There comes a time in the course of every addiction when the user or their family realizes that it’s time to seek outside help. This can come after losing a job or when a tragedy happens because someone was intoxicated again. Coming to this realization is difficult, especially for the person who is addicted. Reaching out for help is one of the most important first steps they can take.
One of the concerns about rehab is how long the process takes. Many users are still trying to maintain jobs and family obligations. Fear is at the back of it, too. That’s why there are several options available for treatment, including outpatient treatment and transitional programs after detox.
Why Residential Treatment Programs Work Best
For severe addiction, a residential treatment facility offers the best hope for long-term recovery. When you’re trying to overcome an addition, it’s important to remove yourself from stress and triggers that can lead to relapse. Residential treatment puts the user in a supportive environment and allows them to focus on getting better.
How Long Does Treatment Last?
Treatment facilities that have a client-centered approach are very successful. They address the causes of addiction, which are different for each person, and help them to identify their own personal triggers. They also provide medical care and support during the physically and emotionally difficult early phases of recovery. Addiction treatment usually involves four phases:
- Assessment and testing
- Medically supervised detox
- Mental health counseling
- Post-release outpatient treatment
Most residential treatment programs offer 30-, 60-, or 90-day programs, but residential treatment can last for six months. It is felt by experts in the field that the most effective is the 90-day program, especially if it includes transitional housing after release. The length of treatment can depend on several factors, including:
- Length of addiction
- Type of substance
- The addicts mindset
- Type of treatment facility
Phase One: Assessment
The assessment phase can last anywhere from 24 – 96 hours, during which time your counselor will evaluate your risk level and how amenable you are to treatment. Detox may also begin during this phase. It is an important step that usually requires medical supervision to make the you more comfortable and lessen the physical and emotional impact of getting drugs or alcohol out of your system.
Phase Two: Detox
The length of detox depends on the substance. Although most substances will be out of your bloodstream within the first 24-hours, physical and emotional symptoms last for days; some can be life-threatening. Detoxing from sever or long-term alcohol abuse can take up to a week for the symptoms to subside. For opioids, it can take up to two weeks for symptoms to abate. Withdrawal from opioid addiction can be prolonged or complicated by a condition called post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). This affects a small percentage of users who have high levels of drug in their system or long-term use, and it can cycle off and on for months.
Kicking an Addiction is More Likely When the User Chooses Treatment
One of the most difficult things is watching someone you love suffer. It’s tempting to start an intervention or try to force the court system to act, and forced treatment can work for a few individuals. However, recovery is more beneficial and more likely to last when the addict admits that they have a problem and seeks treatment on their own.
In fact, statistics show that recovery rates are higher and relapse rates much lower when treatment is initiated by the person who needs help. Counseling is also available to help family members cope with addiction. The reasons for greater success with self-motivated treatment include:
- You’ve admitted to yourself there’s a problem; denial is a big issue in addiction
- Human nature causes people to react with more cooperation when they do something willingly rather than being forced
- You’re more ready to confront your issues
- You’re making a personal commitment to recovery
Phase Three: Drug Addiction/Mental Health Counseling
Once your system is free of drugs and your head is clearer, your addiction specialist will help you come to terms with the root of your addition. This can be a painful process as well, but once you’ve faced your demons, they’re much easier to slay. This portion can last for 60 days to 120 days and depends on factors like underlying mental illness, trauma, and other circumstances in your life.
During this phase, you’ll identify issues that lead to addiction. Sometimes this phase is divided between one-on-one counseling sessions and group therapy. That will give you the opportunity to deal with some things privately, with a qualified mental health professional. The group component allows you to feel less isolated and helps you develop a support network. You can gain insight while seeing how others who share your path handle issues.
Phase Four: Aftercare
Some say that after care can last a lifetime. In a clinical sense, it is usually for one to six months after your release from a treatment facility. This is where you’ll have an opportunity to try the tools and coping mechanisms you learned in treatment and test them in real-world situations. You’ll also continue to attend counseling sessions and group therapy during this time.
Aftercare is usually done in a halfway house setting, but you can also receive outpatient support when you return home. However, recovery is more stable if you transition before you go back to an environment that may have fed your addiction in the first place. The rate of relapse is highest within the first year.
No two circumstances are the same when it comes to addiction. When you’re ready to get your life back on track, we’re here to offer help and support. Counselors are standing by 24/7, so call us at 888-380-0342 to start the process.