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.
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.
Treatment Time Frames
The length of primary treatment is between 4 weeks and 8 weeks depending on your motivation and ability to change. If you have a long detox then that maybe a factor. We are often busy and demand is you may have a short wait, but it is worth it if you want the best treatment. We also offer long-term programs at our second stage center which can include learning teaching English as a foreign language to Thai children.
What about staying 28 days?
You can learn and experience a lot in 28 days, cleanse you body physically and get a healthy structure established if you work hard. It is a positive start away from the usual stressors and triggers in your life i.e. people, places and things. Also, being around other recovering people and a clean environment are extremely important for motivation.
Can I not only do a detox?
A quick detox, known as the acute phase, is unlikely to be a lasting answer, it is usually a quick fix like the using itself, or as we say “Flight to Health”. The user in the long term is like a rat that has become habituated by a scientist to choosing the drug or alcohol overeating and other healthy activities. The rat cannot control the neurological impulse to choose the substance – the same applies to those caught up in addiction.
What to consider?
With all this in your mind, it is important to allow for up to 3 months initial rehabilitation, whether it’s in Hope Rehab or at home or somewhere else. Early feelings of stability can be positive. However, they are misleading and leave one unprepared for inevitable difficulties. They are sometimes called the honeymoon period.
It is after things the initial adjustment period that you really begin to deal with underlying emotional and social conflicts – you do this by working a program. Remember that stress causes cravings, so you should resolve issues and conflicts as soon as safely possible. You do this by accepting responsibility for past behaviour, and by facing and resolving the deepest anxieties, eventually making amends to yourself, to family, and to society. When conflicts are resolved, peace and serenity become possible.
Most addicts are not consciously aware of many of the conflicts from which they actually suffer. This is where residential treatment and the professionals can help.
The Warehouse Effect
This is one of the most successful elements of a long-term rehab program. It refers to the idea that it takes around 90 days for a person to “break a habit” and in general, the idea works by “warehousing” addicts in a safe place that provides therapies and education. This is why Alcoholics Anonymous has the historic slogan “90 Meetings in The First 90 Days”. According to NIDA research, those who complete 90 consecutive days of residential treatment are 35% more likely to maintain 5 years of unbroken recovery than people who do not.
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:
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“Benefits of Long-Term Treatment” by Henk Nagel