Admitting you are addicted is a great first step in recovery and worth celebrating. However, it can quickly feel overwhelming to survey all the options in addiction treatment. There is a wide variety of options available, and for some living at home and attending treatment therapy on a flexible schedule through outpatient rehab will be a great option. But some people may benefit from residential addiction treatment programs where patients are provided with around-the-clock care in a supportive environment.
Length of Care
Residential programs vary in the length of the programs they offer in the following ways:
- Long Term – Some programs are designed for longer stays of six months or more. These programs, which are sometimes called therapeutic communities, may offer individualized apartments and other personalized amenities, which can make staying away from home for an extended period of time easier.1
- Short Term – Other programs are designed for shorter stays of 12 weeks or even less. Some of these programs are intensive, designed to assist with both physical and mental crises. Other programs are milder and focus only on addiction.
A patient’s care manager will be helpful in making decisions about a length of stay. However, it is important to note that generally patients who stay in treatment longer have better success rates of staying clean and sober.2
Many residential programs offer luxurious amenities to help patients feel more comfortable during their treatment. It also helps with retention as many facilities allow patients to leave whenever they want. If their accommodations are appealing, they are more likely to want to continue treatment.
In addition, some offerings that seem frivolous may actually have their roots within addiction treatment research. Many treatment modalities also have the effects of calming and relaxation to help patients process their recovery more easily.
When You Can’t (or Shouldn’t) Quit Alone
If you have tried to quit using drugs or alcohol on your own and yet have not managed to maintain sobriety for any length of time, then you need a residential addiction recovery. Firmly grounding yourself in your new life without drugs and alcohol while getting the support you need to make good, healthy choices and learn about your addiction will make you stronger when it’s time to go home. In this way, a residential rehab supplies you with round-the-clock resources and treatment therapies to assist you in living on your own when you are ready.
While residential programs may provide different lengths of stay and different add-on benefits, the core therapies provided within residential programs may be very similar. Most programs provide the following:
- One-on-one counseling sessions
- Family therapy sessions
- Medication, if needed, to control cravings
- Support group meetings
Residential programs also tend to outline rules for residents to follow. These rules may feel restrictive for people who are new to the program. They may not be able to connect with friends, for example, or they may not be able to talk to people from work or leave the grounds. Later, as the recovery strengthens, these rules may relax allowing the people to go to work or attend short trips with family members. The rules are designed to help patients adjust to the treatment program. They are also designed to prevent exposure to drugs and alcohol that can lead to relapse.
While almost anyone can benefit from a residential program for addiction, those with specific circumstances need the focused, round-the-clock care, including the following:
- Histories of overdose
- Histories of relapse or failed rehab attempts
- Mental health diagnosis
People with these symptoms tend to have long histories of addiction, and as a result, it might be more difficult for them to develop new ways of living while staying at home. In addition, some of these issues can make living at home difficult. People who have faced multiple arrests may have fractured home lives, and people with mental health issues may have pushed their families far enough away that recovering at home is unlikely. Recovering from addiction is difficult, and people need to have a safe and secure place to do the hard work of recovery.
Inpatient Addiction Treatment Benefits
Choosing to let go of drug and alcohol addiction and start a new life is a brave decision. You are investing in a healthier life for yourself with great benefits including the following:
- Health benefits – Substance abuse takes a toll on your physical health. By ending your addiction and pursuing health, you will start to see changes in the way you look and feel.
- Financial benefits – Paying for addiction is expensive. Although there is an investment associated with rehab, it’s always more cost effective to choose recovery and not sustain an addiction.
- Interpersonal benefits – In rehab, you will learn improved interpersonal skills to help you mend and grow relationships as your return back home after treatment.
- Career benefits – When you have clarity and presence of mind, you have the drive and energy to grab hold of the career that you’ve always wanted.
Therapy Doesn’t End
Recovering from addiction means more than simply making a vow not to use again. Recovering from addiction means developing an entirely new lifestyle and an entirely new way of dealing with common stresses. As a result, it’s a process, a lifelong commitment to self-awareness that recognizes and responds to triggers appropriately.
Many programs offer a tapering approach to treatment. When an inpatient program is complete, the person can taper off care into an outpatient program, receiving help while learning how to live at home once more. This is a vital part of the healing process. Some programs will even continue to offer ongoing aftercare beyond outpatient treatment.
At Michael’s House, we provide a comprehensive program for addiction, and we include outpatient care and recurring care for our residents who need additional help. We’d love to talk with you about the benefits of our programs and learn more about your addiction issue. Please call us at our 24-hour, toll-free helpline today.
1 “Therapeutic Communities.” National Institute on Drug Abuse. July 2015.
2 “Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction.” National Institute on Drug Abuse,.July 2016.
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