Residential Treatment

What is residential treatment for drug or alcohol addiction? Residential treatment means staying at a rehabilitation facility, usually for a period of 30-90 days, for detox and therapeutic intervention. A person suffering from addiction is able to begin the healing process while receiving support from treatment professionals and being able to connect with peers in recovery.

What’s Included in Residential Treatment?

What’s included in residential treatment varies depending on the facility that a person chooses to attend, but in general, this is what you can expect:

  • Supervised detox
  • Therapy Sessions
  • Meals Provided On-site
  • Clean and Comfortable Accommodations
  • Community with others in recovery from addiction

Many residential treatment centers offer a variety of services and amenities to facilitate the healing process and meet patients’ needs. This may include:

  • Premium Accommodations
  • Life skills training
  • Family therapy or family weekends
  • Healthy meals prepared by a private chef (or team of chefs)
  • Experiential therapies, such as art therapy, yoga, music therapy, or meditation

Depending on the treatment center, you may be able to participate in activities specific to the location. Some facilities are located near the beach, in the mountains, or within urban areas, allowing you the potential to enjoy supervised outings or spectacular views.

Benefits of Residential Treatment

There are many benefits of residential treatment. Taking time away from your typical circumstances and environment can give you the opportunity to heal and learn new skills. Here are some reasons why residential treatment is helpful to those seeking recovery from addiction:

  • A change in your environment can help you change your mindset and habits.
  • You are supervised and cared for by people who can offer therapeutic assistance and encouragement for your new life in recovery.
  • You’re free from the distractions, triggers, and stress of your home and work environment, especially old friends who may have used drugs or alcohol alongside you.
  • You can connect to others who are on the same journey as you are.
  • You can try new things and enjoy life in a different way without the influence of substances.
  • A change of pace and scenery can help you rest and restore your mind, body, and spirit.

Residential treatment has proven to be very effective for those struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction. Some treatment centers are equipped to care for those with high acuity (severe cases) and provide specialized care. Length of care is also important — longer stays at a treatment center may be crucial for some individuals, while others may be able to sustain recovery after a thirty day experience. Everyone’s recovery journey is different, which is why it’s helpful to have a treatment plan customized to meet your needs.

It’s important to note that addiction is a recurrent disease, meaning that it may take multiple stays in a treatment center for an individual to sustain his or her recovery. Treatment is designed to offer individuals the life skills and capability to regain sobriety even if a relapse occurs, but recovery is a lifelong journey. Being able to attend outpatient treatment or 12-Step meetings (or similar meetings) can be instrumental in helping a person remain in recovery for the long-term.

How to Choose a Residential Program

Here are a few factors that may influence your decision:


You may want to attend a residential treatment center near your home. It can also be very helpful to attend treatment in a place that is far from home so that you are completely removed from the context of your old life.

Features and Amenities

You may be seeking a residential treatment center that offers certain amenities or features, such as premium accommodations, a pool, or healthy meals. What matters most is that your treatment center is equipped to treat your condition and that they offer evidence-based therapies (which means therapies have been proven to work based on research). You can find out this information either through the treatment center’s website or by giving them a call.

Insurance or Private Pay Capability

Your insurance plan or ability to pay for residential treatment on your own may influence which program you attend. Many insurance plans offer to pay at least partially for treatment. Your benefits and coverage will be unique to your plan, but you will need to call the treatment center so that they can verify your benefits. If you want to pay for treatment out of your own pocket (referred to as “private pay”), you may have more flexibility when it comes to choosing the residential treatment center you want to attend.

When you call them, some treatment organizations (made up of multiple facilities) may recommend the best residential treatment center for you based on your condition, location, needs, and insurance benefits or private pay capability.

How to Know When It's Time to Seek Residential Treatment

  • Experiences withdrawal symptoms when substance use is stopped (sweating, tremors, high pain sensitivity, fatigue, insomnia, seizures, depressed breathing, lethargy)
  • Sacrifices priorities, responsibilities, or savings to accommodate substance use habit
  • Experiences mood swings and behaves erratically
  • Displays increasing neglect for personal hygiene or self-care
  • Has disturbed eating and sleeping patterns
  • Engages in lying or stealing behaviors, disappears from home, events, or family gatherings without explanation
  • Experiences consequences at work or job loss due to substance use
  • Experiences damage to or loss of relationships due to substance use
  • Is constantly engaged in pursuit of preferred substance(s)
  • Increasingly engages in risk-taking behaviors

If you or a loved one is exhibiting these signs, please call the BeWell Network team today.

Attend Residential Treatment through BeWell Network

BeWell Network is a family of evidence-based residential and outpatient treatment centers. We help individuals suffering from addiction find the path to recovery, offering customized treatment experiences for the restoration of the mind, body, and spirit. If you or a loved one is considering residential treatment, please get in touch with our team today. We can assess your situation and recommend treatment options, verifying your benefits for free. We have a no-hassle billing process and are committed to providing treatment designed specially for you.

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