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Length of Stay for
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Long Lasting Recovery: 90 Days Can Add Up to a Lifetime

Treatment at A Better Today Recovery Services is based on the progress you make with your individualized treatment plan. Depending on the receptiveness and attitude toward the lessons in treatment, the length of stay varies and correlates with the effort that the clients invest in their own treatment.

Our well-trained and credentialed staff mgives clients the tools and resources they need to graduate from their personalized rehab program. However, with hard work, focus, and dedication it is possible for a client to complete the level system and graduate from one of our individualized rehab programs.

We at ABT know that any substance abuse treatment for a struggling addict is better than no treatment at all, which is why ABT does our best to work with those who may be seeking a shorter rehab period. You will find that our staff is always willing, happy, and able to help anyone who is eager to help themselves.

Each client will have different needs that will be the focus of his or her rehab duration. Our clients may also have differing levels of willingness to invest themselves in the process; and this is why our program length of stay is based on a client’s personal needs, which is in-line with the cutting-edge of current addiction science practices.

At ABT we understand that clients are anxious to get on with their lives and begin clearing up the damage their addiction has caused. With that in mind, it takes time, patience, focus, tools, and the practice of these tools before clients are confident in their recovery and consider themselves ready for the long-term lifestyle change.

While one may initially consider a shorter length of stay, there are countless benefits that accumulate from a longer period of stay, including better short-term and long-term health, improved mental wellness and stability, significantly increased likelihood of long-term recovery, and future savings from consistent long-term sobriety.

Clients that opted for a treatment plan that was closer to 90 days were 53 percent more likely to have maintained unbroken sobriety one year after treatment. In this study, approximately 85 percent of those individuals who opted for a treatment program that was closer to a 90 days were still sober a year after their treatment.

ABT’s 90-day Program: Healing the Brain for a Bright Future

When the treatment process initially begins, the chemical balance in the individual’s brain is still experiencing wild fluctuations. When an individual has been in active addiction for an extended period of time, the chemical structure within the brain has adjusted to a chemical balance that comes to depend on regular dosage in order to function.

When a client undergoes detox, the chemical homeostasis in the brain is again disrupted as the body expels the toxins from the body. During this period of time, the client may experience difficulty concentrating, irritability, insomnia, body aches, anhedonia, which is the inability to feel any joy or happiness, and other disruptive psychological and biochemical symptoms.

These symptoms take time and will continue for weeks after initial detox. When people participate in a longer treatment process, their mental and emotional state is given time to become normal again; it is then that the learning process and practicing of the tools that are crucial to long-term recovery can truly begin.

In a 90-day treatment period, the client is given the much-needed time to chemically readjust in an environment that decreases outside stressors. For a positive step in the right direction, 90-day treatment plans focus on making the first couple weeks of treatment as stress-free and comfortable as possible to help encourage building a strong foundation of his or her recovery.

A Better Today’s Approach: Healing Families for this Family Disease 

A longer program of treatment also allows time for clients to address aspects of their lives that may have contributed to the continuation of addiction. One of the more common elements that people in recovery dig into is their family dynamic. Addiction itself is commonly referred to as a family disease. Even though addiction may only chemically affect the individual who is physically using, the entire family system is ultimately affected as well.

Within a family system, there is a level of balance or homeostasis between family members. When addiction takes a toll on one or more members, that homeostasis tends to become imbalanced. Ironically, just as an individual’s brain chemistry adjusts to accommodate their addiction, a family system will also often adjust to accommodate a family member’s addictive behaviors.

For example, a parent suffering from active addiction is unlikely to be able to function effectively in a parental capacity. In response to this reality, the addict’s partner may compensate by taking on additional parental roles as a way of maintaining order within the family’s structure. A new, unhealthy familial homeostasis soon emerges.

Once circumstances devolve to a point where the addicted individual becomes aware that they need help, another unavoidable change to the family system occurs. The struggling addict is now receiving treatment, the recovery process has started, however, the addict’s family homeostasis often continues to be imbalanced and unhealthy. If a client is going to achieve long-term sobriety, it is important that the family imbalances during active addiction are addressed and set right during treatment.

Working with a client to change familial patterns and set them on a course toward healthy homeostasis cannot be achieved quickly. Healing and changing takes time, dedication, effort, commitment, and ultimately a lot of patience. Moreover, a client’s psychological, biological, and brain-chemistry must first come back into balance before familial therapy can begin.

If the restoration of familial balance does not begin to occur during a client’s treatment stay, it is highly unlikely that the client will achieve long-term sobriety post-treatment.

In other words, a client does themselves and their families a disservice by expecting that a shorter treatment length of stay will be effective in treating their addiction and all the suffering it has caused.

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Addressing Client Co-Occurring Disorders is Key to the ABT Approach

Another factor that compels personalized, tailored and typically longer treatment lengths is the presence of co-occurring disorders, the combination of addiction and mental illness. Co-occurring disorders complicate the recovery process. If a client’s substance abuse issues are addressed without treating other psychological illnesses that may have emerged during the client’s phase of active addiction, the likelihood of post-treatment success is severely reduced.

Yet at the same time, if the mental illness is addressed without treating the substance abuse, continued substance abuse will render mental-health treatment ineffective.

Thus, the only effective manner of treating co-occurring disorders has come to be known as dual diagnosis treatment, in which both mental health issues and substance abuse issues are treated simultaneously. Dual diagnosis treatment cannot be accomplished quickly and it takes time, dedication, effort, commitment, and ultimately a lot of patience.

Length of time is truly dependent on the character and severity of the issues at hand. The clients’ commitment and willingness to address their issues by listening to our experienced professionals and putting using the tools we teach. This is why a client’s length of stay at ABT is tailored to personal needs and is dependent on client’s effort. It is also why a longer length of stay for any treatment episode is recommended and preferable.

  1. NIDA (2012). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition). Retrieved January 19, 2017, from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition

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