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What is a Residential Treatment Program?

Crack-Addiction-Rehab-DefinitionWhen someone is addicted to a drug like crack, they often require intensive treatment. Treatment options will usually begin with a medical detox. During detox, crack leaves the system of the user, and they can then start the actual treatment program.

Following a detox, patients will typically begin an inpatient stay at a rehab facility. Most inpatient or residential rehab facilities offer a medical detox on the premises.

With a drug like crack, an inpatient or residential treatment program is usually the most effective option. Following a residential treatment program, the patient may then move into a less intensive form of treatment. For example, after a crack residential program, someone might move into partial hospitalization or outpatient treatment.

A residential treatment program for crack or any other addiction means that patients stay overnight in the facility. Residential treatment programs have advantages, particularly in the early days of treatment.

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Advantages of a residential treatment program include:

  • It creates a stable environment, as opposed to the chaotic environment that often comes with crack addiction
  • There are constant supervision and support in a residential treatment program
  • Residential treatment is very intensive and can delve deeply into all of the components of addiction
  • Residential treatment can remove a person from stresses and triggers in their daily life, so they’re able to focus on treatment
  • Most residential treatment programs include medication management and treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders

Essentially what an inpatient, residential treatment program provides participants is the opportunity to delve into therapy, and really re-learn how to change their thoughts and behaviors. People who participate in a residential treatment program are more likely to be able to successfully return to their daily life without the use of crack or other substances.

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Residential Crack Treatment Considerations

  • Inpatient or residential treatment is usually more expensive than other forms of addiction treatment. A residential crack treatment program offers 24/7 support and monitoring, which is why it can be expensive. Insurance may provide coverage for addiction treatment, but this isn’t always the case, so it’s something patients need to explore as they’re comparing treatment options.
  • Residential treatment may require that a person travel away from their hometown and even their state. This can be beneficial in some cases, but not every person will feel comfortable with this.
  • When someone goes to a residential treatment program, they will have to leave behind their family, work or school responsibilities. Some people might not have the option to do this, even if they need treatment for a crack addiction.

How Long Does Crack Residential Treatment Last?

Crack-Addiction-Recovery-SuccessResidential treatment for crack addiction can last for varying lengths of time. Typically, inpatient drug rehab may last for anywhere from 30 to 90 days. A program that lasts for 30 days or less is usually classified as short-term. A long-term residential treatment program is typically characterized as one that lasts for more than 30 days.

There are also very long-term residential treatment programs that can last for six months to a year. These programs don’t require hospitalization, but there is still a high level of structure and supervision.

The length a person stays in a residential treatment program for crack or other substances can be based on a variety of factors. For example, if there are co-occurring mental health disorders that need to be addressed and treated, the residential stay may be longer. Also, if there are certain medical concerns, simultaneous addictions, or someone is a very long-term drug user, their stay in a residential treatment program may need to be longer.

During residential treatment, the stay can be lengthened if someone will be receiving relapse prevention therapy or re-learning sober living or vocational skills.

What is a Day in Residential Rehab Like?

Whether you’re seeking treatment for an addiction to crack or another substance, you may be wondering what a typical day could look like.

The following are some things to expect with a residential rehab for crack or other substances:

  • The schedule of a residential treatment program is usually very regimented and starts early in the morning
  • Often, the morning may start out with a healthy breakfast and then following that, depending on the specifics of the program, something like prayer or meditation may occur. The idea is to help a person not only stop using crack but also develop healthy lifestyle habits they can carry with them outside of treatment.
  • There will usually be at least one group session daily in a residential rehab program. Many programs based their group therapy sessions on 12-step recovery programs. This helps participants then start a local 12-step program once they complete the residential component of treatment.
  • A typical day will include not only group therapy but also individual therapy and counseling. This is usually focused on cognitive behavioral therapy at the individual, one-on-one level.
  • Residential treatment may also include certain specialized small group therapy or family therapy.
  • Many residential treatment centers for crack will also introduce supplemental forms of therapy such as exercise, music therapy, or biofeedback.

What is a Sober Living Home?

Another type of residential treatment available for people who struggle with addiction and in particular, severe addictions, is a sober living facility or home.

A sober living home provides a level of freedom not offered with inpatient treatment because patients can come and go as they please. It’s still in many ways considered residential treatment, however.

Readjusting to Daily Living

People will often opt to move into a sober living home or facility once they’ve completed inpatient rehab and they feel they’re not quite ready to go back into their daily life or they have concerns about their ability to stay drug-free.

Sober living homes are more affordable, and there is more individual freedom, so some people find this environment is a good option following inpatient rehab.

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The Value of Residential Treatment for Crack Addiction

Crack-Addiction-Recovery-BeachWhile residential treatment for crack addiction can take different forms and last for varying lengths of time, it does tend to be one of the most important aspects of a comprehensive treatment program. Without staying in a facility for a period of time, it would be very difficult to learn the skills and receive the level of treatment needed to stop using crack.

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