Finding the right alcohol and drug treatment is important. So how do you pick a treatment program when it comes to the length of the treatment program? The reality is that the longer lengths of treatment are always the better approach when deciding on treatment.
The rule of thought is the longer the treatment, the better!
That’s right if I could have all my patients pick a 90-Day Treatment program to attend then that that is the what I would have them pick. I would have them pick 90-Days versus a 30-day treatment program. However, I know something that my patients don’t know about alcohol or drug treatment. That addiction affects the entire body system and needs the proper time to heal from the devastation that addicted chemicals causes on the body system.
The Brain Needs to Heal:
Addiction pretty much affects the entire body system negatively. The consequences of using copious amounts of alcohol or drugs do not settle well in the body. So, when someone needs alcohol and drug treatment, the first thing I think of is medical detoxification and then a good 90-Day Treatment Program with a follow up with at least 6 to 8-weeks intensive outpatient treatment after leaving the 90-Day treatment program.
The Race of Healing the Brain:
It’s interesting to think that our American culture is all about the quick fix to deal with our problems. When it comes to receiving treatment for addiction treatment, there are no quick fixes. Those that become addicted to alcohol or drugs did not become addicted overnight, and the treatment for alcohol or drugs cannot be fixed overnight.
I try to get families to think of alcohol and drug treatment from this point of view. The longer we can get the patient to commit to the treatment process the better chance is that they will stay clean and sober for good. Deep down inside each family member wants their loved one to stop doing alcohol and drugs and get into the mainstream of life. However, the race to heal the brain before all the normal stress associated with daily living complicates the healing process. The brain needs proper nutrition, therapy and time to heal.
What if you can’t commit to 90-Days of treatment?
Here is a problem that often happens when you are evaluating a 30-Day Treatment Program over a 90-Day Treatment Program. The individual or family cannot afford the 90-Day Treatment Program, or they cannot make the time to attend the 90-Day Treatment Program. However, that does not mean that a 30-day treatment program will not work, it just means the patient must be motivated and understand that if they commit to a 30-Day Treatment Program, they must be willing to attend an intensive outpatient program after the initial 30-Day Treatment Program to increase their chances of being successful. Many great 30-Day Treatment Programs spend a lot of energy and time helping patients understand what works and what does not work and help individuals find the right path.
Get Help for your alcohol or drug problem
The main thing is to get alcohol or drug treatment so that more consequences don’t happen. Decide to get help and follow through with that decision. If you can go to a 90-Day Treatment Program than do this if that is not an option, then elect for the 30-day treatment program. The main thing is to go to treatment if you have an alcohol or drug problem.