Addiction is a complex disease that requires a complex solution. While detox is a vital part of the process for many, it’s not enough for most people who struggle with substance abuse—more treatment is required. The full continuum of addiction treatment has shown to be the most effective solution for the disease of addiction. However, it needs to be personalized and addiction treatment has a variety of therapies and treatment options that are available to make that happen. Residential treatment for substance abuse is one of these options, and it’s a significant part of the continuum of care.
Everyone has a unique experience in addiction treatment because everyone comes with a unique set of problems that need to be addressed. Creating a treatment plan with your therapist is the first thing you will do when you arrive at Serenity. Typically, your therapist will tailor your treatment plan to your needs with the help of an assessment. This assessment goes through a variety of questions designed to pinpoint your most pressing medical, psychological, and social needs that should be addressed in your plan.
This is one of the most important parts of treatment since this plan will be with you throughout your stay at Serenity’s New Jersey facility. However, the plan will be consistently re-evaluated and it can be changed at any time.
The duration of your stay in residential treatment will also be determined by your specific need, but it generally lasts between 30 and 90 days. Overall, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), recommends that the treatment process take the full 90 days from detox to completion. This time frame has shown to produce the best results. However, residential care typically takes at least one month before you can advance to Serenity’s intensive outpatient or outpatient treatment centers and start acclimating to independent life. Residential alcohol rehab is offered at our location in Union, NJ and a similar program, Clinical Stabilization Service, is offered at our Haverhill, MA location.
In treatment, your specific plan may have a variety of therapy options, but behavioral therapies are the most common. These therapies are centered around changing behavior through motivation, incentive programs, and thought analysis. The most recommended type of behavioral therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy—or CBT. The foundational principle of CBT is that your behaviors are motivated by your thoughts, so learning to control your thoughts and cope with struggles in a healthy way will have a positive influence on your behavior. CBT is a staple in relapse prevention planning.
While you will regularly meet with your therapist and other clinicians in one-on-one settings, group sessions are often an important part of treatment here at Serenity. Group therapy helps you build social skills and gain insight from your peers. Other people may have gone through similar challenges and may be able to offer you help and encouragement along the way. Group therapy also helps you to get out of your own thoughts and focus on other people, which can be a valuable part of addiction treatment.
In some cases, it can be helpful to go through family therapy. Addiction is often called the family disease because of the way it affects everyone around an addicted person. Family therapy can help bolster a person’s support network before leaving treatment, but it can also show them how their addiction has affected other people. However, involving family members is not always good for a client depending on the situation, so family therapy is used on a case-by-case basis.
Some people spend so much time in active addiction that they need to learn or relearn basic life skills, particularly when people enter addiction at a young age. In residential treatment, you may learn skills like general nutrition and preparing meals, creating a resume, self-care, bill payment, and managing a budget. These skills can help improve your life when you leave treatment, helping you to avoid relapse.
There are a variety of advantages in attending the residential treatment service at Serenity’s New Jersey location. It involves 24 hours of care, which means more accountability and structure for those who need it. It removes a lot of the obligations of everyday life while you focus on intensive treatment like finding housing, maintaining employment, and other responsibilities outside of a residential program. However, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has created an assessment that helps clinicians place clients in the right level of care for their needs. Understanding the ASAM criteria can help shed light on your particular need for residential treatment. But it’s worth noting that everyone is different, and a proper assessment from a professional is needed for ideal placement.
Residential treatment is a high level of care in addiction treatment, coming right after medically managed detox. In many cases, people who complete detox but still need medical monitoring are placed in inpatient services or residential treatment. To determine placement, the ASAM criteria uses six dimensions that help to create a holistic approach to treatment. Multiple aspects are taken into account, including medical, psychological, and social needs. The six criteria are as follows:
If you enter a treatment program intoxicated or you have only recently quit using, you may need a higher level of care.
In some cases, medical conditions may require immediate treatment and need to be addressed during treatment, requiring more intensive care.
Cognitive, behavioral, and emotional conditions can also present pressing needs that require extra care.
Not everyone comes to treatment ready to make sweeping changes in their lives. Some therapies are designed to prepare you to take big steps in your recovery.
How likely are you to relapse or to keep using? Do you need additional care or treatment?
Where are you living during recovery? If you live with a person who is currently using drugs, getting out of the house and changing your living environment can be beneficial.
Clinicians and your therapist will evaluate you based on these criteria and place you in a level of treatment that is ideal for your specific needs. If you have significant needs in a few of these categories, you may be best served in residential treatment for substance abuse or a higher level of care. The clearest indications that you might need residential care are medical or psychological needs and a poor living environment. Again, your level of care is best determined by speaking with a professional and going through a full assessment. Give our addiction specialists a call today to see how Serenity at Summit’s residential program can help you achieve lifelong sobriety.