a treatment center that can provide everything from an assessment to aftercare planning when you call us at 800-926-9037 (Info iconWho Answers?) to speak with a treatment specialist. We are here 24/7, so don’t hesitate to contact us anytime.


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Susanne Reed has a PhD in Education and a Master's degree in Psychology. She worked for more than 20 years in the mental health and substance abuse fields as a counselor, director, and Addiction Counseling business owner. She has been a blog and article writer since 2016 for individual therapists, treatment facilities, sober living homes, and addiction specialists, as well as other industries. She