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Substance addiction affects millions of people in the United States every year, and like other chronic medical conditions, addiction can be treated. If you or a loved one are looking for help, you are not alone.

In 2019 alone, Nevada hospitals reported:2

  • 54,385 inpatient admissions related to alcohol and drug use.
  • 5,489 patients had a primary diagnosis related to alcohol.
  • 3,657 patients had a primary diagnosis related to drugs.

Nationwide substance use statistics further reveal that in 2020:1

  • 3 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) in the past year.
  • 2% (or 28.3 million people) had an alcohol use disorder (AUD).
  • 6% (or 18.4 million people) had an illicit (illegal) drug use disorder.
  • 16% (or 6.5 million people) had both an AUD and an illegal drug use disorder in the past year.

In short, many Americans in Nevada and across the nation are struggling with substance abuse. This article will help you understand the benefits of inpatient rehabilitation (rehab), the types of inpatient rehab centers, and most important, how to access local inpatient rehab centers—whether in the state of Nevada or anywhere else in the country.

What Is Inpatient Rehab?

Inpatient rehab refers to a level of care to treat alcohol and drug addiction (substance use disorder, or SUD) where the person lives at the rehab center for the length of treatment.5 Inpatient rehab offers 24-hour care and support.5

Inpatient rehab centers in Las Vegas come in different settings. Some are in acute care hospitals, while others are in specialized addiction treatment centers that cover all levels of care, from detox through aftercare programs. Think of a “higher level of care” on the spectrum of intensive care. The more intensive services have credentialed staff—for example, medical doctors, registered nurses, and other licensed addiction professionals such as counselors and social workers.

Though you essentially live at treatment during inpatient rehab, not all inpatient rehab programs in Las Vegas are residential (acute care hospitals). Residential rehab program often lasts longer than traditional inpatient rehab, takes place in a non-hospital setting, and is staffed mainly by non-clinical personnel.5

Do I Need Inpatient Rehab?

To truly know whether or not inpatient rehab is right for you, talk to your doctor. They can help you decide what level of care you need based on confidential health assessments, including medical history and a physical exam.

But if you’re looking for some signs to help you decide whether or not you need to ask for help, behaviors or symptoms that indicate you may need substance use treatment include:7

  • Spending a lot of time getting and using alcohol or drugs.
  • Wanting to cut down or stop using, but not being able to.
  • Missing work or school or often arriving late because of intoxication or recovering from the night before.
  • Problems with family, friends, or people at work.
  • Spending less time working, enjoying hobbies, or being with others because you are using substances.
  • Feeling sick when drug use is reduced or stopped (body aches, stomach cramping, diarrhea, trouble sleeping, feeling depressed).

How Long Does Inpatient Rehab Last?

Inpatient rehab varies in length depending on the intensity of treatment you need. Some short-term inpatient rehab programs in Las Vegas might last only a few days to a few weeks at a time, while long-term inpatient rehab could last from 6 to 12 months or more.2

Factors that may impact treatment length include:

  • Your substance use history (the substance(s) you use, how long you’ve been using it, how much you take).
  • Your overall physical and mental health.
  • Cost.
  • Insurance benefits.

You and your treatment team will discuss the length of stay from the beginning and throughout treatment.

In Nevada in 2020, 18 treatment centers offered short-term inpatient care and 24 offered long-term inpatient programs.4

What Therapy Types Does Inpatient Rehab in Las Vegas Offer?

During inpatient rehab, the number of hours of clinical treatment with a licensed medical or mental health professional can vary from 5 hours per week in low-intensity settings to 16 hours per day in high-intensity settings.12 Addiction is both a medical and behavioral disease and as such, effective treatment needs to address both physical and mental symptoms.6 Some common behavioral approaches are:

Does Insurance Cover Inpatient Rehab in Las Vegas?

Along with the Affordable Care Act, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act ensures that insurance companies cover mental health and substance use at the same level as other forms of medical treatment.11 But insurance may not cover the entire cost of treatment. It’s important to ask your insurance company what they will and won’t cover before you enter treatment.

If insurance doesn’t cover the entire cost of rehab, or if you don’t have insurance, don’t give up. There are other ways to pay for inpatient rehab as well. Options include payment plans, sliding-scale fees, state grants, and others.

How to Choose the Right Inpatient Rehab Program in Nevada

When deciding which treatment setting will work best for you, it is important to understand what the inpatient program offers. For some people, it may be important to choose a program that includes medication to help ease withdrawal symptoms. Some may need special care for co-occurring mental health issues. Others may prefer small group functions or need additional support to regain employment and housing. The benefits that fit your long-term recovery plans will help you make comfortable, informed decisions.

Finding Inpatient Rehab Facilities in Las Vegas

As of 2020, there are 16,606 drug and alcohol rehab centers in the United States.4 In Nevada, there are 109 treatment centers to choose from.4 This might seem overwhelming, but you are not alone in this. We are here to help you find the right inpatient rehab center closest to you that will meet your needs.

American Addiction Centers (AAC) is a leading provider of inpatient rehab in Nevada and nationwide. One rehab center to consider is AAC’s own Desert Hope Treatment Center. Like all AAC treatment centers, Desert Hope meets the highest national standards for safety and quality of care as demonstrated by our multiple accreditation certifications, including the Joint Commission (JC) and the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

For more information on how to start inpatient rehab, call our admissions line at or read about our admissions process.