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What is Residential Rehab?

A residential rehabilitation treatment facility is one where patients live in the addiction clinic for the whole of the rehab treatment programme.

The Benefits of Residential Rehab

Higher Rehab Success Rates

Many addiction specialists believe that inpatient rehabilitation programmes offer a higher success rate for the patient’s’ physical and psychological recovery than outpatient clinics.

No Temptations

One of the main advantages of a residential environment is that the patient is removed from their local drug-associated environment. Patients are able to focus on their recovery without outside distractions, temptations and the stress of everyday life. 

Cohesion of Care and Daily Routine

In residential rehab patients are able to undergo detoxification and receive medical treatment while at the same time attending individual or group therapy sessions and joining in the daily routine.


The therapeutic community provides strong bonds with therapists and other patients that aid recovery.

Complementary and Holistic Therapies

Recovery isn’t only about therapy and medical care. Holistic therapies such as equine therapy, drumming and art therapy help to heal the mind; fitness sessions help to build strength and increase energy naturally; a healthy diet is provided to restore nutrients.

A Retreat from Stress

A residential treatment programme is also advised when dealing with addiction in the workplace. This can reduce executive burn-out stress and prevent the impact that alcohol and drug addiction among employees has on the business, such as:

  • Lower employee performance and quality of work;
  • Impaired skills;
  • Absenteeism;
  • Increased risk of accident;
  • Disruptive tension among colleagues.

Residential Rehab in Ireland

Smarmore Clinic offers a comprehensive residential addiction treatment programme in Ireland, County Louth, near Ardee and Drogheda and only 45 minutes away from Dublin by train.

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Last updated & clinically assessed 16 April, 2020