Residential Treatment: High-Quality Services, Structure, Guidance and Support

Residential Treatment: High-Quality Services, Structure, Guidance and Support

RWith many different types of treatment available for addiction recovery, a person’s choice to move forward primarily depends on their recovery needs and the fit of the overall program. The most reputable residential treatment programs are typically more long-term and provide individuals with quality comfort and care – because that’s where healing and restoration truly take place. If you’re considering moving forward with residential treatment, it’s best to get a good understanding of what a high quality, comprehensive and personalized program will provide.

High-Quality Services

Recovery is more than about treating addiction, it’s about helping a person – as a whole – to heal. Taking this into consideration, a holistic approach should provide a client with the necessary tools to rejuvenate their mind, body and spirit. Addiction takes a toll on all three of these aspects of life, and the best services should aim to treat all of these. The following are some of the most comprehensive services in residential treatment:

Medical Services

–       Medical evaluation and assessment

–       Medical intervention and continued follow-up, with aftercare options

–       Pain management

–       Medical detox

–       Nutritional assessments

–       Medication management

–       Treatment of both chronic and acute medical conditions

–       Holistic treatment modalities

Clinical Services

–       Mental health diagnostic assessments

–       Treatment of co-occurring disorders

–       Trauma-focused treatment approach

–       Experiential components

–       Individual psychotherapy

–       Group therapy


A 2016 study published in the journal Societies sought to explore the daily lives of those in recovery from methadone addiction. In-depth interviews were conducted, where researchers asked questions such as “What is a typical day like for you?”, “How do you go about planning your activities?”, and “How do you go about meeting your daily living needs?”  Many participants expressed the fact that addiction placed them in chaos, with no structure whatsoever. Bills were not always paid, home was unstable, personal hygiene was often neglected, and more. This complete lack of structure made it that much more difficult for individuals to find hope – to find recovery, solitude, and peace.

For many participants, treatment was a direct bridge from addiction into the world of recovery. Several individuals noted that for them, the structure of their programs made it easier for them to reduce or stop their use of opiates. Overall, they viewed treatment as a gradual process of recovery that truly allowed them to gain more stability in their lives. Part of the participant’s daily routines included eating, sleeping, attending therapy, volunteering, exercising and more.

The structure of a reputable residential treatment center is often set to provide clients with a routine they can become accustomed to as they build their journey to recovery. It’s not often that we’re provided with a safe space to heal and rejuvenate, and many find this as incredibly comforting to begin building a strong foundation for recovery. With comfort, time, space and support, there is plenty of room to heal and make better sense of one’s personal journey to recovery.

Guidance and Support

Previous research has shown us that support – whether it come from a healthcare team, a therapist, family members, friends, or peers from a support group – is vital to a person’s success in recovery. Those in recovery need others to guide them and motivate them through the trials and tribulations. The path is not an easy one to take, but it is certainly worth it. The right residential treatment program will provide many opportunities to engage and connect with those you love as well as others who are working towards their own recovery journey. Some support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), can truly be beneficial to aiding long-term recovery.

A 2016 study conducted by researchers from New York and published in the journal Substance Abuse Rehabilitation sought to explore just how beneficial peer support groups are for those in residential treatment. After reviewing 10 studies, they found the following benefits to these types of support:

–       Substance use

–       Treatment engagement

–       HIV risk behaviors

–       Secondary substance-related behaviors, such as cravings and self-efficacy

Social support provided through various pathways can help those with addiction learn more about themselves as well as find new and healthier ways to connect with others. One person shared their story of this via the Addiction Education Society. Here is an excerpt from their story: “I get to spend time with my children and be emotionally invested. I get to care for others and be a good friend and a good son. And it’s all genuine and true. I owe all of that to recovery.”

In a safe, structured and comfortable environment where support is provided 24/7, residential treatment makes it that much easier for a person to feel motivated in their journey to recovery. Each person’s story is different, but it’s often these three elements that genuinely help create that healing experience. If you’re ready to begin your journey to recovery, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today. The time to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit is now.

The mission of The Beach House is to provide success in the recovery process and elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located right on the coast of Malibu, California, expert clinical care and a holistic view of the recovery process is provided to ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey today, call us at 310-924-0780.

Saving Lives; Healing Families.

Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.