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Why residential treatment rocks (and what to do if you can't swing it)

This is a post from John Perry, Co-Founder, Clean & Sober Recovery Services, Inc.

When advising people on treatment options, our guiding light is the research showing that residential treatment offers the highest success rates. Why is that? Here's what we see working at the CSRS residential program:
•    Days full of personal growth work on anger management, cognitive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention and more.
•    Round-the-clock counselor and peer support for mood swings, self-doubt, fear and uncertainty.  
•    Easy access to the local recovery community via our daily visits to AA and NA meetings and Big Book studies.
•    The absence of outside triggers or temptations.
•    Structure and rules that support healthy attitudes and behaviors.
•    Nutritious meals designed to mend the body.

That being said, we understand that residential treatment is not possible for everyone. Maybe people can’t leave their day jobs, or perhaps they have childcare responsibilities.  That’s where the flexibility of an intensive outpatient program can come into play. We are on the verge of opening an outpatient treatment program just down the street, which will offer counseling sessions during the daytime or early evening. That flexibility will allow people to get help while still meeting family or work obligations.

Sometimes a treatment plan calls for a hybrid solution of sorts. For example, a person might start with one month in residential treatment and then transition to intensive outpatient counseling where their healing continues. For the best results, we encourage people in outpatient programs to make a sober living community their home during their time in outpatient treatment.

Either way, the overarching goal is to make sure people get enough treatment. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that staying in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical to success. The research shows that most people need at least three months in treatment to break their chemical dependency on alcohol or other drugs.

Long story short: more time in treatment – whether inpatient or outpatient - is associated with better outcomes. CSRS is here to support your return to health, no matter which route you choose.


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