Residential rehab, also called inpatient treatment, is a type of drug and alcohol program that is designed for people with serious substance abuse issues. In this type of program, the addicted individual lives in the treatment facility with other alcoholics and addicts and is completely submersed in the recovery program. This is beneficial because often times, environmental factors make it difficult for a person to get clean and sober. A residential rehab offers a safe, controlled environment that allows a client to completely focus on their treatment.
Residential rehabs vary by length of stay and style of treatment. Short-term residential rehab is usually no more than 4 weeks, but is sometimes less than that. Some short-term residential rehabs offer a more intensive program that addresses both physical and mental crises, while others simply focus on addiction. Long-term residential rehab programs are usually 6 months or more in length. Some of these programs may offer more personal amenities such as apartments to make the client’s stay more comfortable over a long period of time. The treatment style of a residential program is typically based on the organization’s treatment methodology. Different methodologies are based on varying psychological and therapeutic techniques as well as religious beliefs.
Generally, residential rehabs approach treatment by restructuring many of the negative behavior patterns created by regular substance abuse. The treatment provided at individual and group levels is often combined with daily living structure and support. Treatment is conducted by counselors and daily living support is implemented by trained behavioral health technicians. The combination aims at creating accountability and cultivating a new self-assessment of the client. The ultimate goal is to reset a person’s routine and idea of themselves. This ensures that when they leave treatment they can continue a positive pattern of behavior and continue in their journey through recovery.
Residential Treatment includes:
- Individual, group, and family counseling
- Holistic approaches such as yoga and acupuncture
- Stress reduction techniques such as meditation
- Vocational training
- Educational services
- Relapse prevention support
- 12 Step support groups
- Some residential rehabs even have classes that teach nutrition, sustainable living, financial education, life skills and parenting classes.
Advantages of Residential Rehab:
- A higher success rate for ongoing sobriety, especially for the long-term residential rehab.
- A safe and secure environment. There is no access to alcohol or drugs or the peer pressure that can exist outside of residential rehab. There is also staff available 24/7.
- Development of structure, routine, accountability, and responsibility.
- Support with daily life skills.
- Better and constant support from peers and staff who understand the diseases of addiction and alcoholism.
- Healthy relationships are formed and nurtured.
- Better knowledge of alcoholism and addiction and how to cope with it.