Not every rehab stay requires the client to stay on site and receive residential treatment. Some clients are doing well enough, even with their addiction, they can receive the rehab equivalent of out-patient care, attending sessions after hours or at set times, allowing them to stay in their own home, continue at their job or schooling and continue with minimal interruptions to their everyday schedule. This is not always the case, however.

Some clients absolutely need residential treatment to fight their addiction and cannot handle a less intensive version of treatment.

This is a determination that will ultimately be made by an attending physician at the rehab facility, but there are certain signs you can notice as a layperson that will certainly suggest such an action is necessary.

Here are some signs that someone may need residential treatment to treat their addiction:

  1. They are no longer able to care for themselves.
    High-functioning addicts will often develop coping mechanisms to continue their everyday lives and attempt to hide their addictions. But some people will start to find these mechanisms breaking down on them and be unable to maintain the illusion of normality. If they aren’t tending to everyday needs or are actively endangering themselves or others, they likely need residential treatment.
  2. Failing relationships.
    If a client finds they are struggling to keep up friendships or find conversations increasingly strained with family members, it can be a sign their addiction is interfering with their life and they can no longer maintain the basic relationships in their life due to their addiction.
  3. They are actively still engaged in substance abuse.
    Generally, out-patient rehab treatment is best suited for clients who have struggled with addiction in the past but are now trying to keep it at bay. They may have a brief relapse that needs attention, but in general they are not engaged in such behavior regularly. For clients who ARE still engaged in such usage, residential treatment is almost always required to ensure they get the proper attention they need as they struggle not only to beat their addiction as a habit and mindset, but possibly as literal chemical dependency.
  4. They are avoiding appointments.
    If a client is skipping doctors’ appointments or rehab sessions, they clearly are not in a proper mindset to continue receiving treatment on their own. Without a steady commitment, they are likely to relapse or slide back into bad habits. If they’re lying about where they are or simply playing hooky entirely, they likely need residential treatment.
  5. Sometimes their needs are too great for any other course of action.
    It can involve a variety of reasons, but some clients, even if they don’t meet other criteria, may have too much going on in their lives or face too great a challenge to face it on a part-time basis while also juggling work, school and everyday life. The temporary focus and isolation of residential treatment is best suited to address their needs, whatever they may be, and find the recovery they need.

Good Landing Recovery offers residential treatment in a variety of formats, from the traditional 90-day program to longer and more intensive stays. Call them and find out what they can offer you or your loved one today.