Some drug treatment centers provide what is known as residential treatment. This can also be known as in-patient treatment, as those facilities which do so actually provide a place for the person to stay during addiction treatment.
Residential treatment can be either long-term or short-term. The patient can stay for an extended period of time, or may choose to leave after a very short amount of time.
Depending on the type of facility, long-term drug treatment centers may be separate from short-term ones. If a patient decides to remain for further treatment, it may be necessary for him to transfer from a short-term addiction treatment facility to a long-term one. Most facilities will (or should) offer a patient a choice, as the main concern should be rehabilitation, not how long it is going to take.
Residential treatment can be provided at both publically funded and private drug treatment centers. It is true that private ones may be more “upscale,” and able to offer amenities and services that publically funded ones cannot; however, this does not mean that public facilities will be inadequate. All facilities must meet stringent health codes and be in compliance with other ordinances that pertain to these types of living areas.
Fees differ depending on a number of factors. Publically-funded drug treatment centers may be cheaper than private ones. In addition, some states may accept Medicaid coverage, with or without restrictions or limits, for those who are eligible for this type coverage, allowing addiction treatment to be available to those who are considered to be in lower income brackets.
Residential treatment facilities, especially those that are considered in-patient programs, may allow patients to go from residential to outpatient treatment at the same facility. Others may require patients to attend different, but possibly affiliated, outpatient facilities for continuation of addiction treatment.
Some drug treatment centers may offer both residential treatment and outpatient treatment, but may or may not provide aftercare or support programs. It may be necessary for patients to obtain these services elsewhere.
Some residential treatment facilities may be for adults only, while some for adolescents only. Those parent or guardians who are considering residential treatment for teens needing rehabilitation can download a handbook from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website. This document contains questions for parents or guardians to ask when seeking addiction treatment and what answers to look for when considering drug treatment centers. This publication is very helpful, and can provide parents or guardians with the peace of mind that is so often sorely needed at such a stressful time.