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What Is the Goal of Residential Addiction Treatment?

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When someone is ready to receive help for an alcohol or substance use disorder, there are many options for treatment. Residential addiction treatment may offer the best chance at long-term sobriety for individuals who have previously struggled with relapsing. Vertava Health provides a comprehensive residential rehab program. For information about all of our treatment options, call Vertava Health at 844.470.0410 today.

What Is a Residential Addiction Treatment Program?

People often wonder what the best type of addiction treatment is. In fact, the best treatment differs for each person; not everyone needs or responds to the same approach. Many people can benefit from the comprehensive care available through a residential addiction treatment program. Residential treatment or inpatient care provides the intense levels of structure, supervision, and support some people need to succeed in their recovery.

During treatment, patients live on-site in a private or shared room. Each day is filled with activities designed to empower patients and teach them the skills they need to maintain sobriety and meet their personal goals. Residential programs may last 30, 60, 90 days, or more. The length of stay depends on the individual’s needs and personal situation.

What Is the Goal of Residential Addiction Rehab?

Residential addiction treatment programs include therapy to address past trauma or co-occurring mental health disorders and improve communication, self-care, and relationship skills. The ultimate goal of any addiction treatment is to help patients learn the skills they need to remain sober once treatment is over. To achieve that ultimate goal, patients and their care team first work toward smaller goals during different phases of treatment.

1. Detoxification

Patients in residential addiction rehab typically receive medically supervised detoxification. A skilled medical team creates a personalized plan for each patient based on medical history, previous substance use, and past experiences with detox. The goal is to prevent severe withdrawal symptoms, ease cravings, and keep the patient safe and comfortable.

2. Rehabilitation

Rehab consists of many therapies and activities, including:

  • Treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Treatment for medical issues
  • Personal exploration and reflection
  • Experiential therapies such as wilderness or art therapy
  • Skill-building
  • Education

Many people in recovery need help to repair the damage addiction has caused in their life. Counselors and other members of a patient’s support team are present to help patients cope with grief, repair relationships, or find a new career or educational path. The goal of rehabilitation is healing in all of the ways that may be necessary for a healthy, substance-free life.

3. Aftercare

Aftercare allows rehab patients to practice all they have learned before fully returning to life without the safety net of a care team. Each patient sets their own goals for aftercare, such as:

  • Re-establishing a career
  • Starting or completing an educational program
  • Moving into a new home
  • Making sober friends and establishing a support network outside of treatment
  • Repairing relationships with family members and other loved ones
  • Continuing with group or individual therapy as needed

All these goals and more support a person’s ability to remain sober long-term. Posttreatment goals focus on building a new life that doesn’t involve using drugs or alcohol.

Vertava Health Offers a Residential Addiction Treatment Program

Not every person who is struggling with addiction needs the intense supervision and accountability a residential program offers, but for those who do, the increased access to care can make all the difference.

If you or someone you love has relapsed after short-term or outpatient rehab programs, it doesn’t mean you can’t help them. Our residential program may be the answer. Call Vertava Health today at 844.470.0410 for more information about our residential addiction treatment program and its benefits.