Is Residential Addiction Treatment Right for You?

There are many questions to ask before entering residential addiction treatment.

First and foremost, admitting there is a real problem with drugs or alcohol is vital to making the first step in recovery. In order to come to such a conclusion, there are several questions on the website of Alcoholics Anonymous that may help in discovering whether one feels they are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.

Some questions include:

  •  Have you ever tried to stop drinking and been unable to do so?
  •  Has your drinking caused trouble at home?
  •  Do you ever try to get “extra” drinks at a party because you do not get enough?

Once a self-diagnosis has been made, deciding whether or not residential treatment is right for you is a pivotal step. Removing oneself and relocating to a different environment can be incredibly helpful in arresting the addictive behavior and adjusting to abstaining from drugs and/or alcohol. Inpatient treatment facilities require those in recovery to live at the rehab center for the duration of the stay, attending meetings at the facility, group sessions and individual sessions, allowing for recovery to be the sole focus for that period of time.

Finding the proper treatment facility is an important step in the process toward long-term recovery. The success rate increases dramatically for those who stay in programs up to 30 days and beyond. The minimum recommended length of stay from most professionals is 30 days. During that length of time, a person is able to adjust to the physical stability of living without drugs and alcohol, while assimilating to the lifestyle changes inherent in joining the recovery community.

What Happens After Residential Addiction Treatment?

After residential treatment, aftercare, or outpatient treatment, is also available. This option will increase the likelihood of staying sober and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and attitude. There are many additional therapeutic options at residential facilities, which include individual therapy and group therapy, which can be continued after graduation from a residential treatment facility.

Safety, comfort, dedicated individual care, detox, and community are all critical elements in the recovery process. Each of these facets of recovery are offered at a residential treatment facility.

Discovering whether treatment is right for you may come down to several factors, which may include price, location, chosen profession, and family relations. Depending on the length of stay, each of these life areas may be amenable to the change required in an effort to achieve sobriety. Family members are often very supportive and many jobs often include an option, which supports recovery. Healthcare providers and insurance companies are also much more available to offering recovery options.

Ultimately, the decision is personal. Finding the right place that suits your needs and meets your sensibilities is a wonderful discovery on the road to recovery.