What to Look for in a Residential Treatment Program During a Pandemic

What is a Residential Treatment Program?

A residential treatment program is a form of inpatient drug rehab for people who are dealing with mental illness and substance use addiction. This type of program requires people to live at the facility where they are receiving treatment. Residential treatment is for people with a long and severe history of addiction that requires a high level of monitoring. 

Types of Residential Treatment

1. Short-term Residential Treatment

Short-term residential treatment programs require their members to live in a treatment facility while participating in a rehab program for anywhere from a couple of weeks to 6 months. 

2. Long-Term Residential Treatment

Long-term residential treatment programs require their members to live in a treatment facility while participating in a rehab program for anywhere from 6 months to 12 months. 

Differences Between Residential Treatment and Other Forms of Treatment

Residential Treatment vs. Regular Inpatient Rehab

Although residential treatment and regular inpatient drug rehab both require their members to live in a drug rehab facility of some sort, the environment that the members must live in each of these two rehab options is very different. For one, during inpatient rehab, members must spend part of their time staying in a hospital. This is partly because people that need inpatient rehab still need to participate in some sort of detox. 

On the other hand, during residential treatment, members do not have to stay in a hospital at any time, as they are usually further along in their detox. In fact, the rehab facility that residential treatment members must stay in is very much like a comfortable home or housing community. 

Although both residential treatment and regular inpatient treatment are made for people suffering from intense levels of addiction that require high levels of monitoring, inpatient rehab requires more restrictions and monitoring than residential rehab. 

Residential Treatment vs. Outpatient Treatment

Again, residential treatment requires its members to live in the facility that they will receive their rehab treatment in. Outpatient treatment very much differs from residential treatment in that during outpatient treatment, the members can live at home while going to a rehab center once or twice a week for 1 or 2 hours.

Unlike residential treatment, which is for people with little to no control over their addiction and health, outpatient treatment is for people that are relatively healthy and are far along in their addiction recovery journey. 

Residential Treatment vs. Intensive Outpatient Treatment

Similar to outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment allows its members to live at home and just make trips to a rehab facility to receive treatment. The main difference between regular outpatient rehab and intensive outpatient rehab is in the amount of time that you must spend at a rehab facility once you go there. 

During regular outpatient rehab, you only need to go to a rehab facility for treatment once or twice a week for 1 or 2 hours. On the other hand, during intensive outpatient treatment, you have to go to the rehab facility around 3 times a week for around 3 hours each time. 

Residential Treatment vs. Partial Hospitalization Treatment

Residential treatment differs from partial hospitalization treatment in many ways. For one, residential treatment requires its members to live at the inpatient drug rehab center during treatment. On the other hand, partial hospitalization is another form of treatment that does not require its patients to live and stay overnight at a rehab facility. 

Although partial hospitalization treatment does not require its patients to live and stay overnight at a rehab facility, it is still very different from standard outpatient treatment. This is because, during partial hospitalization treatment, patients must attend treatment at a rehab facility for around 7 or 8 hours a day before returning home. In other words, partial hospitalization treatment patients live all day at their treatment facilities but stay the night at their own homes. 

Another difference between partial hospitalization treatment and residential treatment is that partial hospitalization treatment requires its patients to spend some time receiving medical attention at a hospital during the time that they are in treatment. This differs from residential treatment in which members do not have to spend any time in a hospital.

Residential vs. Inpatient Outpatient Treatment

Residential treatment also differs from inpatient outpatient treatment in many ways. For one, in inpatient outpatient treatment, members do not have to leave the comfort of their home to receive treatment. Instead, medical professionals and therapists come to the members’ home multiple times a week to give them treatment. This is unlike residential treatment in which its members must live in the inpatient drug rehab center where they are receiving treatment while receiving treatment. 

Signs That You May Need to Enter a Residential Treatment Program

  • Your level of addiction is severe.
  • You’ve suffered from addiction for a long time.
  • You do not have the motivation to change.
  • You suffer from a co-occurring mental illness.
  • Your home life is unstable and dysfunctional.
  • There is little to no support for your sobriety at home.
  • You’re exhibiting harmful behaviors that require monitoring.
  • You have had little to no success with outpatient drug rehab.

Should You Still Seek Residential Treatment During a Pandemic?

During a pandemic such as COVID-19, you may be wondering if seeking residential treatment for your addiction is a good idea right now. Well, we are here to tell you that it most definitely is! 

You should never hold back on receiving the physical and mental health help that you need, even during a pandemic such as the coronavirus. This is especially true since we do not know how long the current COVID-19 pandemic will last. Besides, you will be more able to fight off the virus if you are clean, sober, and healthy.

When it comes to seeking out a residential addiction treatment program, just make sure that the treatment facility that you choose is taking all the necessary precautions to keep you and the other members at the facility healthy and safe during the pandemic. 

Necessary Health Precautions at Residential Treatment Programs During a Pandemic

1. Testing Their Members and Workers

When looking at possible residential treatment programs to attend during a pandemic like the one we’re currently facing, check to see if they are testing possible members prior to accepting them.

Does the residential inpatient drug rehab center that you are considering attending ever ask to test you? Or does it require you to test yourself for the current virus prior to allowing you to live in the facility? If not, may not be a safe enough facility for you to attend during these times. 

2. Medical Staff Is On Hand

During a pandemic, it is vital that you have access to a medical team at all times. Having constant access to doctors and nurses while in a residential treatment center will make it possible for you to safely continue staying at the center if you were to ever get sick.

3. Limiting the Number of People That They Are Accepting at Their Facilities

When looking at possible residential treatment programs to attend during the pandemic, make sure that they are limiting the number of people they are allowing to stay at the center at one time. 

You should also ensure that the residential treatment center is following any capacity limitation rules set forth by the state. If you find that they are not abiding by their state’s capacity rules, look at attending another facility. 

4. Practicing Social Distancing

Like everyone else, the residents within a residential treatment facility should be standing around 6 ft apart from one another when possible to maintain social distancing during the pandemic.

Before signing up to receive treatment at a residential inpatient drug rehab center, make sure to inquire about whether or not they are practicing social distancing. Also, if you ever get the chance to visit the facility prior to deciding on becoming a member, watch to see if everyone is social distancing themselves.

5. Utilizing Telehealth Services 

To maintain social distancing during a pandemic, every residential treatment program should utilize technology to provide its members with treatment and therapy services from a distance. Technology that provides treatment and therapy services is called telehealth treatment. 

6.  Wearing Masks

When residing in a residential treatment program facility during a pandemic, it is vital that everyone wears their masks as much as possible. If a residential treatment center does not provide its members with complimentary masks or require all its members to wear masks during a pandemic, it may not be the safest option for you.

7. Disinfecting/Sanitizing Their Facilities

All residential treatment centers should take extra measures to intensely disinfect their facilities on a regular basis during a pandemic. Before registering to live in a residential treatment center, ask about any cleaning measures that the facility is taking. If the facility is not taking any particular measures to stay germ-free, consider going to another residential treatment center.

8. Clear Procedures and Measures are in Place for When Someone Receives the Virus

Any residential treatment center should have clear procedures and measures in place for when someone gets the coronavirus at this time. For example, a residential treatment center should already have a procedure ready for when a member or worker needs to be quarantined.

Coastal Detox is The Treatment Facility to Go to During the Pandemic

If you are looking to attend a residential treatment center as soon as possible, look no further than Coastal Detox’s very own inpatient residential treatment program. Our residential treatment program offers standard holistic treatment services and amenities. It also provides continuous medical, clinical, and psychiatric care. 

Due to the highly equipped medical and clinical staff at our residential treatment program, there is no better place to receive residential treatment during a pandemic than at one owned by a detox center such as Coastal Detox. 

There’s no need to wait any longer to find the hope you need at this time. Addiction does not have to be a part of your life any more. You can find freedom today! To learn more about Coastal Detox and our inpatient treatment program, contact us through phone or message 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

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