90-Day Alcohol and Drug Rehab
Addiction is a chronic, progressive brain disease that often results in relapse. Some studies from the National Institute of Drug Abuse suggest most if not all people struggling with addiction wind up relapsing into heavy abuse following a prolonged period of sobriety.
Although the reasons why some people develop addiction remain unclear, the effects are not. People who abuse alcohol and drugs negatively change the way their brains perceive reward and pleasure. They also damage their ability to learn, remember, think logically and make sound decisions. For many, these changes seem permanent, and drug and alcohol treatment for 3 months or longer is necessary to achieve long-term sobriety.
The Benefits of Long-Term Care
At 12 Keys Rehab we strongly recommend that people who have struggled with addiction for a prolonged period of time, or who have attempted rehab before on multiple occasions only to return to using, commit to a long-term residential treatment program.
Detox often takes longer after long-term use. The severity of withdrawal directly correlates to how much and how frequently a person uses drugs or alcohol. Some substances, such as alcohol and benzodiazepines, produce extremely challenging withdrawal syndromes. In these cases, medical detox may take longer than a week. Because long-term users must address a broad array of issues, spending more time in residential care assures comprehensive, in-depth treatment.
Dual Diagnosis is tricky. Many who suffer from addiction also suffer from a mental health condition such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD/ADD, bipolar disorder or panic disorder. Unfortunately withdrawal symptoms can mimic these conditions. Identifying and treating a true dual diagnosis, versus recognizing psychological symptoms that relate to the addiction, is time-consuming but essential.
Cravings peak late. Although one might suspect that cravings to use drugs or alcohol again peak just after sobriety, it can actually take several weeks for the disastrous urge to gain strength. Staying in residential care through this peak in cravings assures a safe environment, round-the-clock support and a better chance of sustaining sobriety once the cravings subside.
90-day residential treatment is what physicians use for themselves. Physicians aren’t immune to addiction, and the American Medical Association recommends 90-day residential care for their own members. In addition, recovery rates for physicians who enroll in 90-day residential care programs and who follow up that care with drug testing and outpatient therapy are far more likely to achieve long-lasting sobriety.
After detox the psychological recovery begins in earnest. Behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, evidence-based treatments such as EMDR and neurofeedback, and family therapy are all part of every client’s recovery plan.
We also make 12 Step care a central part of rehabilitation, because this design for living is still the most successful long-term sobriety program in the world. As time passes, our clients learn to manage cravings, address negative behaviors and patterns, and relate more effectively to those around them.
When residential care ends, we develop an aftercare plan designed for the specific lifestyle requirements of each client. This individualized plan will outline the ideal ongoing treatment course.