Entering rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction is a big decision; the choice to seek treatment for these devastating diseases is one that will dramatically alter your life. Regardless of what brought you to this point, be proud of yourself for the step that you are making to regain your health and restore your quality life once more.
According to recent statistics, over 30 million Americans struggle with some form of substance abuse daily. While the severity of these addictions varies from person to person, once an addiction has been developed, it can quickly spiral out of control and wreak havoc on your home, your relationships, your career, and especially your health.
There are several options for seeking treatment. Outpatient treatment involves taking advantage of counseling, medication and therapeutic services while gaining support from others in the comfort of your own home.
Inpatient treatment is a bit more intensive; it requires a medical detox in combination with medication, physical and emotional therapy in individual and group sessions, and opportunities for social interaction that teach you new skills and strategies for thriving—-without the harmful influence of drugs and alcohol.
Length of treatment also varies from person to person; most rehabilitation centers and programs offer 30, 60, and 90 day programs. In general, the longer you can spend setting up healthier patterns and ways of life independent of substance use, the more likely you are to be successful in living without your addiction long term. This article takes a look at 90 day rehabilitation options, and what is involved in the process from beginning to end.
Steps of any rehabilitation process
Regardless of the length of time, most rehab processes involve four basic steps. They are:
Assessment–Tailoring a treatment plan for an individual based on the length, type, and severity of the addiction. Other factors are taken into account when designing a plan such as health history, mental health, and living environment. All of these factors must be addressed and dealt with in order to ensure success after treatment.
Detox–This part of the rehab process is the most feared by participants, yet is the most beneficial in establishing new patterns of health and healing. Detox involves denying the patient access to their addictive substance of choice while closely supervising physical symptoms of withdrawal and offering nutritional and medical support where necessary.
Therapy–Therapy processes involve the intense mental and emotional work that will be done to uncover the roots of addiction, as well as to work through learned patterns of behavior that contributed to its development.
Aftercare–Upon discharge, a patient moves into the aftercare stages of rehabilitation, where they continue to gather support when needed through therapy, medical and pharmaceutical intervention, and learning to live a new lifestyle with positive choices the promote health and healing.
The 90 day difference
With these key components in place, it is found that the 90 day option for rehabilitation is by far the most successful of all treatment plans, particularly if patients choose to take advantage of all the available services being offered to them. The 90 day cycle of rehabilitation gives a patient more time to move through the essential steps of care and healing, as well as additional time to adjust to life without the use of drugs and alcohol and the life situations that are triggers to relapse and abuse.
Is a 90-day program right for me?
With any rehabilitation program, there are going to be benefits and drawbacks. Some of the benefits of a 90 day rehabilitation program include:
- A higher success rate than those who enter rehab for a shorter period of time
- More opportunity to carve out and plan what life looks like after treatment
- More beneficial for those with severe addictions, multiple addictions, or relapse history
On the other hand, 90 day rehabilitation will not be right for you if:
- You cannot devote the time needed for treatment
- If you cannot get your costs covered by insurance, or you cannot afford to pay for the extra time
- If outside obligations will not wait for you to complete treatment, and you feel you don’t have the option to continue
What will a treatment timeline look like?
The first part of your treatment program will likely be an intensive medical and physical detox, coupled with medication assistance and nutritional therapy to help your body and brain heal. This will likely take anywhere from one to three weeks, depending on the severity of your addiction and the length of time you have been using.
Following the detox intensive, you’ll be placed into individual and group therapy sessions, where you’ll be asked not only to contribute to discussions and reflect on your own behaviors, but to take responsibility for those things in your life that were falling apart, causing you to enter treatment. For many, this is the toughest part of treatment; if you are not truly ready to uncover the roots of your addiction and make an accounting for difficult situations, you will most likely not be successful in your program. Keep in mind, you knew how to live life before addiction, and you’ll learn to live life afterward as well. Believe in yourself.
Finally, an extensive period of time will overlap with your therapy sessions that involves learning new behaviors, practicing social skills, and even taking up new hobbies that you can take with you to encourage sobriety and healthy living. Use this time as an opportunity to learn new skills, to engage in some self development, and to acquire new knowledge for the purpose of improving the quality of your life. Make the most of the time that you have; you never know what new opportunities will come as a result of your time in rehabilitation.
Ready to get started?
You are taking a courageous step to improve the quality of your life; take this opportunity and make the best of it, all while having compassion on yourself and where you are right now. Surround yourself with love and support, dive into yourself, and do what it takes to get life back on track; you deserve it. Call us today at 833-820-2922 to see how we can help you get started–you are making the right choice!