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Why Subacute Rehab is Effective for Less Severe Disorders

Why Subacute Rehab is Effective for Less Severe Disorders

Different treatments for different conditions
There are many different substance addictions and mental health disorders that people can develop and sadly, millions of Americans suffer from the symptoms of either one or both conditions. Not one person will suffer exactly the same as another, which is why treatment centers across the nation offer different program options to cater to each patient’s unique and specific needs. Acute rehab is designed for people with severe addictions or disorders, while subacute rehab is effective for those with less severe disorders.

Differences Between Subacute and Acute Rehab

Before beginning treatment, patients undergo a thorough assessment that determines their mental and physical well-being. Depending on the results, patients will either begin an acute or subacute rehab program. Acute rehab is for patients who have severe symptoms and will need extensive treatment and continual monitoring. During the acute, or inpatient, treatment, patients will detox, attend therapy sessions, eat, sleep and recover in a facility. It is recommended for patients to stay in the facility because they do not have control over their behaviors and addictive triggers yet.

For patients who experience less severe symptoms, the subacute rehab program allows them the freedom to come and go as they please. Patients are required to attend a couple hours of therapy sessions at least twice a week. Once their sessions are over, they are allowed to return home to their normal lives. Patients who are part of the outpatient program have more control over their addictive behaviors and are equipped to utilize the tools they learned during their sessions.

Before patients are able to participate in the outpatient program, they must undergo a detoxification (detox) process to safely remove all toxic substances from their bodies. Like subacute rehab, subacute detox is for less severe addictions. This detox can be completed with or without medicinal or nutritional support. It is recommended for those with less severe addiction because it is a less extensive process. This is the most natural way to detox from a substance because it does not require medicinal support.


What to Expect During Subacute Rehab

Before patients admit themselves into a subacute rehab facility, they begin their road to recovery with a simple phone call to the facility. While on the phone, they will learn about the facility, what programs are offered, what to expect during treatment and what they are allowed to bring. Additionally, the facility will provide a complimentary insurance evaluation to make sure that all programs at the facility are covered. Once everything has been established over the phone, patients will set an admissions date and prepare themselves for one of the most valuable experiences of their lives.

When patients enter a subacute rehab facility, they will be greeted by friendly staff and escorted around the facility for a tour and explanation of the rules and regulations. Because patients will only be receiving treatment at the facility, they will meet with their case worker, a therapist and psychiatrist in order to diagnose each condition they may be suffering from. Following the assessment, the medical professionals will craft an effective plan that meets each patient’s unique and specific needs.


Effective Treatment Programs

Subacute rehab facilities offer a wide variety of treatment options that are designed around the wants and needs of each patient. The most effective treatments include a combination of traditional and experiential therapies, such as:

  • Group
  • Outdoor
  • Family
  • Cognitive Behavioral

Each therapy is designed to teach patients how to recognize their negative behaviors in order to replace them with positive coping mechanisms. The family therapy is especially effective for proper treatment; it allows patients to rebuild trust with their loved ones. Patients and their families learn how addiction controls every aspect of life, how it can be properly treated and how to support someone through the difficult process of recovery.

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