Posted on April 25, 2011 by Laura Fuller
Origins Recovery Centers is a fully-licensed and accredited drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility whereby the best of various, evidence-based therapeutic interventions are expertly commingled with intense, 12-step immersion, the combination of which we have found ensures the highest possible long-term success rates for our clientèle. We often are asked, “Are you a 28-day program or a longer term rehab?”
The answer is actually a bit more complex than merely self-designating as one or the other. Origins is a facility that will accommodate the financial needs, time constraints and insurance particulars of any individual, however we always advise that a prospective client remain for as long as possible with most average length of stays being around ninety days. The reasoning for this is very simple. Quite frankly, you can’t become “too” recovered, however you very well can inadvertently leave treatment prematurely, not firmly enough in sobriety. In other words, it’s a matter of better safe than sorry.
Furthermore, there is significant statistical data that has been amassed over the course of several decades that suggests that length of stay in an inpatient treatment center is tied to long-term rates of sobriety. In other words, and generally speaking, the longer you remain in treatment, the higher your chances are that you will remain sober once you leave treatment. There are several reasons for this, however the most significant is probably also the most intuitively obvious: If a person has spent years to even decades abusing drugs and alcohol, effectively practicing a lifestyle of excess and conditioning their mind to rely solely upon addictive brain chemistry, does it not stand to reason that it is going to take a bit of time practicing a lifestyle of recovery in a supervised setting in order for them to re-learn how to live life without drugs and alcohol? We certainly think so.
Many of our patients complete their long-term 90+ day stay as a combination of both inpatient treatment and with supervised sober-living. For instance, it is not uncommon for a patient to complete 30 days on an inpatient basis and then another 60 days while in our sober house, still fully participating within all study groups and classes being conducted on our campus. It really is a matter of what will be best for our clients and very often that is not apparent at the outset of treatment and can only be determined after we have had a chance to observe their interaction in a clinical setting. Often we ask that they commit to a period of time and as we see how they progress we will make recommendations for either more or less time accordingly.
Furthermore, one of the benefits most apparent to us with respect to a long-term rehabilitation stay is that as our clients become more “senior” residents, they are in a position to truly bolster their own recovery by taking time to interact and mentor some of the newer arrivals. In fact, working with others is one of the largest aspects of this spiritual program of action, however it is generally only something that a person gains confidence in doing over time after they have amassed some clean time themselves, therefore those who have been in treatment longer often find greater ability and comfort when it comes to to approaching the newer arrivals and helping to let them know that they are welcome and that they have arrived at a safe place to heal. So essentially, if you opt for a shorter stay, chances are you may not have yet had the chance to reach out and work with others in treatment, thereby sacrificing probably one of the most important aspects of the treatment experience.
If you are finding yourself balking at the prospect of a long-term stay in a rehabilitation center like ours, please engage within the following thought experiment:
Are you willing to consider that there is increased chance of maintenance of long-term sobriety when you participate in staying in treatment for a longer, rather than shorter period of time?
And, are you willing to consider that the statistics with respect to those who go to treatment and fail paint a rather dismal picture of the long-term chances for survival for such an addict or alcoholic?
Then, therefore are you willing to consider that opting for a long-term rehabilitation option could in fact mean the difference between living and dying?
When it comes to saving your life the difference between a month and three is really quite insignificant. As drug addicts and alcoholics, we tend to want to get quick results and we are very big on quick fixes. I mean, we have been finding happiness as quick as the next bottle, joint, pill syringe, etc. for a number of years now. However, the damage we have done in pursuit of this sort of happiness has taken quite awhile to amass and truly effect our lives in such a negative manner. It’s just going to take a little bit longer than most of us would prefer in treatment in order to reverse this process and put us on the path of sobriety and recovery.
Are you trying to decide between a short and long-term drug and alcohol rehabilitation center? If so, please give us a call at 1-888-U-GET-WELL or click the contact button below.