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Residential treatment centers offer a safe and structured environment to detox from drugs and alcohol. They also offer intensive therapy and counseling.

What is a Residential Treatment Center?

A residential treatment program provides 24-hour care and medical supervision for people recovering from substance use disorders.

Residential programs typically provide both individual and group therapy. They also offer activities and programs designed to help residents recover from addiction. Some common features of residential treatment centers include:

  • Focus on individualized care: Each person's recovery plan is tailored to their unique needs.
  • Multidisciplinary approach: Treatment plans may incorporate elements of behavioral therapy, 12-step programs, and other evidence-based practices.
  • Safe and supportive environment: Residential treatment centers provide a drug- and alcohol-free setting to recover with around-the-clock supervision and support.
  • Medical care and supervision: Many residential treatment centers have on-site medical staff to monitor residents' physical health and provide any necessary medical care.
  • Structured schedule: Daily activities and programs are typically scheduled in advance to help residents stay on track with their recovery.
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Who Should Go to Residential Treatment?

A residential treatment center is appropriate for anyone who:

Struggles with Addiction and is Ready for Change

This type of treatment can be very effective for those committed to recovery and are willing to put in the work.

Has Tried Other Methods of Treatment

If outpatient care or 12-step programs fail, residential treatment is an option. This type of treatment provides a higher level of care and supervision than other methods. This is beneficial for those who need extra help recovering from their addiction.

Has Concerns About Safety or the Safety of Others

This type of treatment can provide a safe and secure environment for those struggling with addiction. It can also provide the support and resources necessary for those building a sober life.

Deals with Mental Illness or Other Mental Health Issues in Addition to Addiction

Residential treatment is best for people with co-occurring disorders. They have access to addiction treatment, mental health services, and mental health professionals.

Cost of Residential Treatment

As of 2022, the average cost of residential treatment is $9,766.1 

Does Insurance Cover Residential Treatment?

Sometimes. Not all insurance companies cover the full cost of residential treatment programs. If you're considering a residential treatment facility, check with your insurance company to see if they offer coverage.

Legally, insurance must cover the cost of treatment for addiction. However, what’s included in that coverage varies from policy to policy. Coverage might only pay for a portion of a residential program.

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Therapies and Treatments Used in Residential Treatment

There are a variety of therapies and treatments used in residential addiction treatment. These include:

  • Individualized treatment plan
  • Group therapy
  • Therapy for family members
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • 12-step programs

Substance use treatment is typically tailored to individual needs and varies depending on the severity of the addiction. Residential treatment can last anywhere from 30 days to 90 days, and sometimes longer. The goal of residential treatment is to help you safely detox from drugs or alcohol and then begin the process of recovery.

Often, detox is the first step in treatment. It occurs in a hospital or medical facility. Detox can be uncomfortable, and sometimes dangerous, so it’s best to do it under medical supervision. After detox, you can begin therapy and other treatments to help with recovery.

Individual therapy is a key part of treatment. It helps you understand the underlying causes of your addiction. Therapy can also help you develop healthy coping mechanisms and learn how to avoid triggers and temptation.

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What’s the Difference Between Residential and Inpatient Treatment?

Residential treatment is typically less expensive, offers more amenities, and provides more individualized care than inpatient treatment. However, inpatient treatment may be more effective for some people. It offers 24-hour medical supervision and access to detoxification services.

Pros and Cons of Residential Treatment

There are many pros and cons to consider when it comes to residential addiction treatment. For example:


  • Residential treatment provides around-the-clock care and supervision
  • Includes a variety of therapies and other services that can help people recover
  • Supports long-term sobriety even after formal treatment ends


  • High cost
  • Isolation from loved ones and the outside world

It’s important to weigh all of the pros and cons before choosing a treatment program.

Alternatives to Residential Treatment

If residential treatment isn’t right for you, there are several alternatives. For example:

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment allows people to receive treatment while still living at home and continuing to work or go to school. Treatment typically consists of individual therapy, group therapy, and/or medication-assisted treatment (MAT). 

Outpatient treatment can be a great option for those who: 

  1. Have milder forms of addiction
  2. Have been in treatment before and relapsed
  3. Cannot commit to an inpatient program

Outpatient services vary in terms of intensity and length of care. Some programs offer a few hours of therapy per week, while others provide daily care. Treatment typically lasts for several months. But some people may need to stay in treatment indefinitely.

Partial Hospitalization Programs

Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) are available to people struggling with addiction. PHPs provide a structured environment for people in early recovery. They also allow participants to live at home while still receiving therapeutic care during the day. 

PHPs typically involve group and individual therapy and educational sessions on topics related to addiction and recovery. PHPs can be an effective step down from inpatient treatment or be used alone. 

PHPs typically last for a few hours each day, several days per week. The length of time someone spends in a PHP depends on their individual needs and progress in treatment.

Support Groups

There are many different types of community-based support groups for addiction, but they all share a few key features. First, they’re typically led by a peer facilitator who can help keep the discussion focused and on track. 

Second, they usually involve some sort of structure. For example, sharing in turn or breaking into small groups for discussion.

Third, support groups are confidential. Everything said in the group stays in the group. This is important because it allows members to feel safe sharing their personal experiences and thoughts.

Finally, support groups are usually free of charge, so they’re accessible to everyone.

The most well-known addiction support groups include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Support groups can be an invaluable resource for people in recovery from addiction. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, consider reaching out to a support group in your area.

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Updated on June 22, 2022
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