Iris Healing® Retreat, Woodland Hills, CA

Woodland Hills Residential Treatment Program

Residential treatment is one of the most effective ways to reach recovery for those struggling with addiction and substance issues. Learn more here.

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Beginning the Recovery Process

Choosing to get help is a huge step in any recovery process from substance misuse and mental struggles. Since recovery needs differ from person to person and vary based on needs and experiences, the best rehabilitation programs have many treatment options. These options range from light, early intervention to intensive, residential treatment. 
At Iris Healing®, we know that recovery outcomes are highly dependent on treatment quality and experience. Because of this, it is necessary to inform you on our treatment options for all needs.

What is Residential Treatment at Iris Healing®?

Residential treatment is a care-level three recovery program. This type of treatment allows you to move into our care facility with a stable environment. Recovery professionals and others in similar situations offering support are available as needed.1
Our residential treatment is unique. At Iris Healing®, we believe in taking a holistic approach to healing. This involves taking the mind, body, and spirit into consideration in treatment plans.

This treatment is for people struggling with addiction, substance abuse, or mental health.

Duration of Residential Treatment

Residential treatment is one of the most beneficial ways to reach recovery. Studies show dramatic positive impacts on substance abstinence and well-being after long-term treatment. But, short-term residential care also shows great results when followed by aftercare treatment.2

Long-Term Treatment

Treatments that are longer provide the best outcome in lessening the chance of relapse. Iris Healing® keeps this in mind with our residential treatment of six months or more. This long-term program involves patients living in a monitored, temptation-free setting.3
Continue reading to learn about our services offered in long-term treatment.

Short-Term Treatment

Iris Healing®’s short-term residential treatment is less than three months long. We know that sometimes long-term residential treatment isn’t always an option. Short-term treatment is often best for issues with lower levels of severity. Short-term treatment opportunities can be beneficial for any number of reasons, such as:
  • Limited time off work
  • Family responsibilities
  • Financial issues
  • Personal concerns
  • First-time treatment
After completing short-term residential treatment, it is important to continue recovering with an aftercare program. Our multi-step recovery process provides support needed to decrease the possibility of relapse.

Should I Choose Residential Over Inpatient Treatment?

Inpatient and residential treatment programs can be easily confused. While similar, they are separate treatment processes that have noticeable differences.

At Iris Healing®, we’re passionate about the positive effects of residential treatment. But, learning their differences is important when choosing a treatment plan.


These two programs have only a few things in common:

They are both care-level three recovery treatments.

They involve living at a treatment center for an amount of time.

Like short-term residential treatment programs, inpatient recovery programs have a length of 30-days.

The goal of both programs is to give patients the right amount of help for them to reach recovery.


The main differences between the two programs are their length, intensity, and environment.


Residential treatment is often the next step after inpatient treatment. Because its duration is longer, there's time to create in-depth treatment plans.

Inpatient treatment programs are shorter than our long-term residential treatment program. High stakes and a short amount of time calls for only the basics.4


An inpatient program is the most extreme form of rehabilitation. Because of this, it's common for people to be admitted against their will when unstable. These patients struggle with extreme levels of addiction or mental health difficulties.

Stabilization and preventative relapse measures are number one focuses for these patients. Other than detox and mental stability, treatment plans continue after completing inpatient treatment.

Our residential treatment stabilization and actions to prevent relapse are less intensive. Since there's more time, we use therapy to teach life skills that help continue sobriety in the real world. Skills include staying away from temptations, coping practices, and creating positive behavioral patterns. At Iris Healing®, patients can choose to try many forms of therapy to find their best fit.


The environment of an in-patient facility can often feel like a hospital setting. This is because patients are watched 24/7 in case there’s an emergency.

However, the environment of our residential treatment program is a mixture of home and luxury. We know that recovery is a hard process, so it's important to help our patients feel safe and comfortable.

Lean on Us for Addiction, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Difficulties

Iris Healing® residential treatment pinpoints, manages, and treats three key areas of concern: 

Substance Abuse

Substances used for anything other than the medical purpose is substance abuse. The need to use substances isn’t as extreme as those with an addiction. Yet, it’s still a cause for concern. Substance abuse issues can show themselves as:5
  • Failing to carry out commitments
  • Pretending the severity of the substance use is lower than is true.
  • Changes in mood; irritability, anger, or moodiness 
  • A sudden increase in isolation 

Iris Healing®’s residential treatment program provides patients with a unique treatment plan. This process focuses on recognizing personal triggers, dealing with emotions, and improving relationships. By following a treatment plan, patients can decrease chances of on-going substance abuse.


Alcohol and drug addictions are difficult to control. They may even cause chemical changes in the brain. Someone struggling with addiction often brings difficulties for themselves and those around them.5
Someone is likely experiencing issues with addiction if they are:6
  • Showing risky behaviors 
  • Feeling the constant urge to use drugs or alcohol
  • Not able to function without their desired substance
  • Spending large amounts of money on a substance
  • Suddenly appearing sickly or sloppy

Addiction Withdrawal

Trying to withdraw from substance addiction can be dangerous without a professional. Experts highly recommended joining a residential treatment program when struggling with addiction.7
Iris Healing®’s residential treatment program helps safely control withdrawal symptoms. We make the process as comfortable as possible with controlled medications and therapy.

Mental Health

Mental health can play a big part in substance abuse and addiction. More than 60% of individuals struggling with substances also have a mental illness. Common co-occurring mental illness include:8

Iris Healing®’s residential treatment program provides a safe space for people struggling. Our program uses diagnosis tests, therapy, crisis intervention, and holistic or medical treatment. 

Common Causes for Relapse

Watching someone you care about go through relapse is a very hard experience to go through. When confronting relapse, it is important to remember that relapse does not equate to failure. It is common for those struggling with addiction to need repeated treatment. 

Addiction is a lifelong experience and can affect those for years after they’ve undergone the detoxification process and attained sobriety. Anywhere from 40% to 60% of people will relapse five to six times following a period of abstinence. Continued recovery efforts are a vital part of maintaining sobriety.9

Relapse can occur for any number of reasons. The three primary factors that can influence or cause relapse include the negative impacts of withdrawal, environmental risk factors, and a lack of overall understanding of the addiction and recovery process or not having access to necessary resources. These three factors will be discussed in further detail in the following sections.


The withdrawal period is one of the most common causes for individuals to relapse. After quitting substance usage, it’s the most challenging step in the recovery process.10
There are several things that impact the time it takes to withdraw from substances. The rate and amount a substance is used, as well as personal factors have a big effect on withdrawal. Initial withdrawal symptoms can last from a few days or continue for several months. These symptoms may be physical, psychological, or both.
Some of the symptoms that Iris Healing® strives to prevent will be detailed below.

Physical Symptoms

Physical symptoms of withdrawal include:





Muscle pain


Heart palpitations

Psychological Symptoms

Psychological symptoms that can occur during withdrawal include:






Vivid dreams

Suicidal ideation

Medically Supported Detox Plan

Withdrawal is an unavoidable step on the road to recovery. Fortunately, Iris Healing®'s residential treatment makes withdrawal easier with a professional three-step system.

Our detox treatment plan involves evaluation, stabilization, and entry to treatment. Also, round-the-clock medical watch and care makes sure of comfortable environmental stability.


Surroundings can play a big role in relapsing after a period of sobriety. Many people believe that genetics is the main cause of substance abuse. But, studies show that someone’s environment affects addiction by 50%.11
Environmental impacts on addiction aren’t specific to physical surroundings. The impacts also include social, work, family, and digital environments. Environmental factors, such as peer pressure or even pop culture references, can trigger individuals and cause them to crave illicit substances. Iris Healing®’s rehabilitation treatment removes individuals from their usual surroundings. This is necessary in decreasing the initial risk of relapse and providing them with the necessary tools to maintain abstinence.11

Environmental Stability

One of the biggest advantages of our residential treatment is the living space. It includes a place of your own, away from all temptations that may set back the recovery processes.
This addiction treatment plan involves trauma-informed therapy sessions, positive support systems, and stability. These all help patients feel comfortable in their new surroundings.

Lack of Understanding

Addiction, substance abuse, and mental health issues can be confusing and overwhelming. These feelings are especially common when the reasons behind them are unknown. These issues can be very difficult and may impact all areas of life. 

Uncomfortable feelings can cause anger, exhaustion, and sadness. Strong emotions only increase the desire to misuse substances and bury feelings entirely. It’s important to allow difficult emotions to be felt to decrease the risk of a relapse. 

We can help you understand and accept the situation, which is a necessary step in the coping process.

Psychosocial Education

A service offered in Iris Healing®'s residential treatment program, is psychosocial education service. This helps patients learn about their illnesses and their treatment process moving forward. Psychosocial education can also benefit those close to the patient. They can learn to ease potential tension and reduce the possibility of misunderstandings.

Understanding addiction from another perspective helps create a more supportive environment long-term.

Planning to Prevent Relapse

Having a plan and utilizing resources available to you is important in transitioning back to everyday life. Residential treatment helps with exploring this difficult thought process. It can also help with guiding ideas that may or may not have been present in the past.

Examples of these goals are:

Personal or career-related

Forming meaningful connections

Attending support groups

Committing to ways to handle temptation when triggers occur

Having a relapse prevention plan relapse prevention plan with goals helps to inspire confidence and self-trust.

Therapy During Residential Treatment

Regardless of the treatment chosen for recovery, therapy is vital to reaching sustainable recovery and wellness. Therapy is ongoing support for any substance and mental health treatment plan.12

Throughout the duration of residential treatment, many different forms of therapy are offered:

Individual Therapy

The misuse of substances can begin due to unknown issues. These issues can range from small stressors to mental illness and trauma. Therapy helps to continuously identify and cope with those issues more positively.

Individual therapy is beneficial in residential treatment programs for reshaping behavioral patterns. This is necessary to re-learn living everyday life without the use of substances.

EMDR Therapy

EMDR stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy. This form of individual therapy in residential treatment involves talking through past events. Talking through traumatic experiences is crucial to identify what caused the initial trigger. By focusing on a memory, it’s possible to reshape thoughts into positive patterns.

Training the brain to recognize negative events is step one. After recognition, it’s time to subconsciously transform them. This is a very powerful tool for overcoming substance abuse and mental health issues. It can also create positive mindset shifts for the future.


Brainspotting is a process in therapy used in our residential treatment program. It works by bringing past experienced trauma in the subconscious mind to the surface.

When trauma is visible, it becomes possible to target the root of the problem and begin healing.

Somatic Psychotherapy

Sometimes, trauma can cause the physical body to reflect internal emotions. Somatic psychotherapy focuses on healing the body to be able to heal the mind. 

Iris Healing® uses this form of therapy to help physically release trauma in the body. Our common releases occur through meditation, yoga, dance, and deep breathing. Experiencing a release of pent-up trauma helps the mind and body begin to heal.


CBT is the abbreviated name for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This form of therapy is one of the fastest in providing noticeable results in only five to 20 sessions. This makes it the perfect option for many patients in our residential treatment program. 13

Most individual therapy treatments direct attention to past emotions. CBT focuses on thoughts and emotions in the present. These emotions are thought to be the result of internal thoughts, which can be easily changed.13

You have much more power over your own feelings than you may know. CBT can help you unlearn negative emotions that trigger the urge to use substances.

Family Therapy

We encourage family members to join their struggling loved ones in family therapy. Family therapy is a safe space to talk about issues that may have been unknown to other family members. This can be very helpful to show support to a loved one in residential treatment.

Issues with substances and mental health can make communicating thoughts and feelings challenging. When you don’t know how someone is feeling, it’s difficult to know the best type of support to give. In family therapy, a professional will guide communication in a productive direction.

Group Therapy

During group therapy, our goal is to open patients’ eyes to see that they aren’t alone. Some choose to relate with others by talking about their personal struggles. Others may sit quietly, listening to their peers and broadening their perspective. 

Either way, group therapy provides a safe place for our patients to feel a sense of community.

A Treatment You Can Trust

Choosing residential treatment is a commitment to recovery. With Iris Healing®, you can end addiction and substance abuse and get back to living. If you or a loved one in Woodland Hills is ready to begin walking the path to recovery, contact Iris Healing® today. We are here for you every step of the way.

  • Failing to carry out commitments
  • Pretending the severity of the substance use is lower than is true.
  • Changes in mood; irritability, anger, or moodiness 
  • A sudden increase in isolation 

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