What to expect coming into an inpatient treatment facility?

What is Inpatient Treatment? This term refers to medical treatment that is provided in a hospital or facility that requires at least one overnight stay. With outpatient treatment, patients receive medical services performed in an office-based setting or clinic. Roughly 21 million Americans have at least one addiction, but only about 10% of them receive treatment. Here’s five things you can expect when checking into an inpatient rehab facility.

  1. First, you will be searched upon entry of the facility, both body and luggage. Before you fill out any paperwork, a male or female staff member is required to do a physical search of your clothes and check to make sure no drugs or paraphernalia are being smuggled in. This is for the safety of both the patient admitting and the current residents of the house. Next, the clothes you packed will be put through the washer and dryer. Any dangerous contraband and personal items including cell phone, keys, wallet etc. will be placed into your personal bin, which is locked inside the staff office.
  2. Then you will begin signing the intake paperwork which includes various consents to treatment, financial agreements, medical assessments, program rules and expectations, and releases of information for any friends or family members. Legally, these documents must be signed during the time of admission in order to participate in the program.
  3. Next, you will be allowed one “safe call” to either a friend or family, to let them know you made it in safely. You will be placed on a 3-day blackout period which means no phone privileges. Most treatment centers do not allow cell phone use, house phone is available during allotted times. This policy is in place, so patients are not distracted by outside issues while they receive treatment.
  4. After you have finished intake, staff will show you to the room you are assigned to. At first, you will usually be put in the detox room so staff can monitor your symptoms more closely. After you complete the detox portion of the program, generally 3-5 days, when you feel more stable you will move to a residential room where you will stay for the duration of your stay.
  5. Within the first 24 hours of admission, you will be seen by the nurse for another medical assessment than to the Doctor’s office for a complete physical and full medical and mental evaluation. The doctor will prescribe standard medications for discomfort along with a 5-7-day medication taper to slowly help you detox. The doctor may order labs and tests based on your health history.

When all is said and done, you will be encouraged to rest, eat, and drink lots of water. In the first couple days you may feel intense withdrawal symptoms like anxiety and discomfort, which is normal for any kind of medical detox. Once your body starts to recover and you finish detoxing, you will meet with your primary therapist and case manager. At residential, you will be expected to attend all group activities including psychotherapy groups, drug and alcohol education, individual therapy, 12 step meetings, yoga/meditation, breathwork, relapse prevention, case management, daily living skills, exercise and chores.

A lot of times people do not stay sober on their first attempt, which is why it is highly recommended to follow the treatment plan your case manager determines based on your needs.

The clinical team will always strongly suggest you enroll in an outpatient program and stay in a sober living environment. 30 days in treatment will not cure a life-long battle with drugs or alcohol, it will get you physically sober and mentally stronger. The journey to recovery never ends, you will need to treat this disease every day which in the rooms they say, “it’s a daily reprieve”. By surrounding yourself with people that are positive influences and support your new lifestyle in time, you will begin to feel a sense of safety in the community of 12 step programs. There are many other non 12 step recovery modalities which some people prefer rather than anonymous programs, which are also available.

Let’s get real here, I often hear “relapse is a part of recovery”, which essentially is true however, it doesn’t have to be. Getting sober is easy, most addicts and alcoholics know what it feels like to be sick. Most wake-up every day, sweating, shaking, ready to throw up feeling sick and tired of being sick and tired. It gets to a point where you feel as if your underwater and coming up for air is getting drunk or using, trapped within a prison of your own distorted thinking. There are lots of ways we can “get sober”, whether you do it for family, court system, significant other, kids or yourself which they say “whatever gets you here” but I was always taught, “it’s what keeps you coming back”. When you finally hit that point to where the pain is greater than the fear of changing, you’re ready to take the next step. For many of us this includes checking into detox. Most require the structure, safety and support that inpatient treatment offers. We may have used alone, and so the isolation of addiction creates however, we cannot recover alone. Many of us have tried to do this on our own on either a couch, mom’s house, county jail, 51/50, sitting in a car, in a garage, whatever your bottom looks like try and find the similarities rather than the differences. Because pain is the touchstone of spiritual growth.



in Chatsworth, California

Two million Americans are dependent on cocaine or other stimulants. These are some of the most commonly abused drugs in the world – but also some of the hardest for addicts to quit. With the right treatment, it’s possible to quit stimulant use and start on the path to recovery.

Golden Road Recovery in Chatsworth CA is experienced in treating stimulant addictions. We offer detox, treatment and aftercare services, allowing you to receive all of your treatment services under one roof. Contact us today to learn more about our treatment services for stimulant addictions.

What are Stimulants? What Makes Them Addictive?

Stimulants speed up the body’s systems. These drugs come from legitimate sources, or they can be manufactured exclusively for the illicit market. Prescription stimulants are most commonly used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and include Adderall (amphetamine-dextroamphetamine) and Ritalin (methylphenidate).

Illicit stimulants include methamphetamine, cocaine and ecstasy. Both prescription and illicit stimulants are addictive and have the potential for abuse. People who use stimulants can become dependent because the drugs make them feel alert, awake and energized. Over time, users find it difficult to live without these substances.

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Why are Stimulants Dangerous?

Even though people tend to feel good on stimulants, these drugs take a toll on the brain. The American Psychological Association says that stimulants pack a triple-whammy to people’s decision-making capabilities, negatively impacting their reasoning abilities and making it more difficult to control impulsiveness and compulsiveness.

Stimulant users face problems both physically and psychologically. Here are some of the most concerning dangers to be aware of:


Detox from Stimulant Drugs

The first step in quitting stimulants is detox. During detox, doctors manage the physical symptoms as you get the drugs out of your system. The detox process is no picnic, but it’s a lot easier when you have a medical team by your side to manage your symptoms and help you through each phase.

The intensity of your detox symptoms depends on the severity of your addiction. People who use stimulants for a long time, take them in high doses and/or combine them with other drugs can expect a longer and harder detox process. This happens because it takes longer for the body to rid itself of the drugs.

Some of the most common detox stimulant symptoms include mood swings, depression, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, cravings and restlessness. Usually these symptoms last a week, though some may last longer. Rest assured that medication and behavioral therapy are available to manage these symptoms.

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Inpatient Treatment for Stimulant Addiction

Once you have completed detox from stimulants, you’ll move onto a treatment program. Golden Road Recovery offers inpatient treatment that follows our medically supervised detox. We offer a comfortable residence in Chatsworth CA where clients can continue recovering from their stimulant addiction while learning essential life skills and coping strategies.

Furthermore, our inpatient treatment program follows a whole-body approach that addresses your mind, body and spirit. We’ll help you heal from your addiction while helping you build a healthier and happier version of your new self. Contact the admissions department at Golden Road Recovery to learn more about our programs.

Why Group Support is So Important

Group support offers clients a chance to hear different perspectives and share thoughts. Let’s start by talking about the benefits in which attending a group can be helpful. Group therapy can help bring people together who are going through a difficult time or have shared similar experiences. Participating in a group can offer insights that you may be too close to the situation to see. Processing and opening up about past traumas or uncomfortable feeling around others helps to take the power out of the pain, then making it easier to work through in an individual therapy session. Like we hear in the program, what we can’t do alone we can do together. Generally speaking, a clinician facilitating a group will choose a topic or theme which will prompt clients to begin sharing on the said topic relating their experience, which often brings up painful or joyful memories for the client to focus attention and awareness to how they behave as a result of their past. It is important to practice mindfulness and grounding exercises when someone begins to talk about a dangerous or traumatic experience, which should allow the client to share without re-living the whole situation. This can include being in the here and now, rather than living in the past or feeling shame behind previous experiences. Like we often hear in 12 step support groups, what we can’t do alone we can do together. There is power in numbers, which is why I recommend to getting in the middle of the circle.