Our treatment program is fully personalized based on the clinical and medical needs of each individual. Clinical research, along with our experience, demonstrates the benefits of longer stays of 42-90 days in treatment.
Traditional 30-day programs are still undoubtedly appropriate for many people, as are outpatient treatment and self-help groups, and may be the only practical option for some. The needs of every individual must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but the research is clear: the more time spent in a formal treatment program, the better the chances of lifetime sobriety.
It’s difficult for people to commit to 30 days away from their families and jobs, not to mention 90-plus days, but recovery takes time and ongoing effort.
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Longer treatment stays offer the following benefits:
- Detox: Depending on the individual and his substance use history, detox time may vary. And while detox is a critical part of the process, it is not considered to be treatment. With a longer treatment stay, clients still have several weeks or more following detox to engage in the deeper work of recovery.
- Healing the Brain: Research shows that the addicted brain can heal over time, but months or years of drug abuse cannot be undone in a few weeks. Brain scans of recovering addicts show that changes are still taking place three months or more after treatment.
- New Habits: Recovery requires a change of lifestyle, not just putting an end to drug or alcohol use. It takes time to form new habits – anywhere from several weeks to several months. Those in recovery who begin to integrate new habits into their daily lives, such as support group meetings, sober recreation, meditation, exercise, dietary changes and other recovery-related activities, will be able to make a smoother transition into life outside rehab.
- Healing Relationships. Long-term treatment allows clients to address the complexities of family dynamics, which often contribute to addictive patterns, and begin couples or family counseling, if needed.
- Identify and Treat Concurrent Mental Health Issues: Roughly half of people suffering from drug and alcohol addictions also struggle with other addictions (e.g., sex, food, gambling) and/or mental health issues (e.g., depression, anxiety, trauma). Concurrent mental health issues do not always come to light early in treatment, and left unidentified or untreated, these underlying problems often lead to relapse.
“We all like a quick solution, with minimal disturbance to our regular lives. Addiction is one disease
that will never have a simple cure. It’s not 30 days and problem solved, nor is 90 days a magical number.
It’s stay in treatment as long as needed to develop the skills for lifelong recovery.”
~ David Sack M.D., Addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine.