When it comes to seeking help for your substance use, there is no time like the present. You can’t change the past, but you have all of the power over your future. So you decide that it’s time to begin your journey to recovery. But you ask yourself, how long is this going to take? It’s obvious that changing your life’s journey will not happen overnight, but you wonder realistically how long the treatment process will take.
This is a great question to ask, and a clear indicator that you are invested in recovery. The answer is that time in treatment varies greatly from person to person. A majority of rehabilitation programs can last anywhere from 28 to 90 days. The recovery process is unique to you, and there is help available no matter what stage of addiction you are in.
The general process for program admittance begins with intake. During intake, your medical history and mental health state will be evaluated. A counselor will then meet with you to discuss your recovery goals and determine what level of care is recommended to best achieve those goals.
Depending on your need, the first treatment level may be detoxification. It’s important that you are clean of substances and ready to effectively participate in individual and group counseling. Detox can take anywhere from 3 to 14 days depending on the substance abused and is managed by medical care staff.
Following detoxification or if detox is not necessary, there will be a variety of treatment levels that may be recommended to you depending on your needs and goals. It may be residential 24 hour care, outpatient counseling, halfway house programming, relapse prevention or continuing care groups. The important thing to remember is that you are the driver in this journey. A treatment provider can’t fix you, but will provide you with all of the tools and support you need in order to fix yourself.
Setting your own personal goals is important when you are deciding to begin your recovery process. When you’re supported by a treatment center that helps you find the best personalized recovery plan, you are more likely to successfully meet your goals. While there is no simple formula, research has shown that the longer you are in treatment services, the higher the probability for success. The National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends rehabilitation programs of 90 days to reach your recovery goals.
It’s important to understand that maintaining your sobriety and fighting your addiction does not end after your initial treatment program concludes. Recovery takes ongoing support, and you must be diligent in maintaining your personal goals. Even during your journey, it’s important to involve your friends and family as an ongoing support system. This may sound like a long road ahead, and it is. But with aftercare support, you can successfully manage your addiction for the rest of your life.
Always remember that there are plenty of resources available to help you along the way. Research shows that addiction diseases can be successfully managed just like other chronic illnesses. When you decide it’s time to choose a program, know that many treatment centers utilize research based treatments that have shown success. The more time that you dedicate to your treatment and recovery, the more successful you will be. We have helped many people, and we know that you can recover. With your time and our dedication, your road to recovery can begin now.