When someone needs addiction treatment, there is never just one, collective approach that works for everyone. Nowadays, medical and addiction experts have a much better understanding of alcohol and substance abuse disorders than they ever have before. They understand that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to treatment. Everyone has a different path to take, and each path is unique to each person.
Some people like to stay home with their support system while attending rehab. For these addicts, an outpatient program will likely be a good fit. However, other addicts find that they need to get away from the everyday stressors that cause them to use more. For these people, residential rehab will likely be the perfect fit.
Why choose residential rehab? Read on.
1. Detox Services are Available Immediately
Many addicts are scared to enter rehab because they are worried about withdrawal symptoms. It is both physically and psychologically uncomfortable to go through withdrawal, and it is even dangerous to quit certain substances cold turkey. In residential rehab, addicts will have on-site detox services available immediately. They will be under the supervision of a medical professional at all times during the worst of their symptoms. Most residential rehabs also offer medication that will alleviate some or all of the painful and uncomfortable symptoms withdrawal can produce. Getting through these symptoms will make the transition into treatment much smoother.
2. Residential Treatment is Structured
Many addicts find that the stresses and pressures of work and home are extremely triggering to them. These triggers easily and quickly lead to alcohol and substance abuse. Residential treatment centers offer structured daily schedules that help addicts learn how to get through day-to-day life without turning to their destructive habits. When a person attends a full-time facility, their day will be highly structured-there will be no surprises to worry about. A typical day includes one-on-one therapy sessions, group meetings, meals, recreational activities, and alone time. Importance is placed on structure throughout the day, allowing patients to focus on what is coming up next. Residents know what to expect, and this allows them to focus on their recovery.
3. Ongoing Therapy Sessions
Therapy sessions are always a major part of all residential treatment centers. Most centers require patients to start attending group sessions on the day they arrive. Therapy is usually divided up into the following types:
Group therapy is provided every day, sometimes even two to three sessions a day. It’s a time for patients to open up to their peers, sharing experiences, stories, worries, concerns, hopes, and dreams. Group therapy helps patients see that they are not alone in their addiction while under the guidance of a therapist.
Individual- Individual therapy is a time for patients to have one-on-one sessions with a licensed therapist, counselor, or psychiatrist. This will include any dual diagnosis he or she may have that is causing or escalating their drug or alcohol use. During these therapy sessions, patients will learn what triggers them and how to turn these triggers into something productive.
Family therapy- Family therapy sessions may or may not be a part of rehab. If they are, most centers do not allow family in to see the patient for at least a few weeks. After that, family sessions will be overseen by a licensed therapist or counselor who will guide the meetings. This is a great way to begin the process of reconnecting with family in a safe and calm environment.
4. It’s a Change of Scenery
Trying to get clean and sober on one’s own is difficult. While it’s not impossible, many addicts find that the triggers and stresses surrounding them makes them want to use time and time again. Getting out of their environment and into a supportive, nurturing one is often the key to sobriety. A residential rehab center offers programs that last for weeks and months, allowing patients time away from their normal circumstances. This gives them a change of scenery that is necessary for their recovery process.
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