An inpatient substance abuse treatment center for addiction, often referred to as “residential treatment,” is a multi-faceted approach to substance abuse recovery and something DreamLife Recovery takes pride in providing for our clients. The journey to a successful recovery from addiction is often rooted in quality clinical programming. While in our residential treatment program, clients are guided through the process of overcoming addiction through a wide range of evidence-based approaches and therapies.
Below is a guide for those considering residential treatment for themselves or others.
Basic Principles of Residential Treatment
The following components make up our continuum of care. Individualized treatment at our inpatient rehab occurs from admission to aftercare:
The hardest part of recovery is that first step out of your door. Many of our admissions staff have first hand knowledge in addiction and are in recovery and have been to treatment themselves, or have experienced a loved one receiving treatment. We understand what it takes. We have been to alcohol treatment centers and inpatient drug rehabs. Once you have entered DreamLife Recovery, we guide you through the process, assessing your needs with experienced intake counselors who will determine the best path for your recovery. Recovery coaches are assigned to each client and the intake process and detox begins.
We do not use one-size-fits-all approaches to residential treatment. Factors we consider that could impact your treatment strategy include length or type of addiction. We frequently assess your inpatient rehab progress to adjust your treatment plan throughout the program.
Detox and withdrawal symptoms can be mild, but their effects may become dangerous without trained medical supervision. DreamLife Recovery provides the care and supervision of trained medical staff who care about you and your safe recovery. To learn more about Detox at DreamLife Recovery, click here.
Counseling is a common component of inpatient substance abuse treatment programs, ranging from individual to group sessions. Recovery should never be a lonely battle and we provide you with the community support to foster your improvement both during and after the program.
Common Co-occurring Disorders we treat:
Continued Medical Assessments
Because proper addiction recovery is vital to your health, we offer continued assessments to make sure your mind and body are healing together. For your safety, and ultimately for your lifelong happiness, we assess your progress throughout the program and can adapt to any changes, should they occur.
Your family, or your family of choice, is crucial to recovery at residential treatment centers. At every chance possible, we encourage your family to participate in your recovery. This not only helps during the process, but greatly increases your chances of sustained success once you leave our program. Your family may also benefit from counseling to better help your recovery, and because they too have been affected during the addiction process.
Watching your loved one go through recovery can be difficult. As a family member, or family member of choice, it is very important for you to participate in your loved ones recovery. Discussing this with other people that have experienced a loved one in recovery can be very helpful. Mary Fran Bontempo is a mother of a recovering heroin addict and writes a weekly blog on our website. She hopes sharing her family’s experience can help other people navigating the world of addiction.
Preparation for Transition
Returning to work, family, and your newfound life is never done abruptly or without consideration. Long before you graduate from a residential treatment program, you will work with counselors and inpatient drug rehab staff to best prepare you with the tools you need for lifelong success.
After suffering from and, more importantly, recovering from something as monumental as a substance abuse addiction, continued support is of the utmost priority. This can ensure that you achieve your goals. Recovering individuals are 10 times more likely to succumb to addiction relapse if they don’t take part in aftercare. We nurture relationships and provide continued opportunities to make sure you never again become a statistic.
Active Participation Leads to Success
An individual’s involvement in core aspects of residential programs, such as those offered at Dreamlife Recovery, greatly increases their success rates. Here are some tips for taking advantage of central treatment components.
Attend Counseling Sessions
Counseling sessions are not only informative, but active attendance helps you prepare for life after treatment. With consistent schedules, you can begin to rely on others — and they can rely on you.
Engage with Medical Staff
Open communication helps build trust. When speaking with medical staff who understand residential treatment, speak honestly and often. This helps them treat you in the most effective manner, speeding up and improving your recovery process.
Take Required Medications
Medications can often be an integral part of recovery treatment when used in conjunction with counseling, behavioral therapies, and aftercare. If and when prescribed, medications should be taken as part of a successful recovery plan.
The workshops and classes offered in our residential treatment program are critical for recovery and relapse prevention. A variety of classes are offered to our clients, allowing individuals to participate in activities that are expressive and therapeutic.
Create a Goal List and Sobriety Plan
As part of a client’s transition to life after treatment, they will work on a plan for lifelong sobriety with their counselor. Get the most out of your recovery plan by actively contributing to the strategy. Consider possible support people or groups outside that can become a reliable network. Take advantage of your counselor’s expertise in creating a realistic and sustainable plan.
How to Make the Most of Your Personalized Addiction Rehab Experience
We recommend that our clients follow these helpful guidelines, whether they are starting treatment for the first time or they have been to treatment before.
Follow the Program Schedule
Continuity, routine and structure are all beneficial parts of recovery and a sober lifestyle. The daily schedule in inpatient rehab helps to provide the building blocks that create a strong foundation for sober living, while teaching the individual the importance of having structure in their day. Each schedule component will build upon the others, providing support, information, and care that leads to recovery.
Be Honest In Counseling
The more honest a person is about what he or she feels or thinks, the more enabled people are to help. Time spent in alcohol treatment centers or inpatient drug rehab will go more quickly with an open dialogue. Some people may struggle with opening up and being honest. Although it’s common to behave this way when a person is uncomfortable discussing their circumstances, working against those who are there to help only hurts the individual in recovery.
View Staff Members as Your Allies
The counselors and staff members at a residential treatment center are there because they’re dedicated to helping the people under their care. Viewing staff members as allies working toward a common goal of sobriety will help open up lines of communication and encourage working together as a team.
Consume Healthy Foods
A person may not think much about his or her diet while in drug treatment centers or aftercare, but the foods consumed regularly have an effect on health and can impact recovery. Healthy foods such as lean protein, fresh fruits, and vegetables support good health and provide much-needed energy for recovery and a sober living lifestyle. Take advantage of healthy foods offered during rehab and your body and mind will thank you.
Participate in Physical Activity
Exercise is one of the best natural sources of stress relief. Participating in classes or individual activities gets the heart pumping and the body moving. Even five to ten minutes of exercise per day can help with mood enhancement and relieve stress.
Learn Relaxation Techniques
The key to effective stress relief is to find the technique that works best for the individual. DreamLife Recovery offers a variety of relaxation therapy classes ranging from art therapy to yoga. You will benefit more from your rehab experience by trying different relaxation methods and using them after leaving our inpatient substance abuse facility.
During treatment, we encourage clients to become their own advocates. Asking questions and participating in discussions can provide important information that benefits the person throughout recovery.