Recovering from an addiction is a life-long process. In the past, 30-day inpatient drug rehab programs were the norm for anyone entering treatment, due mainly to insurance reasons. Recently there has been a new “gold standard” for addicts wanting help with their addiction.The National Institute on Drug Abuse released “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Base Guide (Third Edition) shows that remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical. Although the appropriate length of stay a drug and alcohol treatment center depends on the addicts needs and problems, research indicates that most addicted individuals need at least 3 months in treatment to significantly reduce or stop their drug using and that the best outcomes occur with longer durations of treatment. It was only a few years ago that 90 day rehabs became the new “gold standard”, due to signs showing that people who attend a longer treatment plan have a lower rate of relapse. It can be difficult to admit you have a problem, but once you admit you have an alcohol or drug addiction, you’re making the first step to getting sober. The sad truth is that only 10% of those who have an alcohol or drug addiction problem seek help for it, according SAMHSA’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. If you’re questioning yourself if you have problem with drugs, and need help getting sober, the truth is, you probably do. The criteria for addiction can help you determine if your addiction is server, moderate or mild.
Lack of control
Desire to quit but unable
Spending a lot of time trying to get the substance
Lack of responsibility
Problems with relationships
Loss of interest
The severity of your problem is determined by how many criteria you meet. Being honest with yourself, for example if you met 2 of the criteria you could have a mild substance use disorder. Even having a mild substance use disorder, you should still seek help. Addiction is a progressive disease, meaning that it will get worse. You may have a mild substance use disorder today, but next week or in the near future you could have a serious problem. You don’t have to hit rock bottom to need treatment. Getting help before it’s too late, having a server addiction problem can be deadly.
Here are a few reasons why 90 days can help you mild, moderate, or severe drug addiction problem.
More Time to Heal – In a 30 Day Rehab, the first week is usually for detoxification, getting the drugs out of the system so you can focus on your recovery. Nearing the end of your stay, a lot of residents get senior-ritis which is a condition where minds are distracted and focus more on leaving than learning. This can leave very little time for effective learning and healing. Longer term drug rehabs allow more time for the client to learn, heal and grow. Especially if the drug use has lasted awhile, 90 days Is needed to overcome their addiction.
More Time to Practice – When entering drug addiction treatment, you’re taught coping skills. Such as managing interpersonal relationships, healthy boundaries, engaging in conflict resolution, exercising personal discipline, and recovery! Just like any other skill, they require practice. As we all know, the more you practice the better you are at something. Short term rehab don’t allow you enough time to practice the skills before entering back into society. A longer term rehab allows you more time to practice these skills, so when you graduate, you have a higher chance at sobriety.
More Time to Change A Habit – Some believe that it takes approximately 90 days for the brain to reset itself and shake off the effects of an addiction. This allows an addict to learn about his past habits, and create new ones.
A Longer Experience and A Break From Life– Sometimes short term rehabs are not enough of a “getaway” from the stressors of life. A longer stay within the safety of rehab bolsters your recovery muscles so you will be ready for the temptations outside rehab. A longer program allows you to dig deeper into the concepts of recovery and benefit from detailed education sessions.
Is it really worth it?
Even though with a longer stay at a drug rehab may mean more time and money, the long term goal of sobriety can require a stay of 90 days. Just think about, a life filled with drugs and alcohol use every day and breaking that habit and learning tools for recovery takes time. Rehab isn’t just a financial burned, it’s an investment in life. An investment to get your life back on track.