If you’re pursuing lifelong recovery from substance abuse, extended residential treatment may be the key to success. Long-term residential treatment is tailored to the needs of the individual so each person can recover at their own pace. With medical care, therapy, and 24-hour community support, clients in Lotus Recovery Centers’ residential services build a strong foundation for ongoing sobriety.
How Does Long-Term Residential Treatment Work?
At extended residential treatment programs, clients live in an inpatient facility for a minimum of 30 days. While many short-term programs end at the 30-day mark, long-term programs allow clients to stay as long as it takes to achieve wellness and stability. Residential crisis stabilization is only the beginning of a long recovery journey.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends people remain in treatment for at least 90 days or 12 weeks for the best chance at drug addiction recovery. Long-term rehab can last for months or even a year. This extended time helps clients stay sober in a safe drug- and alcohol-free environment, learn and practice life skills, and unpack the causes of their addiction in therapy.
While extended residential rehab can benefit many people, it’s especially helpful for anyone who:
- Has a dual diagnosis, or a co-occurring mental health condition like depression or PTSD along with addiction
- Has previously relapsed after a period of recovery
- Lives in a residence where there is frequent drug use
- Experiences a stressful home or professional life
The longer someone spends in rehab, the more confident they’ll feel in their newfound skills, and the more likely they are to break the cycle of dependence and substance abuse for good. A residential program also helps clients focus exclusively on recovery without outside commitments or distractions.
Benefits of Extended Residential Services at Lotus Recovery Centers
1. Residential Crisis Stabilization and Medical Support
Withdrawal from addictive drugs can be painful and even life-threatening, so it’s crucial for detox and crisis stabilization to take place in a safe, supervised environment.
When clients arrive at extended residential treatment facilities in crisis or in a state of chemical dependence, medical staff members are there to help. Doctors may prescribe medication to ease the symptoms of withdrawal and curb cravings for addictive substances.
One important aspect of residential crisis stabilization is finding the right course of medication-assisted treatment. A residential environment allows physicians to easily monitor the client’s progress on new medications and adjust dosages as needed.
Counselors and other health care professionals are also on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Clients can reach out for help whenever they feel at risk of relapse.
The daily structure of residential treatment provides another form of support. With a regular, predictable schedule and a full day of programs and therapeutic activities, residents stay busy and productive. Clients may notice their sleep, nutrition, and overall physical and emotional health improve.
2. A Strong Community of Peers in Recovery
Socialization is a critical aspect of extended residential treatment. Residents are away from old environments that might tempt them to abuse drugs or alcohol, and they’re introduced to a new community of people with similar goals.
Living together in a residential program gives clients time to know each other and develop friendships. Since clients are going through similar addiction struggles, they can share victories and setbacks and encourage one another.
Even after clients leave long-term residential treatment, they’re part of an active recovery community. Aftercare programs often include peer groups such as 12-step meetings, allowing clients to stay connected to a support system while living an independent life.
3. Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Mental Health and Addiction
Clients with substance abuse issues and a mental health diagnosis can especially benefit from Lotus Recovery Centers’ extended treatment. Dual diagnosis programs treat both substance addiction and behavioral health conditions in a long-term residential setting.
The extended time period and program structure give clients space to work on their own mental wellness for as long as they need. Individual counseling is an important part of dual diagnosis treatment. Many clients also participate in group or family therapy.
For some clients, residential treatment doctors may prescribe medication tailored to their mental health needs.
Counseling sessions might address:
- Motivation for recovery and goals for the future
- Communication skills
- Changing destructive thought patterns
- Understanding the root causes of substance abuse
- Problem-solving techniques
- Coping skills to handle anxiety and emotional distress
- Habits to improve physical health
- Building strong interpersonal relationships
- Strategies for preventing relapse
Behavioral therapy can take months of work before making a meaningful difference. With new interpersonal skills and a new perspective, clients are much better prepared to stick with recovery when they leave residential treatment.
How Can Lotus Recovery Centers’ Residential Services Help You?
Extended residential treatment at Lotus Recovery Centers gives clients the support they need to thrive in sobriety. Whether you’ve relapsed after a previous program or you’re pursuing recovery for the first time, our inpatient centers offer addiction treatment tailored to your needs.
Clients can access medication-assisted treatment or abstinence-based treatment. No matter which option you choose, you’ll be able to access counseling, peer support, and primary care.
If you’re ready for a new recovery-centered environment, or you think long-term residential treatment might help someone you love, contact Lotus Recovery Centers at 833.922.1615 to begin your journey.