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Longer Addiction Rehab Treatment = Increased Likelihood of Success In Recovery, Says Study

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Longer Addiction Rehab Treatment = Increased Likelihood of Success In Recovery, Says Study

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California has found that patients in addiction rehab treatment are more apt to succeed when they have been in treatment for more than 30 days.

The study, which was recently published in the journal Scientific Research, found that 55% of patients who completed a 30-day addiction recovery program were considered successful after one year. However, those who were in rehab for more than 30 days had an even greater likelihood of success.

About The Study

In total, seventy-two persons were studied, including 32 men and 40 women. The average age of the participants was 30 years, and the patients had been treated for a variety of substance use disorders, including alcoholism and drug addiction related to opioids or benzodiazepines.

After discharge from rehab, patients participated in a year-long follow-up program. While in this program, patients were called by telephone and asked about substance use, the effectiveness of treatment, and their compliance with their aftercare program.

Data revealed that of 53 participants in a 30-day program, 54..7% were successful in sobriety over the 12-month period. Conversely, 16 out of 19 patients (84.2) who underwent programs longer than 30 days were considered successful and sober at the 12-month outcome.

According to lead author, Dr. Akikur Mohammad, these findings are important because many health insurance plans only reimburse for 30 days worth of addiction treatment.

Another recent study, published in the Open Journal of Psychiatry, found that patients who were more willing to engage aftercare recovery-related activities were most likely to be successful in remaining sober after one year. These two studies lend evidence that an extended engagement in both treatment and aftercare programs may offer patients more promise for a successful addiction recovery.

SOURCE: University of Southern California, February 2017

~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology

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