What are the criteria for inpatient rehab?

The Hader Clinic
The Hader Clinic
May 30, 2023
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How to qualify for inpatient rehab for drug or alcohol abuse

Entering residential rehabilitation can be a major turning point in the lives of those struggling with addiction. But it’s not necessarily the right course of action for everyone. 

At The Hader Clinic, our mission is to set our clients on the path to long-term sobriety by teaching them how to break their addictions and transcend their triggers. While our medically trained specialists can treat those with severe drug and alcohol dependencies, some clients would be better served by hospitalisation. 

This guide will give you the clear criteria you need to meet to enter inpatient drug and alcohol rehab. We’ll also explain why we might be unable to accommodate certain cases. 

If you’re struggling with substance abuse, or have a loved one who is, then contact our team to discuss inpatient rehabilitation. A 30-minute conversation with our team could be the first step towards years of sobriety, happiness and fulfilment.

When you should consider inpatient rehab

You can’t quit on your own

Substance abuse disorders rewire the pathways in our brains, making it nearly impossible for addicts to go about their days without being intoxicated, even lightly. 

You may have tried, unsuccessfully, to quit using or drinking without professional help. Not only is it mentally and physically exhausting to quit on your own, but the environment around you may be filled with addiction triggers that you may not even recognise.

An inpatient rehab facility gives you a safe and secure environment free of triggers and filled with specialists who can help you on your recovery journey.

Addiction is destroying your relationships

An individual’s addiction is a community’s struggle. Addicts may find themselves breaking promises to loved ones and friends, failing to meet work commitments, stealing to feed their addiction, and lying about the depth of their problem and the actions they’ve committed to sustaining it. This can lead to the breakdown of marriages and parent/child relationships, the loss of friendships and unemployment, leaving the addict isolated and even more desperate for narcotics.

No matter how ‘functional’ you believe your addiction to be, it’s only a matter of time before it begins to erode your deepest and most important relationships.

Inpatient rehab can give you the therapy you need to realise what your addiction has done to you and your loved ones, and give you a space to try to mend those relationships.

You are no longer physically or mentally stable

Drug and alcohol addiction can cause a range of physical disorders, including organ damage, muscle atrophy, loss of memory and degradation of executive brain functions. Substance abuse can also intensify any mental health problems you’re facing.

Inpatient rehab can offer a range of therapies to treat your primary addiction and improve your mental and physical well-being. The Hader Clinic’s recovery model is built on this idea: a holistic approach that addresses a patient’s physical, psychological and social needs will improve their chances of long-term sobriety.

Criteria for rehab placement

The two most important criteria for inpatient rehab admission are:

  1. You want to be clean and sober.
  2. You are at least 18 years old.

You must meet those two before you even consider the rest:

  • Gender: we treat all people of all gender identities and sexualities.
  • Addiction level: you must be physically capable of attending the therapies we offer and mentally capable of participating in them.
  • Medical history: you will need to provide your medical history as fully as possible. We may need to contact your current physician to discuss your history, medications and any constraints to treatment.
  • Evaluation: we will need your consent to conduct a physical and psychological assessment. We will use the results to create a personalised treatment plan for you.
  • Drug testing: you will need to consent to regular drug testing.

Do I need to be sober when I arrive at rehab?

You do not need to be sober when you arrive at inpatient rehab. In fact, totally quitting drugs and alcohol without medical supervision can be dangerous. At The Hader Clinic, you will first enter a 14- or 28-day detox and withdrawal program to help ease your mind and body into sobriety.

Do I need a medical referral to go to drug and alcohol rehab?

You do not need a medical referral for a rehab placement. Your physician may refer you to rehab or suggest that you attend one, but you can apply to rehab without a referral.

Criteria that exclude you from entering rehab

If the physical and mental toll of your substance abuse is too significant, it may be more beneficial for you to seek hospitalisation and specialist care. 

The Hader Clinic has a responsibility to our clients to create a safe environment, which is why we cannot admit those who are likely to physically harm our clients or staff, or who are otherwise unwilling to participate in a group living environment. 

How to pay for residential drug and alcohol rehab

The cost of staying in a rehab facility will depend on what services you need and how long your stay is. Every patient’s fee will be unique. However, you can use our rehab pricing guide for a clear breakdown of our costs.

You can use your private insurance or Medicare to pay for all or part of your stay in inpatient rehabilitation. The Hader Clinic works with all private health insurers.

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