Residential treatment programs enable you to focus all of your energy on recovery.

Addiction almost always requires professional help to overcome, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Research shows that residential treatment programs offer the best treatment outcomes. But NIDA stresses that a treatment duration of less than 90 days is of limited effectiveness. For the best possible chances of successful recovery, high quality, holistic residential treatment programs for substance abuse are your best bet.

Residential Treatment vs. Inpatient Treatment

Many people wonder about the difference between residential treatment vs. inpatient treatment. The fact is, they’re the same thing. Because “inpatient” conjures up images of hospital beds and an institutional setting, WhiteSands Treatment and many other programs prefer the term “residential” because it better fits the comfortable, homelike atmosphere found in high quality residential treatment programs.

Who Should Choose Residential Treatment?

While outpatient treatment is less expensive than residential programs, outpatient rehab isn’t appropriate for everyone. Residential treatment is essential for you if you have:

  • Little or no motivation to recover.
  • An unsafe or unstable place to live.
  • A long history of addiction.
  • A co-occurring mental illness.
  • Severe underlying issues.

Residential treatment programs for substance abuse can be expensive, but many insurance policies cover at least part of the cost of rehab, and high quality programs can often help you find financial aid.

The Benefits of Residential Treatment Programs

Residential treatment programs have a number of benefits over outpatient treatment. These include:

  • The ability to put all of your focus on recovery.
  • A safe, stable place to live.
  • Less stress than living at home.
  • A high level of peer and staff support.
  • Around-the-clock support and supervision.
  • A structured environment with daily routines to support recovery.
  • Regular healthy meals.
  • Plenty of opportunities for relaxation, recreation, and reflection.

High quality residential treatment programs typically have a range of amenities, including comfortable rooms, spaces for exercise and recreation, outdoor spaces for relaxing and reflecting, and well-appointed common spaces where residents can congregate to relax and converse.

How Residential Treatment Programs Work

Residential rehab programs that take a holistic approach to treatment offer the best outcomes. A holistic approach addresses issues of body, mind, and spirit for whole-person healing. A range of traditional and complementary therapies offers a variety of ways to look at your problems and issues and help you develop the skills you need for long-term successful recovery.

Traditional therapies commonly used in holistic residential treatment programs for substance abuse include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy, which helps you re-learn healthy ways of thinking and behaving and address underlying issues behind the addiction.
  • Family therapy, which helps restore function to the family system.
  • Motivational interviewing, which helps you identify your own reasons for wanting to recover.
  • Psychoeducational classes, which help you understand addiction and recovery.

Complementary therapies often used in treatment include:

  • Yoga or meditation, which reduce stress and improve self-awareness and mindfulness.
  • Massage or acupuncture, which help improve your body’s functioning and reduce cravings and stress.
  • Art or music therapy, which help you synthesize experiences and express difficult emotions.
  • Biofeedback, which teaches you to control your body’s stress response like heart rate and blood pressure.

Therapy takes place in both group and individual settings and helps individuals:

  • Assemble a toolkit of skills and strategies to cope with stress, cravings, and other triggers.
  • Identify harmful thought and behavior patterns and replace them with healthier ways of thinking and behaving.
  • Address a range of underlying issues and needs.
  • Find purpose and meaning in a life without drugs.
  • Learn to have fun and relax.
  • Repair damaged relationships.

Treatment Works

Treatment work for most people who engage with it. A high quality residential treatment program will help you restore your life on many fronts while improving your quality of life and sense of wellbeing.

If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.