Behavioral wellness centers for drug addiction or alcoholism can vary in approaches. Some will use a religious orientation, others a cognitive-behavioral set of techniques, and still others will emphasize more deep-rooted psychoanalysis to get to the root of the problem. Detox is often an important part of the process. Patients may have a dual diagnosis and suffer from a psychological diagnosis of bipolar, depression, or an anxiety disorder. These services are used by adults as well as teens.
Family therapy sessions may be used that involve three-way phone calls to bring in parents or a spouse to help facilitate progress. Individual psychotherapy helps residents learn healthier coping skills and ways to identify the triggers that lead to drug abuse or alcoholism tendencies. Understanding what to do when one gets cravings is critical to help prevent relapsing after release from the facility.
A good program will endeavor to help troubled, especially teens, learn to take responsibility, to accept and face up to their problem or problems and work through them. The question many wonders is, “Do Residential Treatment programs really work”? Well, yes since so many people have received help to change from unmanageable conditions of abuse and addiction to more responsible living. However, people can relapse too and the degree of success varies from center to center.
Parents seeking to have their children treated in RTCs should first do some research to find out a facility that will work with their child’s personality. This will help to identify a relevant program depending on the need.
Best practice for RTCs should involve a long term view of each case they handle. It should help residents in the various challenges they may be encountering and also give one life skills to help them during the post-treatment period. The goal is achieving a complete turnaround in one’s life and having new strategies for stress that builds up.