Do You Need Residential Treatment for Drugs and Alcohol?

If you or a loved one are struggling with a substance use disorder, perhaps you should consider residential treatment for drugs and alcohol. In this page, we will give a thorough guide to understanding residential treatment.

We at the Discovery Institute want you to get the treatment that is best for you. In order to know which program is best for you, you need to know how each kind of treatment works. Today, we will be talking about residential treatment for drugs and alcohol in New Jersey. Alongside this, we will be giving a brief overview of New Jersey’s drug and alcohol use statistics.

All of this being said, the reason we are giving you this information is so you are better equipped to get yourself, or a loved one into treatment. We at the Discovery Institute want you to know you are not alone. We are here for you and want to help you take the first step in the journey of recovery.

New Jersey’s Addiction Statistics – You Are Not Alone

Since 2004, there have been over 14,000 overdose deaths in New Jersey. In fact, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in New Jersey. Along with this, the rate of heroin overdoses is three times the national average. Finally, there was a seven hundred percent increase in drug treatment admissions in the last decade. New Jersey is seeing a rise in substance abuse, and we need to know how to help.

The most commonly abused narcotic in New Jersey is certainly heroin or other forms of opiates. The whole country has seen a rise in the use and abuse of opioids recently, with some calling it an epidemic. The problem with opioids is much deeper and much less black and white than many think. We will discuss opioids in further detail a little later.

The top five counties for treatment admissions are as follows:

  1. Ocean
  2. Camden
  3. Essex
  4. Monmouth
  5. Middlesex

On top of this, the most common age (by far) to be admitted for treatment is the 18-24 age range. It is no surprise that the ages with most encouraged binge drinking, partying, and general demeanor for quickly and massively consuming substances are the largest group to receive addiction treatment. 

In 2017, the total demand for addiction treatment was almost 100,000 people. The unmet demand for this group numbered almost 40,000. That is an entire 40% of the entire group. It is clear that residential treatment for drugs and alcohol is needed.

These statistics may seem harrowing, defeating, and depressing. But the purpose is for you to be more educated regarding the status of New Jersey’s substance abuse problem. In order to fix something, you must understand why it is broken. In the same way, we need to know the realities of addiction so we are better motivated to overcome them. We hope if you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction, you will consider residential treatment for drugs and alcohol.

What Is a Residential Treatment Program?

Residential treatment for drugs and alcohol provides twenty-four-hour care for individuals struggling with a substance use disorder. Those who go through a residential program get treatment in a separate location from their home. This is what individuals typically think of when they associate treatment with addiction.

While each case of substance use disorder is severe in its own right, certain cases are more severe than others. In less severe cases, outpatient treatment suffices in providing coverage to those being treated at their own homes. However, there are individuals whose addiction is so severe that they may be unable to be at home anymore. This is where residential rehab comes in. 

Residential treatment provides an opportunity for people to live in a treatment facility for a period of time, almost like a hospital. While there, the individual will have access to around-the-clock care and attention. This helps to ensure that all of their needs are met. There are numerous benefits, programs, and overall good qualities of residential treatment for drugs and alcohol. We will look at some below.

What Makes Residential Treatment Great?

A study in the journal Addiction shows that people who receive help with recovery from addiction are more likely to stay in recovery for longer periods than those who don’t receive care. 

Residential treatment for drugs and alcohol has proven to be more successful than some other forms of treatment. This is because it requires individuals to stay in those locations for the duration of their treatment program. Also, while people are in residential treatment, they get the chance to build a community of support. They have the opportunity to go through the struggles of recovery with others. It helps them to realize that they are not alone.

The bonds forged in recovery are not easily broken. They can be helpful relationships for the road of recovery that is to come.

Additionally, the level of focus we receive in residential is incredible. Medically backed focus at all hours is extremely helpful, especially in the detox stage. Having access to this level of care is extremely helpful on good days. But it’s even more helpful when individuals are not at their best. Having that accountability, care, and companionship makes a big difference on the days when people are not themselves.

Finally, the program’s residential treatment makes available to use are invaluable. Some of these include the following:

  • Medical detox
  • Individual therapy
  • Family or couples counseling
  • Building skills and tools that are necessary for life post-treatment
  • Follow-up care after the formalized program ends

After seeing all of these benefits, you may be wondering what these programs are, and why they are important. We will now detail below the various programs available in residential treatment for drugs and alcohol.

Medical Detox

The first step in most treatment centers is to undergo medical detox. This is the point in which all the chemicals, toxins, and leftover substances are flushed from our bodies. This step in the process which can seem scary to many people because of the effects of withdrawal. 

Addictive substances change the brain, making users dependent upon them. So, when a person stops ingesting the substances, he or she may experience withdrawal. This can manifest itself in the form of hallucinations, itching, discomfort, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, and many other harrowing effects. In fact, depending upon the severity of the addiction, withdrawal symptoms can be life-threatening. 

This is why it’s so important to seek medical detox within the confines of residential treatment for drugs and alcohol. We at the Discovery Institute will be able to provide you with 24/7 medical care. We may be able to prescribe you helpful medicine to cope with withdrawal.

Many individuals attempt to go cold turkey, detoxing on their own. However, this is not only more likely to result in a relapse, but it can be extremely dangerous. Medical detox is an extremely important first step, so we should make it a good one.

Individual Therapy

While individual therapy is usually performed in some capacity in most treatments, it is also offered in residential treatment. This is very beneficial for anyone who is going through the recovery process.

Residential treatment for drugs and alcohol is a great place to pursue individual approaches to therapy. There are many different types of individual therapy that you can benefit from. One type is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In CBT, the goal is to trace thought processes and identify any harmful coping mechanisms. Once that happens, the goal is to change thought processes into healthier coping methods.

Family or Couples Counseling

Many are now considering addiction to be a family disease. This is because people are never isolated when they deal with a substance use disorder. When individuals struggle with a substance use disorder, many do not know how to help since it is so stigmatized. This can individuals feeling guilty, ashamed, and afraid. They may also experience many other debilitating effects on their mental health.

Along with this, if people are not properly treated, their families may develop poor coping mechanisms. This is why many consider family treatment to be an important part of the recovery process. The benefits of family treatment are as follows. 

First, many loved ones may not understand what their addicted family member is going through. It can be hard to continue loving a person when you don’t fully understand him or her. It’s even harder to partake in an action that hurts the individual emotionally. This is because many do not understand that addiction is a disease. So the education family therapy provides is invaluable.

Second, the accountability that family counseling provides is extremely helpful. When individuals are going through counseling together, supporting one another, it is much more difficult to relapse. When family members are with their addicted loved ones in therapy sessions, they can develop healthy ways of helping their family members through recovery. 

Third and finally, it is an extremely helpful way to treat the whole family. Addiction never affects just one person. So, couples or family counseling helps to ensure complete treatment. If we only treat one part of the problem, we shouldn’t be surprised when the untreated parts do not receive the same amount of healing. That is why loved ones should seek counseling with their recovering family members.

Post-Treatment Tools

Perhaps one of the most indispensable parts of residential treatment occurs once a person leaves. The tools that people receive before and as people leave treatment are extremely helpful. 

In treatment, individuals can learn how to avoid or be aware of their triggers. Triggers are the things that occur which might tempt people to use substances. It can be friends who used to abuse substances with them.  For some, triggers are places. Or, it might be negative feelings of shame, depression, isolation, and anxiety.

Knowing how to manage these triggers is one of the most important parts of residential treatment for drugs and alcohol. Luckily, at the Discovery Institute, relapse prevention is one of the programs we offer.

Follow-Up Care

One of the greatest yet most challenging things about recovery is that it is a lifelong journey. Addiction is a chronic disease, so relapse is not uncommon. However, this means that a person’s support system and relationships should be stronger than mere acquaintances. Thankfully, residential programs allow people to develop these relationships!

Those in recovery need a group of people that will follow up with each other and hold one another accountable. They need to surround themselves with people who know and understand their deepest struggles. This helps people to see that they are far from alone while they encounter various challenges and victories along the road to recovery.

It will comfort you to know that residential treatment for drugs and alcohol does not end when you walk out of the doors. Here at Discovery Institute, we are always available for you! We will always follow up to check in on how you’re doing. One of the best parts of residential treatment for drugs and alcohol is the community we forge. This community (even though it may be far in distance) is never far when you need help. We are here for each other on this journey.

Contact Us

It is not too late. Today can be the day that you decide to take your first step on the recovery journey. As we have said, addiction is a disease that affects many people, not just you. So, again, you’re not alone in this!

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, let us help. Recovery can begin with something as simple as a phone call. We are available with a specialist at all hours of the day. If you need anything, please reach out. You owe it to yourself, your future, and the people you care about to take your life back. It may seem difficult, but we want to be with you every step of the way. Contact us today for more information.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.