One of the main concerns individuals considering rehab have is whether to do a residential or outpatient program. Each one has its benefits but it depends on the individual’s circumstances and other criteria. Learn about the proven benefits of residential rehab programs and how to know if it is the right personal choice.


Successful Outcomes

Research demonstrates people who complete addiction recovery treatment in intensive residential treatment programs are more often successful at permanent change. The environment provides a safety net where a drug-free atmosphere is promoted and practiced for a period of time. If the program uses comprehensive, varied proven therapeutic methods, the individual in recovery can be successful in developing a relapse prevention plan which builds awareness for long-term recovery.


Lifestyle Changes

Treatment programs are the foundation of lifestyle changes which a person with addiction must make in order to remain sober and clean. A person in recovery has to find new coping mechanisms for dealing with career, toxic relationships, healing other relationships, finishing school and finding ways to minimize stress, among other things. Life keeps happening while in recovery. Some of the following are anxiety relieving activities or hobbies:

  • Sports
  • Arts
  • Meditation
  • Horticulture or gardening
  • Other hobbies such as music, writing or yoga

Counselors, case managers, therapists and others can guide individuals through recovery by presenting opportunities to create lasting change.


Dual Diagnoses

Dual diagnoses means an individual may have a mood disorder (depression, bipolar, etc) along with alcohol or drug addiction. An individual with dual diagnoses has two completely separate illnesses happening which need to be treated simultaneously. Many people dependent on drugs have underlying psychological issues which can be treated in residential programs:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Trauma related issues


Framework for Recovery

In residential rehab, individuals can receive more treatment with a greater intensity and a multidimensional treatment plan than at an outpatient facility. The holistic approach to substance abuse treatment provides the necessary framework for success in recovery. The body, mind and spirit are focused on so that they integrate in treatment and are the focus of recovery going forward. One crucial piece is addressing interpersonal relationships with staff, peers or loved ones who play a key role in various aspects of treatment. The support network is critical to success. The safe, yet challenging environment provides a variety of therapies, activities and interventions which allow for exploration and application of lifestyle changes in a safe environment. Successful residential treatment relies on a strong support system during and after treatment.

Individuals who are considering which treatment program to attend should consider the benefits of a residential treatment program. It is not a good fit for everyone but considering all the benefits it is hard to argue with the results, which demonstrate a profound, positive and long lasting impact on recovery.


Residential treatment programs are just one avenue to recovery for individuals with addiction. If you or a loved one are struggling to get sober or clean, call us. We will help you discern and discover all the available options and make the best choice for you or your loved one.

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