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Overcoming Substance Abuse

Long-Term Treatment Options in California

Numbers vary, but according to recent studies, an estimated 200+ people die each day from drug overdoses in the United States; in a given year, that’s around a total of 70,000 overdoses. These statistics are alarming, and Time magazine offered figures that are even higher that current data. When an addict’s life is threatened by their drug or alcohol addiction, the best way to drastically reduce the odds of a tragic overdose is to enter a treatment program.

Extended, long-term rehab programs provide the necessary medical services to assist with withdrawal and detox, and they place the patient in a positive environment that not only discourages drug use but offers therapeutic support that helps them rethink their relationship with harmful substances.

What Does It All Mean?

Understanding Long-Term Treatment

Long-term residential treatment is the most intensive and comprehensive form of care that a patient can receive. When enrolled in long-term care, patients spend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in a treatment facility. They have access to constant medical care, therapy sessions, and group counseling.

While there are different forms that long-term care can take, the most common is known as Therapeutic Community (TC). These rehabilitation programs can last anywhere from three months to one year. While enrolled in a TC program, patients are embedded in a community of residents and professional addiction specialists, which form a network of support that encourages open dialogue about addiction, helps root out underlying problems through therapy and counseling and builds friendships that last through the treatment programs and into sobriety.  

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What are the Benefits?

Short-Term vs. Long-Term

While short-term rehab may work for some, for most users it’s simply not enough time to fully recover from their addiction before re-entering their social environments. In most programs, short-term rehabs only last for around 30 days. In contrast, long-term treatment can extend from three months to an entire year.

When enrolled in long-term care, patients have more time to work through the physical repercussions of their addiction. Long-term substance abuse takes a hard, physical toll on the body. The longer patients spend in a treatment program, where they are fed nutritious food and have access to constant medical care, the further their bodies can recover.

Long-term care also offers an invaluable hiatus from unhealthy social contexts. Patients enrolled in short-term care may not have enough time to reflect on the underlying causes of their addiction, and are more likely to return to their substance use disorder. With months of therapy and counseling, long-term patients are more likely to achieve mental clarity and to build a mental defense against the temptations of addiction.

However, for financial reasons, many people choose to enter short-term care programs. Many private insurance policies will cover rehabilitation, but only for a limited amount of time. In many cases, this is around 30 days. Also, in cases where an individual might exhibit a strong desire to get clean after battling a mild addiction, a short-term program might be enough to achieve sobriety.  

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Who Needs Long-Term Addiction Treatment?

How a Long-Term Rehab Can Help

Long-term drug rehab is the best option for anyone who wants the highest chance of beating their addiction. However, it is most commonly billed as an option for users who have struggled with long-term, debilitating addictions.

After struggling with long-term drug dependencies, many users are faced with weeks or months of withdrawal symptoms. Often, these symptoms are unpleasant enough that they may encourage users to reinitiate the cycle of abuse. Long-term residential treatment facilities offer environments that block avenues to relapse, increasing the odds of sustained sobriety.

During the months spent in long-term care, patients build a network through the staff and other residents that becomes helpful upon release. Short-term programs aren’t often long enough to build deep-rooted relationships. One of the keys to maintaining sobriety is by having a support system; people who users can reach out to in times of weakness.

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Upon entering a long-term rehab program for a substance use disorder, users can expect a full physical and mental health evaluation. This is to determine the extent of the damage done by the addiction and helps staff get a better sense of the patient’s family history and other variables that impact their chances of relapse.

At Lake Arrowhead Recovery Network, we offer care and support to those seeking treatment for substance abuse in Southern California. Our certified advisors are available day & night to provide our free treatment services to help you find the best treatment that works for you.

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