For many, committing to residential treatment is a truly transformative experience, filled with new experiences, people, perspectives, and support. However, no part of recovery is easy, and engaging in a residential treatment program is by no means a “vacation.” Rather, treatment is a transformative time where a person has the support, tools, and resources to truly buckle down and do the hard work in recovery. Knowing what is expected of each person in residential treatment can ensure that a person committing to Hawaii Island Recovery’s drug and alcohol inpatient treatment centers can make the most of the opportunities therein for a transformed and sustainable sober life. 

The Benefits of Residential Treatment

Residential treatment has many benefits both for those just beginning to challenge substance use disorder (SUD) or continuing to refine their sober coping skills. For many, the step into residential treatment is truly transformative as a person can begin their healing journey surrounded by peers who truly understand and sympathize with how difficult it can be to overcome a disease like addiction. Having this kind of camaraderie and support can be a new experience, especially for those who have been dealing with addiction while feeling isolated in their journey with drugs or alcohol. 

Likewise, around-the-clock medical and emotional support in residential treatment can be crucial for those navigating withdrawal symptoms, continuing to manage mental health concerns like feelings of anxiety, depression, doubt, and guilt, or navigating the effects of trauma that may inform the use of drugs or alcohol.

This kind of curated recovery space is extremely powerful, and Hawaii Island Recovery is committed to blending these advantages with the natural opportunities of the big island, incorporating proven therapeutic modalities for overcoming addiction while also tending to spiritual healing and engaging with the natural healing energies of Hawaii itself. Wholly ingratiating oneself into this kind of recovery community can transform not just a person’s daily life and promote healthy sobriety but can also introduce spiritual healing, encourage new perspectives, and birth an entirely new lifestyle in sobriety. 

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Knowing What Is Expected in Residential Treatment

However, those engaging in residential treatment will have a lot of work to do themselves. Nobody can recover for another or engage in effective healing without being open to and committing to change. Those engaging in Hawaii Island Recovery’s dedicated residential treatment program will have many expectations and responsibilities during their stay to focus on their own transformative efforts in sobriety. 

Committing to Abstinence

Dedicating oneself to a sober life can be difficult, and there may be a great amount of uncertainty when it comes to how people think their lives may look upon the cessation of drugs or alcohol. However, it is paramount that a person dedicates themselves to abstinence from these substances. Even those who are engaging in residential treatment to overcome an addiction to drugs will also be asked to commit to a life free of alcohol and avoid romanticizing such use while in treatment for the health of the recovery community. 

Exploring New Experiences and Engaging With the Community

It is common to feel uncertain or even resistant to some new experiences, and an individual may question how some therapeutic exercises may benefit them and their sober journey. However, in residential treatment, it is important to try each new experience whenever possible. For many, exploring these new experiences can introduce new perspectives and skills in daily life. 

This also means being willing to challenge and address difficult topics in both individual and group therapy sessions and be ready to use a person’s voice to further a culture of change and acceptance. While it can be difficult to talk about sensitive and vulnerable topics, working with professionals to find the language and mode of communicating these needs, goals, and challenges is part of what is expected in residential treatment.

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Maintaining Responsibilities

Those in residential treatment will also have several responsibilities that they will be expected to tend to. This can be cleaning, adherence to a schedule and lights-out times, and addressing tasks that are assigned. For example, at Hawaii Island Recovery, those in residential treatment will be asked to cook on weekends, working together to create a meal with their recovery peers, and finding a way to help and engage in this culture is expected, with support available each step of the way. 

Respect: A Cornerstone of What Is Expected

Perhaps the most essential aspect of what is expected at any stage of recovery, respect is paramount to a culture of healing, acceptance, and growth. Respecting others and their experiences, perspectives, cultures, and more is paramount. However, this also means working with peers and professionals to respect oneself and their change in recovery and sobriety, creating a culture that truly celebrates not just a commitment to sobriety but also people who make such a culture and change possible. 

Residential treatment can be a powerful and profound form of treatment that can empower each person to address personal needs and challenges with addictive substances in a supportive and curated sober recovery space. Hawaii Island Recovery’s drug and alcohol inpatient treatment centers are equipped with both trained and caring professionals as well as home to a community of peers and professionals who can help you develop your best approach to overcoming addiction, mental health disorders, trauma, and more in your healing journey. We can also personalize your time with us to ensure that you develop the skills and strategies necessary to maintain an effective sober transformation throughout day life. For more information on how we can help, call (866) 390-5070.