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Residential Treatment Centers

Residential treatment centers refer to one level of care in the drug alcohol industry. Unlike other levels of care, it is designed to help clients learn how to live a clean and sober lifestyle through actual practice. This is done by having the client live in an environment which has some of the functions of every day, normal living.

It is especially effective for individuals with a long history of addiction, alcohol related behavior. It offers a variety of structured programs used to accommodate the client’s needs. These programs mainly focus on re-socializing to an alcohol, drug-free lifestyle.

Questions and Answers

Q: how long does it last?

A: programs last an average of 30 days, many need more

Q: What’s the difference between inpatient drug rehab?

A: clients generally do not do there own chores (cooking, shopping) during inpatient

Q: are clients free to leave?

A: technically no one in any level of care is “locked up” they are free to leave anytime

Q: Is it co-ed?

A: most are, some are not, fraternization is never allowed

Q: does insurance cover it?

A: some insurance policies do cover it, each policy is different

Q: how much does it cost?

A: It can vary greatly, anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000 per month

Q: is the rate of success greater than inpatient?

A: the success rate is slightly higher


Often there are phases of development during treatment. The initial phase has the most structure and limited access to the outside world. Gradually, the client is given more and more liberty and responsibility so the staff can assess their progress accordingly.