Residential Treatment and Detox

When an individual goes into detox, the body enters the first phase of the healing process. This means the body starts to function without substance abuse. Detox can be an uplifting experience, but it can also be a dangerous time for someone with an addiction.

In fact, some people may require residential treatment. This form of treatment is when you leave home for a specific period of time. It is important to note that not all residential treatment programs are the same; some centers may offer different treatment levels.

Detox and Relapse Risk

Nurse with distraught patientThe first moments of sobriety can be difficult for people with addictions. Individuals are often overwhelmed with drug cravings. Some people feel ill due to the physical dependence in the body for drugs. As a result, it’s not uncommon for people undergoing detox to consider returning to drug use. They believe they can make the pain end by slipping those drugs back into their bodies.

When people detox at home, they are more likely to relapse with easy access to dealers, bars and drugstores. In a residential facility, however, no drugs are allowed.Supervisors ensure that no slips and slides back to drug use take place at the treatment center.

Residential programs can also provide targeted therapies that can help with detox, including:

Not surprisingly, the completion rates of residential detox programs are higher than those of people who attempt to go through withdraw at home. Researchers have found that 81 percent of individuals who attempted to withdraw in a residential facility were able to do so, while only 17 percent of people who tried to do the same at home were able to accomplish their goal.[1] Studies like this suggest that residential detox programs can make a big difference for anyone struggling with substance abuse.

Safety During Detox

While many people who go through detox feel uncomfortable, there are some drugs may lead to life-threatening complications during withdrawal. Researchers have found that mice that have been repeatedly exposed to alcohol and then withdrawn from the drug had changes in the brain. These mice even had seizures upon withdrawal. This same process can take place in humans, and seizures can also develop in response to a benzodiazepine withdrawal.[2]

Treatment programs often give patients access to medical practitioners who can provide therapies that help soothe the symptoms of distress. This kind of around-the-clock medical response can be vital for some people as they stop using drugs.

At Michael’s House, we provide a residential treatment experience that enables you to get sober safely. You can live a life without substance abuse. Please call us now.One of our admissions coordinators will be glad to tell you more about how this treatment works.Don’t delay—you can get started today.


[1] Opiate withdrawal: inpatient versus outpatient programs and preferred versus random assignment to treatment. Gossop, M.

[2] Impaired fear conditioning but enhanced seizure sensitivity in rats given repeated experience of withdrawal from alcohol. Stephens, D.N.