3 Reasons Why Residential Rehab is Preferred

Is Residential Rehab Right for Me?

If you’re not familiar with the rehab world then you’re going to be overwhelmed with all of the jargon that comes along with it. Addiction is a long and tough road, not only because it is a physical hell but also because it seeps into every single part of your life. You might think that it is a single variable that you can isolate and manipulate to your liking but you can’t. It will take control of you and do as it pleases unless you take the initiative to stop anyway you can.

The first thing you’ll need to do is make the decision to cease drug use. You have to stop, now. Once you do that, you’ll then move into the detox process – whether you detox at home (which we don’t advise because it is dangerous) or you check into a drug detox. After detox you’ll be faced with the option of inpatient residential or outpatient residential treatment. There are pros and cons to residential rehab vs. inpatient rehab depending on your personal situation. Let’s take a look at your two options:

Inpatient Residential Rehab

Inpatient residential rehab usually lasts from 28 – 30 days. During this time you will be living in a residential sober facility with other rehab residents. You will be in a safe and sober environment that has (in most cases) 24/7 medical and staff supervision. There is an emphasis on sober living and the education of addiction. You will learn the in’s and out’s of addiction and how you can learn to cope with your addiction. Inpatient residential rehab is a structure program in which you will stick to a daily schedule and actively work at your rehabilitation. A day at residential rehab can go something like this:

  1. Wake up at 6am, get dressed and make up bed. (Rooms must pass daily check before a resident can leave to go to treatment facility).

  2. Breakfast from 8:00 – 9:00am.

  3. 12 Step Group 9:15pm – 10:15pm

  4. Meet with Therapist 10:30 – 11:30pm

  5. Lunch from 12:00pm – 1:00pm

  6. Men’s/Women’s Group 1:15pm – 2:15pm

  7. Exercise Activity 2:30pm – 3:30pm

  8. Massage Therapy 4:00 – 5:00pm

  9. Dinner 5:15 – 6:15pm

  10. Recreation Time 6:30 – 9:00pm

  11. Lights out at 10:00pm

This is a very basic and hypothetical timeline of what can be expected on any given day at a residential treatment program. You may have outside groups that come in to host meetings, movie nights, family days, field trips days, intensive therapy or trauma resolution therapy appointments with doctors. At inpatient residential treatment programs everyone will have their own schedules to follow depending on their treatment plan.

Outpatient Residential Rehab

The difference with outpatient residential rehab is that you won’t be receiving treatment in a structured and stable living facility. In outpatient residential rehab you will live on your own or in a halfway house and come to the rehab facility for treatment. You won’t be there all day and will have to be responsible for your own schedule and be accountable for your sobriety. You might have a job, a family at home and (addiction aside) a stable home environment that you can return to daily. Outpatient rehabs are good for individuals who want to continue where their inpatient residential rehab program left off, cannot afford to enter residential or just need maintenance care.

3 Reasons Why Inpatient Rehab is Preferred

Whether you have a steady job, a supportive family, luxuries, influence or not – addiction will always get the upper hand on you. What you have now will eventually come crashing down with one loss after another – with the ultimate loss being your life. Here are 3 reasons why inpatient rehab is the preferred method of drug rehabilitation:

  1. In inpatient rehab you will be with other people in similar situations that know what’s at stake here. Sometimes family, friends and associates do not understand the severity of addiction and why rehab is important to your health. For at least 30 days you will be able to see how real this disease is and get the understanding, comfort and healing from the residential community and staff that you need for your recovery.

  2. You will be away from any stimulus or triggers for at least 30 days. Those first 30 days of sobriety are critical. No matter how good your intentions are if you’re going to outpatient residential treatment you could very well be getting high or drunk after your therapy or meetings. You want to give yourself the best chance to stay sober and an inpatient residential treatment center is the best place for that.

  3. You can get daily treatment and support for any co-occurring disorders you may have. Consistent therapy is crucial to your rehabilitation and inpatient rehab provides that.

If you or some you know is need of residential rehab treatment please give us a call at 1-844-299-0618.


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