Residential Treatment

Residential TreatmentThere are two primary categories that every drug rehab facility falls into: outpatient and residential. Outpatient drug treatment is designed to provide treatment during the day, while allowing patients to return home at night.

However, it is important to recognize the disadvantages to outpatient treatment and why it may not be ideal for everyone. Outpatient programs do not provide patients with constant care and medical supervision, which can be something patients with serious addiction find necessary. As well, many patients who seek treatment do not have a strong support structure at home.

How Long Does Residential Drug Treatment Last?

The length of a residential drug treatment program depends on the individual. On average, most programs last between 30 and 60 days, though some can be over a year. The length of a residential program depends on the type of addiction the patient has, the length of time they’ve been using and any other underlying psychological problems they might have.

What Happens During Residential Drug Treatment?

Every residential drug rehab program consists of some variation of three core components.

  • Detox. Residential drug detox can take place at the facility or at a nearby hospital. While the patient undergoes physical withdrawal, they are carefully monitored by medical professionals and counselors to ensure their safety. Detox programs can be medically supplemented or natural, depending on the individual and the type of program they enter. Detox usually lasts a few weeks.
  • Counseling. Once detox is complete the patient enters the counseling phase of rehab. During counseling patients attend private and group sessions where they are given the opportunity to talk about their addiction with professionals and their peers. Counseling helps patients recognize the causes of their addiction, triggers they experience that encourage use and how to manage their addiction after treatment is complete. Counseling also provides patients with a strong support system that they may not have access to at home.
  • Aftercare. Aftercare programs can include community-based support groups, private counseling or a sober living facility (to name a few options). Patients discuss their aftercare options before leaving treatment. Aftercare programs are designed to give those who have completed rehab a means of support and also accountability.

The methodologies used in these treatments can vary from place to place so it is important to learn as much as you can about a facility’s treatment style prior to enrollment.

Call our helpline and speak to one of our trained counselors if you or someone you love is struggling with drug addiction and would like to discuss your treatment options.