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Long-Term Addiction Treatment
Continued Care for Total Healing
One of the tragic realities of addiction is that many don’t get help right away, and some never get help at all. The longer substance abuse and chemical dependency are allowed to continue to go unaddressed, the greater damage they cause in a person’s life and the lives of those they care about. This often means that by the time they actually do seek treatment, they need a particularly intense level of care to help them regain control of their lives, and to become the vibrant and focused person they were prior to when they started abusing drugs and alcohol.
What Is Long-term Addiction Treatment?
Long-term addiction treatment immerses patients in their recovery and focuses on preparing them to live independently while they’re overcoming drug and alcohol abuse. Programs can last anywhere from three months to a year and incorporate a variety of physical, psychological and lifestyle therapies to help patients focus on rebuilding their lives. This type of treatment is generally reserved for patients who:
- Have a Long and Extended History of Addiction
- Have Relapsed after Multiple Inpatient and/or Outpatient Programs
- Have Experienced Acute Psychological or Neurophysiological Trauma due to Their Continued Substance Abuse
- Have Experienced Severe Legal or Lifestyle Problems due to Their Substance Abuse
Long-term treatment is customized to fit each patient’s care and lifestyle needs. Some of the areas on which this treatment often focuses include sober-living, career assistance, relapse prevention, life skills improvement and more. These areas are addressed in more detail after patients complete a traditional residential program and are referred to long-term treatment by their treatment professional. Long-term treatment can also include medication-assisted therapy for those who qualify. Patents’ physicians work with their treatment professionals administer a closely supervised course of maintenance drugs like buprenorphine, methadone or Vivitrol™.
What Happens in Long-Term Treatment?
Long-term treatment starts with traditional detox and rehab. Rehabilitation includes counseling, behavior modification, group therapy, and supplemental therapies. Those requiring long-term treatment will usually first get help from an inpatient treatment facility. Patients staying in long-term treatment are monitored on an ongoing basis. They stay in the program based on their progress until their treatment providers feel as through they’re ready to graduate and live on their own. Progress is cumulative and must be continuously assessed by patients’ treatment professionals before discharge and aftercare can be arranged.