Research has shown that staying in treatment longer can increase someone’s chance for recovery three-fold. When dealing with addiction, finding the right center for the right length of time can be the difference between life and death. So how long is the right amount of time?
How Long Does Treatment Take?
The length of time someone spends in treatment is usually determined by their unique circumstances. The first thing to think about is what kind of care is best for you. Inpatient, outpatient, and intensive outpatient care are all tailored to meet an individual’s specific needs.
The main distinction between inpatient and outpatient treatment is that inpatient treatment requires clients to stay at the treatment center full-time. Intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization programs provide a more intensive treatment experience than a fully outpatient program while without requiring clients to live at the center full-time. Off-site environments, such as sober living homes, are frequently provided by these programs.
Although outpatient therapy is popular because it allows individuals to go about their daily lives, inpatient care is better for many people, particularly those who require more extensive treatment or the assistance of a supportive atmosphere.
Aside from the degree of care, there are a few more things to think about:
- Costs of treatment and insurance coverage
- The severity of your case
- Co-occurring disorders
- Access to support and resources following treatment
The Treatment Costs
Unfortunately, high-quality treatment is not always affordable. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 37.3 percent of persons who required treatment did not receive it over a three-year study period, claiming a lack of insurance or an inability to pay for it. As a result, many people drop out of programs sooner than they would if money wasn’t an issue. Find out what kind of coverage you have or the costs involved before checking into a center to get a clear sense of how long you can stay without becoming overly financially burdened.
How Far Has Your Case Progressed?
The severity of your addiction or disease is a critical consideration when determining how long you should stay in treatment. A prolonged stay will almost certainly be beneficial for people with severe conditions. Progressing through the levels of treatment, from inpatient to outpatient to a supportive living facility, can assist in the successful return to “normal” life.
Co-Occurring Disorders and Trauma
Addiction is frequently accompanied by mental health issues and trauma. According to multiple national polls, over half of persons who have had a mental illness will also have a substance use disorder, and vice versa. A prolonged stay where one can receive therapeutic care will be crucial for those with co-occurring illnesses, as treatment alone may not suffice without addressing the full person. Medication management and other forms of therapy can save these people’s lives.
Some people require a longer stay in treatment because their lives outside of treatment are fraught with relapse possibilities, such as family members who drink or use, or domestic violence scenarios. In certain circumstances, a patient has been abusing narcotics for so long that they lack the fundamental life skills required for successful reintegration into society. A more rigorous program with a lengthier support plan is required for these individuals to achieve long-term recovery.
A sober living home can be an excellent place to lay the groundwork for long-term recovery after treatment. They provide a secure, supportive setting free of external stressors such as drugs, alcohol, or hazardous situations in which to stay for a short or extended period. They also provide structure and accountability among a community of people who have similar goals. In such settings, many people make lifelong connections and create the framework for participation in a 12-step program or other support group.
Is it Beneficial to Stay in Treatment Longer?
Longer stays in treatment have been linked to higher outcomes in research studies. A 90-day stay was linked to increased success rates, according to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. According to the organization, a study comparing addicts who were treated for less than 90 days to those who were treated for longer found that 35 percent of those who were treated for less than 90 days relapsed a year later, but just 17 percent of those who stayed longer did.
There is a program that is perfect for you, no matter what your situation is. At The Recovery Syndicate, we offer a variety of treatment options tailored to meet people wherever they are. Our multi-disciplinary team creates bespoke treatment plans based on individual needs, including a holistic range of therapeutic modalities. Treatment typically ranges between 30-90 days, depending on the severity of the addiction and the individual’s confidence in their ability to transition back into everyday life.
Comprehensive, Clinically Driven Behavioral Health Treatment
Our clinical services are provided by licensed behavioral health professionals and behavioral health technicians under the direct supervision of a behavioral health professional. Clinical services include group therapy, individual therapy, psycho-educational classes on a variety of topics including substance use, mental health, healthy relationships, anger management, and many more. The Recovery Syndicate’s experienced staff includes licensed psychiatric and medical professionals available for evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management, physicals as well as ongoing services. We provide robust case management services to assist with planning for life after treatment, including therapy, housing, education, and coordination of legal matters.