What Is A Residential Treatment Center (RTC)?
A residential treatment center, is a live-in treatment facility that provides therapy for substance abuse, mental illness, and other behavioral problems. Laguna Shores has an in-depth comprehensive evaluation to assess the clients emotional behavior, educational status, and social needs. Our focus is to address these issues in the safest way possible.
We focus on personalized treatment plans. We understand and value the importance of individualized goals in the therapeutic setting. We believe strongly in family support and encouragement. We encourage and provide opportunities for family therapy and contact through on-site visits, home passes, telephone calls and other modes of communication.
Treatment by the Numbers
More than 20 million Americans a year over the age of 12 require treatment for substance use disorders.1 Only about 17% of these people suffering from addiction receive inpatient drug rehab treatment.2
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates that of the more than 20 million people in the United States requiring treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, just 34.8% of them seek out help at a specialty treatment facility.3 A specialty treatment facility consists of either a hospital inpatient, drug or alcohol rehab treatment center.
Different Types of Drug Treatment Programs
There are different types of treatment programs for overcoming substance use disorders. Some require a stay in a residential facility, others allow you to come in for therapy and treatment during the day or evening, and then go home.
Two main types of programs for treating those who are suffering from an addiction to drugs are called:
- Inpatient Residential Treatment
- Outpatient Treatment Programs
Outpatient treatment is more geared towards those who need help with an addiction, but also must maintain a full-time job, go to school or have a lot of social support at home to help them throughout the stages of treatment. Outpatient programs are also very helpful for people who have completed a residential stay but still need to be engaged in group or other programs in order to avoid relapse.
What Inpatient Drug Rehab Is All About
In cases where more intensive, around-the-clock care is required, residential treatment is usually the gold standard for drug addiction treatment. Inpatient drug rehab programs can be carried out either on a long-term or short-term basis, depending upon the severity and longevity of the addiction.
Also known as residential treatment, inpatient drug rehab occurs in a facility where care is provided 24 hours a day in a non-hospital setting. A medical professional is on hand to help with medically managed withdrawal, as well as other professionally trained addiction counselors, social workers and psychologists. These settings are often referred to as being a therapeutic community.
The first action taken in any type of residential stay is detoxification to rid the toxins from the body. This is accomplished by withdrawal of the substance causing the addiction, accompanied with specific medications to ease the pain, discomfort, and sometimes dangerous side-effects that often occur with detoxification.
Detox can be dangerous if not performed under the supervision of a trained physician. Medications are used to help clients who are withdrawing from drugs such as opioids, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, alcohol and other substances.
Simply undergoing withdrawal and detoxification does not, however, produce the lasting effects that are desired for long-term recovery. The psychological, social, physical and behavioral issues that accompany addiction must still be addressed during the recovery process.
Length of Time To Complete Inpatient Rehab
A planned stay in a therapeutic community can last from 6 to 12 months for long-term treatment. The entire residential community becomes part of treatment. Interactions and therapeutic activities occur between clients, staff and other residents. In this way, treatment focuses on the development of personal responsibility, accountability and leading healthy social lives.
The group and interpersonal activities performed during inpatient rehab helps to examine some of the destructive behavioral patterns and damaging self-concepts that lead to the addiction. This leads to better ways of interacting socially and internally.
Short-term residential treatment can be just as intensive as long-term treatment, but of a briefer duration. This treatment period is based on the 12-step approach to addiction recovery. It usually involves a 3 to 6-week stay, followed by engagement in outpatient therapy.
The Benefits of Undergoing Inpatient Rehab
There are many benefits associated with inpatient drug rehab, but probably the most important one is the existence of structure. Persons suffering from substance use addiction have very little free time on their hands when they are an inpatient in rehab.
Instead, the days and evenings are structured around some or all of the following organized activities:
- Therapy sessions that may include individual, group, family or more specialized meetings
- Alternative therapies, such as indoor and outdoor activities, meditation, exercise, animal therapy, art or music therapy, biofeedback or neurotherapy
- Healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners
Less free time and more structure means less time thinking about drugs and how to get them, reducing the likelihood for relapse in the future. Here are a few more benefits to inpatient rehab:
Another great thing about inpatient treatment is the professional supervision and counseling available. This is especially critical during the detoxification period when constant monitoring and medication management is so important.
While you are in a residential setting, whether it’s long- or short-term, you are away from the negative influences and people that may cause you to relapse. Phone calls and visitors are generally limited or closely monitored for your benefit.
This atmosphere lets you focus on yourself, your needs and your recovery, away from the stressors and distractions of daily life.
During a stay as an inpatient, new friendships are forged with others who understand what you are going through. These friendships can offer the support you may need now and in the future.
Since all of the meals are served to you during your stay, you will be eating a more balanced diet. The healthy foods will provide you with the strength to undergo withdrawal and continue to help you during the recovery process.
Finally, you will find that the support you receive during inpatient rehab will provide with the tools you’ll need after leaving. These tools and strategies learned during rehab will help in avoiding relapse and resisting cravings for drugs.
What Happens During Detox?
Detoxification before beginning therapy treatments for addiction may sound anxiety-inducing. To lessen those feelings, it’s helpful to know beforehand what might actually occur during this period.
Ridding the body of drugs and toxins is one of the first and very important steps of rehab. During this time, you are slowly weaned off the substances that have caused an addiction.
You may suffer some symptoms during withdrawal, most of which will be managed with safe medications in order to make you feel more comfortable. Symptoms experienced can range from anxiety and sweating to insomnia and a racing heartbeat.
The amount of time you will need to complete the detox will depend on each individual. It’s common for detox to take about three days or up to two weeks. The timeframe will depend on the drug being cleansed, the length of addiction, how severe the withdrawal symptoms become and other factors.
Some counseling therapies may be introduced during detox, depending upon need and mental wellness.
What To Expect During Inpatient Rehab
The First Day
Your first day at an inpatient drug rehab center is mostly centered on settling in, understanding where everything is located and learning what you are expected to do. You may be asked a lot of questions about your drug use and previous treatments, if they have occurred.
Mostly, though, you may be dealing with some unexpected emotions upon your arrival. Perhaps you’re feeling a bit afraid, angry, sad and nervous. These are all normal reactions that will dissipate over time. After all, this is probably a strange experience and you may be anxious about whether you will see any progress during your time in rehab.
A counselor will likely meet with you, one-on-one, to discuss your history, your condition, and your needs. Your honest answers to any questions will help determine the best course for your recovery treatment. A physical exam is an important way to assess your health needs.
After being shown to the room in which you’ll be staying, your belongings will be gone over to check for the absence of any drugs. You may also not be allowed to have a cell phone, computer or other items that will let you communicate with others. You may then be allowed to use these items at specified times.
Before you arrive, you will likely be given a list of what you should and should not bring to the rehab facility.
The Impact on Families
Everyone in the immediate and sometimes extended family of a person suffering from substance use addiction can be impacted by this situation. Each person in a family unit plays a role in the family dynamic. Sometimes those roles change when a family attempts to adjust to a member suffering from addiction. A family member may become an enabler, a hero and play other new roles that center around the addiction behaviors.
This is just one of the reasons why family therapy is an important component of therapy during inpatient drug rehab. Parents or children of those with an addiction may blame themselves for its development. Empowering the family is one of the many benefits of undergoing family therapy during or in addition to inpatient rehab.4
During a stay in rehab, families can take the time to work through conflicts that may have influenced drug use in the first place.
Families may experience a high emotional response to a family member undergoing rehab for drug use. They may be feeling some of the same emotions as the person in rehab: fear, anxiety, sadness, guilt and/or helplessness.
Loved ones may be afraid for their family member entering inpatient treatment. Anxiety exists with the knowledge that the next phone call may bear some terribly bad news. Parents, children and other close relatives will have likely seen their loved one become a completely different person while under the influence of drugs. There is hope during inpatient drug rehab treatment, yet anxious feelings may co-exist with that hope.
Choosing an Inpatient Drug Rehab Facility
Deciding upon the right inpatient drug rehab center for you is important to your ultimate achievement of lasting sobriety. Determine your immediate goals and needs. Do you want to become sober and remain so for the first month to be considered a success? Or do you foresee yourself living a sober lifestyle for a year or more? Once you understand your goals for rehab, you can make a more informed decision about where you should begin your treatment.
Keep in mind that inpatient drug rehab stays have a higher success rate for lasting sobriety. Consider the cost, the location, the amenities and the treatment types available. Recovery is possible and Laguna Shores Recovery can help.