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Residential treatment programs such as those here at The Hills in Los Angeles, California, allow individuals in need of addiction-related treatment to receive twenty-four-hour care designed to meet their specific needs. At residential treatment centers, individuals typically have access to a higher level of care than can be provided through individual, family, or group therapy alone.

Why Seek Residential Treatment?

There are many different levels of care available across the country for people seeking substance abuse treatment. There are outpatient care programs, intensive outpatient programs, partial hospitalization programs, inpatient hospitalization programs, retreats, and residential care. It’s easy to see how making the choice that is best for you could be overwhelming. So why choose residential treatment here at The Hills in Los Angeles, CA, over another treatment option?

People choose to go to residential treatment for a variety of issues. However, there are certain struggles that almost always call for or are better served by a residential level of care. These can include:

  • Severe mental health disorders
  • Disordered eating
  • Substance abuse disorders and addiction

Beyond a specific diagnosis such as anxiety or a substance abuse disorder, other factors may make residential treatment a more appropriate fit. These can include:

  • Lack of adequate supports at home or in the community
  • Previous experience with lower levels of care (for example outpatient therapy) with little or no symptom relief
  • Experienced a relapse after previous treatment
  • Concerns about exposure to triggers or being able to maintain treatment while remaining at home

Seeking treatment for your substance abuse disorder is vital to your recovery. A recent study showed that people who did not try to get help for their addiction were less likely to make it beyond the three-year mark in sobriety and were more likely to relapse. The same study also showed that 62% of those who received professional help at a residential treatment facility, such as The Hills in the Los Angeles area, remained in recovery for three years or more after treatment. Also, 57% of those who made it to the three-year mark remained substance-free for many more years. This study and many others show that seeking professional treatment is vital to success in recovery and continued sobriety.

How Will The Hills Support You?

Each residential treatment center is different from others in some form. Regardless of the differences, they all share some common features that contribute to why residential treatment is so effective. We will discuss these in a little more detail below, but these common features typically include:

  • Medically supported detox and withdrawal
  • Medically assisted maintenance care (if needed)
  • Individual therapies (such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and other forms of psychotherapy) at frequent intervals
  • Family or couples counseling
  • 24-hour support
  • Structure and routine
  • Distance
  • Post-treatment skill development and follow-up care

Medically supported detox and withdrawal

The initial days of substance withdrawal can be some of the most challenging. The physical components involved in freeing the body from its dependence on an addictive substance can be unpleasant, painful, and in some cases, dangerous. When people enter a drug treatment facility such as The Hills, one of the first and most essential tasks is to detox the system and cleanse the body of the presence of any substance. In a residential treatment setting, this is best performed through medically supported detox. Available medical supports are used to help limit unpleasant symptoms and mitigate potentially dangerous symptoms associated with the detox process.

The ability to manage withdrawal symptoms is vital to a successful residential program. A person is more likely to remain in rehab if unpleasant withdrawal symptoms are kept under control. In the case of addiction to certain substances, such as alcohol, opioids, and benzodiazepines, withdrawal can be dangerous and life-threatening. These potential dangers make withdrawing and detoxing from these substances in a residential care setting, under supervision, vital to safety and success. In most cases, individuals addicted to alcohol, opiates, and benzodiazepines should not attempt to detox “cold turkey” on their own without medical supports present.

Medically supported maintenance care

For some people, recovery medication is an effective way to maintain abstinence from their addiction until they can better manage the challenges associated with sobriety on their own. For withdrawal from alcohol or opiates, as an example, maintenance medications can often help to reduce cravings and the need for the “high” that using often provides. The use of medically supported maintenance options can give the person more time to develop tools they can utilize to avoid behaviors and situations that may trigger a relapse.

Because these medications can come with their own risks and side effects, they are required to be administered under the care of a doctor. Thus, medically supported maintenance is more easily managed in a residential program where medical professionals can oversee their use or discontinuation.

Individual therapies and frequent sessions

Other important components of treatment involve psychological and social therapies designed to help the individual being treated understand and manage the factors in their life that contribute to addiction. This can also be especially helpful for those with a dual diagnosis, such as addiction, coupled with another mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety. In the case of a dual diagnosis, it is vital to treat all co-occurring issues simultaneously.

Typically, residential treatment centers will offer several different modalities of therapeutic intervention as opposed to traditional “talk therapy” commonly seen in many outpatient settings. Many residential treatment facilities operate from a holistic approach, meaning they offer modalities designed to treat the mind, body, and spirit of the individual. Some common options include trauma therapy, equine therapy, art therapy, and other various kinds of experiential therapies. Depending on the residential care facility chosen, some programs may or may not be available. If there is a specific experiential therapy you are searching for, be sure to research the facility you are considering attending to ensure that they offer the program you are looking for.

Individual therapy is essential to effective addiction treatment. While many programs incorporate some form of group therapy into a patient’s daily program, the most significant gains are often seen during individual therapy settings.

Residential treatment centers not only offer a wide variety of therapeutic options available to patients, but they also offer more frequent sessions. The ability to see a therapist daily (or at least having one accessible every day) can help provide a jumpstart to patient recovery and help to forge a trusting therapeutic relationship between the patient and their therapist. The therapeutic relationship is not only nurtured by the frequency of sessions but also by the fact that many residential treatment center therapists can see their patients in other settings besides merely the confines of their office walls. In a residential care environment, therapists and counselors will often lead therapy groups, go on outings or have meals with patients, or participate in different experiential activities with patients. This allows the therapist to see the patients in multiple situations and gain further insight into who they are and what their struggles are.

Family or Couples Counseling

During the residential treatment process, it is helpful to get the individual’s family or partner involved in therapy. This can encourage their family members to support their new skills and new behaviors after treatment is over. Taking the time to teach the person’s loved ones about substance abuse disorder and its implications can help them gain the ability to support their loved one’s recovery once they return home. Some critical information that may be provided includes:

  • Information about the treatments being provided and how they work
  • What to expect after their loved one returns home
  • How to support their loved one in recovery
  • Post-treatment programs and resources that are available

It is essential for family members and significant others to learn how to recognize and avoid codependent or enabling behaviors. This can help build a healthier way of relating to each other and help prevent negative thoughts or triggering situations that may lead to relapse.

24-hour support

As noted and alluded to above residential care facilities such as The Hills offer continuous monitoring and 24-hour support to all individuals in their care. This is a significant advantage when compared to other levels of care where support may only be available during our long once a week session. While at times, this level of support may feel like an invasion of privacy, this ongoing support and monitoring helps track patient progress, identify areas of struggle, and helps to prevent relapse.

Structured and routine support

It is often said that boredom is one of the key contributing factors to relapse. It can also be a contributing factor to addiction. Residential treatment centers typically have a fairly structured schedule. Patients will wake up and go to sleep at the same time, participate in chores or duties around the “house,” and have scheduled mental health and medical appointments throughout the day. There is also time allotted for leisure, exercise, or meditation, and self-care practices.

Distance from previous experiences

Although it can add to the emotional challenges faced when going to residential treatment, gaining some distance from one’s previous life can be highly beneficial. Selecting a residential treatment facility away from home allows one the ability to get away from toxic people, triggering places, and other environmental factors that contribute to their addiction.

Post-treatment skill development and follow-up care

Another significant benefit of a residential treatment program is setting clients up for success after leaving their treatment. If clients can practice and begin using the skills and resources, they’re learning while in treatment, they are more likely to maintain recovery and sobriety in the months and years following rehab.


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Treatment that is customized to meet the specific individual’s physical, emotional and practical needs during treatment is more likely to be successful for those struggling with addiction. Residential treatment facilities like The Hills in Los Angeles, that offer evidence-based treatments and therapies such as those interventions discussed above provide their patients a more substantial chance at achieving sobriety and recovery. Also, a residential treatment that is personal and comprehensive offers the most hopeful path for individuals and their loved ones to attain sobriety and continue to thrive in recovery. If you are struggling with substance addiction or a substance abuse disorder and have decided it’s time to look into a residential treatment program, consider The Hills. if you are ready to take that next step, give us a call today.

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