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What is a Residential Treatment Center?

A residential treatment center is much like an inpatient treatment center in that the program provides live-in treatment for addiction and mental health disorders. However, there are differences. Keep reading to see what those differences are and the components of a residential treatment center.

Residential Treatment Center

Often, a residential and inpatient treatment center is considered interchangeable, but there are a few key differences. Residential treatment isn’t usually as intensive as inpatient treatment, which provides a higher level of care than residential. This means someone will receive more medically intensive treatment with continuous monitoring. See the different residential treatment programs that provide a variety of services.

Residential Treatment Services

There are several different treatment programs, such as:
  • Individual Therapy: Patients meet one-on-one with a therapist to talk about their issues and learn new ways to cope.
  • Group Therapy: Many residential programs involve group therapy and educational group classes that allow people to learn about drug addiction and share their experiences.
  • Withdrawal management: During detox, a patient goes through withdrawal from any substances in which they are dependent. Programs may include an isolated area to withdrawal or medical detox, in which doctors and nurses offer care and, if needed, medication to keep patients safe.
  • Medication-assisted treatment: Medications, such as methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone, acamprosate, are used with therapy to help patients get and stay clean.
  • 12-Step Recovery Program: Residential treatment programs will likely introduce patients to the 12-step model, along with other alternative groups including SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training), a secular and science-based approach to treatment.

Forms of Residential Treatment

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA), successful treatment interventions should be customized to fit the particular style and needs of the individual. Here are the forms of residential treatment:

Short Term Residential Treatment

The short but intensive programs typically last a few weeks to a few months. They rely on a 12-step approach that is shorter in length and modified and then transfers the individual to more extended participation in the group, coupled with outpatient therapy.

Long-term Residential Treatment

These long-term rehab programs aren’t as intensive but require a longer stay. With these programs, a patient will receive medication and therapy, along with support services aimed at tutoring, job-training, speech therapy, and more. There are many benefits to this type of program that includes recovery community support, where people share with or even confront one another about their negative/harmful beliefs. This gives a chance for everyone to learn and grow, but most importantly, to change.

Therapeutic Communities

This type of treatment is a long-term residential treatment where patients stay at least 6-12 months or longer. Therapeutic communities usually focus on re-socializing as a significant form of intervention, designed to help patients develop healthy behaviors. They help them develop attitudes and self-concepts that are constructive, which allows them to accept responsibility for themselves, thus allowing them to live productive lives.  

Contact Ardu Recovery Center

Our residential treatment center focuses on comprehensive and customized programs for patients, offering holistic treatment services. Our staff is compassionate, trained, and experienced in caring for people going through the challenges of detox. Call us today if you or a loved one needs help.