Residential Drug Rehabilitation Programs
Similar to inpatient drug rehabilitation programs and sometimes used interchangeably to describe the same types of treatment, residential drug rehabilitation programs provide inpatient care for those addicted to drugs or alcohol. These programs offer the most significant level of support, monitoring and care and are most often reserved for those suffering from highly physical addictions, addictions that are difficult or dangerous to treat and for those who have already tried other types of treatment but have not been successful.
Residential rehabilitation programs provide a range of services including counseling, therapy, detox, and aftercare. The services are offered at the facility that is similar to either a hospital like setting or sometimes may resemble more of a bed and breakfast style hotel. Regardless of the setting, the foundation for most types of treatment provided at residential rehabilitation programs is counseling.
Detox is the first phase of any addiction treatment program and is sometimes provided at residential drug rehab. If detox is not offered, the patient will typical enter a hospital like setting for detox or they will detox on their own prior to entering into the residential treatment program. During detox, the physical dependence to drugs or alcohol will be overcome in preparation for the long term psychological counseling and therapy which will be necessary in order to ensure complete recovery.
Counseling is usually provided on both an individual and a group basis to ensure that the patient has private sessions as well as group based sessions with the counselor or therapist. During counseling, the patient is able to learn new ways of coping with stress or other triggers that cause them to abuse drugs or alcohol and they are also able to discuss other concerns or conditions which may have caused their addiction or which could have been a direct result of the addiction.
Aftercare is the final phase of treatment provided at residential drug rehabilitation programs. During aftercare, the patient receives follow up care to ensure that they remain on the right track towards reaching their recovery goals. Aftercare programs may consist of educational support, additional counseling or therapy, job placement assistance and housing placement or assistance.
Residential Rehabilitation Benefits
There are many benefits to residential rehabilitation programs but the most important benefit is time. Residential rehabilitation programs allow the patient time to heal both physically and psychologically from the effects of addiction. In addition to the time that is provided at residential rehabilitation programs, other benefits to this type of treatment include the counseling and therapy which can be beneficial at treating underlying conditions that may not have been known about, exercise programs which help the patient to heal physically and the around-the-clock monitoring that is provided which will reduce the chance of relapse.