Residential Rehab for Addiction: What Options are Available?

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There are many factors to take into account when choosing the right residential treatment program for addiction. Some things like:

• How long does the treatment last?

• What is the aftercare program like?

• Does the facility have dual diagnosis capabilities?

• Is the facility wheelchair accessible?

• Is the program holistic?

• What sorts of therapy is available?

• What is the treatment center itself like?

Here at DreamLife Recovery, we offer a residential program to help people overcome addiction. To learn more about our program, you can contact us today.

What Should I Look for in a Residential Treatment Program for Drugs or Alcohol?

Residential treatment options for alcohol and drug addiction are varied. The first choice you have to make is how long do you want the recovery process take? Some clinics treat their patients for three to six weeks before discharging them. The other option is long-term residential treatment. In these programs, the patient is treated from six to twelve months. Time is a very important factor when it comes to addiction treatment.

Some people have to be in a residential treatment program for twelve months. Others can go through our intensive outpatient treatment program and use that in their healing process instead. 

Part of the difference between who is a candidate for short-term programs and who can benefit most from long-term residential care depends on factors like how long the patient has been drinking and how many times they have tried to stop drinking previously and relapsed.

What Aftercare Options are Available in Residential Treatment Facilities?

Another set of options that is important in choosing a residential treatment program is what sort of aftercare program you want. Some programs discharge their patients to independent organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous, or Narcotics Anonymous. At other residential treatment programs like ours, in-depth aftercare programs are included to help our patients with their long-term recovery maintenance.

We will provide you with a therapist and your therapist will know your history including things that you didn’t think would be important to mention but could have a huge impact on your continued therapeutic treatment.

Group therapy as part of aftercare from an addiction clinic means that you could see the same familiar faces that supported you in group therapy while in the residential treatment program.

What Programs in Pennsylvania Offer Residential Treatment Programs for Addicts with Dual Diagnosis?

The third set of options to consider is whether the clinic is a dual diagnosis clinic or a clinic committed to only treating addiction. Dual diagnosis occurs when at least one mental illness is diagnosed as present in a victim of addiction. People with alcohol problems can often have a dual diagnosis. People with mental illness often develop addictions after they begin using alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with the stress of their illness(es).

It is possible for someone who has a dual diagnosis to have more than one mental illness. If the patient with a dual diagnosis goes through a standard recovery program without addressing the mental disorder, addiction treatment usually does not work. The stress and pain that drove the victim to start abusing alcohol are still present.

Are All Addiction Treatment Centers Holistic?

The fourth criterion for assessing if a certain residential treatment program is right for you is whether the program is holistic.

Holistic programs treat the whole body whereas bare-bones residential treatments only treat for addiction and ignore the other stressors in a person’s life that help perpetuate the addictive cycle. Addiction can occur on its own but often it is triggered by other life events.

One of these life events is a physical injury. Someone with a physical injury might drink to numb the pain and/or abuse prescription drugs like painkillers when their physical pain symptoms aren’t being properly managed by taking the medication as directed by their doctor.

Holistic treatment uses yoga, family therapy, acupuncture, etc. To treat the whole body instead of just the symptoms of what might be a larger problem. 

What Sort of Therapy Do Addicts Need?

Therapy options also need to be considered when choosing a residential treatment facility. Does the program offer a group as well as individual therapy? Group therapy can help a patient develop strong, healthy bonds with other people in the same situation as them. This is important because the road to addiction recovery can often seem very lonely outside of a group setting.

At DreamLife Recovery, we also educate our patients on how to socialize without drugs or alcohol. Sometimes it is hard to say no when you feel peer pressured and/or when everyone else is using. We help the patient practice saying no to drugs and alcohol in ways that the patients are comfortable with. You do not have to reveal that you were a victim of addiction if you do not want to. We give you discreet methods of saying no to even the pushiest people.

Another option that is important is family therapy. DreamLife Recovery offers an outstanding family therapy program.  Addiction can drive family members apart from each other. But, with the patient’s consent, his or her family can help with the recovery plan. Also, our therapists can help facilitate the healing words that may need to be said and help to guide the entire feeling to freedom from the pain of addiction.

What Resources are Available in Private Drug Rehabilitation Programs?

The final factor to consider when choosing a recovery facility for your loved one is the quality of the facility itself. Here at DreamLife Recovery, we make sure that our clients become both physically as well as mentally healthy. We emphasize good diet and exercise. We also offer:

• Acupuncture

• Private gym

• Tai Chi

• Recreation therapy

• Hydrotherapy

• Golf

• Massage therapy

• Biofeedback


We at DreamLife Recovery are also wheelchair friendly, making our facility more easily accessible for each of our clients!.

Alcoholism is a dangerous and devastating addiction. Every year people die as a result of alcohol use whether it is from alcohol poisoning, drunk driving accidents, or other alcohol-related situations. Please let us help you before it’s too late. We accept many major insurances so that you do not have to bear the financial burden of recovery alone. 

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