Drugs and alcohol are psychoactive substances that cause changes in brain chemicals when used frequently and on a long-term basis. These changes result in mental dysfunctions that make it difficult for you to control or quit use.
Formal addiction treatment is essentially a tool that helps to undo the damage. It takes a clinical or medical approach to treatment with the aim of helping you get over substance abuse. Treatment can be done in a residential or non-residential setting depending on your needs. Residential addiction treatment is one of several structured programs designed specifically to assist in addiction recovery.
What is Residential Addiction Treatment?
Residential treatment, also called inpatient treatment, is fitting for individuals with chronic addiction. It is distinct in nature than inpatient treatment as it provides an environment for you to quit substance abuse in a safe and medically-supervised setting. Another distinct difference is patients are required to live at the treatment center throughout the process. Your stay could begin from the point of intake and detox to the end of psychotherapy.
Benefits of Residential Treatment
Getting treatment in a residential setting is not without its fair share of challenges. But if you’re struggling with severe addiction you may see the benefits outweigh the challenges. Here are some unique benefits of a residential program:
Structured Sober Environment
It provides an environment where you can momentarily forget about daily responsibilities such as work. It also removes you from dysfunctional relationships at home and social environments filled with substance use triggers, e.g., alcohol stores, drug-using friends, or access to illegal or prescription drugs. Instead, you’ll be able to focus only on recovery and increase your chance of sobriety, all under the guidance of a professional addiction recovery staff.
With medical and mental health professionals present during withdrawal, you will receive the care you need to help you manage unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. During medically-assisted therapy (MAT), your doctor may administer one or more medications to help taper you off the addictive substance. For example, the drugs disulfiram, naltrexone, and acamprosate are used to aid alcohol detox. Drugs administered for opioid detox are buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone.
These drugs are also proven effective in reducing or stopping cravings, restoring chemical balance in the brain, and blocking the euphoric effects drugs and alcohol have on the brain. This makes it easier for you to complete treatment and reduces the risk of relapse or overdose.
Patients are closely monitored by their physician, psychiatrist, and nurse practitioner during their inpatient stay. They also have access to round-the-clock long-term recovery care. Besides medical care during detox, you’ll have access to psychological support to deal with negative thoughts and emotions that may arise once you stop using drugs or alcohol. You may also receive medication to manage psychological symptoms relating to anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues.
Stability And Privacy During Recovery
The average residential addiction treatment program lasts for 30-90 days but could be longer in individual cases. During this time, you’ll be in a private and stable environment. Residential facilities which house their detox clinic and therapy center all at the same location provide greater stability since there’s no need to jump from one rehab to another to complete treatment. This promotes the physical and mental stability necessary to keep you focused on your recovery goals.
Various therapy methods are used to conquer addiction from all angles and give you the best chance of getting and staying clean. Here’s a list of common therapies and tools that may be incorporated into your inpatient treatment plan:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Multi-dimensional family therapy (MDFT)
- Nutritional therapy
- Holistic therapy, e.g., yoga and meditation
- Relapse prevention planning
- Educational workshops
- 12-steps to recovery programs or referrals
- Process groups
- Life skills
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), substance use disorder or addiction sometimes co-occur with mental health disorders (co-occurring disorders). Mental disorders cause mood, thoughts, and behavior changes which in turn make it difficult for you to see how your habits negatively impact your health, home, work, school, and ability to honor your responsibilities.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an essential and core aspect of addiction treatment. It should follow immediately after detox and stabilization as detox by itself will not address underlying disorders co-occurring with substance abuse. CBT is designed to essentially reverse the effects of drug or alcohol abuse on the brain. Medication management may be provided simultaneously to treat patients with certain disorders, e.g, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or borderline personality disorder.
Therapy helps prevent relapse. CBT engages you in a process of “rewiring” the brain so you can make positive choices to cope with stress and various life-related challenges. These life skills and tools taught in therapy are what you’ll be expected to apply every day to avoid falling back into the substance abuse cycle. Without behavioral therapy, a person could leave rehab and go right back to drug or alcohol use.
These therapeutic methods form part of a comprehensive addiction treatment plan that seeks to treat the whole person. For example, living in a dysfunctional family structure can trigger substance abuse as a coping method. Family therapy brings the family and loved ones together to help them understand how family affairs may lead to or enable addiction. It educates them on how they can help you to maintain your sobriety.
Is Residential Treatment Right for Me?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), recovering addicts should spend an adequate length of time in treatment to increase their chances of recovering and staying sober. Living in rehab for an extended period of time can provide these opportunities since it allows you to be immersed in the process of kicking addiction without unnecessary distractions. While inpatient treatment is not right for everyone, it is particularly suitable for those who:
- Have severe drug or alcohol dependency
- Engage in polydrug abuse or abused drugs and alcohol
- Will get leave from work to attend full-time rehab
- Can afford the cost of residential treatment
- Are committed to recovering in a disciplined and structured environment
- Are able to get care for children or loved ones while they’re in rehab
Inpatient Addiction Treatment At 310 Recovery
310 Recovery may be the ideal place for you or a loved one to overcome addiction and live a sober life. We provide a safe and stable haven where you’ll have access to 24-hour care and support, 7 days a week, from a trained and certified professional staff. Call us today for more information on our residential and outpatient programs. At your evaluation and intake appointment, the medical team will perform a dual-diagnosis and will let you know if residential treatment is right for you.