OUR GUIDE TO RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT

Residential treatment for addiction, often referred to as residential treatment, is a multi-faceted approach to substance abuse recovery and something we at DreamLife Recovery take pride in providing for our clients. First and foremost, intense individual therapy is provided in several immediate one on one sessions. This allows for a deeper understanding of the core issues all addicts are dealing with. Each client is a unique individual and we need to analyze real time situations through assessments in order to develop a best approach, evidence based “truly” customized clinical track.

Below is a guide for those considering residential treatment for themselves or others, with values from our founding principles.

BASIC PRINCIPLES OF RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT

The following components make up our continuum of care. Individualized treatment occurs from admission to aftercare:

ADMISSIONS

The hardest part of recovery is that first step out your door. Our admissions staff are in Recovery and have been to treatment themselves. We understand what it takes. We have been there. Once you have entered DreamLife Recovery, however, 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.


INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT

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 progress to adjust your treatment plan throughout the program.


DETOXIFICATION

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.


COUNSELING

Counseling is a common component of residential 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.


CONTINUED MEDICAL ASSESSMENTS

Because proper addiction recovery is vital to your health, we offer continued assessment 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.


FAMILY PARTICIPATION

Your family is crucial to your recovery. 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 but also because they too have been affected during the addiction process.


PREPARATION FOR TRANSITION

Returning to work, family, and your new found life is never done abruptly or without consideration. Long before you graduate from a residential treatment program, you will work with counselors and staff to best prepare you with the tools you need for lifelong success.


AFTERCARE

Having suffered from and recovered from something as monumental as a substance abuse addiction, continued support is of the utmost priority to make sure you stay 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 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, 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 successful recovery plan.


ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE

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 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 insightful 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 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 or care that lends 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 a recovery treatment program will go more quickly with an open dialogue. Although it’s common to behave this way when a person is angry about 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 rehabilitation 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 rehab or aftercare, but the foods consumed regularly have an effect on health and can impact recovery. Healthy foods such as lean protein and 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 5 to 10 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 Recovey 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 facility.


ASK QUESTIONS

During treatment, we encourage clients to become their own advocate. Asking questions and participating in discussions can provide important information that benefits the person throughout recovery.

LOVED ONE’S RECOVERY

Learning how to support a loved one during rehabilitation is important to helping them get the most out of treatment. Here are some tips for family and friends:

GET INVOLVED

Loved ones will also experience changes due to a client’s addiction. For instance, family members who like to celebrate special occasions with a favorite alcoholic beverage may need to refrain from doing so for a while after the individual finishes treatment.


BE SUPPORTIVE

While it’s natural to worry, hovering and nagging will only lead to stress. Family members who participate in family sessions at the treatment center and in counseling afterward can learn how to support a loved one without controlling or without compromising their own well-being.


ATTEND MEETINGS

Family meetings held at DreamLife Recovery serve to inform and educate the loved ones of those going through substance abuse treatment. Family meetings also provide an important opportunity for loved ones to discuss what they feel and have gone through, while gaining much-needed support.


FAMILY COUNSELING

Active participation in family-based treatment modalities can help people recover with greater success. During family counseling, everyone should speak openly and work together to heal relationships and learn how to live in sobriety.


TAKE AN HONEST LOOK AT YOUR LIFESTYLE

Children of parents who abuse drugs or alcohol face a higher risk of developing substance abuse problems of their own. During a loved one’s treatment, family members should take an honest look at their own lifestyles and endeavor to change anything that might contribute toward relapse.


COMMIT TO FAMILY AFTERCARE

Family participation during rehab treatment is important, and so is remaining involved during aftercare. Loved ones can take an active interest in the sobriety plan developed during treatment. They can continue to attend family counseling and work alongside the recovering individual to maintain a home environment that’s healthy for everyone.

HOW TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP

Treatment must be available to a client the moment he or she is ready in order to prevent feelings of uncertainty. These can occur when rehab becomes a real possibility, but there are specific steps an individual, family member or friend can take to start the process of entering a residential treatment program. Preparedness can assist in taking that first step.

FIND RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT EARLY

It’s beneficial for family members and friends who suspect that someone they care about is abusing drugs or alcohol to look into Residential treatment options ahead of time. The right knowledge can provide hope to family members, resulting in a quicker transition into treatment. Once a residential treatment facility is found, loved ones can connect with medical or counseling professionals to get help for someone they care about.


REHEARSE WHAT NEEDS TO BE SAID

The hopelessness and desperation involved in long-term substance abuse can lead to stress and overwhelming feelings for many. Prepare to talk to a loved one about their substance abuse by rehearsing the conversation in advance. Practice with someone else, if possible. This can help facilitate a conversation that is less likely to put the individual on the defensive when confronted about his or her substance abuse.


MAKE THE CALL TO HELP THEM

Change is scary, even when it’s change for the better. Reaching out to a residential treatment facility can result in important information or helpful advice that makes it easier to talk to someone about their substance abuse. In the case of dealing with a minor, parents can learn how to admit their teen for rehab by speaking with a counselor.


DON’T PUT IT OFF UNTIL TOMORROW

Substance abuse recovery is imperative to an individual’s health. Call today to begin working toward a healthier future. The professional help we provide here at DreamLife Recovery could save their life.

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