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The advantages of attending the best residential programs for substance abuse


When seeking treatment for substance abuse, participating in a drug rehab program can be essential to recovery. Relapse for drug addiction and substance abuse is common, at an estimated rate of 40% to 60%. Attending a residential care program for the treatment of substance and drug abuse can help to reduce the rate of relapse.

Statistics on Substance Abuse Recovery:

  • 62% of those who received professional treatment remained in recovery for three years after treatment
  • Only 43% of those struggling with drug addiction who did not receive professional treatment remained in recovery
  • 57% of those who are in recovery for three years or more will remain in recovery for 16 years

So what makes a residential care program great? When looking for a residential treatment program, consider if the program provides the following services.

Medication Assisted Treatment

Residential treatment provides 24-hour care for individuals struggling with substance and drug abuse. Withdrawal can be difficult and even risky, making a residential program that offers medication assisted treatment is necessary for individuals who are addicted to substances such as alcohol and opiates.

Individual Therapy

Substance abuse is commonly found to co-occur with other mental health disorders. Because of this, therapy is an important component to recovering from addiction. A residential care program offers group therapy and individual therapy in a setting that offers 'round-the-clock care, which is essential to establishing a positive relationship between counselors and their patients.


Family Counseling

Having an active and healthy support system is essential to recovery from substance and drug abuse. Family counseling offered by a residential treatment program can help family and friends of those struggling with substance abuse better understand how to support their loved one. Through counseling, families will receive education about treatment and what to expect when residential care ends.

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Medication Management

Recovering from substance and drug abuse may require the use of medication to ease the process of withdrawal. Residential care offers access to a medical professional who can assess the myriad of health concerns that occur with a substance abuse or drug abuse disorder. Managing medication, if needed, must be done under the observation of a medical professional in order to be successful, safe and effective.

Skills-Building and Follow-Up Care

Part of what makes a residential care program successful is what happens after the program ends. The best residential care programs will offer coaching for continued recovery and provide training for the skills needed to prevent relapse. Treatment providers will often follow-up with individuals who have attended a residential care program and will offer recommendations for continued recovery such as a 12-step program or other support groups. 


The most important thing to know about recovering from any mental health disorder, including substance abuse and drug abuse, is that recovery is more successful when done with the help of a professional and a positive support system of friends and/or family.

The best residential care programs for the treatment of substance and drug abuse offer a safe environment for individuals to detox, receive medical support, participate in individual and group therapy and learn the skills needed to prevent relapse.

If you are struggling with substance abuse, or know someone who is, residential care might be the best option to support recovery. Contact one of our counseling centers to get started.

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