Residential Treatment

view of bedroom interiorResidential treatment at Glendale Adventist Alcohol and Drug Services (GAADS) is designed for those with dependencies that are tough to treat. Many of our patients have attempted recovery or been in treatment elsewhere and failed.

Residential treatment, part of Phase I of addiction treatment, usually follows acute detoxification for those with difficulty getting off drugs or alcohol, or after a challenging relapse. This level of care is ideal for those who are resistant to treatment, are relapse-prone or impulsive, or lack social and emotional support in their daily life. Those who meet residential treatment criteria will generally also qualify for disability. Patients in residential treatment can count on a safe, supportive environment, nutritious meals and 12-step meetings on site six days a week.

Residents undergo a physical examination by a physician and extensive assessment by a nurse and a counselor or therapist. Twelve-step recovery participation is required.

The information below represents a typical day of residential treatment at GAADS:

  • 7:00AM-7:45AM - Wake up, breakfast
  • 7:45AM-8:00AM - Daily meditation
  • 8:00AM-8:30AM - Daily exercise, walk
  • 8:30AM-9:00AM - Room clean-up, shower
  • 9:00AM-9:45AM - Individual reading assignments
  • 10:00AM-11:30AM - Relapse prevention, yoga or diet instruction, spirituality book study
  • 11:30AM-1:00PM - Lunch break and writing time
  • 1:00PM-2:30PM - First Step Group (presenting written first step guide)
  • 2:45PM-4:15PM - Process Group (presenting written treatment objectives)
  • 4:15PM-6:30PM - Dinner break and writing time
  • 6:30PM-8:15PM - Process Group, Men's or Women's Groups, multi-family therapy
  • 8:30PM-10:00PM - AA, NA, CA or Alumni Meeting
  • 10:00PM-11:00PM - Free time (jacuzzi, ping pong or pool table, reading, television)
  • 11:00PM - Lights out

Successful completion of Phase I of residential treatment usually occurs following three or four weeks of this schedule or it can be coupled with a transition to an outpatient level of care. Discharge from residential treatment occurs upon completion of a written first step and treatment plans, education, 12-step recovery goals, family involvement and discharge planning or upon transition to an outpatient level of care. Learn more about continuing care.

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