Rehab for Women: Can You Recover at Home?

May 5, 2021

The decision to start rehab for women has a lot of factors. Work and family demands, level of support, and access to programs are a few of the main ones. You may be in the middle of making that decision right now and unable to figure out how to make a commitment. Today, let’s talk about how inpatient and outpatient programs help in different ways and what recovery can look like in either one.

Inpatient drug rehab for women can last from several weeks to several months, as treatment plans vary based on individual needs. Inpatient options are highly structured environments with 24-hour care and use a combination of individual and group activities to help patients learn strategies to stay sober. They may begin with a medically-supervised detox to move a patient safely through withdrawal symptoms. Outpatient options can be virtual or in-person. Traditional outpatient services focus on building skills to manage stress, and communicate in healthy ways in order to avoid relapsing. 

What does rehab for women involve?

Let’s begin with what inpatient treatment looks like. You’re in a setting with 24-hour supervision and care. You go through a process of a medically-supervised detox to safely move you through withdrawal. From the time you begin a residential program, your days are structured to maximize your recovery work and support. You’re attending therapy sessions, both individual and group. If you’ve been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or another mental health concern, your program includes treating its conditions at the same time. For women with trauma, rehab for alcohol use also includes trauma-informed care. In all these areas, a team of professionals helps you learn strategies to cope with conditions while staying sober. Rehab for women also includes life skills training and family education elements. Throughout a program, you’re also preparing for the next stage of your recovery. This preparation comes through working with a coordinator for your continuing care needs.

What are my outpatient options?

Outpatient support is recommended for patients following residential treatment or it can be a first step. Since the pandemic began, there’s been a rise in virtual services for substance use help. Online programs may follow the same structure of traditional outpatient services. They typically involve individual therapy and group counseling. Outpatient programs can help women understand the harm of alcohol use to themselves and learn strategies to help them stay sober. These strategies may include setting goals, learning to manage stress, and practicing health communication. The effectiveness of outpatient treatment can be increased if a woman has a stable environment at home and the support of family or close friends.

How do I know if I need inpatient drug rehab for women?

Certain changes to your body, thinking, and behavior related to drug use can be signs you should consider an inpatient program. Physically, it could be substance use leading to an injury or injuries. You may notice your tolerance to a drug has increased. A change in appetite or sleeping patterns can be other signs of a drug’s impact on your wellness. You may have tried to quit using and felt the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms, including cravings, constipation or diarrhea, or seizures. You may keep using even when you know it’s added risks to an existing medical condition. For many women, signs of needing rehab can come from struggling in relationships, avoiding responsibilities, or spending more time with people who enable drug use. Arrests for drug-related crimes are a red flag, too. In each situation, looking at how changes to your physical health, your mind, and your family and social life are connected to drug use is a place to start.

How long is rehab if I can’t recover at home?

The length of residential treatment for substance use can vary. Short-term programs can last several weeks. More extensive treatment can take several months. The reason for the difference comes from what a facility is set up to offer and what an individual patient needs. Treatment plans are personalized. These plans are created using an assessment of a patient’s substance use history and other relevant details. Those may include a co-occurring disorder, such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress. The length of a patient’s stay also may be influenced by the policy limits of a patient’s health insurance coverage. These are important topics to add to a conversation with an admissions specialist. They will guide you through the process to ensure their facility is a match for your recovery needs and coordinate the details of your arrival when you’re ready to start treatment.


Hannah’s House is a well-known care provider offering a range of treatment programs targeting the recovery from substance use, mental health issues, and beyond. Our mission is to provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration. We offer renowned clinical care for addiction and have the compassion and professional expertise to guide you toward lasting sobriety. For information on our programs, call us today: 561.841.1272.

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