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How to Choose a Short-Term Residential Treatment Center

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

When you are searching for the best drug treatment options that best fit your particular needs or the needs of a loved one, the process in itself can be an extremely challenging process. There are many quality treatment options that feature the programs and services that will help you or a loved one break the cycle of addiction and find lasting recovery. One type of drug rehab that is popular among those who are seeking treatment are short-term residential treatment centers. Short-term rehab facilities offer those struggling with addiction the same intensive structure and support that is found in longer-term treatment facilities, but do not require a lengthy time commitment away from your family, employer or school.

Do you need more information on short-term residential treatment? Call First Steps Recovery can find out more about how our effective short-term residential treatment programs from our experienced team of professionals.

What is Short-Term Residential Treatment?

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When you enter a short-term residential treatment program to address your underlying substance abuse issues, you will undergo intensive drug treatment for a period of 28-30 days. During that time period, you will live within the treatment facility itself or in an apartment-type setting on the grounds of the facility, and will take part in a strict and highly intensive schedule of treatment programming and other recovery-centered activities. While in a short-term residential treatment program, experienced treatment staff will create a highly individualized treatment plan that will include medical detoxification, individual and group counseling, family therapy, holistic and alternative therapies as well as other treatment options.

Short-term residential rehabs are an ideal option for those people who may not be able to make the commitment away from their important daily obligations for an extended period of time. Additionally, short-term residential treatment programs are ideal for those who may be hesitant in entering treatment. With the shorter time commitment, those who choose these types of programs can get a feel for what the drug treatment process entails while receiving the programming and support they need.

Tips in Choosing a Short-Term Residential Treatment Center

If you are unsure of what you should look for in choosing the ideal short-term residential treatment center that fits your specific needs, the following basic yet essential tips will steer you in the right direction.

Proper Accreditation and Licensing

The most important factor that will guide your decision on a short-term treatment facility is if the facility that you are visiting has the proper licensing and accreditation by the state in which it is operating. When you are visiting the rehab facility, these accreditations and licenses should be in plain view and up to date. You must also be sure that the treatment staff that works that the facility is properly licensed, well-trained, and highly experienced in working with a diverse group of addicts and can handle a wide variety of situations with professionalism and compassion. Additionally, the facility itself should be clean, well-maintained and provide a safe and supportive environment that is supervised around the clock.

Evidence-Based Treatment Programs

When you are searching for a short-term drug rehab facility, you need to be certain that the drug and alcohol treatment programs they offer are evidence-based. Evidence-based treatment means that the treatment programs that are offered were created through exhaustive and extensive research. Evidence-based treatment is also been proven effective through comprehensive and independent studies. The best short-term treatment facilities have had these programs evaluated in major publications and have the overall effectiveness of the programs as well as their success rates completed by respected research firms that operate independently of the treatment facility. It is important that you ask the staff of the treatment facility you are visiting if they have these independent studies on file and available for review.

Individual Treatment Plans

Another important characteristic of the best alcohol and drug rehab facilities is the emphasis of individualized treatment programs that will address your specific needs. You must ask if the staff at the treatment facility you are looking at is able to create a treatment plan created specifically for your needs. Every individual treatment plan should include a combination of individual and group therapy, life and coping skills training, medical detoxification and medical care, and relapse prevention. In addition to individualized plans, short-term treatment facilities should also features low client-to-counselor ratios. This will allow you to get the personal attention you need from staff to get the most of your treatment experience.


Because of the condensed time frame of short-term residential treatment, these facilities are less expensive in comparison to those extended stay programs. Even though there is significantly less cost in general, you still need to choose a short-term residential facility that is realistically in your budget. Under the provisions of the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA), drug treatment is considered an essential service that is fully or at least partly covered by many health insurance agencies. If you have questions on coverage, many treatment facilities feature staff who can conduct a comprehensive insurance evaluation free of charge.

In the event that you are underinsured or even uninsured, short-term residential treatment facilities should feature alternative forms of payment so you can get the help you need. These alternate options include sliding fee scales, financial assistance and even scholarships. No matter your ability or inability to pay, many of the top short-term residential treatment facilities want to provide drug treatment services for all who seek to overcome their substance abuse issues.

Call First Steps Recovery Today

Finding a drug treatment program that will give you the tools and support you need for long-term success is simple with a call to First Steps Recovery. Our short-term residential treatment programs have been created to give you or your loved one the quality services and care you expect from longer-term care without the major time commitment. All clients who come to First Steps Recovery will receive a full continuum of care, from medical detox services and therapy to relapse prevention education. Call First Steps Recovery toll-free today.

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