Why Should Treatment Last As Long As a Chip in AA (30, 60, 90 days, 6 months)?
Treatment is an investment. It’s an investment in health and wellbeing. It’s an investment in your future. It’s an investment in the future of your family and friends. Recovery is a lifelong process. The amount of time you spend in treatment can impact how long your recovery lasts.
Addiction impacts all areas of life. This means treatment must also touch all areas of life. It’s not enough to simply deal with withdrawal and move on. Treatment needs to be long enough to develop a new way of living. This takes time.
The length of time for addiction treatment can vary. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, longer stays in rehab can have more benefits and be more successful. The first step of treatment is detox. While this is a necessary step in the recovery process, the underlying issues of addiction are not addressed in this stage.
Treatment programs that are 90 days or longer give ample time to allow individuals to work on the root cause of their addiction. With a support team, the recovering addict has time to look at why he/she has been using. Longer treatment programs allow more time to explore the factors that contributed to substance abuse.
Another benefit of longer treatment programs is there is more time to develop trust with your treatment team. It can take time to open up in treatment and having a longer stay can make this connection to the treatment team easier. This creates more time and space to develop tools to cope with addiction.
Standard lengths of rehab programs correlate with chips in 12 step programs. 30 day programs are one of the most common. It often includes intake, detox, individual and group therapy and aftercare planning. This length of time may not be adequate for someone with a severe addiction or returning from a relapse.
60 and 90 day programs begin with the same services as 30 day programs including intake, evaluation, detox, and therapy. They offer additional time in a sober environment and do offer better outcomes. It’s important to evaluate your needs for recovery paired with your budget and how long you can be away from home/work.
The severity of your addiction can be a good guide the length of your stay in treatment. Working with your family, your counselor, and your medical team can be supportive in choosing your length of recovery. While longer stays in treatment do offer higher success rates, any amount of time receiving treatment increases your odds of a life free of drug and alcohol addiction.
At Simple Recovery, we maintain a simple goal for our residents: learn how to live sober. Our multi-phase program is structured to rebuild life for each resident through clinical therapy, holistic recovery, and integration to either school, work, or volunteering. For information on our programs of treatment for addiction and dual diagnosis, call us today: 888-743-0490