Recovery isn’t easy. If you’ve tried drug or alcohol treatment in the past and have relapsed one or more times, you’re definitely not alone. In fact, many people try and fail at recovery several times before achieving sobriety and finding the right combination of sustainable strategies for maintaining it. More often than not, the key to avoiding relapse lies in choosing the right treatment center and program. For those who have used drugs or alcohol for a very long time, and those who are adapted to using large quantities of drugs or alcohol, long-term, in-house drug rehab is often best.
Inpatient or an in-house treatment provides patients who have relapse histories with the benefit of a closed, contained and highly secure environment. More importantly, it completely removes them from outside relationships and other triggers that may be contributing to or supporting their addictions. Absent of these things, these patients have the opportunity to place the entirety of their focus on getting well. Moreover, they don’t have the challenges of co-dependent relationships, easy drug or alcohol access, or constant temptation to trip them up. On-campus programs also require around-the-clock commitments so that patients can fully immerse themselves in intensive private and group therapy, life planning, and other activities that support their goals. While many of the same services are available at outpatient drug rehab centers, patients at these facilities won’t get the benefit of secure and contained environments, nor will they be required to devote such a significant amount of time to their recoveries.
What’s The Best Length Of Treatment After Relapse?
Treatment needs are different for everyone. Some patients may find that they have tried and failed at inpatient treatment and that they’re eager to start outpatient recovery programs. The good news is that there is always a very vast and diverse range of drug rehab centers for patients to choose from. Statistically, however, on-campus treatment and treatment that lasts 60 days or more tend to be the most effective for those with long histories of severe drug abuse, and histories of returning to their former behaviors post-treatment. With 60, 90, or even 180 days of inpatient treatment, you will have the chance to learn:
- Healthier coping skills
- Strategies for establishing healthy relationships
- Boundary setting
- Tricks for overcoming cravings and temptation
More importantly, you will have had enough time in therapy, practicing self-development, and away from harmful relationships to have developed a clear understanding of how you want to structure your life, and of how to avoid obstacles to your goals. It is also important to note that clients who don’t believe that they are ready to exit an inpatient drug rehab once treatment reaches its end, always have the option of extending their stays by joining other programs, or by maximizing the availability of services right where they are.
After attending drug rehab, relapse doesn’t necessarily mean that you have failed. Instead, it may mean that the treatment you received simply wasn’t comprehensive enough for addressing your full range of needs. Studies show that many people who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction also live with co-morbidity or co-occurring disorders. These are underlying mental or general health issues that lie at the very center of their addictions. For instance, if you struggle with anxiety, depression, or chronic physical pain, you may be abusing substances as a way to self-medicate this pain. By receiving a proper diagnosis and proper treatment, you can avoid the discomfort that ultimately led to your substance abuse in the first place. You should also note that oversight in the area of co-morbidity during treatment is an incredibly common cause of relapse. Thus, it may only be necessary to look for a more all-inclusive treatment method.
Finding the right treatment center can benefit you in other ways. As an example, facilities that take a multi-pronged approach to help patients achieve overall wellness are often committed to providing a diverse range of options in post-treatment support. They recognize that post-treatment support can be just as vital to long-term success as finding the right, needs-specific drug rehab program. Their post-treatment support frequently includes ongoing access to both group therapy and private counseling, along with access to other therapy-based programs. When paired with life-planning and support for achieving general stability, programs like these truly set the stage for success. If you’re ready to reenter drug rehab and want to achieve lasting sobriety, we are here to help. Call us today at 833-762-3739.