When it comes to long-term drug rehab, it is important to look at the pros and cons that come along with this treatment method. While most people would agree that long-term drug rehab may be the most effective method not only getting clean, but also staying clean, it is not necessarily for everyone.
What Is It?
Without going into too much detail, when compared to the traditional short-term drug rehab treatment, a long-term drug rehabilitation program is approximately three times as long. While some people may prefer a quick detox, most people have realized that long-term drug rehab is the best way to avoid any potential relapse problems. It gives the patient a chance to start getting adjusted to life without drugs or alcohol before being forced to take care of themselves again.
It Gives People A Chance To Adjust
Unfortunately, when you have a short-term program there is little chance for therapy and healing. While a short-term program may deal with the actual addiction, it often does not deal with the underlying emotional or physical issues that led to addiction in the first place. Oftentimes getting the toxins of alcohol or drugs out of the patient’s system can take weeks, which means that they have relatively little time to even complete a thorough detox, let alone learn how to stay sober once back in the outside world.
Particularly Useful For Those Who Inject Themselves
Research has shown that those who use drugs by injecting themselves have a much harder time staying clean after short-term treatment. Therefore, it is safe to say that a long-term treatment option would be the best alternative for those people who use drugs intravenously.
Those that have been addicted to alcohol or drugs for a long period of time would benefit from a long-term treatment program. It is obviously going to take a long time to revert to a healthy lifestyle after abusing drugs and/or alcohol for many years. Oftentimes the destructive patterns that have made their way into these patient’s lives are not going to be changed by a short-term stay at a rehab facility. After a while it has become more than just addiction, it has become a way of life for those who have been addicted for a long time. Short-term treatments will barely scratch the surface of the problems that these patient’s face.
Those Who Have Tried…And Relapsed
Long-term treatment is also a great choice for people who may have attempted short-term treatment before only to find that it led to them relapsing. To help those individuals not only detox but also provide hope for the future, long-term treatment may be a great alternative.
So What Are Some Negatives?
Judging by the way it has been presented, it would seem that long-term treatment should be the standard form of treatment. One of the reasons that it is not is because addiction researchers and specialists have less to do with determining the length of a treatment than insurance companies do (sad but true). While there is obvious scientific evidence to support a longer stay, most insurance companies are only willing to pay for treatment up to a month. There will always be those people who feel like they can’t take as much time off from work as would be needed to dedicate to long-term treatment either.