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How long is rehab?

The length of time taken to undergo rehab does vary from case to case, with several deciding factors to consider such as the substance involved, how long you’ve been addicted, age as well as physical and mental health.

If you’re facing addiction, seeking treatment can seem intimidating or daunting. You’re likely wondering what your family and friends will think, how much will rehab cost, where will your rehab centre be located, what it is like inside and how long your rehabilitation will last.

Rest assured, Port of Call are on hand to answer any questions that are common concerns amongst those seeking help. Our team have been there too, so we understand how uneasy these first steps to sobriety can be.

In asking yourself ‘how long is rehab’, it is important to understand that your experience will be entirely different from anyone else’s treatment and recovery.

Different clinics offer rehab of varying lengths. That is purely down to the fact that different people require their own unique approach to a life free of drugs and alcohol.

The severity of your addiction often dictates the length of time spent in rehab. We encourage people seeking help to remember that there is a positive correlation between lengthier rehabilitation and higher success rates of recovery.

Understanding your choice of treatment

People can become addicted to many different vices, including but not limited to the below;

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Cocaine
  • Cannabis
  • Prescription drugs
  • Gambling
  • Sex / Pornography

The three most common forms of rehab are;

  • Inpatient
  • Long-term inpatient
  • Outpatient

Understanding which course of treatment is right for you depends on your circumstances. Patients often sign up to a 28-day inpatient programme, and then adjust the length of stay if it is required.

A 28-day rehabilitation stay can often prove to be enough time to see a patient through the initial withdrawal symptoms associated with detox, as well as moving towards a recovery plan.

We would strongly advise against deciding on the length of rehab based on finance. In many cases, the addiction in question has already cost a substantial amount of money, and addicts are concerned about not being able to afford the care required to be free of addiction.

Don’t let money stand in the way of your correct course of treatment. There are ways to finance your private rehab, and always remember – the long-term value of a life without addiction truly is priceless.

If you can relate to any of the above, now is the time to take the steps required to reach recovery. Let’s look at the different courses of treatment and how long rehab typically takes for each one.

Addiction recovery: How long is rehab?

Types of rehab

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Residential by nature, inpatient rehab programmes typically start out as a 28-day stay. As previously mentioned, this timeframe can be altered as a patient’s condition becomes clearer.

The first week or two tends to revolve around becoming acclimatised with your surroundings and detoxing, before you are ready to address some of the emotional issues through individual and group therapy sessions.

From there, an aftercare plan is put in place to help you navigate life after rehab and to aid the recovery process.

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A long-term inpatient programme can last for 60 days, 90 days or even longer. Individuals diagnosed with more severe addictions usually require more intensive treatment. As a rule, the longer someone spends in rehab the better their chances of recovery, making long-term treatment very successful for those who have struggled with addiction for a longer amount of time.

Again, finance or circumstance should not deter you from committing to the correct rehabilitation plan. This is your future you are dealing with, it is essential that you get it right.

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Outpatient rehab can prove to be extremely effective for some people. If you wish to continue working or have responsibilities at home, this form of rehabilitation treatment could be ideal. Additionally, outpatient rehab can be an option for a person that has completed inpatient treatment but wishes to continue with their rehabilitation.

Outpatient recovery programmes usually require between 10-12 hours a week spent visiting a local treatment centre. Sessions tend to focus on education, individual and group counselling, as well as teaching people how to cope without their addiction.

Twelve step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are also encouraged as part of outpatient treatment. Meetings often take place in the early morning or evening time, allowing for a normal schedule to be maintained.

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Life after rehab

Recovery from addiction is an ongoing process that requires dedication. Research suggests that most relapses occur in the first six months after treatment.

It is important to know your triggers. Doing so gives you the best possible chance of avoiding relapse. Make sure your close family and friends are aware of your situation and that they are on hand to provide support when needed in a time of crisis.

Port of Call highly recommend thinking about adding new social activities and hobbies to your regular routine to keep you focused on positive changes. Have you considered taking a new class? Or perhaps you’d like to take on a new sport, learn to play an instrument or do some volunteering.

All are good suggestions and can help you to prepare for life after rehab.

There are other forms of treatment plans available to those mentioned, and we urge you to get in touch today and find out how Port of Call can help you decide which is best for you.

We’d also recommend visiting our UK private alcohol rehab clinics page and taking a look at some of the treatment centres closest to you.

Remember, rehabilitation can be designed to suit you. It’s not one size fits all.

About the author: Alex Molyneux

Alex is our admissions team leader. Over the last 5 years he has spoken with more than 10,000 people via our helpline and has organised over 1,000 detox and rehabilitation placements.

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