Once your loved one agrees to alcohol or drug rehab, he or she may have concerns with the length of rehab. Such concerns are especially common among active professionals who worry spending time away from work will adversely affect their productivity and professional reputation. Parents also worry rehab will take them away from children for long periods. Most likely, your loved one just wants to finish rehab as quickly as possible, and the idea of months of treatment seems overwhelming.
It’s best not to dwell on the length of time your family member or friend will spend in rehab, as doing so may cause them to avoid seeking the help they need. Instead, let rehab staff discuss short and long-term drug rehab options with your loved one.
Each person entering a drug or alcohol treatment center has a unique set of needs, issues, and concerns, and treatment should be tailored to match these. Some clients only require 14 to 30-day stays with continuing out- outpatient support.
Others, however, require long-term alcohol rehab, with stays extending to 60 days or more. The therapists have training and experience needed to help your loved one determine the best length of stay and then accept it.
Long-Term Rehab and Treatment Success
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, long-term rehab tends to be more successful than shorter periods of treatment. Longer clinic stays isolate your loved one from the temptation of drugs or alcohol while giving him or her time to identify and address the emotional or psychological issues underlying addiction.
In addition, longer rehab stays give people more time to learn new habits and ways of thinking. These new habits replace established behavior and thoughts that encourage substance abuse. In cases where underlying mental illness causes substance abuse, longer rehab periods allow effective treatment of both conditions.
Ultimately, the length of time someone spends in rehab is not as important as the treatment outcome. Whether your loved one needs a short term, 30-day stay, or 90-days of long-term care, what’s important is their recovery and ability to function without drugs or alcohol after leaving the clinic. Your loved one is a complex, unique individual, and his or her care should reflect this.
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