The Benefits of Long-Term Drug Treatment Programs

The Benefits of Long-Term Drug Treatment ProgramsEntering into a drug addiction program can be an overwhelming and intimidating step to take in your treatment. Most patients are anxious to complete their treatment as quickly and efficiently as possible so they can return back to their regular lives. However, certain individuals may require a more extensive form of treatment than what is offered at a traditional facility. While most drug treatment programs last between 30 and 60 days, long-term care can last a full year or more. This type of drug treatment is designed to help individuals with severe addictions, multiple addictions or underlying mental health issues.

What Are the Benefits of Long-Term Drug Treatment?

There are a number of benefits to long-term drug rehabilitation treatment if this is the right course of action for you. They include:

  • Long-term removal from a negative or stressful environment. Many people who come to residential rehab are under a lot of stress at home, whether it be work- or family-related. Another reason people enter into residential rehab is because their home environment is filled with temptations and negative influences. Long-term treatment gives individual an extended period of time to treat their addiction fully, build a strong support system, and learn the tools and techniques to help them be successful when they return back to their everyday lives.
  • Preventing relapse. It is not uncommon for patients entering into a long-term rehab program to have a history of unsuccessful rehab treatment (sometimes both outpatient and traditional residential). Patients who have relapsed may feel the need for a more thorough, extensive form of treatment to get sober.
  • Extensive counseling and treatment for patients with multiple addictions. Patients in long-term rehab may be Dual Diagnosis patients (suffering from a mental illness as well as an addiction), or be suffering from more than one type of addiction. For these individuals, a standard course of treatment is not always suitable and long-term rehab might be a necessity.

Where Can Long-Term Drug Treatment Programs Be Found?

These days, many rehab programs are making long-term treatment options available to their patients; even outpatient centers are creating programs that offer a more intensive, extended-care option. The need for long-term treatment is more common than most people recognize, and staying open to whatever types of treatment may be necessary is an important part of successful recovery.

If you or someone you love is struggling with drug addiction, call us. Our trained counselors are available to discuss your rehab options with you — including long-term care — and help find a treatment program that best suits your needs.