Recovery from substance abuse is not an easy road for anyone. No matter how long a person used, how much he or she used, or how much that someone wants to quit, they’re going to need some kind of help more often than not. Some people just need the support of their family members and loved ones. Other people need to seek out therapy with an outpatient provider. However, some substance abusers need more help than that. They need medical professionals, and to be in an environment that lets them get detoxed and cleaned up without exposing them to further temptation until they’re recovered enough. These people need the kind of help offered by residential centers.
Long Term Care
Residential facilities offer long term care and recovery for individuals in need. Staffed by professional medical personnel, residential care facilities are for patients that are serious about kicking the habit, and who need the kind of long term help that it takes for serious substance abuse habits that have built up over a long time.
The first thing that has to be done with someone that is both physically and mentally dependent on a substance is a detox process. This can be dangerous for people that are physically dependent on a substance from long term use and abuse. When the body has adjusted to having a regular amount of a substance present, that sudden absence can lead to things as mild as headaches or as major as organ failure. That’s why it’s important that withdrawal be carefully managed and stepped down until the person’s body can cope without the drug being present.
Once the initial detox process is complete the mental habit has to be attacked. Drug addiction, in addition to being a physical condition, is a mental craving. It’s made up of hunger, personal desire and a host of other factors that make a person want to go back to using a drug, even though that person is fully aware of how bad it is for them. This is where the residential center’s therapy comes into play. Substance abusers participate in a variety of programs, ranging from one on one therapy to group sessions, extending out to a variety of other programs such as faith and prayer based initiatives.
It’s not uncommon for substance abusers to relapse, even after completing an entire treatment program. There is no such thing as a guarantee with this treatment, and it’s why residential centers offer as many different therapy options as possible so that people involved have the best chance to come through it in one piece. Different treatments work better for different individuals and different addictions, which is why a residential center keeps trained professionals on staff that can provide every type of treatment a patient might need.
Dealing With Life
One of the major influences on a person’s substance abuse habits is the life they lead and the environment they live in every day. Maybe they have pressures from work, stress at home, poor coping mechanisms internally, or friends in communities that encourage substance use and abuse as a recreational way of life. All of these different factors can add in, and make getting clean on one’s own a nearly impossible task without withdrawing from all aspects of the life they lead. That’s where a residential center comes in, and provides a temporary bulwark against all of those things that are standing in a substance abuser’s way.
A residential center provides medical detox and therapy, yes, but it also cuts out all of the other contributing problems that could interfere with attempts to get clean. That doesn’t mean that a recovering substance abuser can ignore those things forever, but it does provide a temporary relief of more problems. They don’t have to worry about what their friends will say, or about how their significant other has been making demands all day. The substance abuser is there to focus on his or her problem, and as such they’re temporarily cut off from their older day to day routine.
However, they will go back to it. Once these clients get the drug out of their system, and they’re given the tools to cope with their life again, they have to face it once more. That’s why continuing support and therapy, even after they leave the safety of a residential facility, is so important. Otherwise the chance of someone falling right back into their old routines goes up quite a bit.