Long Term Treatment
In many cases of addiction, particularly for those who experience chronic relapse, entering a long-term treatment program may be necessary. Long-term treatment focuses on addressing every issue surrounding addiction – from detoxification to reintegration into mainstream society. Long term treatment may last six months to a year, or may be of an indeterminate length, depending on the severity of the addiction.
Long-term treatment facilities are not usually in a hospital environment. Typically, they are modern, comfortable (although they may be austere), and pleasant. Staffed with fully qualified and licensed healthcare professionals, their goal is to assist both the patient and his or her family.
Long-term treatment comprises
- 24-hour care and behavior monitoring
- Full participation in the recovery process by the staff of the facility
- Programs tailored to individual needs and conditions
- Access to multiple treatment methodologies
- Diagnosing and treating co-occurring disorders
The carefully structured programs help clients recognize and change their ingrained beliefs regarding addiction and its consequences. They also introduce new patterns of behavior to replace those that have facilitated addiction. Therapy is tailored to individual circumstances using proven methodologies, and flexibility is a critical component in order to prevent regression by abandoning ineffective processes.
Family services are also provided in order to assist all who are affected by addiction. The ability of family members to actively participate and assist in the recovery process is both vital and proven to contribute to success.
After completion of long-term treatment, access to post-treatment care and services is provided to ensure that recovery progresses. To prevent a relapse, post-treatment includes
- Individual and Group Therapy sessions
- Community based support groups
Long-term treatment for drug and alcohol addiction is significantly effective in ending the cycle of addiction by correctly incorporating treatment modalities that focus on the needs of the individual patient. When effective post-treatment programs are instituted, both the patients and their families are given the necessary tools for recovery.