In general, it’s the clinical portion of care that really makes a difference for people with addictions. For example, in a study in the journal Substance Use and Misuse, researchers found that counselor/client ratios and treatment delivery, among other clinical factors, were closely correlated with treatment efficacy. However, amenities can also play an important role in the healing process. In some cases, these add-ons can help to encourage people to stay enrolled in care, rather than dropping out before the work is complete. In other cases, they can enhance the lessons a person learns in drug treatment programs.
These are the common amenities found in drug treatment programs, along with a few words about how they might help.
Patients can use these spaces to strengthen their muscles and improve their physical health, and the activities might help them to burn off anger and resentment.
Calming, Meditative Spaces
Learning to calm the mind, without adding in an addictive substance, is a key part of the addiction recovery process. Clients might learn to meditate in their counseling sessions, and facilities can enhance those lessons by providing serene gardens, private chapels or quiet pagodas. Minimal decorations and low levels of ambient noise make these spaces perfect for people who are new to the idea of meditation and who tend to struggle with distraction.
Food is a primal source of pleasure, and it’s not uncommon for some people in recovery to crave sweet, savory or otherwise interesting meals. In addition, some people in recovery have health problems related to poor nutritional choices made while the drug abuse issue was in play. As a result, many inpatient rehab programs employ chefs who can create fabulous meals, along with dietician professionals who can help to develop specialized diets to assist with the healing process.
While some drug rehab programs allow people to bring their beloved pets along for the treatment experience, most require clients to leave their pets at home, and many people struggle with feelings of loss when they’re separated from their furry friends. Animal-assisted programs, including pet therapy and equine therapy, can help people to overcome those feelings, and they might even help to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. For example, in a study in the journal Psychiatric Services, researchers found that reductions in anxiety scores were found in people who had animal-assisted therapy sessions. Pulling animals into the mix could help some people to get just a little more out of the work they’re doing with their therapists.
Some treatment programs provide all of the amenities listed here, while others offer just one or two choices for people who enroll for addiction care. If a specific type of amenity seems particularly important to someone who has an addiction, families should be certain to ask about the availability of that intervention before they make a final choice about a treatment program. Interventionists can help, too, as they might feel comfortable with the idea of discussing different amenities and how they might be useful for someone in need. If you’re looking for an interventionist like this, please contact us today and our admissions coordinators can help connect you with the best option for your situation.