Residential Treatment

In this case, residential treatment rehab centers refer to one level of care in the drug alcohol industry. Unlike other levels of care, residential treatment 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.

Criteria for Residential Treatment

Residential treatment is especially effective for individuals with a long history of addiction, alcohol related behavior. Residential treatment offers a variety of structured programs used to accommodate the client’s needs. These programs mainly focus on re-socializing its residents 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 and residential?

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

Q: are clients in residential treatment free to leave?

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

Q: Is residential treatment co-ed?

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

Q: does insurance cover residential treatment?

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

Q: how much does residential treatment cost?

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

Q: is the rate of success greater in residential 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.

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About the author

Robert M. has been in recovery since 1988. He is a sponsor and loyal member of AA. He has been working in the drug and alcohol field for nearly 20 years. During that time, he has written industry blogs and articles for a variety of industry websites including Transitions, Malibu Horizons, Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches and Lifeskills of Boca Raton.


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