09 Aug What Are the Benefits of Residential Addiction Treatment?
Residential addiction treatment refers to any kind of treatment facility in which addicts will live for a certain period of time. For many parents, letting go of their children and placing them in the care of people they don’t know can be a terrifying prospect. However, there can be plenty of upsides to residential treatment that may not be fully apparent from the outside looking in.
New Life House is a long-term residential sober living facility that helps men from ages 18-32 find the path to sobriety. If you’d like more information on how we can help your family, please call us at 888-357-7577 or email us at [email protected].
How Can Residential Treatment Help?
There are a few different forms that residential treatment can take, but in the overall scheme of things, all are designed to help addicts get and stay sober. This is the most common route taken for addiction treatment, as trying to get sober in the same environment that an addict has been abusing drugs and alcohol in for any period of time can be near impossible. This is the main benefit of residential treatment because it removes the addict from the lifestyle that allowed their addiction to flourish. This disrupts the hold that substances have over their mind and body, and places them in a safe, drug and alcohol-free space.
Many residential facilities also are highly involved in AA or other 12-step groups and will take residents to meetings on a regular basis or even host their own at the facility itself. This can be extremely useful to introduce young addicts to a way of life that they may not have ever seen before, or re-introduce addicts who have relapsed to the program which has helped so many people around the world.
For Parents of Addicts
Being the parent of an addict is a stressful life, and it can take a heavy emotional toll on families. Residential treatment for addicts can help to alleviate some of this stress and help you as the parent find a sense of balance again. It can help you gain some tools to help your relationship with your child move forward in a healthy way.
While letting go of your child may be difficult to do, you may be surprised to feel how relieving it can be to not have to worry about where your child is at, what they are doing, and if they are safe. The process of residential treatment allows the family of an addict to take a step back from being their caretaker and have some space to breathe and recuperate from the whirlwind caused by addiction.
There are support groups such as Al-Anon that are specifically designed to help those around an addict learn healthier ways to deal with their addictions and to support them without enabling them. Most residential facilities also provide frequent updates on your loved one’s progress, and most allow for visitation and time to spend together as a family.
Finding the right treatment option for your child is difficult, but New Life House is here to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. Please call us right away at 888-357-7577 or email us at [email protected]. We will do everything we can to help set you and your family on the path to recovery.