Residential Treatment Allows People to Focus on Themselves During Recovery
When a person is dealing with a substance use disorder, it can feel almost impossible to escape. For many, addiction can be a form of self-medication to distract from the pains and pressures around them. With the help of a structured residential treatment center, they may finally be able to step out of that war zone and into a new life.
How Do Residential Rehabilitation Programs Differ From Other Treatment?
Residential treatment takes place in a community-based environment, which offers a level of care that’s more structured than outpatient treatment (but less intensive than hospitalization). For their safety and success, patients in residential care are supervised 24/7 and are provided with all the necessities of life. Residential clients do not leave the campus without permission and are subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
Residential and outpatient treatment often utilize similar therapies, but the living arrangements and social structures are different. Outpatient clients have more freedom to manage themselves, allowing them to live off site between treatment. They can return to their old residence if it’s safe to do so, or they can find a place in a sober living home.
Residential clients live on campus for the duration of the program and are watched more closely. The immersive experience and constant support of residential treatment helps remove distractions and prevent relapse.
What Is Residential Treatment?
Residential treatment is a 24-hour intensive inpatient treatment program for individuals who are still actively using substances and/or are struggling with mental health disorders. Whether residential treatment is right for someone depends mainly on the severity of the addiction. If they are still actively using a substance and require detox, they’re a good candidate for the intense, structured treatment regimen of residential care. If they’ve been through detox and treatment previously and no longer have a physical dependency, they might be better suited to outpatient care.
Because the addiction is still actively affecting the body, patients in residential treatment are significantly more prone to cravings and require constant support and monitoring to prevent relapse. These are high-risk patients who, in just a couple of unsupervised days, can easily back into the pattern of substance abuse.
These types of inpatient rehab programs are targeted towards patients who have already completed detoxification, but still require 24/7 support to manage their substance abuse. It’s also ideal for patients who are struggling with minor medical complications due to withdrawal or addiction. If those medical complications are severe or life-threatening, of course, clients may be temporarily hospitalized until they are more stable.
Why Is It So Effective?
Every individual’s treatment experience is unique. There is no one type of treatment that’s right for everyone, but inpatient residential drug rehab has proven to be an incredibly effective form of care for addiction.
One of the reasons residential inpatient rehabilitation is so powerful in substance abuse treatment is that it gives patients an opportunity to escape from the chaos and put their well-being first. At Divine House, our staff helps patients take care of the daily details of regular life, freeing them from distractions and letting them focus on their program work. Instead of constantly worrying about the to-do list of little obligations like bills and scheduling, patients can rely on staff to help keep the outside world running.
We shoulder the burden of life’s “administrative tasks” so clients can put their energy into resetting their lives in a safe, soothing place. When patients have the time, space, and low-stress environment they need, it’s easier to face challenges and discover new perspectives. They’re able to focus fully on participating in the program and practicing new skills for a healthy, sober life. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn how to better love and care for themselves.
The Stages of Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
Every patient proceeds through three basic stages of treatment: detox, residential work, and transition. Here’s a preview of what those phases look like here at Divine House:
Medical Detoxification (or Detox)
Before residential drug addiction treatment begins, every patient goes through a detox period. During the detox process, all patients are monitored 24/7 for any concerning changes or immediate medical needs. If appropriate, doctors may choose to prescribe some temporary medications to help mitigate withdrawal symptoms and risks.
One of the things that makes Divine House truly unique is that we are actually run by board-certified doctors and other medical professionals. Instead of sending patients to some other San Diego detox facility, we’re able to provide all necessary healthcare in-house. This also means we can quickly address any medical concerns that arise throughout treatment.
The detoxification process can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the patient’s metabolism and the nature of the addiction. Once the body has fully flushed out remaining substances, it’s time to begin inpatient drug rehab.
Residential Program Work
At the start of residential treatment, each patient is assigned a treatment team with a therapist, physician, dietitian, nurse, and ancillary staff. This team provides medication and therapy, leads group discussion, and helps the patient build skills that will help them maintain sobriety and succeed in life.
Patients have an average of five to six hours of residential programming per day. This includes individual therapy and counseling sessions, group sessions with peers, educational workshops and mindfulness activities like yoga and breath work. Residents can expect a variety of types of therapy, including family sessions, as needed.
Individual therapy involves only the patient and a therapist, and may include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a type of talk therapy that focuses on challenging thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes that may be negatively affecting mood and behavior.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which focuses more on understanding triggers and building skills to interrupt old behavioral cycles. This kind of therapy is especially good for people with mood disorders and harmful patterns (like those seen in addiction).
Group therapy involves a group of several people led by a therapist. This allows different patients to share their perspectives, express themselves to others, and offer support to one another as peers. Group therapy is an example of the “social model” which is considered one of the most effective approaches of behavioral therapy in the world.
Group therapy sessions may discuss topics such as:
- Substance abuse
- Introduction to the 12-step program
- Grief and loss
- Trauma survival
- Family patterns
- Interpersonal relationships
Family therapy generally involves working on relationships with family members in a shared session with a therapist. Not all patients necessarily need family therapy, but it can help break down barriers, improve communication, and confront lingering issues. This can be especially good for helping families understand addiction and offer long-term recovery support.
In addition to mental health therapy, patients will also receive:
- 24-hour nursing supervision
- Nutritional counseling
- Plenty of recreation and relaxation time
Transitioning to the Next Phase of Recovery
For some patients, the final stage of residential treatment involves preparing for a return back to work, family, and life in general. However, it’s recommended for clients to continue with outpatient treatment and sober living housing. It’s been shown that the longer the treatment period, the more successful the outcomes are for long-term sobriety. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) suggests that , and that treatment should last significantly longer for the most effective results.
As a patient wraps up their final residential treatment goals, staff will start helping them plan for either further treatment or discharge and aftercare. This may involve providing information about outpatient treatment, support groups, getting back to responsibilities and/or finding safe, substance-free housing in sober living.
After a patient finishes their treatment journey, they can always contact us for help getting additional support as needed. Drug and alcohol rehab isn’t always “one-and-done.” For many, it’s a lifelong journey that takes active participation and care. There’s no shame in returning to treatment if relapse rears its head. In fact, it’s truly admirable.
How Long Is Inpatient Treatment?
The program lasts about 30-90 days, depending on the patient. Different individuals have different drug and alcohol treatment plans, which means that some may take longer to complete the necessary work than others. If a person is able to make significant progress in 30 days, that may be all that’s needed to prepare them for life after treatment. If they still have more to work through, they might need to stay longer.
It’s important to remember that recovering from an addiction is not a race or a competition. Needing more time to complete residential alcohol rehab doesn’t mean that a patient worked any less hard than those who finished earlier. No matter how much time it takes, the goal is to reach a place where the patient can safely return home with the skills they need to lead a meaningful, sober life.
Ready to Start Your Journey to Sobriety? Begin Building a Healthier, Happier Future at Divine House
If you or a loved one are currently struggling with a severe addiction to drugs or alcohol, it is never too late to turn things around. At our dual-diagnosis center for residential treatment in San Diego, CA, we give patients the expert-level care and deep compassion they need to successfully overcome their addictions.
With spacious accommodations, breathtaking views and perks like yoga and freshly cooked meals, Divine House offers luxurious comfort along with the highest quality of care available. We pride ourselves on creating a spirit-nourishing environment to support patients’ health, happiness, and success.
To learn more about our San Diego drug rehab facilities or inquire about enrolling in a residential alcohol treatment program, contact us today. Our friendly staff will help you explore our flexible treatment options and find the right solution for you.