Residential drug rehab programs require patients to live at the facility while they undergo treatment. Residential rehab treatment has many advantages and disadvantages. For starters, residential treatment programs are more expensive than outpatient programs because they require patients to pay for living accommodations as well as meals. Residential programs remove patients from their surroundings allowing them to focus completely on their treatment.
Residential Drug Detox Programs
Residential drug rehab is not for everyone. Most patients who enter residential rehab are struggling with a strong or severe physical addiction to a particular substance. Physical addiction occurs when the person adjusts metabolically to the presence of the drug in their system. When the person stops using, they experience physical withdrawal symptoms. Physical withdrawal symptoms are a hallmark of physical addiction. Drug abuse does not necessarily result in physical addiction, as some substances are not physically addictive. If a patient is using a physically addictive substance, residential rehab may be ideal for them. Withdrawal symptoms can vary greatly between patients and can include any of the following:
In some high-risk patients, withdrawal symptoms can be life-threatening. At a residential rehab facility patients are monitored 24 hours a day by medical professionals who insure their safety as they undergo drug detox. Detox can either be supplemented with medications like methadone (to minimize withdrawal symptoms), or natural. In the case of a medical detox, doctors need to be available to administer medications and monitor the patients taking them. Addiction to withdrawal medications is possible in some patients.
Residential Drug Counseling
Patients who enter residential drug rehab may also choose this type of program if they have an unsupportive home environment or if they find it difficult to undergo rehab while managing their at-home responsibilities. As well, they may be faced with negative influences (such as friends who encourage them to use). For patients with a strong addiction who require a solid foundation for support, residential rehab is a good solution. As well, patients may find that everyday stress like their jobs or family lives may trigger them to use. Removing the person from these stressful situations can allow them to focus on treatment.
In residential rehab, patients meet with counselors and attend group therapy sessions so they can understand the causes of their addiction and learn behavioral modifications they can make to avoid temptations in the real world. Some centers may incorporate family counseling so that when patients return home, they do find they have a strong basis of support to return to.
Finding Residential Drug Rehab
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