How Long Will I be in Rehab?
The amount of time needed for drug rehab can vary widely from one person to another. Several factors are involved in determining what type of treatment program will give you the best opportunity for recovery. Factors to consider include what substances you have been abusing and for how long, whether there have been multiple substances and whether there are co-occurring mental health conditions or health problems such as liver disease.
Breaking the cycle of addiction almost always requires the help of professionals in the field of addiction recovery. Treatment options for recovery from substance use disorder include inpatient, residential and outpatient settings.
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Inpatient Drug Rehab
Inpatient drug rehab involves staying in a treatment facility on a short-term basis, usually for at least 28 days. During the time you are being treated on an inpatient basis, you will be able to receive around-the-clock care, which may include medically managed detoxification, support groups and counseling.
By attending an inpatient drug rehab, you give yourself the opportunity to be separated from people and places that may tempt you to use in the early weeks of recovery. During this time, you are in a safe and supportive environment where you can feel your feelings while surrounded by others who truly understand what you’re going through. You can begin to learn more about substance use disorder and the coping skills you can use when you have the urge to turn to drugs in the future.
Residential Drug Rehab
Residential treatment programs for addiction recovery are similar in some way to inpatient drug rehab, but there is more to these programs than medical stabilization and creating a basic foundation for very early recovery. Care is provided around the clock in a non-hospital setting.
Treatment programs done on a residential basis can last several months, often as long as three to six months and sometimes as long as 12 months. During the time you are at a residential drug rehab, your time will be highly structured as you learn new ways of behaving and coping with day-to-day life without reliance on substances.
Outpatient Drug Rehab
Some people’s lives are not as severely out of control from substance use as others. These people may be classified as having mild to moderate problems with substance abuse, and if you are one of these people, treatment on an outpatient basis may be an option for you. Obtaining treatment on an outpatient basis allows you to go home every night to your family and to continue to be able to participate in day-to-day responsibilities such as going to work or being responsible for child care.
Outpatient treatment is less expensive and may work for you if you are in good health both physically and mentally and you have a stable and supportive family or circle of friends. The length of time required for outpatient treatment can vary. It usually consists of group therapy and one-on-one counseling sessions with a therapist. Intensive outpatient treatment may start with meeting five days a week and be reduced as you recover. Partial hospitalization may involve attending sessions six hours or longer, five days a week.
Determining What Type of Drug Treatment Program You Need
The amount of time needed for treatment can vary widely from one person to the next. How you recover from drug misuse will be different than the recovery of anyone else and will depend on factors which are highly individualized, such as which substances you have been abusing and for how long, along with your insurance coverage and your ability to step away from daily responsibilities to attend an inpatient or residential program.
The decision to get help is the first step of your recovery. With the help of a doctor or mental health professional, you can determine the best path to take to achieve long-term recovery and freedom from reliance on drugs.
If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, please call us at (866) 339-3544 or submit the form below to learn more about our treatment programs in Los Angeles.
Since 2004, Lori has worked with the behavioral health treatment community to bring awareness about mental health disorders and evidence-based treatments. Lori strives to help people better understand mental illness and provide support to those needing help and their families. As a mental health advocate, Lori works to be a voice for those suffering from substance abuse, dual diagnosis, borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, trauma, or any other disorder.