After long periods of engaging with a substance or harmful behavior, a person’s physiology can become so intertwined with it that it’s impossible to treat within a short time. Additionally, some substances are so shocking to a person’s brain and nervous system that even a short time engaging with them necessitates long-term treatment. When there is an issue of deeply embedded physical or emotional dependence, an extended residential program is often the key to recovery. At Baltimore Detox Center, we can help you or someone you care about begin the recovery journey.
What Is Long-Term Rehab Treatment?
Long-term rehab treatment consists of a longer stay than typical inpatient treatment, usually 90 days, at a drug rehabilitation facility. This treatment often incorporates detox with medically trained supervision to monitor physical complications of drug withdrawal. Some common substances of abuse treated in a long-term treatment facility are alcohol, heroin, benzodiazepines, and opioids.
Many times people seeking help at a long-term residential treatment stay have already exhausted other options and are very likely to have experienced at least one relapse. When the potential for relapse is high and the drug use is severe enough, long-term treatment is considered the best option for a successful recovery. On the other hand, when a severe addiction is treated lightly, it usually follows a predictable treatment cycle, relapse, and remission. Leaving an addiction undertreated for long enough causes an individual to achieve sobriety only to lose it again repeatedly. The psychological and physical toll this takes on the body often has severe adverse outcomes, the worst being disability or premature death.
Is Long-Term Residential Treatment Right For You?
About 23.5 million people in the U.S. need drug or alcohol treatment, yet only about 2.6 million get the specific treatment they need. Seeking treatment is an essential step that most people suffering from addiction don’t even get the chance to make. While any recovery is a positive step toward freedom from addiction, sometimes long-term inpatient treatment is the only option with more than a slight chance of success. Addiction treatment professionals have stated that success in drug treatment is “contingent on adequate treatment length.” This is especially true when an individual has been suffering for an extended period or with heavier substances.
Detox in a long-term residential treatment center such as Baltimore Detox Center is a medically supervised process that slowly rids the body of the toxic substance with as minimal shock to the system as possible. The detoxification process is achieved gradually and aided by pharmaceuticals to alleviate the most uncomfortable parts of withdrawal.
Detox is often a necessary first step of addiction recovery. Long-term rehab is so successful because it allows necessary time for the body and brain chemistry to fully heal so all of the beneficial experiences of recovery can be fully integrated. Still, there are deeper underlying mechanisms driving addiction besides the drug of choice. The best strategy to address the emotional issues underlying addiction is an extended behavioral therapy plan in a structured environment.
Benefits of Long-Term Residential Treatment
Long-term rehab has a proven track record in treating severe addiction because it incorporates many different treatment methods, with the time and consistency needed for individuals to benefit from them genuinely. Some significant advantages of long-term therapy are:
- Extended time in controlled drug and alcohol-free setting
- Time for the body and brain to physically heal
- Structured daily schedules
- Medical supervision and a built-in support system of peers that can relate to your struggle and hold you accountable
- Addiction education programs
- Tweaking your treatment program as needed to ensure success
- Trained psychiatric staff to treat co-occurring mental and emotional disorders
- Help building upon life skills and self-confidence to achieve your goals in sobriety
- Making valuable future connections for your life on the other side of recovery
Find Hope with Long-Term Rehab at Baltimore Detox Center
If previous options have failed, or the addiction you or a member of your family is facing seems like it is beyond help, Baltimore Detox Center offers an opportunity for long-term residential treatment that can encourage you to meet your addiction head-on to achieve the sobriety that has seemed out of reach. Please call 833.714.1575 today to speak with a member of our compassionate staff.