Residential Treatment- Making the Decision

Jun 14, 2011
by Heather Wiszczur, LLMSW, CAADC, ADS

 The decision to come to residential treatment is never an easy one. It can seem like a big commitment on top of an already big commitment to enter recovery from addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs. You may think that it just cannot work for you or simply may wonder if it is a good fit. Here are some questions to consider:


  • Do I have the skills to stay sober while living at home right now?

  • Does my home environment or community (in its current state) support or challenge my early recovery?

  • Do I have a strong sober support network?

  • Am I able to give my early recovery the attention and time needed while still fulfilling my current responsibilities (work, home, family, etc.)?

  • Do I have complex emotional or psychological issues that are contributing to my addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs and that could be helped by the more comprehensive therapy offered in residential treatment?

  • Would my loved ones feel better knowing I was in a safe environment working on my recovery?

  • Would a strong recovery better enable me to care for the people in my life?

  • Would a brief, less intense program be able to give me the strong foundation I need to build and maintain a strong recovery?


Consider these questions carefully. Often in addiction, we focus on what we want in the short term even when doing so undermines our long term goals. Recovery is about taking the long view and focusing on doing things that improve your life and help you to accomplish long term goals, even when that means doing some things you might not want to do right now. Choosing to enter treatment is often the first step in this new way of thinking. It can be easy to feel like you have to put your life on hold to enter residential treatment, but when your life is no longer manageable and recovery would be too hard or impossible at home, residential treatment can be a wonderful, supportive opportunity to heal, make a new start, and get your life back.


If you think you could be helped by coming to residential treatment, please call us at Our Hope, even if you think there are barriers preventing you from getting the help you need. We can help you determine if residential treatment is right for you and we can also help you find solutions to potential barriers. We want to help you find the path to a happier, healthier life. There is hope.


For more information about residential treatment opportunities at Our Hope Association go to or call us at 616-451-2039.


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