An individual in active addiction is often isolated, ashamed and desperate for help. Long-term residential addiction treatment facilities are designed to overcome the most difficult symptoms of addiction in an immersive and inspiring environment.
Clients reside in the facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week where healthy meals and comfortable accommodations are provided, along with a carefully structured daily schedule of individual and group therapies, treatment for co-occurring disorders, family therapy, equine therapy, art or music therapy, life skills training and more. Many facilities also offer yoga therapy, nutrition classes and strength training therapy.
These structured days are spent with facility staff and peers, who are also on the journey to recovery, which provides ample opportunities for practicing new social skills gained in treatment. The National Institute on Drug Abuse points out, “Treatment is highly structured and can be confrontational at times, with activities designed to help residents examine damaging beliefs, self-concepts, and destructive patterns of behavior and adopt new, more harmonious and constructive way to interact with others.”
Long-term residential addiction treatment facilities accommodate standard 90-day treatment programs, as well as extended programs that last 12 months or longer. In addition, many facilities accommodate programs for individuals with specified needs, such as adolescents and those involved in the criminal justice system.