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Residential Treatment Program

Alter offers the full continuum of mental health care, from residential treatment to outpatient care, so our clients can gradually and successfully transition back to their day to day lives.

What Is Residential Treatment?

Inpatient residential treatment uses a full continuum of care to guide you or your loved one successfully through every stage of mental health and addiction recovery. Inpatient residential treatment is the highest level of care available, and is often the first treatment program patients join before transitioning to a lower level of care. All patients receive a complete diagnostic assessment before starting treatment to help doctors, therapists, and counselors develop customized treatment programs.


When a patient is struggling with dual diagnosis, or both a substance abuse problem and mental health disorder, treatment usually begins with medical detox. Detox helps you overcome physical dependence on drugs and alcohol and manages the physical symptoms of withdrawal. Following detox, the patient can begin receiving behavioral therapy in individual and group settings, and engage in therapeutic activities designed to inspire and motivate you to achieve long-term recovery.


The duration of inpatient residential treatment programs vary, depending on your recovery progress. Patients can live at our facility for as long as needed until they are physically and mentally ready to re-enter their communities as healthier individuals. Our goal is to help you adjust to a healthier lifestyle and learn invaluable life skills to navigate difficult situations you may face in your day to day life.

Treatment Services Offered

Alter offers a variety of quality evidence-based services proven to help patients from all walks of life successfully recover from mental health disorders and drug and alcohol addiction. Many of our services are behavioral therapies aimed at helping patients change harmful behaviors and attitudes. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), 12-step support group therapy, and contingency management interventions are some of the many science-based treatments available through our inpatient residential program.


CBT helps patients identify and correct problematic behaviors that commonly lead to substance abuse, such as poor stress management. With CBT, patients learn how to effectively manage stress, cope with cravings, and avoid high-risk situations that increase the risk of relapse. Research on the effects of CBT in a residential treatment setting indicates that many patients continue practicing the skills they learn in therapy following the completion of their treatment programs.


Recreational therapies at or residential treatment facilities are fun, complementary therapies to traditional services like CBT that can significantly enhance your recovery experience. Art and music therapy, exercise, yoga, and mindfulness meditation are some of many recreational therapies proven to boost confidence along with physical and psychological health. Recreational therapies also serve as gateways to new hobbies and interests that you can adopt and continue practicing after completing your treatment program.


Other treatments and services available as part of our dual diagnosis residential program includes:


  • Drug and alcohol detox at our partner facilities
  • Community reinforcement therapy
  • Motivational incentives
  • The Matrix Model
  • Family behavior therapy
  • Medication maintenance
  • 12-support group therapy (Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous)
  • Recreational therapy

The Benefits of Inpatient Residential Program for Dual Diagnosis

Inpatient residential treatment offers a countless number of benefits for those ready to recover from a mental health disorder and a substance abuse problem. First, patients can gain peace of mind knowing they can recover in a safe environment without having to worry about negative influences, violent situations, or access to drugs and alcohol. Inpatient residential treatment also separates patients from distractions and stressful demands related to work, school, and managing a household.


Inpatient residential treatment provides 24/7 access to caring, compassionate staff members willing to support you through the toughest stages of recovery. Nurses and doctors can address lingering withdrawal symptoms like insomnia and depression that persist following detox, while counselors and therapists can talk to you at times you may feel hopeless, sad, and guilty about past situations involving substance abuse. Inpatient residential treatment offers patients a safe and healthy space in which to recover from addiction without facing judgment, blame, and criticism.


Here are additional benefits of inpatient residential treatment:


  • Recover alongside peers who share similar struggles as they pertain to addiction.
  • Establish a new daily structure and routine that supports a sober lifestyle.
  • Eat nutritious meals that support immunity and overall good health.
  • Receive quality treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety.
  • Receive medications that treat physical and psychological drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
  • Discover new hobbies and interests that complement a sober lifestyle.
  • Identify and change behaviors and attitudes that may have led to substance abuse.
  • Learn effective stress management techniques.
  • Identify triggers that lead to relapse and learn skills for avoiding and managing those triggers.
  • Gain access to quality and therapeutic amenities such as fitness centers, swimming pools, and music rooms.
  • Recover in a beautiful, serene, and luxurious treatment setting in Orange County, California.


Want more information? Contact our admissions team for a free consultation or to get more details about any of Alter’s programs.

Your Mental Health Team

The team around you matters in your success, so we’ve packed it with deep experience and a variety of specialties. Our clinical team contains industry-renowned leadership and a diverse lineup of master’s level therapists with expertise in anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, bipolar, and more.

Why Residential Treatment Program are So Effective for People with Mental Illness

We customize programs for each patient based on factors such as age, the drug being used, and co-occurring disorders to ensure a successful, long-lasting recovery from addiction. We use only evidence-based treatments to keep our patients safe and to ensure they leave our facility with the skills they need to achieve long-term sobriety. We also offer high-quality amenities and services to complement our science-based treatments, including recreational therapy, nutrition therapy, fitness centers, and meditation.

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We work with most PPO insurance’s out-of-network benefits. Our team is happy to help you verify benefits.

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