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How Does Residential Treatment Help Those Who Have Relapsed in the Past?

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Addiction is a treatable disease. However, relapse is commonly a part of recovery. If you find yourself in a relapse situation, it is helpful to search for the root cause of the relapse. This will deepen your understanding of yourself and allow you to learn from the experience. An effective way to gain insight and find lasting success next time around is by getting out of your environment and into residential treatment.

Seeking help after a relapse can be challenging. It is common to feel shame or embarrassment. However, it takes time to learn what will constitute an effective recovery program for you. Making mistakes and learning from them is normal and vital for long-term recovery. Everyone makes mistakes. If you relapsed, know that you are not alone. Getting help so you can move forward is the best next step.

Residential Treatment

There are many types of addiction treatment including residential treatment, which provides round-the-clock immersed care. In residential treatment, you stay at the facility 24 hours a day. Your days are structured to include different parts of your treatment plan. Your treatment plan will vary from others’ plans. However, it often includes individual therapy, group therapy, peer support groups, and other group options.

While living in a safe and substance-free environment, you will learn skills with the support and structure of the program. Each person will have unique challenges when it comes to addiction treatment. The good news is that residential treatment facilities are experienced at helping address most of them. If you live in an environment where addiction is enabled or if you have had long-term issues with addiction, residential treatment can be a good option.

Benefits of Residential Treatment After Relapse

Relapse in addiction, like other chronic disorders, is common. The National Institute on Drug Abuse claims that 40-60% of those who struggle with addiction will relapse. As a result, relapse is often considered a normal part of the recovery process. Learning what to do if you have a relapse is important. If you are struggling with relapse currently, it’s time to seek help.

Addiction treatment approaches vary. Residential treatment is a more intense and immersive experience than other treatment options. It is common for those who relapse to have either been through a short-term residential treatment or to have gone through outpatient treatment.

Returning to treatment after relapse is common. Residential treatment is a good option to help you fully disconnect while getting the support and structure you need. Another benefit is that you will receive help in understanding the cause of relapse and acquire new tools to help you stay sober.

Fully Disconnect

In residential treatment, you are fully disconnected from your life. This means leaving behind triggers at work and home. After relapse, this has many benefits. By fully disconnecting, you are out of the environment that in some way contributed to your relapsing. Therefore, residential treatment gives you time and space to get back on your feet, look around, and start to sort out what contributed to your relapse.

A fully disconnected environment also helps you to be honest. Honest is integral in decreasing the risk of relapse, according to an article published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine. When you go about your daily life, it is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day. Being honest requires reflecting and sitting with your thoughts and feelings to see pieces that you may not want to see. The fully disconnected environment is ideal for this. It will help you to notice and put together the pieces of the puzzle when trying to understand your relapse.


In residential treatment, you have support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as needed. However, you are also shown support through individual therapy, group therapy, and peer groups. All of these provide different kinds of support, which can help you to learn more about yourself and others.

Support is important in recovery. It helps you to process emotions like shame. However, support also is integral in helping you with problem-solving. While reflection is vital, getting support and feedback from others also helps by providing different perspectives on your situation and needs.


In your daily life outside of treatment, you likely have some sort of structure. There is a normal routine that you go through. The key difference is that structure in residential treatment is created for you to help you heal from addiction. By structuring your day to include different aspects of your treatment plan, you can fully focus on the task at hand, which is developing new and improved tools for healing.

The structure of residential treatment is unique to each person. If you’re someone who is struggling after relapse, it will include therapeutic modalities that will uncover underlying issues that contributed to your relapse.

With a structured treatment plan, residential treatment can help you to learn new skills and address lingering problems that are impacting your ability to stay sober. It may seem like you can find this structure outside of residential treatment. However, those who stay in the structure of treatment longer are able to maintain sobriety by more successfully integrating the skills they learned in treatment into their lives.

Relapse is a normal part of recovery. While it can feel embarrassing and hard to address, it is important to get help after a relapse. At Pacific Sands Recovery Center, we recognize that relapse happens. We offer a residential program that is ideal for individuals after relapse who are seeking the structure and support to get back to sobriety. All of our programs are specially designed for working professionals looking for flexible and individualized treatment. If you are a working professional struggling with addiction or relapse, we can help you learn new skills to live a sober life. To learn more or speak with a staff member today, call us at (949) 426-7962


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