5 Reasons Professional Detox and Residential Treatment Are Critical to Recovery
Making the decision to get help for drug and alcohol addiction often starts with understanding the options for care. While outpatient treatment is an option for some, most people have greater success with inpatient, or residential, treatment.
About Residential Treatment
In residential treatment, a person lives in a treatment center for 30 to 90 days, depending on their needs and treatment plan. Some begin this process with detox, a process that allows the body to remove substances in a safe and controlled manner, with the help of round-the-clock medical care to manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Residential addiction treatment programs typically are more effective than outpatient programs, as noted in studies published by the National Institutes of Health. It’s not easy to commit to a long-term treatment program, yet there are clear benefits to doing so.
#1: For Those Who Need It, Detox Is Lifesaving
Detox is a necessary step for those with long-term or severe drug or alcohol addiction. Addiction creates physical and chemical changes in the body that make it nearly impossible for a person to safely stop taking the substance without medical supervision. Detox is so important because it minimizes the intensity of cravings and withdrawal symptoms, including pain, anxiety, paranoia, and seizures. A professional detox program helps clients remain stable and as comfortable as possible as their body adjusts to the new normal.
#2: The Focus Is You
When you leave home, you put aside every other facet of your life for a small amount of time. You get to work on just you. That means you can accomplish more and feel more empowered than you thought possible. Time in residential treatment helps you to work on:
- Creating goals for yourself
- Rekindling your interests and hobbies, or discovering new ones
- Working through personal conflicts
- Overcoming trauma
- Learning to manage your health
During treatment, addiction stops controlling your life so you can start caring about yourself again.
#3: Each Day Is Structured and Organized
A big part of drug and alcohol addiction treatment success is having a structured program. A typical day in treatment is filled with addiction education classes, individual and/or group therapy, recreational activities, holistic therapies, and more. Having a full schedule helps you focus on the healing process. Many times, the structured environment you experience in treatment is something you learn to value and apply to your own life after treatment.
#4: There’s a Sense of Community
Addiction feels lonely when you seem to be the only one battling through it. You may feel overwhelmed with the changes you have to make. Some people have a lot of trouble processing all that’s happened to them. Having others nearby who have gone through the same thing you have, and who can understand your feelings, can make a big difference.
Group therapy is a cornerstone of most treatment programs. Professional therapists guide the sessions, giving each person an opportunity to talk about their goals, challenges, and fears. Often, the relationships you form during treatment can carry into the future, giving you a long-term support network as you maintain your recovery.
#5: The Treatment is Comprehensive
One of the benefits of turning to our team at Victory Addiction Recovery Center is that we offer a comprehensive treatment program individualized to meet your needs. Some of the treatment modalities we offer include:
- Evidence-based therapies
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Co-occurring disorder treatment
- Holistic therapies
- Alumni services
- Continuing care
- Programs designed for professionals
Our residential treatment program addresses mind, body, and spirit. We offer nutritional assistance, enjoyable activities, and involvement in a 12-step program. If you want to rebuild your life, reach out to our team. We would love to help you find your path to health and well-being.
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