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Five Reasons to do Long Term Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 17:03
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Five Reasons to do Long Term Drug and Alcohol Rehab | alcoholism | News And Opinions

When it comes to choosing the right rehab center, there exists an endless amount of options. Thus this starts the journey where one looks into different factors like the programs being offered, the facility’s own success rate etc to reach a decision. But in all this, time limit takes the lead as most people also tend to opt for shorter rehab programs. The option seems feasible, especially if the addict in question has a job or family to look after. According to, the average rehab program is about 30 to 90 days long, yet many professionals recommend longer rehab programs that can last up to a year. Here is why:

1. More Time to Recover

Years of drug abuse or alcoholism are hard to flush out, therefore the longer the rehab program goes, the more successful it can turn out to be. The main reason why professionals urge to opt for longer programs is because in that time, they can dig out them underlying issue and settle them for good. Not only does the treatment become more effective, but it helps the addict identify and deal with different triggers better. It is important for the program to run at its own pace, rather than fit it into the shortest time period.

2. Long Term Programs Lead to Better Physical Health

Because the addicts get to spend more time in sobriety and are kept in an controlled environment, it becomes easier for them to develop healthy habits. Their engagement with different medical professionals enables them to work on their over-all well being and reverse the adverse effects of drug abuse as well. Plus if patient experience a rapid change of environment, such as that in the case of 30 days of rehab, there chances of relapse increase.

3. Structure and Support

Depending on the severity of the addiction, most addicts lose all sense of purpose in their lives. Unlike normal people, their cognitive as well as social patterns completely change or fall apart. Longer rehab programs gives them support and a chance to start over again. The constant supervision and the introduction of different routine patterns rewires them and gives them a chance to include it into their daily lives.

4. More Therapeutic Options

With more time, patients can avail different therapy options. In any facility, there are numerous physical, emotional and mental therapeutic activities set out, but due to time constraints each and everyone of them can not be applied. With more time, addicts can try out these different variations and utilize them accordingly. The main purpose of these therapies is to provide the addict at hand a healthier alternative to their addictive patterns.

5. Self Focus

Rehab is not just a way of getting rid of addiction, its a way to re-wire yourself as well. These drug and alcohol treatment programs demand the patients to pour energy into working for their own good. And during this time, they seek out help from not just the professionals but their peers as well. More time gives them the chance to dive in deeper into this journey of self-discovery, all while being constantly reassured by their support groups.

It takes time to wash out years of abuse. In addition to this, rehabs help people in bringing back their sense of self, which has been replaced with the object of abuse in their minds. Sincere effort of a few days (or even months) can change the course of one’s life for good.

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