Important Benefits of Long-Term Treatment
Hope offers 30-day intensive treatment programs; that is to say, we pack in a lot of activities, therapy and learning – as much as is healthy. This is because many people simply do not have the option to stay longer. For some drugs such as opiates and Benzo’s, we require a minimum 2-month commitment due to a longer detox period. For clients with the time and the resources, we also recommend staying as long as possible. This is why Hope has developed a second stage program.
Why Residential Rehab?
Important benefits of long-term treatment have been evidenced in reports and research on treatment timeframes. These have for a long time confirmed the effectiveness of residential treatment programs such as ours. This is 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 weeks 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 may be 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.
As we all know addiction isn’t conquered overnight. For many, it took time to develop the habits and behaviours that feed addiction. So it stands to reason that it will take time to change. A simple detox or quick fix is a “flight to health” and rarely achieves lasting results. Some people complete a month and then continue the recovery therapy in their community which is challenging and only successful for some.
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 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.
What to consider?
Addiction is a consuming and powerful condition. However, it is treatable with the right help and program. At Hope, we achieve a state of lasting wellness by incorporating evidence-based cognitive psychology with holistic disciplines and a recovery program. We also include the universal spiritual practices of mindfulness and meditation. These are proven coping techniques for some triggers, such as anxiety, stress, and depression. Even our beach activity weekends provide a chance to relax and enjoy time off without using alcohol or drugs.
Residential Rehab is proven to be the best way to overcome addiction issues. Alcohol Rehab Programs and Drug Rehab Programs do vary according to individual needs. So whether you want to stop drinking or stop anything, or you are experiencing difficulties coping with issues such as stress, depression and anxiety, we can help. We suggest you read our website carefully to get more of an understanding of our treatment methodology.
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”, practise new behaviours and to extinguish the old, destructive behaviours and dependencies. 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. Of course, it still requires a careful and well-managed lifestyle after treatment but can be achieved.
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:
Costs of treatment: Discounts on longer-term stays
Cost of treatment is an important factor, and we are determined to keep prices at a reasonable level to make treatment available. In fact, to encourage clients to commit to longer stays at Hope we offer substantial discounts. We have created a personal and homely atmosphere, providing a sanctuary for our clients to make positive changes in their lives.
Thailand is a country that can be visited all year round, particularly in our area. Our location has the most number of sunny and dry days with the occasional refreshing tropical shower that keeps a fresh and healthy environmental balance.
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“Benefits of Long-Term Treatment” by Henk Nagel
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