Our long term inpatient therapeutic community model uses peer influence and clinical counseling to help residents change attitudes, behaviors and perceptions associated with substance abuse. Employment is vital to recovery; our Workforce Development program provides a centralized, comprehensive career and adult education center for all residents. Workforce Development empowers residents to take control of their own career development and job search by providing the necessary knowledge, tools and resources to be competitive in today’s job market.
Long-Term Drug Rehabs when it Comes to Recovery?
If you are discussing recovery options to deal with a dependency on drugs or alcohol, it may feel strange to set a specific time limit for yourself. After all, rehabilitation is not a race, it is just something that happens and may take a bit longer than expected. Even though a time limit may seem weird, it is happening at countless drug recovery centers throughout the nation.
You may suggest that limiting recovery is backwards – the most important factor in determining success is whether the patient can overcome his/her dependency to alcohol or drugs. This means that the program is ‘over’ when the patient feels confident in his or her own ability to do that, not when a certain number of days have been reached.
Why Did Short-Term Options become Popular?
When we talk about shorter, finite programs, many people are unaware that it was the insurance companies who initially implemented these limitations. Most people struggle to pay for recovery without insurance, so when insurance companies decided to limit the number of days they would pay for treatment (usually around 30 days) it certainly had an impact. Even though it might not give the professionals enough time to provide the treatment needed to end addiction permanently, the alternative option (not providing help at all because of an inability to pay without insurance) also seemed less than desirable.
Long-Term Drug Rehab
Many people are frustrated when they hear that there is no guaranteed time in rehab that will work for everyone. However, recovery experts and research statistics do point out the fact that longer programs (meaning 90 days or more) are considerably more successful in helping a patient maintain long-term sobriety. There are a number of reasons why qualified experts believe this to be true:
- A longer time in recovery equates to more time to understand and resolve underlying issues that are causing the addiction. When a patient arrives at a recovery program, they often have to undergo detoxification first. After detox is complete, they have to adjust to being in a full-time facility. After that adjustment period is complete, actual treatment can begin. Having only 14 or so days left is not enough time to provide lasting change.
- Long-term inpatient treatment centers can break the cycle of dependence, it does that by providing a safe space to remain sober for extended periods. Without possible distractions, it means that the patient can focus on recovery, a step that is already difficult in its own right. The focus remains where it should be by eliminating outside interference and distractions.
- The abuse of addiction to illicit substances is not a ‘new’ problem for most users. Few patients seek help after a few months, let alone a few weeks. Long-term drug rehabs focusses on identifying the destructive habit patterns that these patients follow and will help them identify and eliminate these patterns. This goes beyond sobering the patient up; it means understanding the issues internally and learning to find ways to deal with them without having a possible relapse.
- The famous drug PSA’s were not lying, the abuse of drugs or alcohol takes a tremendous physical toll on the body. These longer rehab options provide an extended period of physical rest and care. Oftentimes, the patients begin to notice they are sleeping and eating better than before. They may even experience a general sense of physical wellbeing. Both the physical and emotional health begins to improve over time. Having improved physical and emotional health will reduce the overall need to use illicit substances again in the future.
Provide Time to Heal
Addiction is not something that a person can easily overcome. Many of the patients who enroll in long-term programs have tried countless other programs before. However, for whatever reason, they have not gotten the results they were after. This is precisely why many of these patients feel comfortable in the longer programs; it helps. Most patients begin to understand that they cannot measure the recovery period in days, they have to start thinking long term rehab.