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Is There a Set Timeframe to Remain in Treatment for Substance Use Disorder (SUD)?

There is no predetermined timeframe in a recovery schedule because everyone is different. It is clear from the research available that successful treatment hinges on an appropriate time frame. Less than 90 days has been proven ineffective, and treatment that lasts longer than 90 days creates the possibility of a positive outcome.

Substance use disorder (SUD) is a chronic disease that requires continuing care and participation. It is not uncommon for someone to need multiple attempts at treatment, and it is important that when people relapse, they are immediately offered the opportunity to gain treatment.

What Motivates People to a Successful Outcome?

  • A true desire to be healthy
  • Support from family and friends
  • A positive and supportive treatment environment
  • Peer Support
  • Patient involvement with planning and executing a treatment plan
  • Patient understanding the treatment program and goal

How Can the Gap Be Closed Between Treatment Availability and Need?

  • Access and availability need to be offered to everybody when they need it
  • Insurance or reasonable costs need to be available to everyone
  • No stigma or labels
  • Awareness of the value of treatment
  • Identification of people in need and referring to an effective program

Is Treatment Effective for Substance Use Disorder?

  • Substance use disorder is a progressive and chronic disease similar to any other chronic disease therefore treatment is effective
  • Relapse rates are similar in numbers to other chronic diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure
  • When relapse occurs, it is not a failure in treatment; it is simply a time to adjust the treatment plan

Why Does Substance Use Disorder Treatment Seem to Fail?

  • There is a strong biological component in substance use disorder
  • Substance use disorder treatment is not a one-and-done ordeal; it is a chronic disease and requires ongoing outpatient support and treatment
  • Substances cause changes in brain function and chemicals that persist after an individual stops using their substance of choice
  • Changes in brain function create changes in impulse control despite adverse outcomes

Substance abuse disorder is a chronic disease that requires participation and understanding of the disease. At The Guest House, we provide quality treatment programs to help you or your loved one navigate the process. The timeline is less important than participation and understanding of your illness. We also believe that relapse is not failure; relapse is a signal that more help is needed, and the program needs to be adjusted. Chronic illness simply requires a commitment to ongoing treatment. To find out more about our programs, call us today at (855) 483-7800