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Confidant vs. Residential Treatment

Confidant vs. Residential Treatment

What is inpatient treatment? How is Confidant different?

Residential refers to a live-in residential addiction treatment program. Confidant is a voluntary, virtual outpatient treatment program. That means that you can work with Confidant from anywhere and don't need to commit to a specific program or length of stay. Our aim is to help you as efficiently as possible, but we're here for as long as you need.

What Is Residential Treatment?

Residential treatment requires you to live at a facility. You participate in therapy sessions during the day and can receive immediate support in the evening or night if needed. 

Most residential facilities provide recreational activities and a cafeteria but have strict rules about phone calls and visitations. Residential programs aim to eliminate all distractions so that you focus on your health.

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How Confidant Is Different

Despite the popularity of the residential approach and it's importance, it's not right for everyone. Confidant represents a viable alternative to inpatient treatment for many reasons.


Residential treatment can require a staggering investment of $5,000 to $75,000 per month, which your insurance policy may or may not cover. Most of that payment is for the cost of the facility (the mortgage, furniture, food, etc.), and does not reflect an effective treatment plan. Some programs that describe themselves as residential rehab may not even employ healthcare professionals. 

Because we focus solely on treatment rather than frills, Confidant's costs align with your wellbeing and goals. If you'd like to use our treatment from a nice setting like the beach, we aren't stopping you, but we don't think that should be included in your healthcare costs.


Research suggests that more extended treatment provides more effective results, but your insurance or budget may limit you to a short and ineffective stay at an residential facility (typically 30 days at most). With Confidant, you can continue your treatment (or return to it after a break) based on your actual progress, not an arbitrary date set by your insurance company.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is a practical choice for a residential facility because it can fill more beds and treat more people using this modality. But is group therapy effective for everyone? 

It depends on the other group members. You may not feel comfortable opening up to some of the people in your group, while other individuals might hog the session. Confidant focuses on individualized therapy but also offers group therapy sessions free of cost.


In addition to finding an residential facility that accepts your insurance, you'll need to one with a philosophy that suits you. That's easier said than done, as many facilities offer a one-size-fits-all approach (typically following the 12-step paradigm). What happens if this doesn't prove useful for you? With Confidant, your treatment remains 100% personalized, with numerous approaches at your fingertips.


You'll never feel blindsided by Confidant in terms of hidden fees or lackluster outcomes. You view all of our costs upfront and learn what to expect from your treatment before you begin.


Checking in to an residential facility requires you to completely pause your life, including your job, your relationships, your hobbies. Few can afford to do this without feeling additional stress. With Confidant, you integrate treatment into your life in a way that's convenient for you.

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Our team will call you to answer any questions you have or to help you schedule an appointment.

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Try Confidant Today

Confidant offers many advantages compared to residential programs. Before you invest thousands of dollars and cut yourself off from your family, friends, and job, try Confidant and progress on your terms.

This article has been medically reviewed by
Erin Hillers
Clinical Team
Erin Hillers
Nurse Practitioner

Erin is a Nurse Practitioner with 8 years of experience in midwifery and women's health. She has spent the past 5 years specializing in the treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorders.

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