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Have you ever wondered, how long does rehab last? This is a common question often asked by not only the person addicted but also his or her family members and friends. The truth is, there is no one general answer, as each person’s addiction treatment needs are different. And not only are there various rehabilitation program lengths, but if detox is needed before rehabilitation takes place, this will add to the length of the treatment plan.
Generally speaking, when answering the question of how long does rehab last, you will hear about 30-day, 60-day, 90-day, and sometimes year-long alcohol and drug treatment programs
In addition to program lengths, many people want to know what happens after rehab. It may be difficult to understand how the transition is made from a rehab environment to the outside world.
Even after the rehabilitation program ends, in some cases, there is still a type of rehab that occurs through living in a sober facility or a halfway house. Utilizing one of these avenues can allow someone to still reside in a drug and alcohol-free environment while slowly getting back into the routine of everyday living outside of an intensive treatment program.
Depending on the severity of the addiction(s) and the type of substance an individual is addicted to, there are a variety of durations that make up both the detox process and rehab.
While the most common rehabilitation timeframes we often hear about are 30, 60 and 90 days in length, SAMHSA – or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – provides a list of median stays in different rehab programs.
The organization’s recent treatment episode data set states that:
• The average short term residential program is 27 days
• The average long term residential program is 90 days
• The average outpatient treatment program is 130 days
• The average intensive outpatient treatment program is 88 days
• And the average detox is four days.
While it is good to have an idea of averages when it comes to program lengths, these numbers will vary depending on someone’s individual needs and which program is going to provide them with the highest chance of success of getting off drugs and/or alcohol.
In addition, if detox is necessary, that time will be added to the program length. Different substances require various detox time frames. For example, the average person can be detoxed from alcohol in about three to 14 days, but detox from benzodiazepine addiction could take average anywhere from two to eight weeks (and even longer in some cases!). In order to get into a rehabilitation program and achieve recovery, it is critical that all substances are completely flushed from the body.
If you or someone you know has decided to give rehab a chance, speaking with an addiction counselor and having an evaluation of your personal needs will provide you with the program type and length that you need.
Each rehabilitation program type and length has its own benefits, although studies and research shows that programs lasting from 90 days to a year or longer show the greatest chance of success for longterm recovery.
The benefits of a 30-day rehab include the fact that it is an easier commitment for most people, and because of the short time frame, it is usually more affordable. With a 30-day rehab program, your body can get past any of the physical withdrawal symptoms and you can begin to learn some relapse prevention techniques and ways to identify your triggers. When you are nearing the completion of a 30-day program, with the help of your counselors and coach, you will be able to recognize if you need to reside in treatment for a longer period of time.
If you feel like you additional time in a rehab setting would be beneficial, a 60-day rehab length is another option. The benefits of this time frame include allowing you to really begin to dig deep in therapy and counseling sessions, in addition to giving your body more time free from drugs or alcohol, and building healthy habits such as eating nutritious meals on a regular basis, exercising, meditation and more.
In addition to all of the benefits of a 30 and 60-day rehab program, a 90-day rehab program can provide you with the most successful chance of maintaining your sobriety. While this program length may seem intimidating at first, you will likely be surprised at how quickly it goes by. A 90-day rehab allows you to fully get adjusted to life with your substance of choice. This timeframe is an ideal choice for people who are entering into rehab for the first time as well as those who have been to rehab in the past and have relapsed or have severe addictions.
Another common question for anyone struggling with addiction and considering rehab is, what happens after rehab? At Legacy Healing Center, it is so important for us that people understand that support and help with addiction doesn’t end when your program does. Addiction is a chronic disease, meaning that steps will need to be taken throughout your life to manage the disease.
When you complete a rehabilitation program at Legacy Healing Center, we continue to provide resources and support to help you maintain long-term sobriety. These resources include family support groups, alumni support groups, continued therapy, 12 step meetings, planned activities, and events, recovering coaching and more. We can also provide you with information regarding sober community living as a possible transition once rehab is completed.
Now that you have an answer to the question, how long does rehab last, you may want to know what activities are available around the gorgeous city of Miami so you can plan your free time. Miami is known for its history, museums, dining, shopping, beaches, arts and culture. The city is comprised of a variety of nationalities and cultures that are highlighted through dining options, art, language and more.
Water lovers can stop by Crandon Park where you will find a nature preserve, beaches, and even a carousel. Lummus Park is another top spot in Miami that provides visitors with beach access, a playground, and even fitness gear and activities for those seeking to exercise. Of course, South Beach is Miami’s most well-known beach area. In addition to stunning beaches, here you will find countless eateries and cafes, boutiques, unique hotels, original Art Deco architecture and more.
Other unique places to visit around Miami that are ideal when seeking sober friendly activities include the Cape Florida Lighthouse, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Bayfront Park, Vizcaya Museums and Garden, and Coral Castle. For fans of animals, be sure to spend a day at The Miami Seaquarium or Jungle Island, both offering exhibits and activities where you can get up close and personal with a variety of animals.
Enjoy the beautiful sights of Miami from the new perspective of being sober with the help of a drug or alcohol rehab program. With a variety of rehab program lengths and types to choose from, you can begin on the road to recovery immediately at Legacy Healing Center.
Call Legacy Healing Center today to learn more about which rehab program would be right for your needs.
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