For some people struggling with a substance use disorder, outpatient treatment may be sufficient to help them get clean. However, those with severe or long-term addictions might need more. They often use inpatient or residential care.
Some consider inpatient treatment and residential treatment to be the same thing, using the terms interchangeably. However, while both offer a level of care and attention that outpatient programs cannot match, there is a difference between inpatient and residential rehab programs.
Inpatient vs Residential Addiction Treatment
Inpatient programs offer intensive medical care, providing 24-hour supervision in a secure, hospital-like unit of a treatment facility. Inpatient treatment programs are generally short-term ones, focusing mainly on medical detox.
Residential rehab is a good option for those who do not need the intensity of a medically monitored inpatient program. It offers more amenities and features in a relaxed home-like or hotel-like setting. While medical monitoring, support, and structured schedules are still part of these programs, the environment and mood are different.
Some residential programs are small, with less than a dozen residents at a time, while others are much larger. Some are faith-based, some are single-gender. Many offer unique therapies like EMDR or animal therapy to address the psychological needs of their patients. No matter the differences, all programs focus on building healthy routines and support networks. Most include individual, family, and group therapy; 12-step programs; relapse prevention therapy; aftercare planning; and alumni programs.
Advantages of Attending Residential Addiction Treatment
Residential treatment programs may be long-term or ongoing and offer many benefits over outpatient and even inpatient treatment programs. The duration of the program varies, ranging from 30 days to as long as 6 months, depending on the situation and treatment plan. The cost also varies based on location, services offered, insurance coverage, and other factors.
Some of the unique benefits offered by residential treatment programs include:
- Time To Focus Without Distraction. Residential programs give those in recovery time to disconnect from all other obligations so they can concentrate on recovery. Eliminating distractions allows the addict to focus fully on therapy and healing both physically and mentally. Separating patients from their daily environment also removes temptations, triggers, and other distractions that might prevent them from focusing on recovery.
- No Negative Influences. The person in recovery is not exposed to others who are actively drinking or using drugs. Residential treatment removes many negative influences and provides the time needed to develop coping skills and understand the underlying reasons for addiction. The treatment setting removes the temptations of going to the bar or liquor store or visiting a dealer. Living in a sober and supportive environment reduces the chances of relapse, particularly in the early stages of recovery.
- Physical and Psychological Care. Addiction is a serious disease that harms every area of life — physical, mental, and emotional. At a residential program, professional help is available immediately for all physical and psychological needs. These medical pros are addiction specialists and are familiar with any situations that may arise, particularly during physical detox. Managing withdrawal symptoms is key to a successful residential program, as the person is more likely to remain in rehab if the discomfort caused by withdrawal symptoms is minimized. Any co-occurring disorders can be addressed at the same time.
- Safe and Secure Environment. Residential programs are a safe, calm, and secure environment for detoxing. Medical personnel is available at all times to handle any unforeseen complications. This greatly increases the chances of successful detox.
- A Wide Range Of Services. Comprehensive residential treatment programs offer medical detox if needed, individual therapy, family or couples counseling, addiction education, nutrition counseling, skill building training, and aftercare programs. Each person — and their addiction — is unique, so these programs offer different forms of treatment customized to meet the needs of the patient. Combining medically supported detox with therapy produces the best odds of a successful recovery.
- Structure and Consistency. Residential programs help people reestablish healthy habits and routines. They try to rebuild the structure in their lives that crumbled while in active addiction, enabling them to make positive lifestyle changes. The schedule keeps people busy and helps to distract them from negative thoughts. Also, the staff members are a team, so they are all familiar with the patient’s situation. The patient gets all needed treatments in the same familiar and comfortable place.
- A Sense Of Community. Addiction is difficult to understand for those who haven’t experienced it firsthand. Residential programs allow people to spend time with others who are going through the same thing, getting and providing support in a safe and non-judgmental community. Guided group therapies and 12-step programs create bonds and support, and a sense of belonging.
- Time and Space. Addiction harms both the addict and the people closest to them. The time and space provided by the residential program allow the opportunity to heal the past hurts for everyone involved.
- Aftercare. Residential treatment programs offer a seamless transition from detox to aftercare, providing support after treatment. Aftercare programs are a safety net for the recovering addict as they move beyond their addiction to a clean and sober post-treatment life.
Detoxing is only the first step on the road to recovery. Without follow up and therapy the odds of maintaining sobriety are not high. Residential addiction treatment builds a solid foundation, supporting a life free of addiction. It can be a full “reboot” for those with SUDs, allowing them to step back from their daily issues and make a fresh start.
Why Choose Bridges Of Hope
Bridges of Hope is a Joint Commission-accredited dual-diagnosis adult substance abuse treatment program. Our program is designed to achieve long-term recovery. We are licensed by the State of Indiana Department of Mental Health & Addiction.
Our treatment philosophy is based on a comprehensive and integrated approach to addressing all issues related to substance use and mental health disorders. We leave nothing to guesswork as we utilize therapeutically proven, evidence-based clinical practices. We place superior patient care as our highest priority and offer them all-inclusive treatment services.
Contact us today to learn more about our addiction treatment programs.