Successful Recovery From Drugs and Alcohol With Residential Treatment

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Residential Treatment Home

A residential treatment center is a home that is run by an organization or health authority with the purpose of providing supported medical care and counselling for people dealing with addictions and/or other health issues. In most cases the clients have not been successful controlling the use of specific substances, whether it is alcohol, street drugs or prescription medications and now require medical supervision to detoxify the body and stop using. Sometimes the clients have attempted to “get clean” on their own, however this is largely unsuccessful due to symptoms of withdrawal that require medical attention.
Addiction means the body needs a substance to survive, and when that drug is stopped it’s common to experience intense physical symptoms that can lead to death; and that’s why treatment centers exist. There are places called “detox” centres, where a patient is monitored, given short term treatment and discharged when stablized, this is often the first step before entering residential treatment, a program that lasts over a number of weeks to months.


When a patient is admitted to one of these programs it means stable housing, medical support, reasonable care, counselling and other forms of social assistance are provided. The goal is to create an environment that promotes wellness, healing, building self esteem, and also addressing the issues that may have led to the substance use. Residents are expected to remain clean and sober while they are at the home and are required to participate in certain mandatory programs at the facility or elsewhere at a day program. Clients also live with and attend groups and outings with their peers who also share the home.

The residents are also assigned chores that range from taking out the garbage to helping prepare meals, house meetings where clients discuss what is and is not working also take place. Most homes have a lead supervisor who deals with the intake and release process, and each client usually is assigned a case manager, and any referrals to outside agencies can be done from the home.

Some residents may find it difficult to adjust to the atmosphere, there is no substance use on the premises and a curfew is more the norm than not. Each house has a set of rules and expectations that apply to each client, and there are consequences for breaching the agreement. At times a client may be ordered by the court to attend a treatment program, though it’s more common to be there voluntarily to make a genuine effort to change one’s life. When support, incentive and the will to change for the better merge in these places, miracles do happen.

Residential Treatment Centers

A residential treatment center is a place where people temporarily live while receiving treatment for chemical dependency, alcoholism, or psychological problems. People who experience disruption to their lives because of issues they are experiencing may find live in treatment at a residential treatment facility to be very helpful. Most treatment centers are geared towards adults but many offer treatment for older kids, teenagers, and young adults. Treatment centers can be locked down facilities which means very limited access to visitors or outside activities or unlocked facilities which can range to having visits or participating in activities with supervision or be completely open to all visitors with off site activities as an option.

An environment away from triggers and outside distractions that alter physical or psychological behavior allows for healing to take place. Treatment centers can be small which enable them to provide highly specialized care as well as high service quality. Many treatment centers have very high success rates.

Choosing the right treatment center is a very important and life altering decision. Check with a local therapist or psychiatrist for referrals. Research different options with care. Look for programs that are licensed to provide care and specialize in the issue that needs to be addressed. Check online for testimonials from former clients and their families. First hand accounts are very helpful. Seek out programs that are close to home and be aware of how much contact and visits are allowed. Ask staff questions and make sure your questions are answered fully and to your satisfaction.

Choosing a residential treatment center for help with disruptive issues is a big step. Be aware of treatment center rules, family involvement, and specialized care offered. Removing oneself from a current place of living and moving to a nurturing, distraction free environment is often a very effective way to obtain help for issues that disrupt every day living.