Residential Treatment

Addictions, behavior disorders, and related issues can be treated in a variety of settings and with a range of therapies. Depending upon the nature, duration, and severity of the problem, the ideal form of treatment may involve sessions with a therapist, participation in a support group, day treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, hospitalization, or residential treatment.

The purpose of this page is to discuss residential treatment — what it is, who it’s for, and why it’s effective.

What is Residential Treatment for Addiction & Related Disorders Like?

As its name indicates, residential treatment is a form of care in which the patient lives at the facility in which he or she is being treated. Hospitals and therapeutic boarding schools fall under the general term of residential treatment facilities — though on this page we will focus on residential treatment for adults who are struggling with addictions, behavior disorders, and related conditions.

Also sometimes referred to as “inpatient treatment,” residential treatment is perhaps the most comprehensive type of treatment, as it features round-the-clock care and enables professional oversight of virtually all aspects of patients’ day-to-day lives.

As a licensed and accredited Behavioral Health Residential Treatment Center, Sierra Tucson provides treatment, housing, meals, and associated services for clients who live on our campus for the duration of their treatment experience.

Who Does Residential Treatment Help?

Residential treatment is the ideal option for patients whose disorders are particularly acute, who need round-the-clock care or supervision, or whose home environment is not conducive to early recovery. In many cases, patients who enroll in a residential treatment program have previously tried less intensive options (for example, weekly therapy sessions or participating in a 12-Step recovery group), but discovered that their disorders necessitated more intensive services.

The following are examples of individuals who are ideally suited for residential treatment:

  • An eating disorder patient who needs constant monitoring to ensure that she eats and/or does not purge.
  • A trauma survivor whose PTSD has precluded his ability to remain employed, engage in healthy interpersonal relationships, and otherwise successfully navigate the challenges of day-to-day life.
  • An alcoholic whose codependent relationships and accommodating friends perpetuate his self-defeating behaviors.

In short, anyone who can benefit from 24-hour care in a safe, secure, and supportive environment is someone who may be well suited to residential treatment.

Benefits of Residential Treatment?

The benefits of residential treatment will vary according to the strengths and needs of each individual patient. But the following are four of the more common benefits of residential treatment:

Life Changing Time Out – Residential treatment can be a life-changing “time out.” Temporarily freed from the stresses and pressures of daily life, residential treatment patients have the time to focus on themselves and their issues.

New Environment – Effective residential treatment provides patients with distance from the negative influences of their homes and communities, and places them into safe and supportive environments that have been designed to promote healing.

Supportive Community – Individuals who struggle with addiction usually associate with others who either engage in, encourage, or at the very least tolerate that behavior. Residential treatment programs are supportive communities in which both the professionals and the other patients are dedicated to encouraging and rewarding healthy behaviors.

Round the Clock Care – Effective residential treatment programs provide round-the-clock care and support. From professional medical treatment to the supportive relationships formed with program alumni, residential treatment immerses participants in a comprehensive network of guidance, support, and encouragement.

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