There are many types of addiction treatment programs, but there’s not one particular type that’s perfect for everyone; however, having said that, inpatient programs are widely considered to be the most effective for recovery. When it comes to residential treatment, there’s a key feature that set inpatient programs apart from others, and that’s day/night housing.

What exactly is day/night housing?

The majority of addiction treatment programs exist on a spectrum; on one end of this spectrum exists outpatient programs while inpatient programs exist on the other end. With outpatient programs, a patient commutes to the treatment facility for each day’s therapies while continuing to live at his or her home. As such, outpatient programs are the type of treatment many addicts try first since it’s the least invasive and gives them more flexibility. Moreover, outpatient treatment is much less intimidating than inpatient programs, which provide patients with residential accommodations in which they live while completing their treatment regimens. As the term itself indicates, day/night housing is a form of inpatient or residential care with a number of benefits that make it worthy of consideration to anyone who’s in need of rehabilitative treatment for alcoholism or drug addiction.

Benefits of day/night housing

There are many benefits of completing a program that offers day/night housing for patients. Perhaps the most obvious benefit is the fact that day/night housing provides a safe, alcohol- and drug-free environment where a patient can focus on his or her recovery without fear of temptation or relapse. Although there are many reasons why a person may become addicted, a very common cause is substance abuse and addiction in the home. Many people grow up with parents who suffered from substance abuse problems or perhaps with an addicted sibling, which makes it exponentially more likely for the individual in question to become addicted, too. However, day/night housing effectively mitigates the various environmental dangers posed to a person’s newfound sobriety and in-progress recovery.

Another reason why day/night housing is such a great resource is because it affords patients with a level of round-the-clock care and support that they wouldn’t receive in an outpatient program. When a person chooses to enroll in an outpatient program, he or she can only take advantage of the support offered by the rehab center’s staff when he or she is on-site for the day’s scheduled treatments; while at home, patients in outpatient programs assume responsibility for things like avoiding relapse triggers, resisting temptation to consume alcohol or use drugs, avoiding people and things that put one’s sobriety at risk, and so on. In fact, the day/night housing provided by inpatient and residential programs is even considered safer; if a patient were to experience a medical emergency or withdrawal symptoms that became so severe as to put his or her life in jeopardy, there would be staff available to address those situations when the patient has been provided with day/night housing as part of a residential program. By comparison, those in outpatient treatment must remain acutely aware of any complications that could arise as part of the rehabilitation process, taking it upon himself or herself to seek out emergency assistance or other resources when or if it becomes necessary.

In addition to having a safe environment and support, inpatient and residential programs that offer day/night housing are widely believed to be the most effective form of treatment for addiction. This is actually one of the most important differences between outpatient and inpatient treatment and is why inpatient programs are so strongly recommended by professionals in the addiction treatment industry: Since inpatient programs provide day/night housing so that patients can live on-site for the duration of treatment, it’s likely that an inpatient curriculum is much more intensive (and, therefore, effective) than its outpatient counterpart. More often than not, outpatient programs are scheduled around a person’s work schedule, familial obligations, or other responsibilities, which limits the amount of time he or she can spend in active treatment; however, when the patient is residing in the treatment center, he or she is able to spend much more time in treatment, which means he or she has much stronger chances of achieving lasting sobriety.

Why choose residential-style treatment?

With there being so many advantages to choosing a program that offers day/night housing, it’s important to be aware of the types of needs or preferences that would be most effectively addressed by such a program. Since day/night housing offers a safe environment that’s separate from one’s home and social circle, this type of treatment is ideal for someone who developed a substance abuse problem as a response to social or environmental factors. As mentioned above, a number of addicts develop substance abuse problems due to their having been exposed to substance abuse at home or due to having friends who are substance abusers. By taking advantage of the day/night housing offered as part of inpatient or residential treatment, a person can separate himself or herself from the social and environmental factors that would make it extremely difficult (perhaps even unlikely) to remain abstinent while completing an outpatient program. In other words, the day/night housing provides separation from people and places that would potentially trigger a relapse.

In addition to the separation that day/night housing provides, there’s strong potential for inpatient and residential treatment to be substantially more effective than outpatient treatment. For example, an outpatient program consists of treatments and therapies that patients must incorporate into their daily routines; however, since individuals in outpatient programs must account for their other day-to-day obligations as well as the time spent traveling to and from their treatment centers, patients are only able to participate in so much treatment in a given week. Fortunately, inpatient and residential programs that offer day/night housing make it quite convenient for patients to participate in more treatments and therapies since they don’t have to account for things like transportation and other factors.

Preparing for day/night housing and a residential program

Although the types of inpatient programs that offer day/night housing may not be the ideal choice for everyone, the fact remains that virtually anyone would experience optimal results from such treatment for many of the reasons mentioned above. Of course, those individuals who suffer from mild addictions may not need such a level of treatment intensity while other may need more than what a standard inpatient program with day/night housing can offer.

To prepare for day/night housing, one should first make all the necessary arrangements. If an individual lives on his or her own, he or she needs to have potential pets cared for as well as make sure that his or her bills get paid during his or her absence. For someone with a career or job, it’s important to make arrangements with one’s employer so that he or she can be absent for the necessary amount of time without losing his or her job. It’s also important to contact the treatment facility to see what types of supplies and belongings to pack; for example, are linens provided or do patients bring their own? As well, someone enrolling in an inpatient or residential program that offers day/night housing will want to make sure that his or her funding has been arranged ahead of time, which will ensure that the intake process is as smooth as possible.