What Happens During Residential Treatment?
Our residential treatment program is centered around teaching you skills related to continued sobriety, with therapy sessions designed to explore the underlying triggers of substance abuse, and support groups designed to help recovering addicts share their story in a safe, private environment. Here you can build a network of support and skills that can last well beyond our doors.
Our inpatient treatment is carefully structured so that you have a balance of structure and free time. Not all residential treatment centers operate the same way, but many offer some form of both group and individual therapy sessions. You will be assigned to therapists and counselors in either group blocks or assigned to meet with an individual clinician weekly.
What is Group Therapy?
Group therapy allows patients to discuss their problems with substance use under the supervision of a therapist. Our group therapy program is designed to show you that you’re not alone, help you find your voice and provide you with a supportive safety net. Patients will convene in a group setting with one or more therapists/counselors to learn about the recovery process. Topics can range from 12-Step, SMART Recovery, and Seeking Safety to broader topics such as family dynamics, the disease of addiction, and skills for fighting cravings. Group therapy may sound like the last place you want to deal with your personal issues, but the truth is that many patients share similar stories and points of view.
At Landmark Recovery, patients receive at least 21 hours of group therapy per week. Group therapy helps foster openness and honesty and is a great chance to offer support to fellow patients in recovery. It may be difficult at first, but sharing stories can help build camaraderie, relieve burdens, and allow for emotional healing. Many friendships forged in group therapy can last well into recovery at our residential treatment centers.
What is Individual Therapy?
Patients may also participate in individual therapy, where they meet with a therapist in a private setting. This portion of our program can be the backbone of treatment, as it provides the kind of personal and deep recovery work that an individual needs to fully understand why they use drugs or alcohol and how to develop healthy coping skills. Each individual therapy session takes place between the patient and their assigned therapist. At Landmark Recovery, patients are guaranteed at least two hours of individual therapy sessions per week, the frequency of which are determined by the medical director. That’s more than other treatment centers provide.
Therapy topics covered can include:
- Personal history
- Mental health care (dual diagnosis)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most useful tools used in addiction treatment centers. CBT is typically conducted in individual therapy because it asks the patient to address specific and personal triggers that lead to substance abuse. Once these trigger moments are identified, the therapist will work to help the patient develop healthier responses to those triggers and defeat negative modes of thinking. In these one-on-one sessions, patients will be asked to open up and discuss some of their deepest insecurities, fears, and more. Although it may feel painful, the result is incredibly beneficial.
Family therapy is an option that some residential treatment centers offer. Addiction is often called a “family disease” because it is typically impacts and can be perpetuated by family members. Addiction can infect family relationships in a multitude of ways, so family therapy is useful as its own form of therapy because it can address and help resolve the numerous issues that are present within a family that may be contributing to an addiction. These issues include enabling and guilt.
Meals & Activities
It’s equally as important to spend time socializing with other patients as it is to get tasty and quality meals. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner offer a chance for patients to fraternize and learn about one another outside of sessions. At Landmark Recovery, snacks can be requested at any time. The meal schedule is as follows:
- Breakfast: 7:00
- Lunch: 12:00
- Dinner: 5:00
In the afternoon, patients may be exposed to alternative sessions for inpatient treatment, such as music therapy, fitness activities, or other enrichment activities. Typically, patients will take part in group activities that add a little bit of levity and enjoyment to the recovery process. Sessions are assigned based on overlapping patient needs and further address topics that have been raised in prior sessions.
Does Inpatient Addiction Treatment Work?
Thousands of studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of residential treatment for drug and alcohol addictions. The vast majority of research proves that, yes, addiction treatment works. Just over 9% (or 22.35 million adults) in the United States have resolved a substance use problem, according to a recent study by the Recovery Research Institute. A study by the CDC and the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that 3 out of 4 people who experience addiction eventually recover. That 2020 study also showed that adults who recovered from a substance use problem credited receiving addiction treatment as the thing that helped them the most. One researcher said this “goes against our cultural perception that people never get better.”
It’s important to understand that recover rates are not the same for all people. While some people may be able to find lasting recovery after a short time in addiction treatment others may struggle to stay sober. Many people will experience a relapse and return to substance use several times before finally breaking free from the cycle of addiction.
Landmark Recovery staff will ask patients to take part in a 12 Step program or a similarly structured meeting. In a 12 Step meeting, there is typically no set structure or topic to follow and patients are able to voluntarily give voice to their thoughts. This can involve storytelling, feedback on activities, advice for other patients, questions about treatment, and more. These meetings provide a safe and structured environment for patients to unwind, process the day’s learning, and share with their peers. The 12 step meetings we offer are for individuals in treatment, but we also offer 12 step meetings available to the community. AA meetings, both in treatment and community, are also offered.