Residential addiction treatment is considered the best path to recovery. Comprehensive in nature, a residential program can provide your loved one with all the resources and support he or she needs to move past addiction. No matter what obstacles your loved one faces when trying to stop using drug and alcohol abuse, a high-quality residential treatment program should be able to provide the therapeutic and medical support necessary to manage the issue.

Though it is not necessary for every patient to enroll in a residential treatment program in order to overcome drug dependence, it is an excellent resource for many people in early recovery, empowering them with all the tools they need to strengthen their ability to avoid relapse as they build a new life in sobriety. Is residential drug treatment the right choice for your addicted loved one?

What Is Residential Treatment?

Residential treatment gives patients the opportunity to dedicate all their time to healing and growth in recovery. As a 24-hour treatment program offers patients room and board as well as constant therapeutic and medical support, patients are without the stressors of daily life or relationships to distract them. They are free to engage in a number of different treatment resources chosen based on their personal needs with around-the-clock assistance should they need it.

What Services Are Included in Residential Treatment?

The determination of which treatment services will be utilized during your loved one’s treatment is based on his personal needs and may include:

Why Choose Residential Treatment Over Intensive Outpatient Treatment?

The main lodge at Black Bear Lodge

The main lodge at Black Bear Lodge

Many intensive outpatient addiction treatment programs will offer many of the same therapeutic interventions provided by residential treatment programs – many, but not all. Often there simply isn’t enough time in the therapeutic schedule to incorporate all the different sessions and interventions that are available during residential care.

Additionally, the benefit of around-the-clock assistance is often critical for long-term addicts in early recovery. The ability to completely immerse oneself in recovery is often the greatest gift imaginable to those who are seeking to extricate themselves from a life of addiction. With zero ability to access substances of abuse, many patients find that they are finally able to turn their attention to the healing that comes with intensive therapeutic intervention.

Depending upon the treatment program you choose, your loved one may enjoy a number of amenities in addition to therapeutic and medical treatment services, including:

  • Nutritious menus designed to promote ongoing detox and wellness
  • Access to a pool
  • Alternative and holistic healing options
  • Access to reading nooks and nature paths and personal time for meditation and emotional/spiritual regeneration

Though intensive outpatient addiction treatment programs may be more than adequate to meet the needs of many patients in recovery, a number of patients prefer the comprehensive nature of residential care. Benefits include:

  • Increased ability to manage responsibilities in recovery: At a residential program, patients don’t need to worry about forgetting an appointment, managing transportation to and from the recovery center, managing medications, or seeking out medical care. Everything is right there, and due to the 24-hour monitoring of clinical and therapeutic staff, patients are supported in staying focused and getting what they need without the pressure of having to identify what those needs are and then seek assistance on their own.
  • Increased ability to avoid relapse: Many patients in outpatient care find that the easy access to substances or continued exposure to stressors that are often triggers for relapse can make it difficult for them to avoid drinking or using drugs during the hours that they are not at the program.
  • Easier management of costs: When in outpatient treatment, many patients find that dealing with insurance coverage is an ongoing issue. For each newly proposed treatment or service, providers must get authorization in order to proceed. This can often postpone the ability to move forward in recovery by weeks at different stages of progression, which can be frustrating. Comparatively, in residential treatment, many insurance companies require providers to get preauthorization before enrollment but then require only updated documentation after that – for many policies, there is no need to acquire approval for every individual therapeutic intervention – though there may be a 190-day lifetime limitation on how long the insurance policy will provide coverage for residential care.
  • Extensive aftercare and follow-up: Many residential treatment programs set their patients up for lasting health when they complete the program by working with them to create an aftercare plan that is suitable to their needs. In many cases, there is the opportunity to continue working with the residential program on an outpatient basis, connecting with peers who also went through the program and therapists on an ongoing basis during the transition process.

How Long Does Residential Treatment Last?

Your loved one’s length of stay in treatment should be based upon his or her specific needs for support.

Some patients prefer to stay in treatment for 90 days or more, waiting to transition out of treatment into a sober living program or back home when they feel comfortable.

Others stabilize in recovery after a brief 30-day stay. No matter how long your loved one stays in residential treatment, it is important that he follow up treatment with aftercare services and remain actively engaged with his recovery.

How Do We Pay for Residential Drug Rehab?

Most families opt to cover the cost of any addiction treatment services through a variety of different means, including:

  • Insurance: All health insurance policies are now required to cover some form of addiction treatment services for all patients and to make it no more difficult to access this coverage than it is to gain coverage for the treatment of other medical issues. It’s important to contact your insurance provider in advance to get the details on what exactly is and isn’t covered, the percentage of costs that are covered, and the documentation necessary to move forward.
  • Personal funds: Many people decide to tap into family funds to pay a portion of the bill. In some cases, it may be appropriate to utilize an emergency fund, access money set aside for college costs or retirement, or to sell a luxury item to come up with part of the cost.
  • Personal loan: Often families find that others in the family are willing to work together in a time of crisis and pool resources in order to cover the cost of treatment. Some family members may offer to help out with paying for treatment while others offer no- or low-interest loans as an option.
  • Financing: Often, people utilize financing options to pay the portion of the bill that remains after all other resources have been utilized. It’s usually not difficult to get a loan at a rate and repayment plan that makes sense for your family budget.

Is Residential Treatment Right for Your Addicted Loved One?

No single style of treatment is the definitive choice for every patient across the board. Consider the circumstances facing your addicted loved one, his responsibilities at work and at home, and his personal goals for recovery. Additionally, consider the obstacles facing him or that have faced him in the past if he has attempted to get clean and sober and whether or not a residential treatment program would help him to effectively address those obstacles.

The style of treatment that will be most beneficial to your loved one will provide him with the resources he needs to overcome the issues he faces. For example, if he is struggling with addiction and co-occurring behavioral or mental health disorders, a treatment program that has the resources to provide intensive treatment for that issue as well as addiction at the same time – residential or not – can offer the best chance at starting a new life in recovery.

For more information about the different therapeutic options and program availability that can help your addicted loved one to overcome drug and alcohol dependence, contact us at Black Bear Lodge today. Our admissions coordinators are standing by to provide you with the answers you need to connect your family member with the best possible treatment choice. Call now to begin.