Discover what is the 5 benefits of Residential Rehab

5 Undeniable Benefits of Residential Rehab

Discover what is the 5 benefits of Residential RehabTaking the major step to seek help for Substance Use Disorder can be a life-altering decision; yet determining how, and where you seek treatment can make all the difference. Usually, the choice is between outpatient care or residential rehab, with the difference being whether you prefer to do a less intensive program where you continue to reside at home and go to work or school, or opting for a fully immersive approach that entails committing to a minimum of 4 weeks at an on-site facility. While both approaches have their merits, ultimately, it’s up to the individual to decide what will best work for them. Here is a checklist of 5 benefits you will get if you choose to enroll in a residential rehab program such as the one offered by The River Rehab or by any other world-class treatment center that may be near you.

Intensive Focus on Recovery

One of the best benefits of residential treatment is the ability to remove yourself from all the everyday stressors and temptations of life and fully focus on recovery in a supportive environment. Once separated from the people and places that may trigger you to use, you can put all your effort and energy into what it takes to live a sober life. While in treatment your days will be structured, and you will have the opportunity to focus on your psychological, physical and spiritual healing far away from the distractions of everyday life.

24-7 Support & Medical Supervision

When you opt for an in-patient rehab you gain access to an experienced and qualified team of compassionate professionals who will take care of your needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many people suffering with substance use disorder go through withdrawal and require a supervised medical detox. While alcohol detox can be particularly dangerous*; heroin and opiate detox is rarely fatal, yet the withdrawal process is extremely uncomfortable. Residential rehab allows you to be in a safe, secure and medically supervised space where you transition through this crucial stage of recovery. You can access other services such as physical therapy, health and nutrition, relapse prevention, aftercare, and creative recovery solutions for optimizing your life and maintaining long term recovery.

A sober environment is essential, when it comes to recovery

Safe Environment

All rehab centers have a “zero-tolerance” policy for drugs and/or alcohol on their premises, and this sober environment is unique to residential rehab. They make it utterly impossible to have access to drugs or alcohol in those early stages of recovery which are often the stage where patients are most prone to relapse. Not only will you be away from temptations, but you have the opportunity to get the emotional support you need from other recovering people and will be able to benefit from the kind of accountability that is the cornerstone of residential treatment.

Integrated Approach to Nutrition, Fitness & Wellness

Inpatient rehabs understand the vital link between overall health, wellness, and nutrition during the recovery process. Once the patients stop abusing their bodies with harmful substances, they can then begin to reclaim their physical health with activities such as swimming, yoga, meditation, tai-chi, pilates, cycling, walking, and full body massage to help get their life in balance. Fitness training not only builds strength and relieves stress, but also increases stamina while providing a solid foundation overall health. Residential rehab allows you to work in tandem with a team of nutritionists, fitness coaches, and medical practitioners to gain the physical and mental strength needed to support you throughout the recovery process.

Intensive Substance Use Therapy

The main focus of residential treatment is always to “dig deep” and address addiction through intensive one-on-one sessions rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the 12-Steps program. While you are in rehab, you will have the opportunity to explore any underlying issues you may have including co-occurring disorders such as trauma, depression or anxiety and discover how you may have been using as a way to self-medicate. In addition to the support you get while in rehab, outpatient services to help you integrate successfully back into your daily life are also rolled into most residential programs. These time tested and effective evidence-based practices are most effectively used in residential programs which give you the best chance to help you transform your life and attain sustainable long term sobriety.

*DTs is the most severe manifestation of alcohol withdrawal and clinical manifestations include agitation, global confusion, disorientation, hallucinations, fever, hypertension, diaphoresis, and autonomic hyperactivity (tachycardia and hypertension). DTs is a medical emergency with a high mortality rate, making early recognition and treatment essential.(Ref:

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10 Tips To Stay Clean and Sober

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Written by Robert Tropp

When you get sober after years of substance abuse, you no doubt feel a great sense of accomplishment and pride. While you should celebrate this important milestone, your journey has just begun. You will find that staying sober requires the same hard work and determination as it took to get sober in the first place. While you will encounter difficulties, keeping the following 10 tips in mind will make maintaining your sobriety much easier.

Steer Clear of High-Risk Situations

An easy tip for staying clean and sober is to avoid the people, places, and events where drinking and drug-taking are high. This includes bars, social events such as holiday parties, and your old circle of friends who use substances. While it may be impossible to avoid these situations entirely, you must make a conscious effort to avoid these stressors.

Say No and Mean It

An important part of staying clean and sober is learning to say the word NO. There will be times where friends may offer you a drink or drug, and there will be social situations where there you may be tempted to imbibe. When offered a substance or encountering a situation where your cravings from drugs and alcohol are high, say no and walk away.

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Ride the Wave

When the urge to use drugs and alcohol hit you, the feelings can be very powerful. If you let these feelings take over, you become vulnerable to relapse. When the urges to use it, distract yourself and let it pass. While it may feel like forever, an urge usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes. You can employ techniques such as mindful meditation or distract yourself through exercise. You can also call a family member, friend or a sponsor.

Find a Support Group

A great way to stay clean and sober is to find a sober support group. These groups are full of people who share similar experiences like yours, and they can be your rock when your will is weak. While 12-step groups such as AA and NA come to mind, you can also explore alternative groups such as SMART Recovery and LifeRing.


Those recovering from alcohol abuse, finding alternative drinks besides water and soda can be hard. The act of having a drink in hand can be of great comfort and can help alleviate the anxiety of social situations. Mocktails are cocktail-type drinks that look like cocktails but don’t have the alcohol. There are a large variety of mocktails that are easy to make and taste great.

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Long-term sobriety hinges on optimal body functioning, and engaging in regular exercise can help. It can be as simple as going for a 30-minute walk every day, or you can challenge yourself with weight training, martial arts or taking up a sport like basketball. Exercise realizes endorphins which are the brain’s “feel good” chemical. Regular exercise helps you look and feel great!

Be the Designated Driver

Whether it is a night on the town, a social function or a gathering of family and friends, offer to be the designated driver. This will give you a sense of responsibility and focus, and you are doing a tremendous service for those who may have too much to drink. It also gives you an iron-clad excuse to why you aren’t drinking!

Be Honest

Many times, those in recovery get nervous (and maybe a bit embarrassed) if someone asks why they aren’t drinking or using substances. Be open and honest and tailor your response depending on the person. For those who know you, you can be more candid and state how drinking and drug taking affected your life. For those you don’t know well, you can simply say that you are driving or that you need to get up early the next day.

Manage Physical Pain

If you are in recovery, nagging aches and pains due to injury or chronic condition can be problematic. You want to be very careful about taking medications that may lead to relapse. Be proactive and ask your doctor or healthcare provider for natural alternatives to manage physical pain.

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Practice Gratitude

Perhaps the biggest tip to keep in mind is to stay humble and grateful for the person you have become. Take time during your day to reflect on the positives of your recovery. Celebrate the milestone you have reached both small and big. Additionally, be of service to others through volunteering or mentoring others.

By keeping these tips in mind, you will be able to keep your recovery at the forefront. While your sobriety requires hard work, what you put into it is well worth it.

This blog post has been sponsored by Its me Rob
Nuview Treatment Center

Author bio: Robert Tropp is a functional nutrition practitioner whose primary focus is substance abuse and mental health disorders. Robert used functional medicine to help heal his mind and body, and now uses the lessons he learned in his journey to wellness to help others to regain their mental and physical well-being. Robert is an advocate for the importance of nutrition in addiction recovery and works as the health and wellness director at Nuview Treatment Center in Marina Del Rey, CA.