RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT PROGRAMS
PERSONALIZED CARE IN A SAFE, SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT
Substance abuse can be a debilitating disease. While the stigma surrounding drug addiction may lead some to consider that it is a moral issue, or perhaps one of willpower, drug addiction is mostly a treatable illness. However, treatment is not always straightforward, and no cures exist. Rather than helping recovering addicts find a cure for their problem, we at Prosperity Haven understand that the best way forward is to adapt – by reducing cravings, minimizing relapses, and providing addicts with the emotional and physical guidance necessary to survive all stages of recovery, from the early withdrawal period to the many years spent sober after heavy drug use.
Life is more than a high can ever convey, and we wish for all recovering addicts to have a chance at living their lives to the fullest. To that end, we help recovering addicts by offering a variety of substance abuse treatment programs on all levels of recovery. For many, that means starting at the top – at a residential clinic. Here at Prosperity Haven, we offer top-tier care in our residential treatment programs. But what exactly does that entail?
WHAT ARE RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT PROGRAMS?
A residential program for addiction treatment, also known as ‘rehab’, is a program with a set timeline spanning a 30-day period in most cases. Long-term residential treatment programs are also available, but most patients tend to go through a month-long program at the beginning of their recovery process, to essentially help them reorient themselves and navigate the difficulties of a sober world.
Much more than just a matter of choice and willpower, drug use can warp and heavily affect the brain, and leave a lasting neurological impact. Depending on the drug, prolonged drug use in addition to the challenges produced by long-term addiction can leave behind feelings of depression, anhedonia, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and deep self-stigma. To top it all off, any attempt to quit will be met with retaliation through the brain itself – drug use changes the way certain chemicals and signals are sent, causing severe withdrawal issues and powerful urges.
Residential treatment has been a first-line treatment in the fight against addiction for a very long time. Ever since addiction treatment has first become a priority when faced with a patient struggling with substance abuse, the first step has been to separate the patient from the origin of their addiction. However, that is not enough. Residential addiction treatment covers the detoxification period, the withdrawal phase, and the deeply complex emotional and physical backlash experienced during the early stages of recovery. Many recovering addicts must confront raw emotions they have kept buried for months or years on end, and many struggle to care for themselves and must discover a form of self-acceptance to successfully stay sober.
Residential treatment programs aim to make this as easy as possible, by providing recovering addicts with a drug-free environment, daily schedules centered around self-improvement and therapy, and countless hours of working the medical professionals and addiction specialists to confront the many individual challenges that make up the process of recovery.
AN EFFECTIVE FIRST-LINE TREATMENT FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE
While is it classified as a brain disease, drug addiction does not have a straightforward treatment. Very few forms of medication exist to effectively combat cravings or withdrawal issues, with only a handful of antagonist drugs and effective aids for withdrawal in cases of opioid addiction. And for those who do not find these drugs to help, the path forward is often one dominated by psychiatric help, using individual talk therapy and group therapy.
As such, the main focus in the early days of recovery is to separate an addict from their drug habit. From there, the healing can begin. Because it is so crucial to effectively eliminate the risk of relapse in the first few weeks of recovery, residential treatment is still considered the first line treatment for addiction. Other options do exist but are ill-advised. It is not recommended to do an outpatient program or try to address an addiction problem on your own, due to the risk of relapse. If addiction were a matter of willpower, this would be a different issue, but addiction is a deep-seated physical dependence on a substance that further deepens such dependence and requires months of abstinence to reverse.
Residential treatment programs are only as effective as they are appealing. One of the major points of early recovery is to help find a way for a recovering addict to rediscover the joy and passion of living, and wholeheartedly embrace sobriety not as a punishment for past sins, but as a reinvigorated and overall enhanced way of life. Recovery is only effective when it comes from a place of compassion and joy, not from a place of shame and guilt.
WHY CHOOSE PROSPERITY HAVEN?
Here at Prosperity Haven, our residential treatment programs focus on providing patients with a high-quality recovery experience with several means of communication to stay connected with the outside world, common areas for patients to interact and spend time together, occasional mobile access, and evidence-based addiction treatments.
We also understand that addiction often runs concurrent with other mental health issues, often as a result of the drug use, and sometimes as a cause for the drug use. Addressing these issues is paramount to lasting recovery, and we aim to equip our patients with the necessary tools to adapt to the challenges of recovery, whatever their circumstances may be.