The first residential treatment center was created in 1948 in Minnesota. Back then, as now, many alcoholics and addicts had the most difficulty with cravings in the first few weeks of sobriety, which often led to relapse events.
The thought was that by taking them and putting them somewhere they had supervision and care around the clock for a period of time it would help them get past that difficult period. And it worked. The instances of success in beating addiction went up and this then became a model – not for treatment though.
Back in those days there was no treatment. There was only abstinence and the 12 steps, which is a model for social support, not treatment.
A Residential Drug Abuse Program with Treatment
So, for many decades these residential facilities sprang up, all based on round the clock supervision and the 12 steps. It wasn’t until much later that a residential drug abuse program was created that actually offered treatment, incorporating psychotherapy and, in some cases, medical help.
This only made things much better and more people began to experience success in beating addiction. It is still a valid practice to take the addict out of his current circumstances, his current lifestyle, away from the influences that can keep him relapsing and addicted.
Once an addict has 30 days of real care and therapy, his brain is clear and beginning to repair itself, he’s learned some tools for avoiding relapse, his body is back in shape to some degree, he stands a much better chance at avoiding relapse when he returns home. But even then, he should stay in outpatient treatment and attend AA or NA meetings to build a support group.
One of the Oldest Residential Treatment Centers
Recovery Guild was created in 1975 by the Motion Picture & Television Fund specifically to help people in the entertainment business experiencing a substance abuse problem. Many famous, and many not famous, people have walked through the front door and the place quickly gained a reputation for honest, effective care.
Today Recovery Guild has been expanded to two buildings, completely rebuilt and recreated with amenities you’d find in a boutique hotel. Most rooms are single occupancy with pillow-top queen size beds and flat screen TVs. There’s a hot tub, koi pond and swimming pool, as well as the warm California sunshine. Our gourmet chef prepares meals and snacks that are delicious and help heal bodies and brains ravaged by addiction.
Plus, our clinical staff is right on the cutting edge of addiction treatment, incorporating the latest, most effective therapies and treatments. We create each treatment program around the individual and under the supervision of our medical doctor. Here, you have the best in residential care. So, call us now and let’s talk about how we can help you.