Residential alcohol and drug rehab, also called inpatient treatment, is a comprehensive program where a person stays at the facility for a period of time and fully participates with the professional staff and other attending individuals desiring to obtain and sober a healthy life.

At Virtue Recovery’s alcohol and drug residential rehab in Oregon, each person participates in therapies and educational groups, and individual sessions. Being at an inpatient facility, a person will have to take off time from work or school, as there is a significant time to recover from drugs and alcohol.

Inpatient therapy treatment has some differences from outpatient treatments. In outpatient treatment (also called IOP), a person can attend groups and individual therapy sessions while staying at home or a sober facility. IOP also is less intensive than residential rehab as it is the next step to segue someone newly in recovery back into their lives. Each stage is carefully developed for gradual integration after attending drug and alcohol rehab.

At our facility in Astoria, we would like to answer any questions you might have about the ins and outs of drug and alcohol rehab and why our facility stands out from the rest.

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The Length of Residential Rehab-Astoria, OR

Typically, residential drug and alcohol rehab stays range from 28-30 days to 90 days or longer. When people arrive at rehab, several factors determine the length of stay and are initially assessed upon intake. Some people will experience different lengths of stay due to their different insurance policies. At Virtue Recovery Center in Astoria, OR, we will provide information to each person along their stay to work with them and try to fulfill their best needs.

Drug rehab treatment centers, including ours in Astoria, have standardized programs and require a minimum stay, in which patients will need to attend a certain number of treatment hours per week. Inside our program, we offer an individualized approach that assesses the level of addiction, physical health is checked by medical staff, mental and emotional is assessed, and other factors are taken into account to determine the optimal length of stay.

How Do the Stages of Rehab Work?

At our drug and alcohol rehab in Astoria, we realize that knowing what to expect before admitting into the treatment center can reduce anxiety. Most residential rehabs and outpatient programs include similar structures and protocols.

Before admittance, the first step is to talk to someone on an intake call. This is usually with an admissions person, but sometimes a clinician or director will speak with you as well. During the initial phone call, you and the staff person will determine if Virtue Recovery is the right fit for you. After you and the admissions person agree that our drug and alcohol residential rehab in Astoria is the best place for you, the intake will be set up. It is usually quite soon after the consultation if there is room available.

Upon arrival at the residential rehab in Astoria, our caring and compassionate staff will create a comfortable exchange where you will be asked about your substance abuse experience. Depending on the arrival time, this can be lengthy and may be split up into more than one session. The intake process is a crucial step to determine a specific and comprehensive treatment plan.

The intake, which is sometimes called a biopsychosocial model (BPS for short), will include:

  • A history of drug and alcohol use
  • A complete health assessment and medical history
  • Any mental or emotional challenges, dual diagnosis
  • A list of past treatments, dates, and length of stay
  • A determination of substance level at the time of arrival

During this time of intake, a counselor will again go over the protocols and rules of the facility. This will include documents and forms being signed where each intake will be provided a copy. Along with a counselor or therapist, a treatment plan will be created to set up short and long-term goals.


After the initial admission on intake, the patient will be engaged in the detoxification process to assist each person in beginning physical wellness. This is a process that happens before any mental and emotional healing can start. At Virtue Recovery Center we will provide supervised detox to assist our patients through any withdrawal symptoms they might go through. During the closely monitored detox, whether from drugs or alcohol in Astoria, there will be great care to include whatever supplements are needed, including medication management to ease symptoms and side effects. The focus of detox is to minimize any discomfort or health issues throughout withdrawal.

Once detox is completed in our Astoria rehab facility, our patient transitions and integrates into the daily scheduled treatment plan and interacts with others through their stay.

What does a typical day look like at Astoria residential rehab?

Each day there will be a pre-determined number of sessions that inpatients participate in. This can include group therapy on a specific subject, addiction education, individual therapy or clinical sessions, 12 Step meetings, experiential therapies, field trips, and sessions with medical doctors. Three delicious well- prepared meals offer a good variety to meet everyone’s individual needs. There is scheduled downtime for completing projects, homework, journaling, reading, activities, meditation, socializing, and wellness.

Are there rules at the residential rehab in Astoria?

At our residential drug and alcohol rehab in Astoria, there are specific rules that allow all people in the program, including onsite staff, to be in a safe environment.

Some rules you can expect are:

  • Absolutely no substances or drug paraphernalia is allowed
  • Conduct with staff needs to be respectful and appropriate
  • Violence of any kind, including verbal abuse or threats, is not allowed
  • A person may not leave the property without permission from the staff
  • A patient must submit and comply with drug or alcohol testing
  • Unless the patient has permission, everyone has to attend therapy sessions

Within the rules at intake, each person and their belongings will be searched, and any substances will be removed. Each person will be assigned a room, and there are other rules about the room’s upkeep.

Rules for leaving on the weekends or having families visiting will be discussed as people advance through the program. As long as individuals show care and respect for themselves and others throughout their stay, more rules will be relaxed.

We realize that healthy boundaries are important for healthy relationships. We like to consider that our rules at Virtue recovery in Astoria, Oregon, are not punitive but rather an agreed-upon protocol for people to feel safe in our beautiful environment when they may be emotionally vulnerable.