The rehab options for alcohol dependency and drug abuse are just as unique and varied as the individuals who need to access them.
Short-term rehab lasting 14 days may be good for some, but not for others. But before you read on, you need to understand that if you are seeking treatment from an alcohol or drug rehab centre, the quickest, cheapest option is not always the best.
- It is our advice always that you sit with medical professionals to determine what course of action will be best for your condition, as this will give you the best chance at long-lasting sobriety and recovery.
Because getting you sober will be the easy part, keeping you sober will require 1-1 therapy to heal the fundamental reasons you turn to substances in the first place.
2-week rehabs: What are they and how do they work?
Typically short-term rehabs will refer to a standalone detox programme lasting 7 days, which is then combined with a four-week residential programme – and this is exactly what we offer here at Castle Craig.
Following the essential advice from our Medical Director; Prof. Jonathon Chick, there needs to be enough time to address and treat the core reasons for addiction and as medically managed detoxes typically last 7-10 days, this will only allow us to scratch the surface for those suffering from co-occurring dual diagnoses.
The shortest rehabilitation programme you can attend is a standalone detox programme that lasts a week. This does not involve any therapy as the main focus is to get you through withdrawal safely and securely.
Additionally, you can voluntarily attend community support groups on your own, however, there will be no official standard care for you to receive to truly get better.
Getting clean and sober off of alcohol and drugs is only the beginning.
Many addiction therapists believe that it’s not your drug of choice or the amount you drink, but the reason why you feel at home with these substances and turn to them in the first place.
We all know that life is not easy, and sometimes not very fair. Things happen to a lot of us every single day. There might be trauma in your past, grief in your present, shame and low self-esteem ruining your future – whatever it is it there’s a reason.
You’re not an outcast, you’ve gone through emotional turmoil and pain has lodged itself in your brain and it’s promising not to go away. But it can, with the help of therapeutic techniques to increase your self-esteem and self-respect to help you love yourself again.
Rehab programmes tend to be around the four/five-week mark because they offer effective therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy and 1-1 personal sessions with first-class specialists. And it’s therapies like this that have a proven track record of success over several decades.
Do you qualify for 2-week rehab?
Honestly, the best candidates for 14-day drug and alcohol treatments in a rehab clinic are often those who have recently relapsed after an extended time of being clean or sober.
They also tend to be a trend for those periodic drug users, who are not fully committed to being clean.
The reason why periodic users are good candidates for this treatment is that they will not require more than 1-3 days within detox. This means that they can be diagnosed quickly and treatment can begin immediately.
If you have been drinking or using drugs for a long time, we would not recommend short-term rehab. Those hooked on class A and B drugs like opiates, heroin, codeine, oxycontin, oxycodone amongst many others would likely not see much benefit from short stays.
The reason for this is that detoxification will likely take around 7-10 days and during this period it will not be possible to diagnose and treat any underlying mental health conditions.
It’s only when a patient is completely free from their withdrawal symptoms that will be able to correctly diagnose their disorders and prepare the patient to be ready for treatment.
It’s well known that during the detox phase, the patient does not have a strong ability to fully absorb clinic help as it is diminished by their physical condition.
Determining how long rehab should take will entirely depend on your condition and addiction. It would be inappropriate for us to say that a certain amount of days will be the perfect amount of time because that would not be true.
Common rehab programmes:
- 28-days (often as insurance covers this length of time)
- 35-days (1 week of detox, 4 weeks of therapy)
- 60-days (extended stays for long-term users)
- 90-days (Long stays for those who need additional help)
Comparing the difference
- 28-day stays focus mostly on detox and treating the immediate symptoms and problems
- 35-day stays have enough time for detoxes, diagnoses, 1-1 and group therapy
- 90-day treatments allow patients to fully detox, learn techniques and methods to attain and sustain permanent “life-changing” changes to your life
Can a 14-Day rehab provide a platform for long-term recovery?
- Does the person require detoxification?
- How many days will the need for drugs or alcohol?
The detox process can be 1-3 days, but it can also last as long as 7-10 days, and sometimes longer.
If an individual needs a detox that last 7-10 days then a 14-day drug and alcohol programme is not recommended to be your first and best choice. This is because it’s just simply not enough time to treat addiction.
This is because clinical and medical staff will be unable to diagnose underlying mental health problems like trauma, depression and anxiety, which could be the contributor to the patient’s addiction.
What our addiction therapists recommend
What we know here at Castle Craig as experienced medical professionals and addiction pioneers, is that the minimum length of any residential programme should be 35 days.
- Addiction is serious – it lives in the brain.
It would take a miracle to teach coping mechanisms and relieve patients from feelings of toxic shame in as little as 2 weeks. And miracles do happen, but our success rates would not be as strong if we encouraged patients to only stay for 2 weeks.
Benefits of a 30-day program:
- Full 5-week programmes include:
- Medical Assessment
- Clinical Assessment
- Individual Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Pet Therapy
- Mindfulness Therapy
- Group Yoga Sessions
- Relapse Prevention
- Case Management
Learn more by contacting our addiction admissions team. Call 01721 728118.
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Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | August 25, 2021