Whether you’ve made the decision to go into treatment or you’ve convinced a loved one that it’s time to make a change, congratulations. The next step is deciding on the right type of treatment facility to help you affect that change. Most rehabilitation experts agree that in-patient residential treatment offers the best hope for lasting recovery.
Once you’ve made the decision to go into a residential facility, your choices narrow down to whether yould should opt for public or private treatment, and how long you’ll need to be in treatment. Part of those decisions depend on factors that include:
- Cost, including lack of insurance
- Work or family obligations
- Length and type of substance use
- How long you’ll have to wait to get into the program
State-Funded or Private Treatment?
Both types of treatment offer different program lengths, so it comes down to one of two things: availability and cost. Private facilities often have shorter waiting lists for entry, and this can be essential if you or your loved one’s health and physical well-being are in danger. The treatment methods are sometimes more current and innovative than traditional evidence-based therapies. However, cost can be prohibitive if you don’t have health insurance or financial aid to draw on.
State-funded facilities can have long waiting list, although some larger cities have mandated treatment on-demand. Many are subsidized by the government, so payment is on a sliding scale. Since many people with substance use problems are indigent, unemployed, or may even be homeless, this is a huge advantage.
30-Day Treatment Programs
A 30-day program may be the right choice for someone who’s addiction is less severe or of shorter duration. This offers an opportunity to get supervised detox to clear your mind and body of drugs or alcohol. You’ll also get a head start on therapy and work with a counselor to devise a path going forward. This is a good solution for:
- Those with limited finances
- Those who have limited leave time from work or school
- Those who have child care issues
- Those with less severe degrees of addiction
60-Day Treatment Programs
This is a good compromise when you need more intensive treatment than a 30-day program can provide, but you can’t commit to 90 days. You’ll go through the same type of screening and detox process, and have the same access to individual and group therapy. It also allows you to have:
- Longer time away from potentially toxic or stressful environments
- More time to focus on recovery
- More time to build a support network
- Longer exposure to a sober living environment
When is Outpatient Treatment Preferable?
While rehabilitation specialists feel that the most effective course of treatment is a 90-day residential program, there are many circumstances where that might not be feasible, or even necessary. The idea of residential treatment is to take the substance user out of their environment long enough to make a substantial change in behavior and mindset. However, the bottom line is that any type of treatment is a step in the right direction.
Outpatient addiction treatment offers the flexibility that some may need. If work, school, or family obligations just can’t be set aside, for instance, if you’re the head of household or sole provider for your family, outpatient treatment still provides you with tools, support, and coping mechanism to help get your addiction under control. It is also an effective path of followup care once you’ve finished a more regimented treatment program.
Financial concerns may also play a role in your decision to seek outpatient treatment. Perhaps the cost of a live-in facility is too prohibitive or your insurance doesn’t cover services. This is also an option for those whose substance use is short-term or less severe.
90-Day Treatment Programs
If time, other obligations, and finances are not a factor, this is the most beneficial choice. As an extension of the shorter programs, you’ll have the same access to supervised detox and a range of therapeutic tools. You’ll also be able to build a more stable foundation for long-term recovery.
Long-term or heavy substance abuse affects brain function, and reversing that takes time. Research shows that changing any habit takes at least 30 days to take hold. Since detox can take up almost half of your stay in a 30-day facility, the chances of relapse with a shorter residential program are higher.
A longer stay in rehab also better prepares you to make decisions once you’re back in the real world. This is an essential element if you’re going right back to the same environment that caused, or at least enabled, substance use in the past. You can’t always change you family or move to another area. However, having a sufficient amount of time to internalize coping skills may help you resist temptation or keep you from sliding back into old patterns of behavior and mindsets.
There’s plenty of evidence that choosing a 90-day treatment program provides better outcomes overall. It is an especially critical decision for:
- Heavy or long-term users
- Those with opioid addictions
- Those who have relapsed
- Pregnant women
- Those who have underlying psychiatric issues
- Those whose use has lead to severe health problems
- Those who’ve become a danger to themselves or others
All of these treatment choices include followup care and ongoing support.
There’s a silver lining in the epidemic of drug and alcohol addiction. Now, there are more treatment options available than ever, insurers and rehab facilities are finding ways to make treatment more accessible and affordable, and treatment methods are more geared toward individual circumstances rather than cookie-cutter solutions.
When you’re ready to take that first step toward recovery, we’re here to walk with you. Call 888-380-0342 today. Counselors are available to assist you 24/7.