When a drug addiction sufferer decides to stop using, they have to determine how and where to get treatment immediately. Make no mistake about it; the only treatment option the individual will have that’s consistently reliable will be to check into a reputable drug and alcohol addiction treatment center. That addresses how. As for where several things should go into making that decision. 

The instinct will be for the individual to turn themselves over to a local treatment facility. That might be fine, but perhaps, there’s something else that warrants consideration first. In most cases, the addiction sufferer should expect to spend time in a residential rehab facility. There are circumstances when an outpatient program might suffice, but residential rehab is usually the better option. By resolving themselves to getting treatment in residential rehab, the individual would then want to shift their focus to location.


To make the best possible choice for location, a thorough understanding of the residential rehab process seems in order. The discussion below will be directed towards providing information about residential rehab and the treatment process.


When an addiction intake clinician prescribes inpatient or residential care for a client, said the client is expected to reside in the facility for the duration of treatment. Usually, residential treatment will take place over 30 to 60 days, though some clients might need to stay in the residential rehab for as long as 180 days. That would apply to someone with a long-term addiction to dangerous substances like heroin, fentanyl, or even alcohol.

While in the residential rehab facility, the client will go through the full range of treatment, which would include a detox program, therapy, and relapse planning. If the chosen treatment facility does not offer detox programs, the client might get help with the detox process in a detox facility referred by the main treatment facility. After completing their detox program, the client would then enter the residential rehab facility.

It’s worth noting that residential care could be quite expensive, as much as $5,000 to $10,000 a month. The pricing will depend a great deal on the facility’s location, whether or not the client gets private living quarters and the type of amenities the facility has in its offering. Let’s discuss this.


Since the client is expected to remain in the residential rehab facility 24/7 for the duration of treatment, they are going to have downtime. Downtime is the time they aren’t required to attend therapy sessions or group activities.

Since the rehab facility wants to make sure its clients have things to do to keep them busy and their minds off their addiction issues, there are to be amenities. Standard amenities usually include two-bed living quarters, a kitchen/cafeteria, a TV/recreation room, a patio for outdoor relaxation, a commissary, and a lounge.

In an upscale residential rehab facility, clients might get access to private rooms, tennis courts, an exercise room, a swimming pool, horse stables, and water sports, as well as the amenities mentioned above.

In most cases, the residential rehab facility’s staff will do as much as possible to make sure rehab feels as homey as possible. The thought being clients are more apt to stick with the program if they are comfortable within the treatment environment.


As mentioned above, treatment almost always starts with a detox program. Most clients need time to get past their withdrawal symptoms before they can concentrate on therapy. If the residential rehab facility maintains an in-house medically monitored detox program, the client reaps several benefits. First, they’ll get the opportunity to go through withdrawal under the care of medical professionals. If they exhibit any discomfort, a doctor would be standing by to offer relief medication.

Another great benefit that comes from getting treatment in a full-service residential rehab is continuity of care. At each level of treatment, the facility’s staff members will be able to communicate about each client’s progress.

After successfully clearing the detox process, the client will go into therapy. In most cases, each client will be required to attend intensive individual therapy sessions and a few group sessions.

During individual therapy, each client will work with a therapist or group of therapists. In one of the more progressive treatment facilities, the client might get exposure to several different therapy options, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Traditional therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Holistic therapy options like music, art, acupuncture, yoga and equine, etc.
  • Other evidence-based therapies

The objective of individual therapy is evident. The client needs to learn the truth about their addiction. The fact includes discovering the driving force behind why they feel the need to hide from their problems behind drugs or alcohol. With that information in hand, the client has a realistic chance of acquiring better-coping skills, which should be instrumental in making sure the relapse bug doesn’t come around.

The purpose of having clients participate in group sessions is threefold. First, clients need time to commensurate with other clients who are dealing with many of the same issues. This is an excellent way for clients to form support resources that could be valuable outside of the residential rehab facility. Second, clients get the opportunity to learn better communication skills that could be helpful in different aspects of their lives. Finally, there are lessons to be learned from the many various group activities therapists might choose to employ in a group setting. Some of these lessons might involve developing coping skills.

As for relapse planning, that’s all about making sure clients know where to get help when they leave the residential rehab facility. There’s little doubt each client is going to encounter temptation or one of their triggers eventually. When their sober knees get a little weak, they need to know where to go for help. The most popular aftercare options include:

  • Alumni programs
  • After treatment outpatient care
  • 12 Step programs like AA and NA
  • Sober and transitional living homes

There is nothing to fear about the care provided in a residential rehab facility. For the duration of treatment, the client gets an opportunity to do lots of good work towards finding the road to recovery. While doing so, they will know they are in a safe and caring environment with all the treatment resources they need around them.

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