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How Long Does it Take Treatment to Work?

Treatment for psychological conditions will vary from one person to the next. It also varies when co-occurring disorders are involved, with treatment for both mental health and addiction. The treatment should always match the nature and severity of the person’s challenges. Acute challenges may require fewer treatment sessions than chronic, lingering issues. One thing to remember is to look at all program types and treatment lengths to see what will best serve the needs of the person with addiction before selecting one.

Choosing a Program

Facing down addiction and treatment can be intimidating. It will cost money and the length of rehab is dependent on how much a person can spend, where they go, how long the program is, and what is offered during treatment. Every person is unique with individual requirements. There are several basic treatment options to choose from based on specific needs. Generally, the program lengths are anywhere from 30 to 90 days, with sober living and aftercare as part of the plan for some people. 

Getting Treatment

Various treatment programs are available that help people navigate their challenges. To begin treatment, it helps to have realistic goals and expectations. The process of getting treatment and reaching sobriety may take time. The more patient a person is, the more effective it will be. Here are some things to consider:

  • 30-day programs are a great way to start treatment but not for more severe, chronic issues, including dual diagnosis
  • 60-day programs add time and support, with more room for detox. The body needs space to detox from drugs and alcohol but it depends on insurance and how coverage will work, along with what a person needs to meet a baseline they can work from going forward
  • 90-day programs may seem intimidating but the longer a person seeks treatment and has support, the higher the chances they have of maintaining sobriety in recovery

With seeking treatment support, there are many programs averaging 60 days or longer, but the individual has to determine how much therapy, detox, and self-help work factor into it. The longer programs are also a better option for more severe, long-term addictions, people who struggle with chronic relapse or have dual-diagnosis issues that need longer to sort out a course of treatment. People who also want to focus more on recovery will find it helpful to have more time.

Finding Healing

There are additional programs where a person can immerse themselves in sober living. A sober house is an affordable and alcohol-free space where people can find support from those around them to make their own recovery plan. Getting help for addiction is challenging as it means finding hope for whatever is going on in life at that time. It can feel like an amorphous thing to select a program without knowing how much it will (or won’t) help. Truth be told, there is no time limit in recovery. There is no real recovery from addiction, just time and persistence that things will get better. No cure exists, but treatment can be a helpful space to find healing and start the journey of discovering what’s on the horizon after addiction ends and recovery begins. 

Guest House provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. We teach people how to live a sober life through programs, therapeutic support, and evidence-based therapies. Our recovery program is staffed by people who understand the power of addiction. For more information on sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call 855-483-7800.