Residential treatment, sometimes known as inpatient treatment, is what comes to mind when most people picture “rehab”. Patients remain on premises for the duration (35 days) and take part in group therapy, individual therapy, support meetings, and more.
What is Residential Treatment?
Residential Treatment takes place at our facility and involves staying as a full time resident for 35 – 45 days. Before enrolling in residential treatment, patients may first be asked to undergo medical detoxification, during which they withdraw from their substance, occasionally through the use of supplemental medications that ease withdrawal symptoms.
The goal of Landmark’s residential treatment program is to stabilize and improve the life functionality of patients who have already completed withdrawal from alcohol, opiates, sedatives, or other mind-altering substances. The program is transitional in nature and aims to ultimately return the patient to their community sober, healthy, and prepared to continue their recovery.
Our residential treatment program is centered around teaching the patient 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 the patient can build a network of support and skills that can last well beyond our doors.
Rehab is carefully structured so that patients have a balance of structure and free time. Not all treatment centers operate the same way, but many offer some form of both group and individual therapy sessions. Patients will be assigned to therapists and counselors in either group blocks or assigned to meet with their individual clinician daily.
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, 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.
Patients may also participate in individual therapy in the afternoons. This portion of treatment can be the backbone of treatment, as it provides the kind of personal and deep recovery work that an individual needs to maintain sobriety in the long term. Each individual therapy session takes place between the patient and their assigned therapist. At Landmark, patients are guaranteed at least 2 hours of individual therapy sessions per week, the frequency of which are determined by the medical director. 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 treatment centers offer for those who need it. Addiction is often called a “family disease” because it is typically inherited genetically and fostered in an unhealthy or dysfunctional family environment. 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 to resolve the numerous issues that are present within a family that may be contributing to an addiction.
Meals & Activities
It’s equally 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 are available to 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 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.
Landmark Recovery staff will ask patients to take part in a 12 Step 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.
How to Prepare for Residential Treatment
Patients should expect to bring basic toiletries, clothing, identification, and any necessary medication. At Landmark Recovery, all residential treatment patients must bring the following
- Photo ID: Driver’s License or Passport
- Medical Insurance Cards
- Medication list including dosages and all known allergies to medications
- Comfortable clothing and shoes. (Pack amount used for a week)
- Athletic shoes and clothing for fitness classes (Yoga)
- Alcohol-free toiletries, including shampoo, mouthwash, soap and deodorant
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving items and hairdryer
- Writing materials for taking notes
- Pre-made List of contacts including names and phone numbers of loved ones you would like to contact while in treatment.
- Alarm Clock (without radio)
- Stamps and Envelopes
- Pre-Paid gift cards to order snacks online while in treatment.
- Prepackaged snacks in factory sealed containers
- Drinks that are factory sealed (no energy type drinks)
- Family photos
- Spiritual or religious items
- MP3 player (no camera or connection to Wi-Fi)
Do Not Bring
- Cash, Checkbook, credit or debit cards
- Drugs or Alcohol of any kind
- Over the counter medication
- Heating pads or electric blankets
- Hemp products
- Magic markers, sharpies, white-out
- Marital aids, condoms
- Cleaning supplies
- Perfume, cologne, aftershave
- Knives, scissors, sharp objects and other items that could be considered weapons
- Nail polish, polish remover
- Cell phones, laptops, tablets, cameras, video games or DVD’s
- Revealing clothing (tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff-bearing tops)
- Candles and incense
- Clothing with profanity or references to drugs, sex or alcohol
Avoid Last Hurrahs
While it’s a great first step to take in traveling the road to recovery, sometimes enrolling in rehab can give addicts a false sense of confidence. Some addicts may be tempted to binge on one “last hurrah” of their drug of choice. This is extremely dangerous because addicts may ingest larger doses of their drug than normal as a sort of pay off for finally planning to get clean. This could potentially lead to an overdose, which is even more likely when taking some form of opioid or binge drinking alcohol. It also could make detox in the rehab center more difficult overall. It’s also not advised to completely quit cold-turkey, In fact, attempting a solo withdrawal beforehand could lead to negative side effects that may sabotage your willingness to travel to rehab.
Talk to Your Loved Ones About Residential Treatment
If you’re planning on attending a residential treatment center for rehab, you should definitely talk openly and honestly with family and friends about what you intend to do. Trying to hide your recovery will only build feelings of guilt and shame surrounding your addiction. You may be embarrassed to inform friends and family of your addiction, but the truth is that getting help is not something to ever be ashamed of. Anyone who truly cares about you will support your decision to get better. The support of friends and family help not only to get you into rehab, but also to support you after release.
How Can I Get More Information?
Call our confidential admissions line at 888-448-0302. We can often arrange for you to begin a residential treatment plan within a few days.