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Benefits of Residential Treatment Programs for Substance Abuse Rehabilitation

Drug Addiction Treatment Programs

People who have developed a chemical dependency can benefit on several levels from participating in drug addiction treatment programs. A quality treatment program not only helps people achieve sobriety, but it can also help them overcome the underlying problems that contribute to addiction.

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Residential treatment programs provide substance addicts in recovery with a sheltered environment in which they can dedicate themselves wholly to breaking their addiction. Properly conceived and administered residential addiction recovery programs are staffed with experienced and caring medical and counseling professionals who are able to effectively guide the patient as he or she deals with the physical and psychological causes and results of substance addiction.

Residential treatment programs are available for alcoholism rehabilitation, as well as for recovery from legal or street drug addiction. They provide a full spectrum of rehabilitative services, including detoxification that prevents the recovering addict from experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms, as well as intensive counseling and therapy that is designed to deal with the root causes of addiction.

Choosing the right residential addiction recovery provider and framework depends upon a number of factors, including the patient’s age and gender, whether the patient is addicted to more than one substance, payment and insurance coverage considerations, and location or setting. Whenever you need assistance in choosing the right residential treatment program for yourself or a loved one who is suffering from alcohol, drug or multiple substance addition, we are here to help. Please call our 24-hour helpline at 1-888-439-3435 or fill out our contact form so that we can help you find a residential addiction recovery center that provides the right methods of guidance and support for dealing with substance addiction.

Features of Residential Treatment Programs

The goal of residential addiction recovery programs is to provide the recovering addict with intensive psychological and medical support so that he or she is able to overcome the acute phase of withdrawal from abused substances, and then to provide guidance that helps the former addict return to society and to a normal, substance-free life. To that end, residential treatment programs for substance abuse provide certain basic services including:

  • Intake and assessment
  • Medical treatment
  • Detoxification
  • Psychiatric medical treatment
  • Psychological counseling and related services
  • Behavioral modification
  •  Therapeutic activities

Treatment Priorities

Data were collected in 2016 by the company Recovery Brands asking people that were leaving a rehab program what center aspects they viewed as top priority aspects to consider when deciding on treatment. The most important consideration was the program’s financial policies, such as payment options, insurance accepted, and financial support. They also placed a high importance on facility offerings (room quality, facility housing, facility housing, etc.) significantly more after graduating from treatment. Individuals looking for treatment may want to consider a clinic’s financial policies as well as clinic offerings to help them make their facility choice.

Intake and assessment

The initial phase of the residential addiction recovery program begins when the patient is accepted into the program and specialists assess the type and severity of addiction that is involved. Most importantly, this initial step toward recovery is designed to help the patient avoid the discomfort and danger of withdrawal symptoms by determining what type of acute medical treatment is necessary.

Medical Treatment

Medical management of withdrawal symptoms by controlled administration of one or more medications that substitute for abused substances usually begins as soon as the medical staff understands the nature and scope of the patient’s addiction. However, the medical staff often must also treat underlying conditions that caused the patient to become addicted. In the case of addiction to legal medications, the patient may be suffering from a painful medical condition or the aftermath of an injury that requires pain control. Addiction to street drugs may mask one or more psychiatric conditions that also must be treated with proper medication.

Psychological Counseling and Related Services

As soon as the patient’s withdrawal symptoms are under control and the patient is ready to begin facing the causes of his or her addiction, individual and group therapy sessions become the focus of treatment. Some residential treatment programs service a very small number of patients at one time, so that all therapy sessions are individualized for each patient. Other residential addiction recovery centers are set up so that group therapy sessions and activities, in which patients discuss their issues along with fellow patients who have similar experiences with addiction, are a major part of the healing process. Residential treatment facilities also offer exercise sessions, art and music therapy, and meditation or other spiritual activities that help the patient overcome addiction by finding healthier ways to deal with stress and other underlying issues.

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