By: SOL Recovery Center 19 May 2016

Stargazing through the media may make it appear as though addiction is a phenomenon restricted to the rich and famous. It may make it hard to fathom that anyone of us could fall prey to the plethora of drugs readily, or not so readily available, thus making a rehab visit virtually inevitable.

Start the Clock?

The length of time spent in rehabilitation is heavily dependent on the individual’s level of abuse. The National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that rehabilitation programs should minimally be 90 days, and adjusted according to the pattern of abuse observed in the patient. This contrasts the typically proposed length of 28 days. Rehabilitation is a process that encompasses more than physical recuperation. It also involves healing emotionally, and socially, and in many cases, 28 days is not long enough to see to a holistic recovery. The fact of the matter is, the advantage of longer treatment plans such as the aforementioned 90 days is supported by various studies.

The process of rehabilitation generally consists of four steps: Detox, Rehabilitation, Extended Therapy, and Aftercare. The Detox stage would serve to address the physical recovery. It involves purging the body of the drug in question while simultaneously controlling the withdrawal effects which may arise as a result. The duration of this stage varies according to how long the person had been using, and in what quantity. Drug replacement therapy, drug reduction therapy, and medication-assisted methods may be used to control the seemingly inevitable withdrawal effects, which may present themselves on the physical and emotional spectrums of recovery.

The Rehabilitation Stage comprises of therapies aimed at improving the thought processes, and subsequent behaviors of the patients, to discourage the use of the substance. These therapies may include, but are not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and multidimensional family therapy.

Though Extended Therapy may not be available at all treatment centers, when it is offered, it usually lasts for four to six months. In assisting with the social aspect of recovery, this stage involves a curative, salubrious community within the center, to help with the transition to their normal lives. Extended Therapy addresses employment, education, and social reintegration, all in an effort to build their level of responsibility, both to themselves, and society.

The last stage of Aftercare allows for the patient to be treated outside the facility, through follow-up visits, or 12-step meeting attendance.

Taking The First Step

Deciding upon a recovery center and treatment plan may be daunting for you and/or your loved ones. The options available depend on the number of substances abused. Bear in mind that the goal is recovery, and it is a process to be handled in stages. It took more than one day to get to the point of needing help, so make the allowances necessary to beat the habit.

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