When seeking recovery, you’ll likely find that there are a variety of programs available. The best program for you is dependent on your specific substance use disorder, as well as a facility’s ability to meet your needs. While all treatment will help you on some level, the length of your stay can affect your recovery in certain ways.
When presented with the option of short-term residential treatment, long-term treatment, and intensive and outpatient programs, you may be wondering if you’ll get the proper care you need if you choose one over the other. If you’re already considering visiting a drug treatment center but aren’t able to go to long-term rehab, you’ll still benefit from the treatment you receive.
The Benefit of Short-Term Treatment
Residential treatment itself is regarded as the most complete method for overcoming addiction. With residential treatment proven to be more effective than other outpatient treatment programs, this is due to the fact that residential programs allow individuals to truly focus on their addiction and their sobriety while in a treatment facility.
In residential treatment, whether it’s short-term or not, individuals are provided with space, medical treatment, and the support to learn how to overcome their addiction and prevent future relapse. With short-term programs lasting 28 – 30 days, individuals have a month to detox from their substance abuse and learn new methods for coping with their desire to use substances.
This shorter period of time in treatment doesn’t automatically make the treatment any less effective. Many factors can affect one’s decision to pursue a short-term program like work, financial issues, the lack of insurance coverage, and other responsibilities.
Consider the following benefits of short-term treatment:
- Intense focus on one’s recovery during treatment
- More-cost effective treatment options
- Less disruption to one’s personal life
- More opportunity to begin recovery with greater motivation
- Quality time to adapt one’s body to cleaner living, increased physical fitness, and a lifestyle of sobriety
- Establish a lasting and supportive community of like-minded individuals
The Importance of Medical Detox
For many people that are overcoming addiction, medical detox is the key to their transformation, especially with short-term programs. As you look into what programs and rehab facilities to choose, it is important that you select one with supervised medical detox.
Supervised medical detox provides individuals with a supportive and safe place to come down from their withdrawal or intoxication. Generally, detox is the body’s way of eliminating toxins, especially those associated with alcohol and drugs. During this process, an individual without proper medical attention will suffer withdrawal. When unsupervised, detox can often be fatal.
This is why it is so important for individuals with substance use disorders to seek out the proper treatment when overcoming an addiction. As long as your facility of choice offers supervised medical detox, your choice in seeking treatment will still be effective, even if you don’t go to long-term rehab.
Overcoming Relapse Without Long-Term Rehab
Many individuals that choose short-term programs and forego long-term rehab fear that they may relapse. These individuals must understand that with either program they choose, the goal is to pursue long-term sobriety. This means minimizing their possibility of relapse in every way possible.
Part of relapse prevention focuses on finding the necessary support to overcome temptations to use again. Even if you don’t pursue a long-term program, there are several extended care options to consider that will help you with relapse prevention.
Consider the following suggestions for extended care:
- Outpatient programs
These outpatient programs are designed for mild addictions and allow patients to come and go as they see fit. While an individual may first receive treatment from an inpatient program, they can continue their care at an outpatient program afterward.
- Sober living homes
Sober living homes and halfway houses allow an individual to continue with their extended rehab program. Other sober individuals share the halfway house and act as a support system to prevent relapse. </li>
- 12-step meetings
In 12-step meetings, individuals are able to meet in a safe space to discuss sobriety and substance abuse. This group meets multiple times a week to provide all members with support. </li>
- Regular therapy
Just as therapy is a part of rehab treatment programs, it should be part of your life outside of rehab. Continuing to meet with a therapist will help you focus on staying sober and building new coping mechanisms.</li></ul>
Through a strong support system and regular treatment, you’ll be able to continue the work started during your initial detox and short-term program. Learn more about rehab programs and detox by calling us at 123-456-7890 today.