11 Sep When to Choose Residential Rehab
When Home is Not an Option
An outpatient program can work really well for people who have a strong support system at home, and who have ways of having their other recovery needs met as well. Living in an environment that is completely free from drugs and alcohol is essential, as well as a few other must-haves:
Reliable transportation to and from appointments
A low-stress, healing environment
Proper nutrition and rest
Understanding, supportive companions
If any of these components is missing from the home environment, recovery can be quickly derailed. An inpatient program will provide all of these things, so it is probably the best option to pursue.
When There’s Recovery Resistance
Not everyone goes into recovery willingly, and some who do may be only doing so to satisfy the demands of their loved ones. When there’s a lack of motivation or commitment to the process, an inpatient program is the best choice. This will completely remove access to drugs and alcohol, and will provide the intensive support needed to break down walls of denial and get moving in the right direction.
For Co-Occurring Disorders
When mental disorders like depression or PTSD are co-occurring along with addiction, intensive, well-rounded care is needed so both problems can be treated at the same time. An inpatient program is the best place to receive this kind of care, since medical and mental health professionals will be onhand around the clock.
For Medical Attention
Just as co-occurring mental disorders are common among addicts, so are various physical disorders. Addictive behavior takes its toll on the body, and often physical problems go untreated for an extended period of time. A residential rehab setting will provide the full body intensive care needed to get better.
For Rehab Re-Dos
For those who have already completed a recovery program, or who are currently enrolled in one, and who suffer a relapse, residential recovery is a great decision. Recovery is hard, and it may not stick the first time, especially if you’re not receiving the right level of care. Residential programs have the highest success rate among treatment options. If your addiction is the stubborn variety (which most of ours are), pull out the big guns with an inpatient stay.
Michael Keenan is a Substance Use Disorder Counselor and Equine Specialist (EAGALA). He has worked in the field of substance abuse for the past 5 years, working in residential, out-patient, and in-patient treatment programs. The majority of his experience comes from supervisory and director-level positions. He is also enrolled at the University of Utah to complete a degree in Social Work. His areas of expertise are experiential therapy and metaphorical learning.