All of our partners offer inpatient drug and alcohol treatment for couples. This type of treatment is categorized as being on the upper end of intermediate-level care. The couple’s residential treatment program can be as short or as long-term as our clients need. Our partners offer a 30-, 60-, or 90-day recovery program for couples. This gives our clients the ability to choose what length of time would best suit their needs. These 24-hour residential treatment programs are a comprehensive approach to sobriety that provide an around-the-clock monitored environment.
During the stay at a residential treatment facility, our couples will have access to the entire spectrum of behavioral and medical interventions. These will be limited to specific hours during the day, but can be provided as needed after hours. Included in these interventions are individual, group, and family counseling, daily groups, activities and outings, couples behavioral therapy, and psychotherapy. Also provided to the couple is psycho-social rehabilitation, medication schedules, physical activity schedules, nutrition counseling, stress reduction classes, vocational training, relapse prevention, educational services, and 12-step programs.
If it sounds exhaustive, it is. It’s why it works. Our couples rehab alumni tell us they tried numerous other treatment programs before us and failed. Most every time, they say it was due to not being ready to live independently again after treatment. When people graduating from recovery have job skills, a clear head, and a healing relationship with their partner or spouse, they find getting back into the swing of life extremely uplifting.
Many people who use over extended periods completely forget about something as simple as good nutrition, for example. They might have been addicted to uppers and had no appetite for years. Or, they may simply have not purchased much food because drugs or alcohol were the priority.
As odd as it sounds, nutrition counseling is a great way for couples to focus on a new vice that people in recovery admittedly gravitate to: Food. A love for food doesn’t have to mean overindulging in it. Some couples find joy after rehab preparing lavish meals together for themselves and their families. Good food and good conversation around a functional family dinner table adds a whole new meaning to “Happy Hour.” Our staff wants to make sure that each couple’s stay at one of our residential treatment centers is comfortable and productive. Our focus is to help the couple achieve long-term sobriety. What’s more, learning to keep days busy and full – even exhausting, but in a satisfying way –helps keep our clients sober long after they leave our treatment center. People in recovery learn that with mental stimulation, exercise, good nutrition, and an eye always on your mental and physical health, you can keep HALT away.
MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO COUPLES REHABILITATION
Our partners’ residential addiction treatment centers provide a multidisciplinary approach to couples’ rehabilitation. These comprehensive plans start with the detoxification process and continue all the way through aftercare planning and sober living. The multidisciplinary design helps our clients successfully recover from addiction and chemical dependency by providing daily support along with treatment. Our couple’s residential treatment program provides a structured living environment with a familial atmosphere, which helps to foster a sense of community for our clients. Participation in the numerous structured activities will equip our clients with a variety of tools to overcome their dependency and manage their addiction in healthy ways. Tools that have worked for others may be as simple as developing a mantra to recite during anxiety attacks and overwhelming urges to use, or finding fun, new ways to replace habits and rituals associated with using. It isn’t a new concept, but sometimes it can be difficult to decide on our own how to effectively replace these habits. We’ll help you find ways to do it that are most likely to work for you.
HELPING THE INDIVIDUAL AS WELL AS THE COUPLE RECOVER
The goal of couple’s rehabilitation in a residential treatment center is not only to help the individual recover, but to help the couple recover and thrive as well. Residential treatment will prepare the couple for a seamless re-entry back into everyday life, and to once again enjoy life and contribute to it. This will be achieved through the structured living environment where clients learn to perform everyday tasks without the use of drugs or alcohol as a daily coping mechanism. Our partners also achieve this by providing a safe, comfortable environment in which our couple clients can recover while participating in a personalized treatment plan that is individually created so that the recovery process is a success for each and every couple.
While in recovery, the couples, who most always have been using the same substance together, will be treated concurrently on two tracks. One track will be the treatment plan created just for them, as an individual; the other will be a treatment plan uniquely created for the couple as a unit. In the rare case where the couple has a collective dependency problem but with different substances for each partner, we offer the same effective treatment.
Our programs will provide couples with the framework and life skills they will need to successfully continue their sobriety. They will learn new coping mechanisms that will allow them to deal with everyday stressors in a healthy way, and overcome the urge to turn to drugs or alcohol when things get rough. During residential treatment, the couple will attend several different types of therapy that will allow them to focus on the reasons why they use, and then start the healthy rebuilding of their relationship.
For addicted couples, reasons for using may be entirely different for each person. Co-dependency still develops, however, because the drug becomes the end-all for both parties, as opposed to one party trying to help the other with their problems in a healthy manner. It’s very important for both members of a relationship to understand the triggers and the motivations behind their partner’s use, too. Only then can one help to stop the other from using, which is critical for couples to achieve lasting sobriety.
If partners become able to focus on helping the other partner live more serene, stable lives, they likely also will find serenity and peace more easily. In 12-step groups, they refer to it as “getting out of one’s self,” or sometimes, “Finding something bigger than yourself” to keep your sobriety well nourished. For some, that thing that is “bigger than yourself” might be their relationship. In many instances, both couples have a co-occurring disorder for which they previously did not know about. Simply educating the other partner about their loved one’s disorder can go a long way toward understanding and healing.
Individuals diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder first are counseled about it privately. It is up to the individual to decide whether to share that information with their partner or spouse during couples counseling. Often, couples are shocked to learn that their partner has a co-occurring disorder. If fact, some couples find that when the co-occurring disorder is successfully diagnosed and treated, staying sober becomes a little easier than they originally thought. It still isn’t easy, of course.