Benefits of Residential Rehab for Addiction Treatment

When substance abuse negatively impacts your life and the lives of the people around you, it’s time to get help. Residential rehab can provide recovering addicts with a safe detox, a higher success rate, and a supportive community. For those fighting a severe addiction, inpatient rehab may be the best option.

What is Residential Rehab? 

Residential rehab facilities are centers for someone seeking help for a drug or alcohol problem, where they live full time. This is in comparison to outpatient rehab when someone attends treatment during the day but goes home at night. Inpatient rehab, also called residential treatment, is appropriate for severe addictions and offers care 24 hours a day. This is typically a non-hospital setting and provides a community of support for recovering addicts, who typically stay anywhere from 30 days to 12 months. Depending on the severity of an individual’s addiction, they may attend long-term residential treatment or short-term residential treatment. While it is not appropriate for everyone, there are many benefits of inpatient rehab.

Inpatient treatment, also known as residential rehab, is a form of treatment that provides patients with focused care that is otherwise unavailable in different settings. Unlike outpatient rehab, inpatient treatment provides 24/7 structure, support, and care for recovering addicts and alcoholics. Additionally, inpatient rehab provides individuals with both medical detoxification and various forms of talk therapy. As a result, patients are able to recover from the physical and mental symptoms of addiction.

Benefits of Inpatient Residential Rehab

The goal of drug rehabilitation is to stop drug use and learn the tools to build a productive life. That may sound easy enough, but it can often be very challenging. For many, the most difficult part is acknowledging a need for treatment. Let’s take a look at the differences between inpatient and outpatient and the different ways in which you can benefit from going to a residential rehab center.

Detoxification and Withdrawal With Professional Support

Going through detox and withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant, especially for patients that have been misusing drugs for a long time. Many people with substance use disorders try to avoid detoxing for as long as possible because of this. Withdrawal symptoms differ based on the misused drug. 

Opioid withdrawal symptoms include body aches, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and high blood pressure. Meth withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, depression, and fatigue. In general, trying to detox without medical support is very dangerous and not recommended. Some withdrawal symptoms can be deadly if not treated. An inpatient drug rehab facility means patients will have constant access to medical support and be provided with medications and other forms of care to ease their detox experience.

Structure and 24/7 Support

By providing patients with very little free time, inpatient rehabs provide the most structure out of any form of addiction treatment program to date. Patients will receive a full schedule for each day, outlining therapy sessions, group counseling, meetings, doctor’s appointments, etc. This helps prevent patients from getting bored or restless and turning to substances. These programs also give patients 24/7 access to support. Oftentimes, recovering from addiction is difficult, causing an array of negative emotions and thoughts to occur. When patients are feeling down, they always have someone to turn to during inpatient rehab. This keeps patients from relapsing and teaches them how to deal with uncomfortable feelings.

Highly Intensive Individualized Therapy

Most outpatient programs consist of 2-3 group therapy sessions each week and one brief individual session. Inpatient centers for residential rehab, on the other hand, hold therapy sessions multiple times a day, at least 5 days a week. This allows inpatient rehab centers in West Palm Beach to offer highly individualized therapy sessions to each and every patient.

Rather than sitting in a large group discussing broad topics, inpatient programs aim to uncover the underlying causes of each patient’s drug abuse. They also aim to work with patients on an individual basis in order to consider their unique treatment needs. This provides for a more thorough and individualized course of treatment that may have better treatment outcomes.

​​Complete Focus on the Self and Recovery

Inpatient drug rehab centers often limit phone calls and don’t allow unmonitored visits. This separation from a patient and everyone they know from the outside world allows them to focus on themselves. Without distractions and stressors, a patient can fully focus on their recovery.

Some residential treatment facilities may also offer alternative therapy options that will help patients take care of themselves as they go through recovery. These may include yoga, meditation, massage therapy, and exercise routines – all great ways to improve mental concentration, release any stress, and strengthen both physical and mental health. Inpatient drug rehab programs will also teach patients tools that can be used anytime and anywhere to deal with relapse triggers and stressful situations.

Exploring Underlying Issues

Do you know what caused you to want to use drugs in the first place? While you are in rehab, you will have the opportunity to explore any underlying issues you may have. Some people struggle with co-occurring disorders such as depression or anxiety, and using drugs was a way to self-medicate and relieve symptoms of hopelessness or anxiousness. Counselors on staff at drug rehab centers have received specialized training for helping you dig into problems that you may been trying to avoid dealing with. They can help you look at your problems and teach you new coping skills for dealing with them that don’t involve turning to substances.

Family or Couples Counseling and Education

During residential treatment, it’s helpful to get the individual’s family or partner involved in therapy. This can encourage family members to support the person’s new skills and behaviors after treatment is over. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), information about the substance abuse disorder and its implications can support the recovery person’s loved ones.

 This information includes:

  • What the treatments are and how they work.
  • What to expect after the person is released from treatment.
  • How to support the results of treatment.
  • Post-treatment programs and resources.

In many cases, it can also be important to provide counseling to the individual and loved ones together. This can help everyone involved learn how to build new patterns that support recovery rather than returning to old behaviors that could lead to relapse.

The family can begin to learn how to recognize and avoid codependent or enabling behaviors. This can build a healthier way of relating to each other and assist in preventing thoughts and situations that may lead to relapse.

Residential Rehab At Little Creek Lodge

Compared to outpatient rehab, there are many advantages, including safety and a higher success rate. From the moment an addict decides to seek treatment, they are preparing to go through a drastic change in their life. While this change is for the better, it comes with its own set of challenges to face, starting with detoxification. Our clinical program unfolds in The 3 Stages of Care and is an in-depth, comprehensive approach utilized by professional counselors and experienced staff. The Three Stages of Care are designed to break down the barriers and fear surrounding the change needed for ongoing recovery. By creating an intimate setting, we can help residents love themselves again, face challenges in a healthy and controlled way, and develop an environment where recovery becomes their idea.

Little Creek Lodge residents are expected to commit to a minimum of 30 days. Thirty days is certainly not a magic number; it does not mean that every resident will be ready to transition after a 30-day period, which is why we offer our 30, 60, or 90 days extended residential programs. We have seen that the longer the resident is taken away from their last substance use the more receptive the resident is to clinical guidance and peer support.

Little Creek Lodge offers a wide variety of programs designed to facilitate a healthy, sober lifestyle, and to empower men to feel good about the choices they make.

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