Important benefits of long-term treatment


"Long-Term treatment for Long-Term success"

Clients do well at Hope, so long they are motivated and willing, however this can require a longer-term treatment plan. So to encourage long term commitment we offer low rates, for Second and third months, also some clients go on to the Second stage project, Hope’s sober living facility costing much less. The program includes learning to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL) to Thai children, that is possibly one of the most profound ways to grow and change. Also the appropriate candidates will be allowed to stay on and do voluntary work at Hope.

Why residential Rehab?

Important benefits of long-term treatment have been evidenced in reports and research on treatment timeframes that have for a long time confirm the effectiveness of residential treatment programs such as ours. This indicating that Rehab is more effective than any other method of treatment and that a client's length of stay is also a factor in succeeding - National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

How long should you stay?

Residential treatment-timeframes often last between 28 days and a few months, however clinical wisdom suggests the time required for permanent behaviour change is 90 days even though 28 days is the most commonly offered  globally due to child care, insurance company pay structures, costs, annual leave allowances, family commitments, business and education priorities. 



Important benefits of long-term treatment

  • The highest chance of achieving long-term freedom from addiction is with long-term treatment. There are a whole lot of benefits that clients gain by committing to long-term treatment. I will outline the main ones below:


  • The amount of knowledge about addiction learned from both primary and secondary stage treatment is huge. After long-term treatment clients use the lessons learned much more effectively.


  • A ‘quick fix’ doesn’t exist,  specially after years of substance abuse. It is addict behavior to look for a ‘quick fix’ and it has a much small(er) chance of succeeding.


  • ‘Breaking the denial’ is an important part of treatment, and it takes time and effort to see your reality free from the addicts distorted thinking.


  • It also takes time for people to emotionally stabilize after years of addiction. Many clients experience an ‘emotional rollercoaster’ when they stop using their drug of choice and it can take weeks, sometimes months, for someone to get comfortable in their own skin.


  • Most addicts have developed unhelpful negative habits (responses, behavior, thoughts etc) so to combat this effectively the person needs sufficient time and support to change.


  • It might be obvious but the success rate is much higher when a client leaves being 110 percent ready instead of 80.


  • Clients feel more secure and confident after leaving long-term treatment because they know they now have the knowledge and experience combined with all the behavior changes they have already made.


  • Physical health improves much more. In the first weeks exercising goes slowly for most clients because most addicts aren’t in a good physical health. After a few weeks exercising starts to become a habit and then health and well being improves enormously.


  • Psychologists agree that the time to create effective changes in behavior takes a minimum of three months.


  • Detachment from life issues that seemed very important when entering rehab, seems much less important after a few months.


What to expect?

The healing process comes from an internal shift called pro-addictions or healthy daily rituals, developing new neural pathways in your brain. After approximately 12 week of neurological pacification the reoccurring compulsion or obsession to use a substance is relieved. This is accomplished through a neurological re-wiring by working a program.

Benefits of long-term treatment by Henk Nagel