Residential Treatment Center Los Angeles

A residential treatment center, or RTC, sometimes called a rehab, is a live-in health care facility providing therapy for a combination of substance abuse, mental illness and/or other behavioral problems. Residential treatment should, in many cases, be considered the “last-ditch” approach to helping a child, friend or other loved one suffering from severe problems. RTC’s vary widely in price depending upon their location and the services offered. Monthly fees range from no-cost in some nonprofit facilities to as high as $100,000 per month for what is often referred to as “high-end treatment.” These are self-described “luxury” facilities specializing in clientele who are often celebrities, professional athletes, top corporate executives or members of extremely wealthy families who wish to keep a low profile. These facilities also offer lavish amenities in order to justify the expense. Generally, though, there are more than enough low to mid-priced RTC’s currently in operation offering the standard services necessary to give the client the best possible opportunity for recovery. There are many factors to consider when selecting an RTC and include:

  1. Do they have detoxification facilities?
  2. What is their program like?
  3. Is it coed or gender-specific?
  4. Do they just treat alcoholism and addiction or other medical and/or mental disorders as well?
  5. Are they licensed and for what?
  6. Are they accredited and what does that mean?
  7. What is their location and how is that important?


8.  What is their recovery philosophy?

Another factor to consider is the characteristics of the population of the  RTC itself. This is a personal choice that only the patient and their family can make. Many facilities are coed and still others are gender-specific. Depending upon individual comfort level and the nature and factors contributing to the patient’s disorder, it may be preferable to choose one over the other.

Many treatment centers claim to treat a variety of disorders beyond alcoholism and substance abuse. There are also facilities that concentrate on gambling, eating disorders and sexual addictions as well. Still others state they specialize in “co-occurring disorders” or “dual diagnosis.”  The vast majority of addicts also suffer from some other form of accompanying primary mental or emotional disorder such as depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, etc. In addition, several personality disorders such as borderline personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, narcissism, histrionic personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, and intellectual disabilities are often present. As a result, RTC’s that offer these services should provide psychotherapeutic services by licensed professionals such as therapists and psychiatrists. Other centers simply treat the substance abuse disorders and are generally staffed by addiction and peer counselors in a supportive environment. Depending upon the patient’s needs, this information is important to consider.

The important thing to remember is it has generally been proven that there is no easy way to get clean and sober and recover from alcoholism and drug addiction. It is a long, arduous road that requires a tremendous amount of dedication and work from all concerned. So no matter what philosophy you feel comfortable with, if you and your loved one commit fully to it, the chances of success are greatly increased.

Riviera Recovery Resources for Recovery

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction or dual diagnosis condition, call our team today to learn about the available treatment options available in Los Angeles in California. Call 866-478-8799

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