Choosing a Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program

alcoholic-relapse-300x200There are many options when choosing how to go about your recovery from drugs or alcohol.  Short-term programs lasting 28-30 days usually assist patients through the detox period and provide on-location counseling to help the patient understand more about their addiction.

These facilities will usually address aftercare plans for the patient upon completing their program, looking through the various options aimed to increase their chances of remaining sober.  Cost for short-term treatment is affordable and most facilities take insurance.

60 and 90 day programs offer an extension of these services along with seeing to the patient understanding the importance of having a support group and getting involved in one.  Having a strong support system is crucial to sobriety as it essentially acts as a community to bounce thoughts around to your peers sharing the same struggles.

These mid-range facilities can address symptoms and behaviors that a 30 day program wouldn’t have the proper time or resources to.  Naturally, the success rates of mid-range programs tends to show a slight increase from 28-30 day programs.

Depending on many factors such as severity of addiction, lengths of stay in an in-patient facility range.  The most successful programs by a large margin come from long-term treatment.  Time plays a crucial role in recovery – as the more time an individual works on him or herself, the greater their odds of staying sober becomes.

It sometimes takes a couple of months sober for an addict to begin to acknowledge the identity they had forged for themselves in their using is wrong.  Upon confronting the reality of their situation is when the real changes start to appear.

Drug and alcohol rehab statistics show that the percentage of people who will relapse after a period recovery ranges from 50% to 90%.

Drug and alcohol rehab statistics show that the percentage of people who will relapse after a period recovery ranges from 50% to 90%.

Relapse after a drug or alcohol detox/recovery program ranges anywhere from 50%-90%.  This overwhelming statistic is commonly used by addicts wishing to discount available help and continue in their using.  The statistics have also shown the more time one spends in treatment, the greater their odds of retaining sobriety becomes.

L&B Recovery Systems, a Kentucky based addiction recovery center, released a study in 2006 demonstrating that residents who completed their long-term addiction aftercare program remained sober multiple years afterwards. A 16% relapse rate was found among patients who graduated their long-term recovery program.

This demonstrates the difference between short-term and long-term treatment.


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