Residential treatment is extremely effective at New Roads Behavioral Health. A great deal of support is provided while we focus on helping each client make changes and learn the right skills to lead a healthy lifestyle. For those that are struggling with substance abuse and addiction, environmental intervention is one way to help show them what a new lifestyle aside from drugs and alcohol. Let’s review 6 reasons why residential treatment works:

1 –  Residential Treatment Is An Environmental Intervention

With substance abuse and addiction, there are many triggers that could encourage some one to indulge in old habits. A number of triggers can be tied to the environment or people they are surrounded by in a normal day. By removing them from these situations and places, they can learn a different response and cultivate more healthy patterns. There are still triggers that will present themselves and situations where relapse is possible, however, by submersing themselves in an assertive community model with others that understand and are trained to respond to both the medical and mental needs, the encouragement to stay the course can help create a more healthy response to stressful situations.

Residential treatment provides the tools to clients to make changes. By providing them a haven away from past triggers, they can learn more about themselves. This process is difficult and by providing total environmental support, they are able to dig deep and work towards recovery.

2 – The Assertive Community Model

In addition to the last point, the assertive community that is incorporated into residential treatment is an evidence based practice that greatly increases success rates and reduces relapse occurrences or readmissions. Many studies have been conducted to prove this point. One study found that residential treatment that included an assertive community model reduced hospitalization time for severe cases and decreased the likelihood of readmission when combined with outpatient and aftercare.

So what exactly is an assertive community treatment?

Assertive community treatment (ACT) is a team-based treatment model that provides multidisciplinary, flexible treatment and support to people with mental illness 24/7. ACT is based around the idea that people receive better care when their mental health care providers work together. ACT team members help the person address every aspect of their life, whether it be medication, therapy, social support, employment or housing. ACT is mostly used for people who have transferred out of an inpatient setting but would benefit from a similar level of care and having the comfort of living a more independent life than would be possible with inpatient care.  Studies have shown that ACT is more effective than traditional treatment for people experiencing mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder and can reduce hospitalizations by 20%.
NAMI, Psychosocial Treatments : https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Treatment/Psychosocial-Treatments#sthash.jNjgbEWo.dpuf

When it comes to treatment, it is most effective when all of the different areas of health are combined. Medical, mental, social and so on, so that the client is getting all of their needs met.

3 – Medical Needs and Dual Diagnosis

As with the community, the methods of diagnosis also must cover more that just the most apparent. With medical attention and dual diagnosis, treatment can target the whole person. Those that are suffering from substance abuse and addiction often have a co-ocurring mental health concern that goes undiagnosed because the drugs and alcohol may disguise symptoms. With a fully trained team of professionals, the ability that the team has to support clients and address all of the possible aspects of their situation makes treatment especially effective.

It is estimated that about 17.5 million Americans over the age of 18 (or 8 percent of the adult population) had a serious mental health disorder in the past year. Of these, about 4 million people also struggled with a co-occurring drug or alcohol dependency.

Dual Diagnosis – Important Statistics : http://www.dualdiagnosis.org/dual-diagnosis-treatment/important-statistics/

Through addressing medical needs with trained professionals and covering the entire dual diagnosis process, treatment can be customized to fit each clients unique situation. Every person that enters treatment has their own story, their own blend of challenges and by covering all the possible bases, the barriers to success are eliminated.

4 – Structure, Consistency and Change

Treatment addresses change. There must be change in old behaviors so that a new, more healthy lifestyle, can exist. It is terribly difficult to cope with change without structure and consistency. That is one of the unique aspects of residential treatment. Each client that enters our program is evaluated completely so that when their treatment is carried out, it addresses their own unique set of challenges. Many treatment programs try to make the client fit their curriculum. They have a specific time frame and treatment schedule. That isn’t the case at New Roads. Every treatment is different to fit the individual. It is important that treatment matches the person, so that they get the right support to succeed.

5 – Mindful Focus

With the help of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, a more mindful and holistic approach to recovery exists at New Roads. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy was developed to treat those with Borderline Personality Disorder, but many of the skills it teaches have proven very effective for those that have substance abuse and addiction problems as well. By encouraging practices of mindfulness and meditation, clients learn to accept reality from another perspective. Learning how to handle stressful situations with a more mindful approach can decrease conflicts.

Meditation has many health benefits. Some studies have shown that just 20 minutes of meditation can reduce stress and anxiety levels.

Stress reduction could be the key to meditation’s beneficial effect on health. “We know stress is a contributor to all the major modern killers,” Raison points out. More studies have shown improvement for fibromyalgia and even psoriasis in patients who meditate. “It’s hard to think of an illness in which stress and mood don’t figure,” Raison says.

Science hasn’t yet connected the dots between what happens in the meditating brain and the immune system. But a University of Wisconsin study saw increased electrical activity in regions of the left frontal lobe, an area that tends to be more active in optimistic people, after eight weeks of training in meditation.
WebMD – Meditation Heals Body and Mind : http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/meditation-heals-body-and-mind

6 – Hope

The last, but most important element that makes treatment successful is hope. The mission statement for New Roads says:

We hold hope and the fundamental belief that all clients can get better.

When people enter treatment and they have failed, relapsed and they feel like there is no hope for them, the team at New Roads says that they have enough hope for both of them. Holding hope that recovery can happen is essential for success. In the world of psychology there is a belief that each of us creates different “self-fulfilling prophesies”. One of these is that what we believe will come to be. By believing that recovery can happen and working hard to make it so, it will! Having patience with the process of treatment can be challenging, but every day is a new day to try harder, work harder and learn more skills to overcome challenges. Having hope in a brighter tomorrow can help you accomplish your goals.

Residential treatment is extremely beneficial for people who are struggling with substance abuse, addiction and severe mental health challenges. There are many more than 6 reasons to consider a residential treatment program! With the facilities, trained staff and expertise at New Roads Behavioral Health we are confident and hold hope that each client that looks for help at our treatment center will accomplish the goals they have set for themselves. If you or some one you know are looking for help, please call us today: 888-358-8998.

Sources:

http://ijmhs.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13033-016-0052-z

https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Treatment/Psychosocial-Treatments

Important Statistics

http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/meditation-heals-body-and-mind

6 Reasons Why Residential Treatment Works
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