The decision to enter rehab is never easy. Once a substance abuser makes the commitment to get help, they’re sure to have concerns about how and where they’ll find the right rehab program. Each person is different, but research shows that long-term rehab offers the best hope for getting clean and staying clean.
The Benefits of Long-Term Rehab
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, longer treatment programs improve the odds of a lasting recovery. Most addition experts recommend at least 90 days in a long-term rehab facility, followed by a period of maintenance and support for up to 12 months. Those with severe or long-term substance dependency may also continue a course of medical maintenance for years after. Methadone or suboxone programs are examples.
Addiction doesn’t just affect the body. It affects every aspect of the user’s life from work and relationships to mental and physical health. Long-term rehab is designed to take the user out of an environment that may be contributing to their addiction and allow them to focus on their recovery. Entering a residential treatment program provides 24-hour medical support and therapy to help residents deal with underlying issues. Additional benefits include:
- Living in an alcohol and drug-free environment. Residential treatment programs offer a secure living space that’s free from temptation while residents learn to cope without the crutch of self-medication.
- Being away from negative influences. Not everyone in an addicts life will be happy they’re getting clean. Co-dependent or toxic relationships and being around party buddies makes it more difficult to stay away from drugs and alcohol.
- Structure and stability. Addiction often causes lives to spin out of control. Relationships fracture, health, and nutrition fall by the wayside, and unemployment or unstable living situations are also common. Live-in facilities help addicts regain a little continuity and a chance to rediscover a sense of normalcy that doesn’t involve intoxication.
- Supervision. Going through drug detox is physically and emotionally painful. Long-term residential treatment offers round the clock access to doctors and other medical professionals, with medically supervised and monitored withdrawal treatment, and therapists.
- Sober friends. All residents are in the same boat whatever phase of recovery they’re in. Being around others who share the same goals and pain is not only comforting, it offers support from others who know the struggle.
Types of Long Term Drug Rehab
Most rehabilitation centers offer 30, 60, and 90-day inpatient rehab or intensive outpatient programs. Statistics indicate that the longer an addict is in a recovery program, the less likely they are to relapse. The goal is to remain in a rehab long enough to heal mentally and physically, to learn new tools to cope with difficulties and to gain the strength and confidence necessary to overcome temptation.
The most favorable program is generally one that involves inpatient care for at least 90 days, followed by up to twelve months of outpatient treatment. Residents who have long-term or severe addictions, who are dependent on multiple substances, or who have relapsed after going through a treatment program could stay in residential treatment for six to 12 months. There are also sober living homes to ease the transition back into the ‘real world’ for those who are leaving a secured treatment center but don’t yet have a stable living situation outside of the program. Residence in a transitional living environment generally lasts from 30 days to one year, depending on the needs of the patient.
What to Expect From Long-Term Rehab
Most long-term drug rehab begins with an intake and assessment. The length of the program will be decided by the amount of progress the guest makes and their readiness to return to their life sober. The first phase is medically supervised detox to get all of the drugs out of the system with as much comfort and safety as possible.
The second phase is when the real work begins, and it may be even more difficult than the detox phase. During this part of the long-term recovery program, residents will learn to identify triggers, deal with issues that may have led to addiction, including past abuse, and develop healthier ways of handling the stress and pressure of life. Some guests may have undiagnosed or untreated mental health issues that need addressing or health problems caused by prolonged drug and alcohol abuse. There may also be relationship problems or family dysfunction involved. Hopefully, therapy and support will lead to breakthroughs that will aid progress toward a new life of sobriety.
There are strict rules and schedules, which are sometimes difficult for those with addictions to deal with at first. These may include limited or no contact with people outside the treatment center, no mobile devices or internet access, and mandatory attendance at private and group therapy sessions. The rules and routine are necessary to maintain the tranquility of the facility and to help residents become accustomed to living a more structured life. Residents are usually forbidden to leave the treatment center, although some programs allow guests to earn some freedoms with progress and good behavior.
The therapeutic phase of treatment usually lasts from 30 to 90 days, which is the minimum amount of time experts say it takes to internalize new habits and ways of thinking. Longer programs have a more lasting effect. How long someone stays in treatment depends on the severity and length of addiction, the amount of progress made during the intensive phases of the program, and their readiness to return to the outside world.
The Advantages of Drug and Alcohol Treatment at The Neuropsychiatric Addiction Clinic
As one of the leading drug rehab clinics in the country, The Neuropsychiatric Addiction Clinic has more than 20 years of success to recommend them. The facility is owned and operated by Dr. Jose R. Toledo, M.D., a renowned addiction specialist, and neurologist. He’s also the director and physician on-call, and a member in good standing of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
The clinic is licensed to provide medically supervised inpatient drug and alcohol detox and treatment in South Florida. We’re staffed with compassionate, experienced therapists who go out of their way to provide a safe, serene environment that promotes healing of the mind, body, and spirit. We offer a comprehensive program of personalized treatment plans, Medical-led medication education groups, and evidence-based curriculum.
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If you’re ready to commit to recovery, we’re here for you 24/7. Call our 24-hour helpline at 844-282-1306 or contact our facility today. We accept most major insurance plans.
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