The length of time in treatment depends on the severity of the addiction. A person can stay short-term or long-term in residential treatment. Addiction affects all aspects of a person’s life and treatment is part of the recovery process that rehabilitates and prepares you for a transition into a new, healthy lifestyle. Every treatment is unique to each individual, and the length of time in treatment depends on a variety of factors:
- Severity of addiction
- Duration of substance used
- Type of drug and quantity
- Underlying mental health conditions
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Individuals progress through drug addiction treatment at various rates, so there is no predetermined length of treatment. However, research has shown unequivocally that good outcomes are contingent on adequate treatment length.”
Taking the steps toward sobriety is hard work and requires a lot of determination and support from loved ones. Treatment for drug and alcohol addiction includes group therapy sessions and individual counseling. Group therapy gives you the opportunity to listen to other people who struggle with addiction in similar situations. For someone with an addiction to intense drugs, such as heroin or crack, a longer stay in treatment might be more beneficial than a shorter one.
Individual counseling gives you one-on-one time with a therapist who guides you through treatment and prepares you for a new sober life. Psychological issues or mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and ADHD might determine the length of time in treatment.
Recovery from addiction is different for every person. Do not base your length of time in treatment on someone else’s. Focus on recovery and your journey to substance-free living. Remaining in treatment for an adequate amount of time is crucial for a successful recovery. Most addicted people need a minimum of three months in treatment to significantly reduce or end substance abuse. Generally, the longer the treatment, the better the outcome.
Do not let addiction destroy your life. If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, get help today. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment and encompasses holistic therapy for the mind, body, and soul with a focus on staying active and connected to nature. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started: 310-881-9151