Residential programmes involve living in a community of others in recovery from alcohol or other drug addiction.
What is residential treatment?
The above videos should give you some idea about what a residential service may offer. This is by no means a fully comprehensive picture. But it is a start. Take your time to watch them and think about what fits for you.
Residential treatment services vary greatly from one to the next. There are many models that they work under and often have different philosophies, however they all have one thing in common: they are there to help you with your recovery.
The time in which one may stay in a residential service can vary from a few weeks to over a year. Many people struggle with the idea of leaving the life they are living to stay in a place like this. However many people recognise that the life they were living probably wasn’t working out too well – for themselves or those around them.
So, what can you expect to find?
“I think the most important thing was – I felt for the first time there was somebody who wanted to help me and that wasn’t judging me and was warm and real, and I felt I had someone on my side” – Tim
Residential services offer an environment that is safe and supportive for people to begin making some serious changes in their lives. The fact of the matter is, people who have come from a heavy addiction background have behaviours that are less acceptable in the wider community. Residential treatment can act as a micro community to begin altering these behaviours.
A residential service is usually a big step people take when they are entering recovery. Many come from a long history of drug addiction. You’ll often find that residential services are for people who, having fought a long battle with drugs, have reached the end of that road, and are looking for a new one.