Residential Treatment Centers

Written by Christa Gatewood
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Residential treatment centers are facilities where substance abusers go and live for a period of one to three months while they get clean and learn the skills they need to stay clean. Residential treatment centers are communities of drug addicts and addiction specialists. Within the community peer influence is used to support positive behavior.

The Benefits of Residential Treatment Centers

Being surrounded by other substance abusers is beneficial because it creates an environment free from judgment. Addicts share their stories in group settings and can release guilt and other emotions freely. Moreover they have the opportunity to build social skills with one another that they can use after rehab. Some people form relationships in residential treatment programs that can help support them the rest of their lives.

Residential treatment centers are clean environments. As there are no drugs or alcohol on the premises, addicts are free to focus on recovery without temptation. As addicts learn to live without drugs and alcohol, they are expected to take on more and more responsibility at the center. Treatment centers are not hospitals or hotels. They are communities, and everyone is expected to contribute to the community. People learn to help each other with their addictions, and in so doing they help themselves as well.

Residential treatment centers are the best chance for recovery from addiction, but they may not be accessible to everyone. A stay in a residential treatment center can be expensive particularly if you don't have insurance coverage. In cases where residential treatment is impossible, all is not lost. Help can be found in outpatient treatment centers, but they require intense dedication and diligence.


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