Residential Treatment Programs

Known otherwise as residential rehab, residential treatment is a form of substance abuse disorder treatment that involves a patient treating their disorder in a long-term, residential environment. Residential treatment length varies greatly depending on the severity of the disorder, ranging anywhere from short-term (30 days or less) and long-term (30-90 days and up).

When someone uses the term “residential treatment,” they are most likely referring to the extended periods of time that the patient resides on-site with other patients to help explore and treat their psychological reasons for addiction. However, it is commonly confused with intensive inpatient treatment and other forms of inpatient such as hospitalization.



Why Residential Treatment?

It is a common misconception that medical detoxification by itself is enough to treat substance abuse and addiction. While detox removes the substance from your body, it is ineffective in treating the psychological aspect of long-term addiction. Medical detoxification is not recovery and without proper treatment after detox, drug addiction and abuse can easily develop again.

In the recovery process, make no mistake that medical detoxification is arguably one of the most strenuous and important steps to take. As a matter of fact, the success of our addiction treatment program is undoubtedly quite dependent on the detoxification stage. That being said, addiction detox without follow-up treatment is like cutting a weed without removing the roots; it will just keep coming back.

Is Detox Enough?

The term “detox” refers to the period of complete abstinence from a substance that your body may be addicted to. The point of a patient undergoing detox is to rid all leftover residue and toxins from past substance abuse and to prepare them for the continuation of treatment. A patient will experience a large variety of withdrawal symptoms, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, nausea, and insomnia.

By engaging in medically-supervised detox, a patient will have their withdrawal symptoms taken care of and treated by medical experts and professionals. These doctors and nurses work around the clock to ensure that a patient is in a comfortable environment through detox.

If the withdrawal symptoms are ignored, they can very easily push a patient to relapse and develop addiction again. By completing medical detox, you may no longer have the substance in your system, but follow-up treatment after detox is required to ensure long-term sobriety.



Avoiding Relapse with Residential Treatment

Post-detox treatment is strongly encouraged and is almost always necessary for complete recovery. Because addiction treatment can be difficult sometimes, relapse is fairly common throughout the recovery process. Although it should be avoided at all costs, relapse is not simply the end of the line for you. Relapse can be nearly unavoidable in some instances and residential treatment is among the best method to prevent relapse.

We understand that it may be difficult to avoid relapsing in treatment, so we created a small list of things you can do to aid in relapse prevention while you are a part of a residential treatment program.


  • Those that are successful in recovering are successful for a reason. Interacting with people that are successful in treatment may prove to be beneficial to you, as they will most likely have advice and tips that may aid you in your recovery.
  • While distracting yourself while in treatment may sound good to help ignore withdrawal symptoms, it is possible that someone in recovery overwork themselves and even is susceptible to workaholism. For this reason, it is important to detect and identify any strange behaviors associated with workaholism.
  • Relapse is treatable but, however common it may be, relapse should never be viewed as “okay” and “acceptable.” This can cause overconfidence in a patient, resulting in increased chance of relapse. Relapse is not always treatable, and there is always a chance that you won’t get another shot at treatment, so avoid relapse at all costs.
  • Recovery is meant to be enjoyed, not endured. If your treatment process is making you feel uncomfortable in any way, then that treatment may not be right for you. Talking to your case manager or treatment center management about possibly changing programs or even centers is necessary when treatment becomes excruciatingly difficult. Your comfort and safety should be at the top of a center’s priorities.

What to Expect from Residential Treatment Programs

Here at the Palm Beach Institute, we pride ourself on our residential treatment program. Using a team of 24-7 medical experts, we utilize clinically-proven methods and treatment techniques to make treatment nothing more than a walk in the park. We ensure that your residential treatment is as effective as possible through application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.


Originally used to treat depression, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is among the most well-known approaches to treatment. As the most common form of treatment for mental health conditions and disorders, CBT has been tested and shown to be effective in treating psychiatric illnesses.

Studies show that CBT, although an anti-depression treatment originally, is just as effective as any other treatment, including the administration of medications. In less-intensive cases of mental health disorders, CBT is the number one tool for conditions such as anxiety, Post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse (in minor cases), and more. When CBT is used in conjunction with medications, it can be used to treat opioid addiction, major depression disorder, bipolarity, and nearly every psychotic disorder.


Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a common method of treatment originally used to help treat those who suffer from personality disorders. Fortunately, tests and studies prove that DBT can be very successful in treating negative behavioral patterns, including self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and substance abuse disorders. DBT is also commonly used to treat any disorders relating to mood, though it is not as effective as the previously listed scenarios.

Dialectical behavioral therapy is a type of “talk therapy,” similar to CBT. The primary focus of “talk therapy” is to explore the psychological reasons behind addiction, making it extremely common in residential treatment. CBT, however, focuses more on the set-in-stone ways that your emotions interact with each other, as opposed to DBT’s much more laid-back exploration of emotional and social aspects and factors associated with the patient’s addiction.


First mentioned in an article by William R. Miller in Behavioral Psychotherapy, motivational interviewing describes how the traditional idea behind what caused addiction at the time (1983) was wrong. Traditional models claimed that “the traditional model of motivation in problem drinkers attributes almost all motivational properties to the personality of the individual”. In the article “Motivational Interviewing with Problem Drinkers,” Miller explains why a newer model should be implemented.

Miller proposes in his article that perhaps motivational interviewing may be an alternative to current methods. Motivational interviewing (MI) challenges the traditional idea, stating that instead of the solution to addiction being entirely dependent on the patient, the solution lies with both the therapist and the addict. Through therapist’s influence, patients can resolve ambivalence (mixed feelings) towards things such as whether or not relapsing is worth it (in which case MI would convince the patient that it is not worth it.)

Why Choose Residential Treatment at The Palm Beach Institute?

Addiction treatment can be difficult, and we of all people understand this. Here at The Palm Beach Institute, we make it our mission to ensure that your journey to sobriety is a successful one. Our doctors and medical experts are readily available to provide the resources and support you need to battle your substance abuse disorder.

As soon as you enter our facility, a highly-experienced team puts your comfort and safety above everything. From nurses to case managers and everyone in-between, every single one of our staff members is proud and excited to be a part of your path to recovery. By putting the comfort of our patients first, we make it our goal to make sure you do not ever have to struggle in the shackles of addiction again.

If you or a loved one suffers from relapse, withdrawal, addiction, dependency, or any other substance disorder that threatens their or your wellbeing, call The Palm Beach Institute today at (855) 960-5456 or contact us online.