Important Benefits of Long-Term Treatment

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Important Benefits of Long-Term Treatment

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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.

Long-term treatment for long-term success.

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.

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, especially 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • ‘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.

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

  • 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.

What a morning. I woke up in floods of tears reflecting on 90 days clean and sober today. I just had tears of joy pouring out of me. I literally cannot believe it. I didn’t think it was possible. I found myself a sponsor. She is amazing! She’s a hard ass who seems to know how to communicate with me so that I don’t shut down. I’m excited to start step one with her. And I feel like I can’t take any credit. I found myself thanking God. So how’s this for cool: I accidentally read June 10 of the just for today book yesterday, so I decided to read June 9 today. And how perfect. My higher power did a magic little switcheroo on me!! It says, just for today I will acknowledge the miracle of my recovery and be grateful that I’ve found it. I got down on my knees for the first time this morning, since I begged God to help me before I went into rehab. And I prayed. I’m really overcome today. I couldn’t have done any of this without you and everyone at Hope. I love you all so much. 90 days isn’t a lot of time, but you know this has already been beyond my wildest dreams so I can’t even imagine what the future holds. Thank you so much for your ongoing support. All in all, feeling good!! Hope you are all also well. Thank you for letting me share that with you!

– K___ NZ


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“Benefits of Long-Term Treatment” by Henk Nagel