While many programs range from 28 to 90 days, there isn’t a set treatment time period that works for everyone.

With an estimated 23.9 American people over the age of 11 admitting to past-month drug abuse in 2012, per the National Institute on Drug Abuse, substance abuse is a major problem in the US. In fact, that figure is quite larger than the 21.8 million reported to be past-month drug abusers in 2009. For those who abuse and are addicted to drugs, inpatient treatment is often needed to get well.

What Is Inpatient Treatment?

The typical drug rehabilitation facility offers many of the following staples of care:

  • Intensive individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Exercise and nutrition education
  • Medicated detox
  • Family therapy
  • Support groups and aftercare

The most common form of drug treatment is outpatient care, per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. While outpatient rehab can be effective for those with short-term or less severe addictions, many people need the intensive treatment approach that comes along with inpatient care. This type of care is best suited for those who have previously attempted outpatient care and relapsed, those who suffer from co-occurring mental health disorders, and those who cannot escape substance abuse in their home environment.

Inpatient care involves a safe and residential care model that allows for the rehabilitation of substance abuse and addiction without the outside influence of triggers that have held the addict hostage prior to treatment. In 2012, 17 percent of admissions to treatment facilities nationwide were for substance abuse rehabilitation on an inpatient basis, according to SAMHSA.

Length of Inpatient Care

The length of time inpatient care takes depends on the individual. While many programs range from 28 to 90 days, there isn’t a set treatment time period that works for everyone. Some individuals may progress quickly in treatment, while others may require more long-term inpatient rehab. It’s important that the individual’s progress is assessed throughout treatment, ensuring that the patient does not “graduate” from the program too early. Regardless of how long an individual spends in inpatient treatment, a solid aftercare program should be in place prior to leaving the facility.

Following inpatient care, many will continue with outpatient care as a way of seguing back into their lives and society. Participation in support groups, such as the 12-step model offered by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), can benefit the recovering addict as they transition back into society.

Which Treatment Plan Is Right For You?

When it comes to alcohol and drug addiction treatment, a tailored approach to recovery is essential. Look for a facility that offers individualized care, not a one-size-fits-all approach to recovery. As you progress through detox and therapy, your care plan should be altered to address the issues you are currently encountering, and to provide you with the best foundation for long-term sobriety.

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