What is Residential Treatment?
What Does a Residential Program Mean?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, during residential treatment: “Addiction is viewed in the context of an individual’s social and psychological deficits, and treatment focuses on developing personal accountability and responsibility as well as socially productive lives. Treatment is highly structured and can be confrontational at times, with activities designed to help residents examine damaging beliefs, self-concepts, and destructive patterns of behavior and adopt new, more harmonious and constructive ways to interact with others.”
In other words, the residential addiction treatment experience is designed to be a highly structured social and therapeutic experience.
What is Residential Addiction Treatment?
Residential treatment is a live-in level of care in which the patient stays at a non-hospital facility for an extended period under 24-hour medical supervision. This level of care exists in both mental health and substance use disorder treatment protocol. This article is focused on residential addiction treatment. During residential treatment, a patient will stay at a facility that is more like home. These facilities are located in a neighborhood or urban setting that is also shared with other homes and businesses. A residential treatment facility is usually not a lockdown center and is designed for people who are non-violent, medically stable, and physically mobile.
How Long is Residential Treatment?
To be classified as a residential program a facility must provide 24-hour care in a non-hospital environment. While there is no length of stay that is specifically required to be considered residential, most programs are longer than 14 days and some last many months. For substance use disorders at The Ridge, the length of stay falls around 30 days, based on medical necessity. At The Ridge, as well as most residential programs, periodic clinical assessments are conducted to ensure the patient is at the best level of care for their needs. After the residential level of care is completed there is a step-down process in which a patient will transfer to a lower level of care such as Partial Hospitalization (PHP) or Intensive Outpatient (IOP). Often these levels of care will be conducted by the same organization in the same or a different facility based on the structure of the program and clinical/state guidelines. If the organization does not offer the recommended level of care clinical staff will refer the patient elsewhere.
What is Residential Treatment for Substance Abuse?
The residential level of care designation is broadly defined according to standards set by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Residential is one level of care offered during The Ridge programming. What the patient needs to know is that they will be under 24-hour medical supervision with intensive daily therapeutic programming. This highly structured environment allows the patient to learn the necessary tools to begin a lifetime of recovery. Additionally, at The Ridge residential program, you will have all of your meals prepared for you by our chef. During the residential level of care, day to day needs are taken care of so the patient can focus solely on their recovery.
During the day a patient will have a busy schedule of therapeutic sessions. The Ridge programming is designed around a cognitive behavior therapy approach (CBT). During The Ridge residential program, the patient will receive group counseling, individual sessions, and one-on-one sessions with our staff physician or psychiatrist as needed. Both of our doctors are board-certified addictionologist and full-time employees of The Ridge. In addition to these treatment sessions, we offer exercise and nutrition as part of the recovery experience. Other ancillary services such as yoga, meditation, art therapy, and music therapy are part of the milieu.
Residential addiction treatment is an appropriate level of care for those clients who have had a hard time in other lower levels of care such as outpatient or intensive outpatient. Residential care is also recommended for those patients who experience high levels of cravings or have become physically dependent on their substance of choice. A thorough assessment with a licensed counselor or physician will always be conducted as part of The Ridge programming before admission to determine the appropriate care to best help the addicted patient.