Woman contemplating residential drug treatment

If you become stuck in a pattern of problematic addictive substance use — to the point where it begins to hinder your ability to function appropriately daily — you’re likely struggling with a substance use disorder (SUD). It’s important to get professional help to overcome any SUD properly. The ideal rehab program — which can offer either outpatient or residential treatment — should also be chosen based on a person’s unique needs and situation.

Residential drug addiction treatment programs are typically recommended for clients struggling with long-term or severe cases of SUD. Clients without a safe, secure, and supportive home environment may also significantly benefit from residential treatment. Some clients may choose residential treatment because a household member may also be dealing with mental health issues or may not want to give up using addictive substances. Searching for a residential treatment center in San Antonio, Texas? Reach out to SARC today by calling 866.957.7885 or contacting our team online.

What's The Difference Between Outpatient and Inpatient Drug Addiction Treatment?

Professional treatment programs often fall into one of two categories: inpatient or outpatient. What do these programs have in common? Both are focused on providing treatment or rehabilitation and are often customized based on the needs of a client. Both are also bound by professional medical standards, so they both often include evidence-based components.

However, inpatient drug addiction treatment programs are ideal for clients struggling with severe addictions, as they offer an intensive level of medical care and occupational supervision while requiring residence at a rehab facility. Programs like this may also be called residential drug addiction treatment plans. Outpatient drug addiction treatment doesn’t disrupt a client’s day-to-day routine in the same way. Outpatient program participants may stay in their own homes for the treatment period. They may keep going to work or school, and even meet up with friends, during the day. For some, this arrangement works. For others, however, inpatient treatment may be needed.

What Is Residential Drug Addiction Treatment?

Some facilities differentiate between inpatient drug addiction treatment programs and residential drug addiction treatment programs. In many cases, the differences have to do with the setting, level of care provided, and length of the programs. Inpatient treatment programs often involve hospital settings or secure units in other healthcare facilities and offer 24-hour comprehensive medical and occupational care. Inpatient treatment is the highest level of care and is meant to stabilize a client enough to move them to a less intensive setting — such as a residential treatment program — and begin a comprehensive plan of treatment. This plan is often created during the inpatient program.

However, many facilities interchange their use of ‘inpatient’ and ‘residential’ — for many addiction treatment experts, these terms indicate the same type of program. Residential drug addiction treatment programs typically include the following:

  • 24-hour medical supervision
  • A community that includes medical staff and peers
  • A few complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches to care
  • A safe, secure, and supportive setting
  • Amenities and some luxuries
  • Food and lodging
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), if needed
  • Psychotherapy, including one-on-one, group, and family sessions
  • Rehab aftercare planning

Some residential programs may also be age-specific, gender-specific, or trauma-informed. Most clients transition from programs like this to an outpatient program, before they go back to their previous day-to-day schedule in the outside world.

When Should You Consider a Residential Drug Addiction Treatment Program?

If you or someone you care about is struggling with a long-term or extreme addiction, you should consider a residential drug addiction rehab program. Sometimes, even if someone has a safe, secure, and supportive home environment, their struggle with addiction can still wreak havoc on their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

However, it’s essential to be assessed and diagnosed with a SUD before getting admitted into an addiction treatment program. If the recommendation after assessment and diagnosis is outpatient treatment, you may want to consider it. After all, it’s often more affordable and flexible.

Whatever you choose to do, just don’t put off making a decision. Receiving treatment for a SUD can sometimes literally mean the difference between life and death, as long-term addiction not only increases the chances of a fatal overdose but also incrementally worsens health. Additionally, untreated SUDs can also cause extreme disruption in someone’s relationships, responsibilities, and routines.

Ready to Learn More about San Antonio Recovery Center's Residential Drug Rehab Programs?

If you’re looking for a residential treatment center in San Antonio, Texas, contact SARC today. Reach out to our team online or call 866.957.7885.

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