What Is Residential Addiction Treatment?

Allowing individuals to remove themselves from life stressors, residential addiction treatment offers a stabilizing environment and specialized care for clients to reflect, recenter, and heal.


Residential addiction treatment is intended for those in active addiction who wish to stop.

Some signs a person may benefit from residential addiction treatment include:

  • Their life revolves around substance abuse: If drugs or alcohol have become a person’s primary priority, residential addiction treatment encourages them to separate themselves from their everyday activities so they can focus on changing their behaviors.
  • Their previous attempts to stop using drugs or alcohol have been unsuccessful: If a person has tried to stay sober in the past but has been unable to, residential addiction treatment can offer comprehensive clinical support and full-time care to create a foundation for lasting recovery. 
  • Relapse occurred after attending treatment: Transitioning back into life following treatment can be difficult. Sometimes, relapse occurs. For many, it can be beneficial to attend residential addiction treatment another time to further hone the skills necessary for sobriety. 


Residential addiction treatment offers a non-hospital setting with comprehensive care that allows individuals the opportunity to process their past, get to know themselves sober, learn more about their goals, and develop new lives in sobriety.

During residential addiction treatment, one can expect to:

  • Form connections with others in recovery: Individuals who attend residential addiction treatment create relationships with other clients who are similarly just beginning their recovery journeys. Often these clients also connect with transitional living clients and alumni who are further along in their sobriety. 
  • Be supported by recovery clinicians and staff members: The specialists at a residential treatment center are passionate about recovery. Commonly, many team members are in long-term recovery and draw on their first-hand experience to provide advice, insight, and encouragement to clients.
  • Attend individual therapy sessions: During therapy sessions with their therapist, an individual can understand the factors that contributed to their addiction, heal any trauma, and develop healthy coping strategies.
  • Participate in therapy groups: Facilitated by an addiction treatment specialist, therapy groups allow clients to discuss specific topics within a setting of their peers. During group sessions, individuals can process ideas together, learn from each others’ experiences, and feel understood and supported.
  • Engage in experiential therapy sessions: Some residential addiction treatment programs involve experiential therapy, which offers a way to express oneself outside of traditional talk therapy. At Wasatch Crest, our experiential therapy sessions include art and music therapy, yoga classes, boxing classes, rock climbing outings, equine therapy, and outdoor adventure excursion. Sessions are led by experienced clinicians who help clients gain insight into the therapeutic impact of the outing.


Residential addiction treatment provides a healing, structured place to retreat from the destruction of substance abuse. Upon graduating from residential addiction treatment, individuals often attend a lower level of care, such as a partial hospitalization program or intensive outpatient program, frequently coupled with a transitional living program. Part-time treatment programs offer a more flexible environment for clients to slowly resume the obligations of daily life while also receiving therapeutic support. 


Wasatch Crest’s residential addiction treatment center is located on our seven-acre campus in the Wasatch Mountain Range. Initially built for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Park City, the residence offers spacious rooms with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. Many of our team members, from our clinical team to our medical staff to our recovery advocates, are in long-term recovery and lead with the utmost compassion while caring for clients. During residential addiction treatment, clients attend individual and group therapy, as well as alpine experiential therapy to guide them in creating purposeful, fulfilling lives in recovery. To learn more about our residential addiction treatment program, reach out. 

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