Did you know that about one in three families has a loved one dealing with addiction? Whether it’s to a prescription opioid, a street drug like heroin, or even alcohol, many people are battling addiction today. For many, their recovery journey starts with residential detox and then transitions to one of several residential housing options available to them before they even think about outpatient services. Addiction is a complex illness, and treatment sometimes works best in a more structured environment. If you are looking to get out of your current environment, Gaudenzia serves clients from all over the east coast.
What is Addiction?
Medical science is just now really starting to see addiction for what it is: a chronic brain disease. People with this condition seek and use drugs and alcohol compulsively. It’s an illness that costs taxpayers more than 500 billion dollars every year, and thousands of lives are lost annually to overdose.
While people make a choice initially to try drugs or to pick up that first drink, repeated use changes the chemical processes of the brain, ones that affect self-control.
Today, most understand that addiction, medically called substance use disorder (SUD), is a relapsing disease. For many, the best hope of enjoying a life of sobriety is an intensive treatment option, a supportive family, and specialized services like those offered in our residential addiction treatment program.
Why Consider a Residential Treatment Program?
Residential treatment provides two critical benefits:
- 24-hour recovery support services
- Distance from the life that triggers substance abuse
Residential housing programs offer a structure that creates a better environment for healing and long-term control of SUD. It takes individuals who may feel isolated by their substance use disorder. Then, it puts them together in a community setting without the pressures and judgment of the outside world.
They become members of a peer support network and work with others who understand what they are going through. As a group of residents, they come together to help one another and tell their recovery stories. When one falters, the rest are there to hold that person up.
One of the most significant benefits of a residential treatment program is the ability to focus on healing. Life is full of many triggers that work to distract, keeping those in need of help from remembering what’s important: recovery.
Through the various residential housing options, people can maintain the focus and find their healing path. They won’t have to deal with distractions like work, school, or friends who may not understand their need to live in sobriety.
What is Residential Housing?
When someone says residential housing, what may pop into your mind is a locked building with an institutionalized feel. Modern residential treatment programs are not what most people might think. Some of these programs are found in houses, and not hospital-like facilities.
As the name suggests, residential housing is a live-in program. That can mean many things. It might refer to an inpatient treatment program where those with SUD live together while they undergo treatment. In most cases, they have access to a private or semi-private room. They eat with others in their treatment family and do activities together, such as exercising or having fun. They participate in both individual therapy and groups. Join others from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and DC in a residential community of healing.
Residents have live-in situations for every stage of their recovery, including:
- Intensive treatment
- Sober living for relapse prevention
In the U.S., substance use disorder and mental health conditions play a significant role in homelessness. The National Alliance to End Homelessness reports on any given night; an estimated 600,000 people sleep on the streets. Residential housing options can mean giving them a chance to feel better and have a home.
Residential services typically start with a detox treatment program. From there, the next step is a residential program for intensive treatment. Some opt to skip the traditional residential care and choose intensive outpatient services but stay in a sober living or residential recovery program. There are residential treatment programs that cater to specific populations, like the homeless, women with children, or those who have chronic medical conditions.
What are the Different Residential Housing Options?
They will vary from one treatment program to another. At Gaudenzia, with close to over 100 facilities in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington D.C., there are several different kinds of residential housing options.
- Detox residential programs
- Inpatient residential service
- Halfway houses
- Partial Hospitalization
- Housing programs for women with children
- Housing programs for pregnant
- Women only housing programs
- Mental health services
- Co-occurring programs
- Temporary housing
- Permanent housing
Some of these options would provide a choice of residential or outpatient treatment programs. Even those undergoing outpatient treatment have housing options, though, such as a recovery community or sober living environment.