Is Inpatient Residential Treatment Necessary after Detox?

You have finally admitted to yourself that you have a substance abuse problem and have taken the first step towards recovery by admitting yourself to an inpatient detox center, or at the very least you are exploring the options available in your vicinity. As you are researching the various treatment centers who are able to provide the necessary medical support for your detox, you are probably learning that most of these centers strongly encourage you to transition to their residential treatment program immediately following detox. Is this a necessary step to take in order to secure your sobriety?

A medically assisted detox program has two primary goals: to keep you medically stable and to eliminate the intoxicants from your body. While these are important steps towards sobriety, they do not address the underlying causes of your substance abuse at all. This is why residential inpatient treatment is the ideal next step upon completing your detox protocol - your mind will be clear and you will be in full possession of your faculties and able to participate actively in the treatment plan established for you. At Evolutions, we have designed our residential treatment program to dovetail perfectly with our inpatient detox, offering a seamless transition for our clients to ensure their comfort and serenity throughout the process.

While a stay in residential treatment is the ideal choice to maximize your chances at sobriety, this is not always an option for everyone. If time constraints prevent your participation in a residential treatment program, you should absolutely enroll in an intensive outpatient program to ensure you build on the progress you made in detox. While an IOP program will not provide all the therapies available in an inpatient setting, you will still receive much needed counseling and education regarding your addiction and healthy coping skills you can use in place of your substance of choice.

Recovery from a substance abuse disorder is a lifelong process which cannot be rushed or truncated. If you are serious about achieving sobriety and have the means to attend an inpatient treatment program you absolutely should. For those not blessed with this ability, enrolling in an IOP program upon completing your medical detox is the next best option to secure your sobriety and build a solid foundation of recovery. At Evolutions, we have developed a continuum of care which supports each client at every stage of their early sobriety, and can be tailored to your individual needs. If you are ready to end the vicious cycle of addiction, call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 and let us help get you started down the path of recovery!


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visit