Long-Term Drug & Alcohol Rehab: Why It Might Be Beneficial
There are several benefits that long-stay rehab for alcohol and drug addictions. The main advantage is that patients can experience two to three months focused entirely on their recovery. Patients often find what is achieved in this length of time is far more effective than shorter programmes.
Long stay programmes allow patients ample opportunity to learn, practice and integrate healthy coping mechanisms. This allows the patient to build better habits that serve them as well as raising their self-esteem and rebuilding their relationship with themselves and their family.
But bear in mind, even with all these benefits, long-stay rehab programmes are not going to be for everyone. Our medical opinion is that the longer time you will spend in rehabilitation the better – and this is true according to our statistics.
Therefore, we always recommend a minimum of 5 weeks in treatment, which will see you complete detox, be diagnosed and undergo intensive therapy.
Call 01721 728118 to schedule a free addiction assessment to see what will work best for you.
How long does addiction treatment take?
- Detox: 3-10 days (methadone can take up to 20 days and Benzodiazepines can take between 2-8 weeks).
- Short stay residential treatment including detox: 28 days
- Long-term residential treatment: 60-90 days
Long stay rehabs typically offer the same therapies and treatments that 30-day programmes offer. Rehab durations longer than two months are often recommended for those who suffer from mental health conditions alongside their addiction.
Most 60-day treatment programmes will offer a customised approach to recovery. This is because each case of addiction is unique. After all, everyone’s experience and trauma are different.
What this means is that each patient will receive therapy that will meet his or her needs.
During 60 days in rehab you may partake in:
Castle Craig relies on several heavy evidence-backed, scientific treatments and therapies that offer a well-rounded, comprehensive drug and alcohol programme.
The following are different treatment types that we might be able to offer in a 60-day rehab programme:
- Medically managed, monitored and supervised detoxes: Most people will begin their addiction treatment with a medical detox at our inpatient, residential rehab. Here, we help patients safely withdraw from their substances. Medication can even be administered to make the withdrawal process more comfortable, which can help to reduce cravings. Detox typically lasts from 7-10 days.
- Clinic psychiatric diagnosis: Once the detox has finished, you will be ready to undergo a clinical evaluation to determine any underlying mental health conditions or disorders. This makes all the difference for your recovery.
- Recovery plan: From your diagnosis, a psychiatrist will then draw out a unique recovery plan that will include your therapies, counselling, aftercare plans and many other things that will go towards your treatment.
- Therapy: Various forms of therapies may be available to you depending on your condition, examples include behavioural therapies like cognitive-behavioural therapy, EMDR and MET as well as yoga and art therapy.
- Counselling: The patient will undertake numerous counselling sessions daily. This will involve 1-1, family and group therapy.
- Relapse prevention: Individuals will learn essential coping mechanisms and techniques to deal with their cravings and triggers.
- Aftercare planning: The recovery process is a lifelong journey. Even after treatment has come to an end, patients may need to continue with therapy and other types of outpatient programmes to be able to participate in long-term sobriety.
- Support groups: We also integrate 12-step meetings and addiction programs to build peer-to-peer support and understanding.
A typical day in a 60-day addiction programme
Castle Craig provide busy, daily schedules that are packed with support, therapy, wellbeing and education. This helps our patients form good habits and a healthy routine that promotes productivity.
Typical days can look like this:
- Personal time
- Group/1-1 therapy
- Free time
- Additional therapy sessions
- NA/AA participation (women-only groups available)
- Group activity
- Lights out
Patients can expect the overall structure of their rehabilitation programme to be similar with unique therapies scheduled around main events. The patient will receive their schedule that is based on their needs.
Conducted in a residential, inpatient setting, patients live at our facility and interact with their peers, therapists and doctors.
This length of stay is better for those who have relatively severe or long-standing addiction problems. This is because it allows for around-the-clock supervision and a higher standard of care.
The added time spent in our residential rehab clinic works to empower individuals to learn solid relapse prevention skills as well as learning essential methods to manage stress and triggers.
90-day rehab stays will also be recommended for those with underlying mental health issues or have a weak support system or chaotic home life. Long stays typically benefit those with severe addictions and co-occurring dual diagnoses, where suicidal thoughts and behaviour may occur.
Addictions that are primarily treated in long-stay programmes:
- Heroin addiction
- Alcohol addiction
- Cannabis addiction
- Cocaine addiction
- Prescription drug addiction
- Eating disorders alongside substance abuse
- Gambling addiction
How are 90-day rehab programmes different from others?
The same therapies are still offered and continued with a long term stay, but the extra time allows the patient to continue in their positive and sober environment.
- Community residential care can contribute to substance abuse patients’ treatment outcomes; however, longer-term supportive care is needed for substance abuse patients with more severe and chronic disorders. – NIH.
The pros of a 90-day rehabilitation programme
- More time to master and focus on the skills of recovery
- A breather from life’s demands and temptations
- True chance to break habits
- Better outcomes
Proof of Longer Treatment Success
The most important conclusion of this study is that it once again proved that longer addiction treatment significantly improves long term recovery rates. There has been an argument supporting longer-length rehab treatment for many years, and several other research results have supported the claim that a short 30-day-quick-fix treatment plan has high relapse rates.
For example, a 1999 research paper from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) investigated relapse rates of 1,605 cocaine users, a year after treatment, showing that 35% of patients treated for 90 days and below relapsed, while only 17% of those treated for longer did.
A 2001 study by the University of California included 1,167 adolescents undergoing treatment for substance abuse and showed that those who were in rehab treatment for longer than 90 days were less likely to relapse, as compared to adolescents who only stayed 21 days.
Do I need long staycare?
Are you unsure whether or not long stay rehab will be the best option for you? Take a look at these examples of the diagnostic criteria for substance abuse:
- You spend a great deal of time obtaining, using and recovering from alcohol or drugs
- Have made unsuccessful attempts to quit or cut back
- You use drugs and alcohol more than originally intended
- You no longer participate in activities you used to enjoy
- You do not keep up with your professional obligations
- Your relationships are suffering as a consequence of your dependency
- You crave drugs and alcohol strongly when you cannot use them
- You experience withdrawal when you cannot use or drink
“If you show two or more of these signs, it might indicate a severe substance use disorder, which may require longer periods of treatment. See our Advanced Treatment programme for extending your stay at rehab after the initial 5 weeks.”
To really find out, talk to us and book a free addiction assessment today to assess your condition.
Get in touch today
For how we can help you with longer stay rehab 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