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Long-Term Drug Rehab

There are both long-term and short-term options available for you when you’re considering residential drug rehab help. The different types of rehab are designed to reflect the nature of the patient’s addiction. A person with a physically harmful addiction requiring both detox and rehab or a person with a severe psychological addiction may require long-term rehab. A person with a less severe psychological addiction may find short-term rehab to be sufficient.

Short-Term Residential Drug Rehab

Short-term rehabilitation is often what most people think of when they hear the word “rehab.” Short-term rehab lasts approximately 28 days. During this time, the patient will live at the facility with full access to medical professionals and counselors and attend group therapy sessions as well as one-on-one sessions. It is hoped that by the end of the 28 days the patient has learned the tools they need to move back home and settle into outpatient care.

Long-Term vs. Short-Term Drug Rehab

Long-term residential rehabilitation usually lasts for several months to a year. This can be daunting for the patient to consider as it is a long time to be away from family or friends. Long-term rehab requires a major commitment from the patient. As mentioned, long-term rehab is usually reserved for more severe or physically demanding addictions.

In a long-term rehab facility, the early stages are much like those of a short-term facility. The rules are strictly enforced and there are many limitations placed on the patient, both for their safety and the safety of everyone in the facility. Over time, however, long-term rehab patients will gradually gain more freedom. The purpose is to slowly assimilate the patient back into their normal lives so they are fully prepared to return home after leaving rehab. This is done with continuous support from peers, counselors and medical staff.

Long-term residential rehab is not something most patients look forward to. No one wants to spend that much time removed from their normal lives and their loved ones. With a clear focus and dedication, however, long-term rehab can help any patient reach sobriety and the lifetime benefits warrant the cost. Contact us today for more information on long-term drug rehab facilities that may be right for you.

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