If you’re seeking treatment for addiction for the first time, you’re likely finding the entire process complicated, a little intimidating and confusing. We are here to help.
There are many rehab facilities across the UK that all have their special schedules, programmes and advice on different time lengths for rehab. So, which one is right – and what do you choose?
As leading addiction pioneers, we truly just want what’s best for you. So, let’s concentrate on YOU, so we can find out what it is that will be best for you and your underlying condition.
In brief: Discover what’s best
- Detox programmes often last anywhere from 3-10 days, and sometimes longer. The length of your detox will depend if it’s medically managed, how long you’ve been using and your drug or substance of choice.
- These types of standalone detoxification programmes are not accompanied by therapy. This means that users are not treated for any underlying co-occurring issues as there is not enough time for any dual diagnoses to be identified.
- Standalone detoxes are only recommended for people who have recently relapsed after being sober and clean for some time.
- 28-day rehab stays are often commonplace because that’s normally the length of time insurance companies covers your stay.
- Our evidence and data suggest that 5-week rehab (35 days) offer a really strong start along your recovery journey as there is enough time to cover your detox, diagnose your underlying disorder and begin 1-1 and group therapies.
Short-term rehab: Is it really right for you?
You should view short-term rehab as a start. It is more like a preparation for a further long-term, intensive course of treatments. Therefore, patients should understand that the goal of short-term treatments is to help patients plan for the long road ahead, rather than physically and mentally working towards it, which longer stays like 5 weeks, 15 weeks and 30 weeks.
4-week stays vs 5-week stays
The problem when talking about short-term rehab is that we run the risk of making recovery sound very easy. But it’s not. Patients need to understand that overcoming a behavioural addiction or an addiction to a substance can be uncomfortable and hard at the beginning of the treatment process.
Recovery will be a lifelong process that is continued after rehab. Rehab is not the cure, but it is often the solution to helping people break free from the cycle of addiction through healing their relationship with themself. That’s why 3-week stays alone are just not enough time to teach essential mechanisms to build self-esteem, acceptance and self-worth.
28-day alcohol and drug rehab programmes often begin with detoxification, which can last up to 10 days. This only leaves 18 days for assessment and counselling. Therefore, a 28-day facility tends to work on getting the patients to recognise their reasons for alcoholism and drug abuse. On top of techniques on how to deal with their issues and not to turn to resume their addiction.
35-day stays however have the time to use therapies like cognitive behavioural therapies to modify behaviour and treat the underlying mental health disorders that fuel addictive behaviour.
“Very few treatment centres offer the opportunity to extend a patient’s stay. Castle Craig was one of the first rehabs to offer an Advanced treatment programme for patients who want to take advantage of additional therapy to help cement recovery into their lives.”
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Comparing the difference
The main difference is the success rates – it’s simple, the longer you spend in rehab, the more likely your recovery will be successful.
Try thinking about it this way; you’re recovering from a physical injury you might need surgery (initial detox), then you will rest (your first few weeks at a facility), then intensive physiotherapy begins (therapy sessions several times a day, for several weeks) before going to outpatient physiotherapy (addiction aftercare).
With a physical injury, if you shorten or try to cut out the intensive physiotherapy short, you will likely see the injury reoccur or experience issues. In addiction terms, this is called relapsing.
What’s important for patients to know is that centres will offer detox with a bit of intensive therapy, this is because it’s cheaper for them to run and more profitable, but on the other hand, it causes a greater risk of relapse.
Here at Castle Craig, we do not want to rush you. Recovery takes time – and 5 weeks offers a better chance at success.We have more than 30 years of experience in learning what works and what doesn’t, and what we do is based on that experience.
When is 28 days not enough?
No one case of addiction is the same. So, there are going to be situations where 28 days are simply not enough for rehabilitation. This may be the case if you are suffering from mental health issues, or if you have tried short-stay programmes in the past and have difficulty sustaining recovery.
Even if you do not consider yourself to suffer from severe mental health problems, you might still need more than 28 days to recover and fully rehabilitate.
It’s a hard process, you must appreciate the emotional and physical damage that has happened as a consequence of your addiction and what preceded it. Therefore, undoing this damage and healing yourself ultimately will likely take longer than 28 days.
Learn more by contacting our addiction admissions team. Call 01721 728118.
Get in touch today
For how we can help you choose between a 28-day rehab stay or 5 weeks, please telephone Castle Craig direct on our 24-Hour Helpline: 01721 728118 or clicking here to arrange a free addiction assessment or here for more information.
You’ll be glad you did.
Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | August 25, 2021