The road to recovery can be a difficult one. In many cases, a patient will require 24 hour treatment in order to make a lasting positive change in their habits and behavior. However, many patients are resistant to this kind of constant oversight. Residential treatment programs, however, allows a patients to receive the intensive help they need while affording them a daily schedule that is not overly intrusive in their lives. In this article, we will explain what residential treatment programers are available and how they can help someone in their recovery journey.
What are residential treatment programs?
A residential treatment program takes place in a live-in health care facility where patients receive counseling, treatment and guidance. In the case of addiction recovery, a residential treatment program helps to remove a patient from environmental triggers that could cause a relapse in substance abuse.
Only certain facilities are allowed to provide residential treatment programs. These facilities are staffed by counselors and other trained professionals to help patients deal with the substance addiction issues. These are not hospitals. These facilities look much like residential apartments or hotels where the patient can feel at home. The idea is to allow the patient to feel comfortable while they receive the help that they need.
These facilities are not overly restrictive when it comes to a patient’s daily routine. If the patient has a job, they will be able to leave the facility to continue their employment during treatment. Obviously, drugs and alcohol are not permitted in the program. Otherwise, patients can dress as they like. They can even bring their computers and their cellphones in order to stay connected with family, friends and the outside world. There are usually guest hours which will allow visits from friends and family members.
Residential treatment programs also allow a patient to connect with other patients at the facility. Oftentimes, people feel that their addiction struggle is unique. For many patients, talking to other people going through the same struggle as themselves is as effective as talking to a counselor. Group sessions can help patients commute with both other patients and a counselor to provide more support and insight for the patient.
Residential treatment programs typically last about several weeks. During this time, the patient will have enough time to detox from their addiction. The patient will be closely monitored to ensure against relapse. If the patient feels that they are about to have a relapse episode, they will be able to access counseling at any time – day or night – during their residential stay.
What is a typical day like?
A typical day at a residential treatment program will vary from facility to facility. However, a typical day will usually begin with a set wake up time. Breakfast is available during the morning hours. If the patient has a a job, that person may be able to leave the facility to go to work. When the patient returns from his job, he will have access to counseling sessions. This counseling may take place in a group setting or on a one-on-one basis. Afterward, the patient will have personal time to speak with friends and family members on their phone or use the television or computer. Most residential treatment facilities also have an exercise room that the patient can use during their free time. Residential treatment programs are designed to mirror a typical day in order to better integrate that person back into a daily routine free of substance abuse.