Can I Stay Longer at a Residential Treatment Center if I Don’t Feel Ready to Leave?

Residential treatment centers have a variety of treatment programs and options for those who are seeking addiction recovery support. Some facilities will advertise 30- or 90-day programs, or other time-limited treatment solutions, in a hope to appeal to those who are uncertain about recovery because it may take too long or they feel that they don’t have the time. The news media and entertainment industry haven’t helped with this time frame stigma surrounding addiction recovery, either. However, time is actually one of the least important aspects of the recovery process, according to licensed professionals.

No two addictions are the same. Therefore, no two treatment plans will be identical. What may require one person to spend three months in a rehab facility could require a year or more for another person. While treatment facilities and insurance companies may want to put time frames on inpatient programs for various reasons, it is not an accurate indicator of how long it will take someone to feel comfortable enough in their recovery to return to their daily lives.

Don’t Leave Until You’re Ready

If you feel that you have gotten the most that you can out of your rehab experience, it may be time to go. It is normal to feel hesitant about going back out into the world, but your treatment plan should also include aftercare to help with this transition. Don’t stay in a treatment facility or rehab program out of fear. There are just as many resources available for you through aftercare, and you do not have to re-enter the “normal world” alone. If you’re just uneasy about the transition, talk to someone about the next steps to ease your mind.

If, however, you feel that you truly need more time in an inpatient program, speak up. No one but you can decide what the next step is in addiction recovery. Regardless of program time frames or insurance coverage, you need to remain in a recovery program until you and your professional support staff feel that it is the right time to transition into outpatient care. No one is going to force you out into the street on day 31 of a 30-day program just because the time frame has elapsed.

You Can’t Put a Time Limit on Recovery

It’s human nature to find pleasure in finite time frames and programs. There is a reason that programs that include numbers in their name tend to be more successful in marketing. A 12-step program sounds much more appealing to some simply because it offers a clearly defined path to recovery that involves a specific number of steps, or processes, along the way. Similarly, people subconsciously look more highly upon rehab facilities that promote 30-, 60-, or 90-day programs as opposed to those that don’t put numbers on their recovery programs.

However, despite the appeal of a finite time frame, you simply cannot put a specific limit on the addiction recovery process. There are so many individual variables involved and it is going to be different for everyone. If you feel like programs are putting too much emphasis on the time rather than the recovery itself, you may want to seek other facilities. The focus should be on providing recovery services on an individual basis, including aftercare, for the best chances of success.

Time Limits for Insurance Purposes

As mentioned above, insurance companies often put limits on the available coverage for inpatient addiction recovery services. This doesn’t mean that an individual does not need additional time in a facility or an outpatient program to follow-up their inpatient treatment. It simply means that the insurance company has to set coverage limits, so they pick time periods accordingly. Most companies will provide coverage for between 30 and 90 days of inpatient treatment, but this isn’t always the case.

In the event that your insurance policy will only cover the first 90 days of an inpatient program, you can often talk to the facility to discuss other payment options so that you don’t have to leave until you are ready. Today’s inpatient clinics understand the importance of completing a program, and will often work with patients to find a solution despite their financial means. In rare cases, with the recommendation of a medical professional, patients may be able to request an extension of their insurance coverage to complete their inpatient recovery program.

Don’t let the specific time involved in addiction recovery to stop you from seeking treatment or cause you to feel like you have to leave before you are ready. Your recovery process should be done on your time. To discuss your needs and learn more about individualized treatment plans in recovery, call our friendly counselors, 24 hours a day, at 833-762-3739.