Why 30-Day Alcohol & Drug Treatment Doesn’t Work
Many clinical studies show that 30 day treatment for alcohol and drug addictions only offer a success rate of around 10% after one year. In fact, within 3 or 4 months the vast majority of those who attempt to gain sobriety have returned to using.
This pattern with opioid addiction and alcoholism is something the addiction field has observed for years.
Why 30 Day Treatment Doesn’t Work?
The idea of 30 day treatment has become so ubiquitous that the words “30 days” is often shorthand for the concept of addiction treatment altogether. But expecting people to heal in 30 days is unrealistic and even dangerous in some cases. Especially when co-occurring disorders are in play.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse published a report in 1999 that stated that anyone attending substance abuse therapy for a period of under 90 days has a far greater chance of relapse. The study also reports that 90 days is not the gold standard, and staying in rehab for 90 does not guarantee recovery by any means.
*One study of narcotic users showed that 35% of patients who attended 90 days of inpatient treatment stayed off drugs for a period of one year or more. Addicts who received 30 days of inpatient treatment only reached 1 year of sobriety at a rate of 17%. Another study of children under that age of 18 showed a significant increase in relapse rates for patients who attended less than 90 days of treatment.
Why Longer Treatment Leads to Better Outcomes
Substance abuse disorders have a way of mimicking and camouflaging each other. If you are struggling with a co-occurring addiction, it is important:
- that you are assessed after the discontinuation of drug use
- successful completion of detox to tease out the exact nature of your symptoms and identify your needs
This tends to be a lengthy process that takes place over the course of several weeks to months as you complete withdrawal. Gaining this level of clarity is critical to ensuring that your treatment plan is designed to address the underlying causes of your specific symptoms, in addition to helping you understand the complex relationship between your mental illness and your substance abuse.
Letting The Brain Heal
Drug use can produce changes in the brain that diminish your ability to:
- exercise good judgment
- impair logic and memory
- impede healthy emotional function
Healing from this damage takes time, and for the vast majority, a lot of time. It takes a fundamental shift of the way we must live life if we are to stay free of alcohol and drugs. As Shari Roan writes for the Los Angeles Times, “Brain scans of recovering addicts support the idea that changes are still taking place three months or more after treatment.”
Depending on the specifics of your illness, it can take over a year for your brain to restore itself. Treatment can encourage more rapid healing of the brain using specific strategies to stimulate neurogenesis. Remaining in treatment during this invaluable time also allows you to more benefit from your therapeutic experiences. As your brain heals and becomes better equipped to make positive change.
Finding Long-Term Dual Diagnosis Treatment
- A naltrexone pellet implant
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) based, solution-oriented counseling
- 12 months of aftercare with a certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS)
- 12 months of Recovery Coaching
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