After clients complete medical detoxification to rid the body of toxins from addictive substances and achieve stability, their next step is to enter a treatment program in which they can begin to understand and address the underlying reasons for their dependence.
The recovery treatment program is crucial in providing the knowledge and tools for how to live a healthy life without drugs or alcohol.
Recovery programs can be tailored to fit the person’s needs and preferences. They will not look the same for everyone as people’s experiences with addiction vary. How long clients are in a treatment program depends on how long they have had an addiction and the severity of their dependence, as well as other factors.
There are several recovery options to choose from, including short-term inpatient treatment, which lasts a period of 14 to 28 days, and outpatient treatment, which allows clients to receive treatment around their schedules and responsibilities.
Long-term inpatient or residential drug treatment programs are the highest level of addiction recovery care, requiring clients to stay on-site in a treatment facility for 90 days or longer. Long-term residential treatment gives clients the time they need to properly address the root of their addiction and learn strategies and tools that will point the way to sobriety.
For many clients who have co-occurring disorders that often accompany addiction, opting for the comprehensive level of care that residential treatment centers provide ensures that they get fully treated, as opposed to only treating the addiction itself, and not the disorders that may be complicating or contributing to it, such as:
With residential treatment, clients also have the benefit of being in the care of addiction specialists, therapists, and healthcare professionals 24 hours a day
Any needs they have will be tended to in that time, and they can receive medications, food, and anything else they need. Their main focus will be on getting better so they can rejoin society without using or abusing substances.
Other benefits of long-term residential treatment include:
Residential drug treatment programs will benefit people whose addictions are severe and those who have unsuccessfully tried other treatment programs and might want to consider long-term residential treatment to better increase their chances at sobriety.
People who have relapsed once or multiple times after earlier treatment experiences may also find long-term residential drug rehab to be more effective than other treatment methods they’ve tried before.
Relapse is common among people who are recovering from substance abuse. According to NIDA, 40 percent to 60 percent of people who have an addiction will relapse at some point in the lives. “People will often have one or more relapses along the way because it takes practice to learn how to live without drugs,” NIDA writes.
Relapse is not a sign of failure, and nor is it a moral failing. However, it is a sure sign that a person’s addiction recovery plan needs an adjustment to ensure they can live sober. If other settings and approaches did not work for you, a longer stay in rehab could be the arrangement you’re looking for to get back on track.
The length of time spent in a residential drug treatment program really depends on the person who is seeking recovery. At least 90 days is the general baseline for successful treatment, but according to NIDA, the most effective treatments are usually longer.
The substance involved in the addiction being treated may also determine how long one stays in treatment. Polysubstance use, when two or more drugs are used at the same time, may also play a role in the length of stay. Some drugs, such as opioids, may require a 12-month stay in drug rehab or longer.
While it may be the best option for a variety of situations, an extended stay at a residential treatment center requires a great deal of thought for various reasons. This kind of recovery program requires a longer time commitment than some may be willing to make. The costs of a 90-day-or-more program are more than other options because of the length of stay involved. Finances must be addressed and reviewed to see if long-term care is an option.
However, the costs of a longer stay should not be the only aspect considered when reviewing this kind of program, and nor should it stop you or your loved one from getting the help needed. Call us at 561-475-4613 to discuss your health insurance and payment plan options.
For more than 40 years, The Palm Beach Institute has been the place people turn to either start their lives over after battling addiction or find help for their loved ones who are struggling to end their substance dependence. We have helped thousands of people recover from addiction and leave it behind once and for all.
We use comprehensive and effective treatment and counseling strategies with our clients in either a group setting or one-on-one sessions. You will know you are not alone as others who are going through similar experiences will be right there beside you as you figure out your recovery path.