Residential Treatment Programs

Addiction is not a one-size-fits-all disease, and this also is true for the methods used to treat it. From what has been learned about the complexity of this disease is that once developed, it is something that requires a lifetime of being treated and monitored. A recovering user can be 20 years sober and still suffer from effects related to the disease. 

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Once a person has completed a medical detox and received a treatment plan, they must decide with their medical team which approach adequately meets their needs to ensure they get the best results. Residential treatment is one of the options, and it’s a major portion of the continuum of care.

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What Can I Expect from Residential Treatment?

Addiction affects everyone differently, so the style, duration, and types of therapies are all dependent on the individual and any complex issues they have that need to be addressed. Residential treatment aims to help you address the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that serve as the root of addiction.

The actual duration of residential treatment is also determined by one’s specific needs. On average, it lasts about 30-90 days.

 The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), recommends a full 90 days from detox to completion to obtain the highest level of success. Residential care, however, takes about a month before advancing to an outpatient treatment and starting the journey to an independent life.

During your time in residential treatment, you will live at the facility and participate in the daily therapies, modalities, and activities provided by your treatment center that are geared toward helping you build a solid foundation to maintain your sobriety and fight relapse triggers down the road.


While most treatment plans cover a variety of therapy options, behavioral therapies are the most common. The primary objective of this therapy is to change behaviors through motivation, incentive programs, and thoughtful analysis. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is the foundational principle that your behaviors begin with your thoughts, and finding the ability to control these thoughts and exercise healthy coping skills that will, in turn, positively influence all behaviors. CBT is one of the most common and beneficial methods of relapse prevention planning


Not everyone is on the same path, but people in recovery have similar stories to share and benefit from. This portion of treatment is of high value because of the support clients offer to their peers. This therapy session offers assurance that everyone in attendance is on their path together. Treatment can sometimes feel like a lonely place, but group therapy is a strong reminder that everyone is in this together.


Motivational interviewing is a client-centered technique used to identify key issues and help clients find the motivation they need to change their behavior and commit to the change they need to make in their lives. Clients are encouraged to have a positive outlook on life and embrace any and all change. Remember, positive thought leads to positive outcomes, and once this thought process has been achieved, you can begin seeing real improvements in your life.


Self-acceptance is a vital part of recovery. It helps to realize and understand that the choices made in the throes of addiction cannot be changed, and all that one can focus on is the choices they make moving forward. Mindfulness is present as one of the core concepts for holistic treatment.


Addiction is often referred to as a family disease. The family of the substance user goes through as much pain as the user themselves. It is important to make this a focal point of the recovery process to help treat the wounds of everyone involved and make a plan to heal together.


There are some individuals who spend such a long period of their lives trapped in addiction that they need to relearn basic life skills. However, some of the younger individuals who never learned these, have the option to gain skills such carrying out a plan for self-care and general nutrition and meal prepping, creating a resume, paying a bill, and managing a budget. Having little knowledge of how to participate in life can lead someone to continue using, but once these skills have been acquired during treatment, they can help the person avoid relapse.

Is Residential Treatment Right for Me?

While residential treatment has been proven to be effective, many people are unable to put their lives on hold for 30 days to live at a facility. Obligations such as work, school, family, and even legal issues can make getting away difficult. For this reason, many residential treatment centers offer case management, assigning a professional to your case to help you put those obligations on hold for the duration of your stay in treatment. This allows you to focus on your recovery rather than worrying about your responsibilities outside of rehab.

Residential is ideal for those that have tried outpatient treatment in the past and met with regular relapse. Being in treatment while being surrounded by the stressors and triggers of everyday life can make avoiding relapse more difficult than it has to be. A residential treatment center will provide you with a safe, comfortable, and drug-free environment to spend some time solely focused on beating your addiction.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) created an assessment that helps clinicians place clients in the right level of care for their needs. Once clients understand the ASAM criteria, they will better understand the particular benefits of residential treatment.

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Residential treatment is a high-level care portion of addiction treatment that immediately follows detox. The ASAM criteria use six dimensions to create a holistic approach to treatment. Many people who complete detox still need medical monitoring, so these criteria can help guide them to the appropriate placement. Several factors are taken into account, such as medical, psychological, and social needs, but ASAM’s six criteria are:

  1. Acute intoxication/withdrawal potential: Upon entering treatment, if the client is intoxicated or has recently quit using, the person may require a higher level of care.
  2. Biomedical conditions and complications:In certain scenarios, medical conditions could require specific types of treatment that require more intensive care.
  3. Emotional, behavioral, or cognitive conditions & complications:Certain conditions that align themselves with addiction such as mental health illness need to be addressed – this holds the potential for more intensive care.
  4. Readiness to change:A lot of times, those entering rehab were forced by a court or their families – this determination can be the difference of whether or not success will be achieved.
  5. Relapse, continued use, or continued problem potential:What is the likelihood of relapse? Is more intensive care or treatment necessary?
  6. Recovery/Living environment: Where is recovery? Will the client be placed back into the environment they left? Is drug use prominent? A complete change of scenery will be beneficial to long-term care.

Long-Term Care Options

Upon successful completion of treatment, clients must leave prepared for any and all obstacles that lie ahead. Aftercare planning is part of the recovery program that allows them to have resources set in place for when they complete the residential program and return home. These options can include sober-living homes, long-term counseling and support, and support groups. Clients are also encouraged to stay connected to the people they meet during their time in the residential program.

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If you or someone you know is ready to start recovery to rebuild their lives for a better, sober tomorrow, California Highlands Addiction Treatment can help. We offer medical detox and residential treatment with a seamless transition into post-residential care.

Call (855) 935-0303 now to speak with one of our addiction specialists about which of our treatment programs is best for you or your loved one or contact us online for more information.