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Residential Alcohol Rehab

A supportive environment for healing

While some alcohol rehabilitation can be done on an outpatient basis, and some must be done largely in the confines of a hospital, for many residential alcohol rehab is the best choice for treatment. Less strictly institutional than inpatient treatment in a hospital or clinic, but far more structured and supportive than attempting to quit in an outpatient program, a residential program can offer a patient the best of both systems.

Residential programs

  • Focused services in an inpatient environment
  • Extended time to develop post-addiction skills
  • Finding the right program for you

What can you expect from a residential program

Residential alcohol rehab provides standard rehabilitative programs for patients, based on inpatient patterns. Some programs are licensed for detoxification as well as counseling, therapy, re-socialization and rehabilitation. Many others, however, choose to bypass the difficult regulatory issues involved in running not only an in-house counseling program, but the medical program that’s necessary for proper detoxification treatments. Detoxification is performed elsewhere, in hospitals or clinics, and the addict is then transferred to the comfortable residential program, where counselors, nurses, and all staff and personnel can focus on the transitional needs of an addict after withdrawal.

This practical division of labor recognizes that the primary concern during withdrawal is medical, demanding high levels of care, full access to a working hospital’s tools and medications, doctors who have specialized in the complications of drug withdrawal, and nurses and staff who are sensitive to the slightest meaningful changes in an addict’s condition.

However, the primary concern of treatment after withdrawal has been safely navigated is not medical. Once the chemical dependency has been interrupted, the primary focus of treatment concerns the creation of new, healthy habits, the control and eradication of damaging habits, and the building of new life-skills. These goals demand no less expertise than did the goal of bringing an addict safely through withdrawal, but the skills they demand are the skills of a counselor, a mentor, a guide, a teacher and a companion. A residential program can establish a community of trained professionals on every level whose sole aim is to effectively help addicts rebuild their lives, and the way they handle their problems.

Rebuilding life skills

The primary element in successful rehabilitation is the replacement of old, dysfunctional habits and skills with new ones that will help ensure the addict never has to return to his or her old addiction. Counselors use many, many techniques to achieve this result. Methods range from conditioning techniques that come out of B.F. Skinner’s Behavioral Psychology, to things as basic as the restructuring of the basic patterns of daily life.

Most systems use several approaches at once, and provide recovering addicts with specific forms of counseling, training, and re-socialization aimed at promoting healthy habits and informed ways of thinking about addiction. To achieve all this, residential programs assemble skilled staff whose major training is in issues of addiction and recovery.

Locating a great residential alcohol rehab program

Finding the right rehab program for you or a loved one can be a challenge. Among the best ways is to turn to a professional referral agency. While there are many sources of great referrals, including referrals from hospitals, clinics, and state and county departments of police, health, or family services, a professional referral service is often in the best position to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each program, and match addicts to their best support providers. When looking for a service, look for a referral agency to point you in the right direction.


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