Residential Rehab: What To Expect

Residential rehabilitation is one of several types of facilities you can choose from when you want to seek professional medical care to overcome your addiction. Residential rehab is a comprehensive program that includes drug detox, counseling to help you recognize and overcome drug use triggers, therapy and treatment for any coexisting mental health conditions, and behavioral coaching to help you develop healthy coping mechanisms. Together, these services lay a strong foundation for you to reach and maintain a drug-free lifestyle.

Residential vs Inpatient rehab

Inpatient rehab is more intensive than residential options and is a better fit for people with severe addictions. Inpatient rehab includes 24-hour medical and emotional support and you may be hospitalized if necessary. Patients are expected to focus on their recovery, so phones, computers, and other distractions are generally discouraged (or not allowed). Inpatient rehab programs are shorter and intensive, lasting from a few weeks to a few months.

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Residential rehab is generally a good fit for people with mild to moderate addictions. Patients’ health is monitored during their stay, but patients generally do not need hospitalization. Phones, computers, and distractions are generally allowed. Residential rehab programs are long and may last from a few months to a year.

In general, you can expect:

Initial evaluation

Initial evaluation: At your first evaluation, your clinician will evaluate your physical and psychological health. They will develop a program around your addiction, your concerns, your goals, and your health and preexisting conditions. This information helps your care team better understand how to help you overcome your addiction for good.


Detox: Your body goes into withdrawal after you have stopped taking drugs or alcohol, causing symptoms such as nausea, headaches, irritability, and mood swings, depending on the specific type of drug. Medically managed detox helps you safely overcome your body’s addiction. Your medical team will monitor your health during this process so they can prescribe medications as needed to help improve your comfort and intervene and prevent relapse as needed.

Rehabilitation services

Rehabilitation services: Residential rehabilitation facilities are generally designed around community-based healing. This type of support includes group counseling and therapy, scheduled events, and other activities to help people build resilience to help them avoid relapse after they have left the program.

How much does residential rehab cost?

The cost of residential rehab varies from program to program. The cost will also depend on what services you might need. Residential rehab can range from $500 – $650 a day. Many rehab programs take insurance, so it’s a good idea to check with your insurance provider to see what they will cover to get a better idea of cost.

Types Of Treatment Centers

There are four types of addiction rehabilitation treatment centers: Residential, In-Home, Inpatient, and Outpatient.

Residential rehab

Residential rehab facilities are live-in centers that offer patients the opportunity to ‘get away from it all’ and remove themselves from the distractions of their life, enabling them to focus entirely on their recovery.

Residential rehab aims to not only help the person overcome the physical mechanism of addiction, but also address the underlying behavioral issues. This empowers patients to recognize triggers and respond in a healthy way to avoid relapse after the program is over.

  • Good for people who need treatment for mild to moderate addiction.
  • Good for people who can spend several months in treatment to build coping mechanisms, address mental health issues, and get behavioral therapy to avoid relapse.

In-home rehabilitation

In-home rehab offers the same services as a residential rehab facility, except that this program takes place entirely in your home. This makes for a more comfortable, less disruptive environment for you and your family.

During detox, your care team will be available to respond to your needs 24/7, as a medical professional will stay onsite with you during the entire detox process. They will be able to prescribe and adjust medications to help you through detox. They will also provide coaching and support, answer any questions you or your family may have, and intervene to prevent relapse as necessary.

After detox, your case manager will help arrange counseling, therapy, and other ongoing support services to reinforce your drug-free lifestyle.

  • Good for people who want the same quality of care as residential rehab but don’t want to spend months away from home.
  • Good for long-term treatment that is not disruptive to normal work or social schedules.

Inpatient rehab centers

An inpatient detox center is a medical facility where you live onsite through the duration of your recovery. Staff is available 24/7 to address your health and emotional needs. Inpatient programs are generally short, lasting anywhere from 4 – 12 weeks, and may include hospitalization depending on the severity of your addiction and/or the drug you are addicted to.

  • Good for individuals with a severe addiction who need immediate, intensive care.
  • Not ideal for people who want to build coping mechanisms or get behavioral therapy to avoid relapse.

Outpatient rehabilitation

Outpatient rehabilitation programs provide the same services as inpatient programs, except you return to your home at the end of every session. In general, outpatient programs take place on certain days of the week instead of 24/7. Sessions may last 1 – 2 hours, half a day, or a full day.

  • Good for people who want to overcome their addiction but cannot spend several weeks or months in an inpatient or residential facility.
  • Not ideal for Individuals with a severe addiction, potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, who have transportation difficulties, and who have unsuccessfully attempted detox in the past.

The pros and cons of residential vs in-home rehab

Residential and in-home rehab share many of the same characteristics, so which is better? Ultimately, the best program for you is one that strikes a balance between cost and how effectively the program addresses your needs. Here are some pros and cons of each type of program to consider.

Residential Rehab

  • Pros: Effective if you want to ‘get away from it all’ while you are overcoming your addiction, as well as medical care if and when you need it. Effective at helping you build coping mechanisms to avoid relapse.
  • Cons: Can be very expensive, depending on your program and insurance, and can be a significant disruption to your schedule and life.

In-Home Rehab

  • Pros: You receive the same quality and type of care as residential facilities in a convenient, private, and discreet environment. There is minimal disruption to your schedule, so you can continue making work and social obligations. Your care team gives you dedicated, personalized attention during recovery.
  • Cons: May not offer group counseling or therapy. May not be able to effectively address severe addiction or cases that require hospitalization.

Comprehensive In-Home Addiction Rehabilitation With Elite Home Detox

Elite Home Detox brings a customized in-home addiction rehabilitation program directly to you at home. Our program is tailored to your time and schedule, and your dedicated care team provides quality medical care in the private and comfortable environment of your home.

Our case managers find the best aftercare programs for your preferences and schedule for ongoing support that reinforces your recovery. If you want to learn more about our services and how we can help you overcome your addiction, contact us today.

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