How Long Do I Need to be in Rehab?
Drug and alcohol addiction rehab offers those suffering from addiction or abuse problems the opportunity to come clean once and for all. How long it takes to accomplish depends on number of factors. We will get to those things in a moment. First, the more important question is whether you are ready to seek the help you need for abuse or addiction.
It may be you are a drug or alcohol abuser who has not yet reached the clinical definition of addiction. As such, you may believe it is not necessary for you to seek professional help. However, thinking that way is a mistake. Almost every untreated abuse problem eventually ends up in addiction.
Perhaps you are visiting our website because you know you are already addicted. Provided you have openly admitting you have a problem and need help, you have already completed the first step on the road to recovery. Your next step is to get in touch with us so we can match you up with a rehab centre.
Because we believe in what residential treatment programmes have to offer, we tend to suggest this type of rehab treatment as the first and best option. The average residential programme goes no fewer than four weeks and no longer than 12. Some programmes can go longer if necessary.
A typical four-week programme will involve a detox period followed by several weeks of counselling therapies before concluding. Addicts who complete four-week programmes are then referred to aftercare in the weeks and months following. Aftercare is designed to provide additional support that will hopefully prevent relapse.
A 12-week programme might be necessary for chronic addicts who have been living with addiction for an extended amount of time. For example, a five-year cocaine habit might need the extra services and time offered by a 12-week programme. The amount of time you spend in rehab will depend on:
- the severity of your addiction
- the substance or substances you’re addicted to
- a potential dual-diagnosis situation
- your attitude and overall desire to get well
- the types of therapies you respond to best.
All of these things will be taken into consideration when you undergo an initial treatment assessment. Assessments are conducted by trained medical staff and therapists upon your arrival.
Bespoke Treatment Plans
One of the keys to the success of residential treatment comes by way of bespoke treatment plans. Simply put, no treatment plan works for every addict because each addict is different. We prefer to work with private rehab clinics that utilised the bespoke treatment strategy. By custom tailoring a treatment plan for each client, these facilities tend to see better results.
Nearly every rehab programme will start with detox. The detox process has been put in place to break the physical addiction to drugs or alcohol. It is a medically supervised process at the clinics we work with. And just a note of caution: you should never attempt detox on your own. It is considered a medical emergency, carrying with it a very real risk of serious injury or death.
Following detox is several weeks off psychotherapeutic treatments. These treatments are implemented in order to break the psychological and emotional addictions. Yet unlike detox, there are literally dozens of ways therapists can do this. Here are just a couple of examples of the therapies you might experience:
- Group Counselling – The support group concept has proved very productive over the last 80 years or so. Group counselling helps addicts get well by providing an environment that encourages the addict to openly and honestly deal with his or her problems among other supportive individuals.
- CBT – Also known as cognitive behavioural therapy, CBT is a psychotherapeutic treatment originally developed to help those with anxiety disorders. It turns out CBT works well for drug and alcohol addiction too. CBT involves reaching a series of predetermined goals designed to identify flaws in the thinking of the addict, then retraining those thoughts in the proper direction.
- Life Skills – Once an addict completes a residential treatment programme, he or she has no choice but to return to mainstream society. Nevertheless, in order to remain substance free, he or she needs to know how to deal with the pressures and temptations that will undoubtedly come their way. This is where life skills instruction comes in. Being trained in these skills enables recovering addicts to face life head-on and still overcome.
Many residential treatment facilities take advantage of things like art therapy, music therapy, mental and physical challenges, one-on-one counselling, and role-playing. There are dozens of proven therapies to choose from based on the individualised plan developed for each client.
Think of Your Future
Even after reading all of this, you might still be concerned about the length of time you will need to spend in rehab, should you agree to seek help. We would like to challenge you to think of it another way. Rather than worrying about having to undergo up to 12 weeks of treatment, think about your future after treatment is completed. You could have decades of addiction-free life ahead of you. Twelve weeks seems like nothing at all if you could enjoy the next 30 or 40 years free of the prison of addiction.
We know you didn’t wake up one morning and suddenly decide to become an addict. We also know you had a life before your addiction problems began. It is our desire that you both enjoy an addiction-free life and a life that is better than what you had before you started down the road to addiction. Both are possible if you are willing to do whatever it takes to get well.
All over the UK, there are private clinics, support groups, charities, and NHS clinics ready and waiting to provide the treatment you need. Our job is to assess your circumstances for the purposes of matching you up with the right clinic and service. We will be happy to do that as soon as you contact us.