What to Expect from Residential Treatment Facilities

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Residential Treatment Facilities

When you are ready to enter recovery, you will learn there are two types of addiction treatment programs. Outpatient and residential refer to different levels of care for treating substance use disorder.

An outpatient program is one where you reside at home while you are enrolled in treatment. Residential treatment offers a more intensive program that provides housing on site at the center during its duration. Here we will focus on residential treatment facilities and what to expect while enrolled in one.

What is Substance Use Disorder?

When grappling with substance abuse, you may be unsure just how serious the problem has become. In general, the more the substance abuse adversely impacts your life – your healthy, career, relationships, and finances – the more severe. 

Here are some of the most common signs of substance use disorder (SUD). The term refers to a range of disordered substance use and its effects. These include substance abuse, dependence, and addiction. The more signs you recognize in yourself or a loved one, the more advanced the disorder has become.

The DSM-5 has a list of criteria to help with diagnosis. These include:

  1. Using the substance in larger amounts or for longer than intended.
  2. Wanting to cut down or stop using but not succeeding.
  3. Spending a lot of time to obtain and use the substance, and then recover from its effects.
  4. Substance cravings.
  5. Being unable to manage commitments or fulfill obligations due to substance use.
  6. Continuing substance use even when it causes problems in relationships.
  7. Giving up important activities because of substance use.
  8. Continuing to use the substance even when it puts you in danger.
  9. Continuing substance use even when it causes physical or psychological harm. 
  10. Increasing tolerance.
  11. Withdrawal symptoms.

If there are fewer than two symptoms, there is no disorder.  Mild SUD involves 2-3 symptoms, moderate SUD involves 4-5 symptoms, and six or more is a severe SUD.

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How Residential Treatment Facilities Help Individuals with Substance Use Disorder

The main reasons why a residential rehab is a better option for moderate to severe SUD include:

  • Provides in-house medical detox and withdrawal.
  • Offers custom treatment plans and case management.
  • Has 24-hour support and monitoring.
  • Allows you to remove yourself from exposure to substances while in treatment.
  • Provides a structured setting that allows you to form a new healthy routine.
  • Fosters peer support.
  • Features an integrated program that includes a wide range of therapies offered throughout each day.
  • Dual diagnosis programs provide psychiatric expertise for co-occurring mental health disorders.
  • Offers alumni programs after discharge.

What to Look For in Residential Treatment Facilities

When you begin the task of finding the best rehab for your needs, you may wonder what to look for. This handy list of features to look for can help guide your research:

  • On-site detox. Seek a program that provides detox on-site for a seamless transition to treatment.
  • Evidence-based treatment. The program should offer therapies that have been clinically studied and shown to be effective for addiction recovery.
  • Integrated approach. The treatment center should feature an integrated program that blends evidence-based therapies with holistic and wellness activities.
  • Expertise. The rehab should employ a team of licensed addiction clinicians. If the program offers dual diagnosis treatment, ask if they have a psychiatrist on staff.
  • Licensed. The residential treatment facility should hold current state and local licenses, and be CARF and/or Joint Commission accredited.
  • Clean and organized. The center should be well maintained and managed, and be clean and organized.
  • Positive and respectful culture. The treatment facility should have a supportive staff and a positive environment.
  • Personalized treatment. The rehab should offer individualized treatment plans and case management.
  • Includes a family program. The program should include family-focused programs.
  • Aftercare planning. The treatment program should offer aftercare guidance and alumni activities.

What to Expect in Residential Treatment

A well-rounded recovery program includes the following:

  • Initial Intake and Assessment. Upon entering a treatment center, you will engage in an intake interview. The clinician uses this information along with some diagnostic tools to design a customized treatment plan for you.
  • Medically Managed Detox and Withdrawal. Before you start treatment you may need to go through the detox and withdrawal process. During detox, withdrawal symptoms are managed to provide the maximum comfort possible.
  • Psychotherapy. Talk therapy helps you examine self-sabotaging thought patterns that have fueled substance abuse, and replaces them with constructive patterns. There are several types of therapy used in addiction treatment, such as CBT, DBT, CM, and MET.
  • Group work. Peer sessions allow you to bond with others while sharing your personal experiences and feelings. The group setting allows peers to practice some of the new recovery skills they learn in treatment.
  • Family counseling. A family program offers the added support needed to succeed in recovery by helping families to heal and move forward.
  • Classes. Treatment programs provide classes that teach how addiction develops in the brain, which can help deter relapse. You also plan strategies for avoiding relapse, to learn new coping skills.
  • 12-Step. Rehabs often incorporate the A.A. 12-step program into the curriculum because it provides structure in the recovery process.
  • Complementary. These include exercise programs, outdoor activities, art and music therapy, yoga classes, and mindfulness training. These augment treatment by providing a holistic element to the mix.

Residential treatment facilities offer the best setting to tackle a SUD while learning a whole new way to navigate daily life. If you are struggling with addiction, reach out for help today.

Annandale Behavioral Health

California Residential Treatment Facility

Annandale Behavioral Health offers the finest residential program available today. With a focus on achieving overall wellness, our integrated approach touches on all aspects of the person. If you have questions or want to learn more about our program, please reach out today at (855) 778-8668