There is a wide variety of treatment forms to choose from when it comes to addiction. Of course, it depends on your needs. For instance, if you’re struggling with a severe form of addiction that’s significantly impairing your life, then you may need to live at a treatment center for a period of time. However, if your needs are not that severe, then perhaps an outpatient treatment center is better.
Exploring the benefits of a residential treatment center might help you decide upon the type of treatment you need. Of course, it’s best to discuss your options with a doctor, drug counselor, therapist, or psychologist. However, in order to help you weigh the options, below you’ll find a list of options that are non-residential.
Sober Living Homes / Halfway Houses – These are an extension of care for those recovering from addiction and who have already participated in and lived at a rehab center. At these centers, although patients live there, as they would in a traditional rehab center, they have significantly more freedom to be able to attend work, school, or family events.
Outpatient Treatment Center – At these centers, patients live in their own home but attend the Center at regular intervals for treatment. They might attend the Center for group therapy, individual therapy, drug counseling, or mental health treatment. Regular attendance to the Center depends on their need, and can be daily, weekly, or bi-monthly.
Community-Based Services – These are informal ways to get treatment, such as attending an Alcohol Anonymous (AA) meeting. AA meetings and others, such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Overeating Anonymous (OA) are based on the 12-step model of treatment.
However, if you found that the above options won’t quite meet your needs, then you might strongly consider a treatment center in which you live with other recovering addicts. These are typically called residential treatment centers or live-in health care facility, also known in the drug-counseling field as RTC. An RTC might offer services such as drug counseling to address substance abuse, therapy to treat mental illnesses, and other forms of treatment to address behavioral issues. RTC’s often also address the issues of patients who have a dual diagnosis, meaning they have both an addiction and a mental illness.
Additionally, RTC’s also offer individual and family psychotherapy, medication, support groups, and strong communication among the psychiatrist, psychologist, family members, social workers, teachers, and other professionals an adult’s life. Ideally, there would be an integration of services between the psychiatric and the drug counseling fields in order to best treat an adult with a co-occurring disorder. Along these lines, some RTC’s are beginning to employ behavioral health therapists to ensure that behavioral concerns are well addressed.
Furthermore, there are also RTC’s that are gender specific. (Sober living homes and halfway houses can also be gender-specific.) When the opposite gender is not attending the same treatment center, patients can keep their thoughts and attention on their recovery without having romantic or erotic distractions. In addition to this obvious benefit, being with others of the same gender undergoing the same process can be supportive. For example, rooming with another individual of the same gender, attending group therapy with those of the same sex who have the same concerns, and working with issues that are specific to your gender can support the emotional and psychological growth that can take place during treatment.
Lastly, one of the greatest benefits of an RTC is that you are immersed in a sober living environment. You don’t have to contend with any issues at home, whether they are relationships, the presence of drug-using friends, or reminders of your life as an addict. In an RTC, you can fully and completely focus on your recovery. Having this kind of environment in the beginning is crucial to the start of recovery for most addicts.
These are some of the benefits of living at an RTC. However, be sure to consult your doctor or psychologist before making a final decision about your addiction treatment.
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