Fourth: Residential Treatment

Residential treatment is usually a key part of addiction treatment programs. Knowing why a person goes to residential rehab and what happens when they get there can ease many of the worries people face as they contemplate going to an inpatient facility.

Once you have finished detox, which averages seven to 10 days, then you can move on to the program you and your treatment team have designed for you.

Much of the time, our clients transition directly into residential rehab, but often your insurance company plays a key role in that decision.

Your insurance provider has a team that oversees your case. It includes doctors, addiction treatment experts, and health care professionals. They will work with the treatment team at our facility to determine your next steps in rehab.

For many cases, that next step is residential rehab, but some patients might instead live off-site in a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or intensive outpatient program (IOP).

What Happens in Residential Treatment?

Residential treatment is an important step for many. This is where you will live at our center as you learn about yourself and what can trigger your desire to use drugs or drink alcohol.

Clients will develop healthier ways to cope with everyday stress that might normally lead to relapse. During one-on-one therapy, you’ll be able to explore issues that may have affected you and led you to resort to drugs or alcohol. That includes if you have co-occurring disorders like depression or anxiety (which sometimes contribute to or result from addiction.) Managing those co-occurring disorders (with medication or therapy, or both) can help with addiction, too.

Group therapy is another component of residential treatment. Some people may be nervous about it — especially opening up about your struggles in a room full of people — but it can be a helpful tool in your recovery. In group sessions, you’ll learn you’re not alone in your struggles. You can also enjoy a sense of community and find ways to help you stay clean and sober.

Will I Be Able to Choose My Treatment Program?

When you begin staying at our center, a treatment team will help you. You’ll have many of the same therapists, counselors, and team members working with you throughout your stay. At Mountain Springs, in fact, you’ll have the same therapist whether you stay 30 or 90 days. Some centers have you switch clinicians after a set amount of time, but at Mountain Springs we feel that working with the same therapist for a longer period allows a stronger relationship to form, and that can help you get a lot more accomplished.

There are also different treatment programs with good track records so you’ll have many options to further your recovery:

  • 12-step programs – Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the oldest and best known, but there are many 12-steps tailored to specific substances (narcotics, cocaine, etc.). Many people have had success overcoming their addictions by attending these groups. Different steps examine different components of addiction. Support group members can take those steps and apply them in positive ways.
  • Non-12-step programs – Instead of working the steps, non-12-steps practice evidence-based recovery methods. Mountain Springs holds meetings affiliated with SMART Recovery, a non-12-step that focuses a lot on cognitive-behavioral therapy.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy – Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps you to see negative (and self-destructive) habits and behaviors and teaches you to view them differently, in more constructive ways. It also teaches healthier coping mechanisms.
  • Dual diagnosis assistance – Left undiagnosed and untreated, emotional or mental conditions can lead people to use drugs or drink alcohol as a form of self-medication. Sometimes a person’s drug or alcohol abuse can lead to mental health conditions, too. We assess all patients to check for co-occurring disorders and aim to treat them at the same time as we treat their addictions.
  • Holistic therapies – Holistic treatment takes a whole mind-body-spirit approach. Yoga, meditation, and mindfulness are three examples. Holistic care can help with stress reduction, which can be useful in preventing relapse.

As you team with us to develop a treatment plan unique to your needs, you’ll also be required to attend group therapy sessions to strengthen your recovery.

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