The rehab options for alcohol dependency and drug abuse are just as unique and varied as those who need to access them.
Short-term rehab lasting 14 days may be suitable for some but not for others. It’s important to understand that if you are seeking treatment from an alcohol or drug rehab centre, the quickest, cheapest option is not always the best.
- We advise you to get in touch with our team to discuss which course of action will be best for your condition, as this will give you the best chance at long-lasting sobriety and recovery.
Getting you sober and detoxing you from all substances is the first stage of recovery, but keeping you sober will require 1-1 therapy and group therapy to help identify and treat the psychological reasons behind your substance abuse.
2-week rehabs: What are they, and how do they work?
Short-term rehab often refers to a standalone detox programme lasting seven days, combined with a four-week residential programme. This type of programme is not what we offer here at Castle Craig.
Following advice from our medical director, Prof. Jonathon Chick, there needs to be enough time to address and treat the issues that have led to addiction. Unfortunately, as medically managed detoxes can 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 detox-only programme that lasts a week. This is unlikely to include any therapy programme 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 personalised therapy to address your individual needs.
Detox is only the first stage of recovery.
While many think that addiction comes down to the substance of choice, addiction therapists believe that it is a symptom of unresolved trauma or other psychological issues.
There may be trauma from your past that was never resolved or addressed at the time. Over time, this could manifest behaviourally and psychologically, contributing to feelings of shame and low-self esteem.
With the help of therapy to increase your self-esteem and self-respect, you can learn to love yourself again.
Rehab programmes tend to be around the four/five-week mark because they offer effective therapies like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and 1-1 personal sessions with first-class specialists. Therapies like this are proven to help in the treatment of addiction.
Do you qualify for 2-week rehab?
The best candidates for 14-day drug and alcohol rehab are often those who have recently relapsed after an extended time of being clean or sober. However, they are also popular among periodic drug users, who may not fully commit to maintaining long-term sobriety.
Periodic users are good candidates for this treatment because they do 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 suffering from addiction to alcohol and 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 detox may take around 7-10 days, and our treatment programme is intensive and varied. Time is needed to assess for underlying mental health conditions – sometimes co-occurring conditions or other ‘secondary’ addictions don’t come to light for several therapy sessions.
It’s well-known that during the initial detox phase, a person does not have a strong ability to fully absorb therapy help as it is diminished by their physical condition.
Determining how long rehab should take will ultimately depend on the severity of addiction, the duration of your substance abuse, your physical condition and the severity of any underlying mental health conditions you may suffer from. When you call to speak to our admissions team they will be able to offer you a pre-admission assessment which will help us put together a picture of the length of treatment to help you. This length of treatment will not be shorter than four weeks plus continuing care.
We care about our patients and we want them to do well, and live healthy lives after they leave us – it would be unethical of us to offer short treatment programmes and promise we can help people with complex conditions in a couple of weeks.
Common rehab programmes:
- 28-days (often as insurance covers this length of time)
- 35-days (1 week of detox, four 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 primarily on detox and treating the most important symptoms and problems
- 35-day stays have enough time for in-depth therapy, a full psychoeducational programme and complementary therapies and relapse prevention techniques
- 90-day treatments allow patients to fully detox, learn techniques and methods to attain and sustain permanent “life-changing” changes to your life, there is sufficient time to treat trauma-related symptoms through EMDR and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) which must be completed over a number of weeks.
Can a 14-Day rehab provide a platform for long-term recovery?
- Does the person require detoxification?
- How many days do you need for drugs or alcohol detox?
The detox process can be 1-3 days, but it can also last as long as 7-10 days, and sometimes longer.
If someone needs a detox that lasts 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 a contributor to the patient’s addiction.
What our addiction therapists recommend
Here at Castle Craig, our experienced medical professionals and addiction pioneers know that the minimum length of any residential programme should be 35 days.
It would take a miracle to teach coping mechanisms and relieve patients from feelings of shame and anxiety or address childhood trauma in as little as two weeks. While miracles do happen we believe it would be unethical to promise people we can help them in such a short space of time.
Our 5-week programmes have been carefully curated over 35 years to include:
- Medical Assessment
- Clinical Assessment
- Individual Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral 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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