residential drug rehab

4 Reasons You Should Attend a Residential Treatment Center

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

Have you struggled with an addiction to drugs and alcohol for a long period of time and need help?

Have you tried several drug treatment programs in the past, only to fall short in staying clean and sober?

If you had answered yes to either question or both questions, you may feel powerless in trying to stop your downward spiral and feel that your options in getting help are limited. Fortunately, you can find the programs, structure and support you need to overcome your addiction at a residential drug treatment center. Residential drug treatment programs offers all clients the highest level of care and treatment programming that will help them recover from the negative effects of substance abuse. If you or a loved one require the best in care and treatment, contact the treatment professionals at First Steps Recovery and learn more about our residential rehab programs. Our staff is available around the clock to answer any and all of your questions.

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What Do Programs at Residential Treatment Centers Address?

When you or a loved one enter a residential treatment center such as First Steps Recovery, treatment staff focuses on three major issues in order to address your substance abuse:

  1. To address the powerlessness the individual has regarding your substance abuse
  2. Address the unhealthy and destructive attitudes and behaviors that accompanied your substance use
  3. Making the decision to stay abstinent and put forth a plan to achieve and sustain long-term recovery.

To achieve these goals, those who enter a residential rehab treatment program will live in the facility itself or in a residential-type setting on the grounds of the facility. While living at a residential drug treatment center, you are able to fully devote your focus and energies towards meeting each of the steps as outlined above.

The 4 Main Reasons You Need To Attend a Residential Treatment Center

As stated in the beginning of the article, you may have been struggling with substance abuse for a considerable period of time maybe even for many years. You may have tried other types of drug treatment in the past and have been unsuccessful in overcoming your substance abuse. If you truly seek to break free from the devastating effects of addiction once and for all, the programming and services offered at a residential treatment facility will give you the best chance at achieving that goal.

Here are four reasons why you need to undergo treatment at a residential treatment center:

Residential Treatment Facilities Are Safe and Secure

One of the biggest reasons why you need to go to an intensive residential treatment center for your addiction is that you will undergo treatment at the facility itself. The environment of a residential treatment facility is safe, secure and it separates you from the triggers and temptations that are found in your home environment and the outside world in general. Many residential treatment facilities are state of the art and feature high quality treatment programming and services that are evidence based and are individually tailored to fit your own unique needs.

While living at a residential treatment center, you will live in a comfortable apartment or dormitory type setting with all the amenities and conveniences of home. Most importantly, experienced staff will provide strict supervision around the clock to ensure that all of your needs and concerns are met and that you are safe at all times.

Medical Detoxification

The first and most important step in the recovery process is medical detoxification. When you quit drugs and/or alcohol, you will experience a variety of physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms that can be extremely uncomfortable or painful. Depending on the severity of your addiction, the presence of other drugs in your system and any underlying medical conditions you may have, the withdrawal symptoms that you experience have the potential to be life-threatening. Medical detoxification allows you to gradually withdrawal from substances in a safe and effective manner.

Residential treatment centers feature safe medical detox programs onsite in facilities that are clean, comfortable and safe. Experienced detox staff will create a detox program especially for you that is drawn from a variety of services such as medication therapy, nutritional therapy, physical exercise programs and other interventions. Additionally, staff will thoroughly evaluate you for any co-occurring mental disorders that can impede your progress. In the event that a co-occurring disorder is discovered, treatment staff can employ the appropriate mental health interventions as part of your recovery plan.

Comprehensive Treatment Programming

Once you are medically and psychologically stable, you are able to start an intensive drug rehab program which is highly structured and individualized to meet your specific needs. This overall treatment plan is created from a wide variety of treatment services such as individual and group therapy, life and coping skills training, holistic healing and therapeutic techniques among others. During this phase, you will gain the tools and get the encouragement and support you need to overcome your drug addiction. While many residential treatment programs feature programming that typically lasts 28-30 days, many facilities offer programs that last 90 days or longer. Longer stays in a residential treatment center leads to better recovery outcomes.


While completing a treatment program at a residential drug treatment center is a major accomplishment, your recovery doesn’t end when treatment ends. The real work in your recovery begins once you get home and resume your day-to-day life. The first few months of your recovery are extremely important, and aftercare programs provided at a residential treatment center will give you the added support and motivation you need to make your transition back into your normal daily life with confidence. With intensive outpatient treatment and sober living options, you can further hone and practice your relapse prevention skills that are needed to deal with cravings and urges to use in a constructive manner without reverting back to drug use.

If you are ready to make the commitment to your health and future, call First Steps Recovery toll-free right now. Our residential treatment center features the programs, compassionate care and support that you need to make your sobriety a reality.

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