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How Long Will Treatment Last?
As previously mentioned, the minimum length of residential treatment is 28 days – it has been proven that it takes an entire month to break old habits and instill new, healthy ways of coping. However, it is recommended that patients who are serious about maintaining long-term recovery attend treatment for a minimum of three months. Learning to live an entirely new way of life takes time. Those who have been using drugs or drinking for years upon years will have come to rely on chemical substances as a part of their daily routine. They will need to make necessary changes, replacing their drinking and drug use with other, healthy habits. It isn’t an easy transition to make, and self-exploration plays a huge role in long-term sobriety. The therapists and counselors that are on-staff at residential properties will help newly-sober men and women explore new options, helping them find what it is they like to do. Three months may seem like a long time to those who have never been in inpatient treatment before – but it is certainly a small price to pay for a lifetime of health, happiness, and fulfillment.
Willingness is Key
Structure is extremely important for those new to recovery, and all residential treatment facilities will come equipped with a fair amount of rules. In most cases, the base rules are similar:
- Patients may not leave the premises.
- Patients must participate in group and one-on-one therapy sessions.
- Patients must undergo regular drug tests (and, of course, maintain complete abstinence from all mood and mind altering substances).
- Patients must avoid conflict with others.
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