Residential Inpatient Program Information

Residential Treatment

What is residential treatment for drug or alcohol addiction? Residential treatment means staying at a rehabilitation facility, usually for a period of 30 days, for detox and therapeutic intervention. A person suffering from addiction is able to begin the healing process while receiving support from treatment professionals and being able to connect with peers in recovery.

What’s Included in Residential Treatment?

What happens during and after detox? The detox phase can begin hours after substance use stops and may take a few days. Some symptoms of withdrawal may continue for a few weeks. During detox, a person may experience discomfort as the body works to function without drugs or alcohol. Psychologically, a person may feel depressed or have difficulty experiencing happiness or good feelings, but this is temporary, especially if he or she engages in a rehabilitation process through treatment.

When an individual suffering from addiction is being treated at a residential treatment facility, he or she will be monitored during detox. Consulting physicians may assist the individual to help alleviate physical symptoms and begin the healing process. Addiction recovery does not end with detox; that’s where it begins. The rehabilitation experience that follows is what allows an individual to process trauma, learn new healthy habits, and rediscover his or her life.

If an individual undergoes detox naturally after stopping substance use, why is treatment necessary? Treatment can be a critical part of recovery because there are many factors that contributed to a person’s substance use to begin with. Detoxing the physical body is only one part of the healing process. To sustain long-term recovery, a person needs to find emotional and mental health healing as well, discovering new ways to handle physical and psychological distress. Good treatment centers also provide psychosocial therapies alongside pharmacological treatment in order to help individuals remain on the path to recovery. According to NIDA, “Detoxification alone without subsequent treatment generally leads to resumption of drug use.”

What’s included in residential treatment varies depending on the facility that a person chooses to attend, but in general, this is what you can expect:

  • Supervised detox

  • Therapy Sessions

  • Meals Provided On-site

  • Clean and Comfortable Accommodations

  • Community with others in recovery from addiction

Many residential treatment centers offer a variety of services and amenities to facilitate the healing process and meet patients’ needs. This may include:

  • Premium Accommodations

  • Life skills training

  • Family therapy or family weekends

  • Healthy meals prepared by a private chef (or team of chefs)

  • Experiential therapies, such as art therapy, yoga, music therapy, or meditation

Depending on the treatment center, you may be able to participate in activities specific to the location. Some facilities are located near the beach, in the mountains, or within urban areas, allowing you the potential to enjoy supervised outings or spectacular views.

Benefits of Residential Treatment

There are many benefits of residential treatment. Taking time away from your typical circumstances and environment can give you the opportunity to heal and learn new skills. Here are some reasons why residential treatment is helpful to those seeking recovery from addiction:

  • A change in your environment can help you change your mindset and habits.

  • You are supervised and cared for by people who can offer therapeutic assistance and encouragement for your new life in recovery.

  • You’re free from the distractions, triggers, and stress of your home and work environment, especially old friends who may have used drugs or alcohol alongside you.

  • You can connect to others who are on the same journey as you are.

  • You can try new things and enjoy life in a different way without the influence of substances.

  • A change of pace and scenery can help you rest and restore your mind, body, and spirit.

Residential treatment has proven to be very effective for those struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction. Some treatment centers are equipped to care for those with high acuity (severe cases) and provide specialized care. Length of care is also important — longer stays at a treatment center may be crucial for some individuals, while others may be able to sustain recovery after a thirty day experience. Everyone’s recovery journey is different, which is why it’s helpful to have a treatment plan customized to meet your needs.

It’s important to note that addiction is a recurrent disease, meaning that it may take multiple stays in a treatment center for an individual to sustain his or her recovery. Treatment is designed to offer individuals the life skills and capability to regain sobriety even if a relapse occurs, but recovery is a lifelong journey. Being able to attend outpatient treatment or 12-Step meetings (or similar meetings) can be instrumental in helping a person remain in recovery for the long-term.

How to Choose a Residential Program

Here are a few factors that may influence your decision:

  • Location: You may want to attend a residential treatment center near your home. It can also be very helpful to attend treatment in a place that is far from home so that you are completely removed from the context of your old life.

  • Features and Amenities: You may be seeking a residential treatment center that offers certain amenities or features, such as premium accommodations, a pool, or healthy meals. What matters most is that your treatment center is equipped to treat your condition and that they offer evidence-based therapies (which means therapies have been proven to work based on research). You can find out this information either through the treatment center’s website or by giving them a call.

  • Insurance or Private Pay Capability: Your insurance plan or ability to pay for residential treatment on your own may influence which program you attend. Many insurance plans offer to pay at least partially for treatment. Your benefits and coverage will be unique to your plan, but you will need to call the treatment center so that they can verify your benefits. If you want to pay for treatment out of your own pocket (referred to as “private pay”), you may have more flexibility when it comes to choosing the residential treatment center you want to attend.

When you call them, some treatment organizations (made up of multiple facilities) may recommend the best residential treatment center for you based on your condition, location, needs, and insurance benefits or private pay capability.

Can You Trust Us To Guide You On This Journey?

A Healing Center That Feels Like Home


We are not a center that is going to tell you how to be or what to do. You won’t find white lab coats or a sterile environment when you come to meet our medical and clinical team. You will meet human beings who have dedicated their lives, both personal and professional, to learning what brings people joy and happiness and how we can improve those areas of your life from the start of treatment to the end.


What we will work with you on are all aspects of a healthy lifestyle that we work on ourselves. There are no methods within our program that are unproven through all of the scientific research, decades of trial and error within the field, and personal experience over years and years. We stay healthy, humble, and willing, as we hope you will too.

How to Know When It’s Time to Seek Residential Treatment

  • Experiences withdrawal symptoms when substance use is stopped (sweating, tremors, high pain sensitivity, fatigue, insomnia, seizures, depressed breathing, lethargy)

  • Sacrifices priorities, responsibilities, or savings to accommodate substance use habit

  • Experiences mood swings and behaves erratically

  • Displays increasing neglect for personal hygiene or self-care

  • Has disturbed eating and sleeping patterns

  • Engages in lying or stealing behaviors, disappears from home, events, or family gatherings without explanation

  • Experiences consequences at work or job loss due to substance use

  • Experiences damage to or loss of relationships due to substance use

  • Is constantly engaged in pursuit of preferred substance(s)

  • Increasingly engages in risk-taking behaviors

If you or a loved one is exhibiting these signs, please call Good Heart Recovery team today.

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