How Long Is Drug And Alcohol Addiction Treatment?

Published 8 June 2020 in Alcohol Addiction Drugs Rehab

How Long Is Drug And Alcohol Addiction Treatment?If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol you might want to consider getting professional help in the form of a rehabilitation or rehab programme. It’s a proven fact that you are more likely to recover in rehab than trying to go it alone and there are a number of reasons for this.

Addiction itself essentially rewires your brain, making it very difficult to conquer on your own. Addiction is characterised by a compulsion to continue drinking or using the substance, even though you know there will be negative consequences. Attempting to detox by going cold turkey can be both difficult and potentially dangerous as the process is usually accompanied by a wide range of physical and psychological side effects that can be severe. Even if you manage to get clean, it is incredibly tough staying that way without the knowledge and tools that can be gained through rehab.

 

How long is drug and alcohol rehab?

Some drug and alcohol treatment programmes are outpatient or community based. This tends to be the case with treatments available on the NHS, where residential programmes are few and far between and generally have long waiting lists. Community based treatment certainly has its place, but we believe that inpatient rehab offers the very best chance for an individual who is addicted to alcohol or drugs to both get clean and make a long-term recovery.

This is because you are free to focus entirely on your recovery during the duration of your stay. You are also away from people, places and other triggers that may be linked to your drinking or drug use. Drink and drugs will not be readily available – it might not surprise you to learn that alcohol rehab clinics tend not to have alcohol-stocked bars! – and you will have constant support and access to professionals with a wide range of expertise related to addiction.

There are some issues though and, by its very nature, a stay in rehab involves taking time out from your everyday life in order to focus on fighting your addiction. The benefits almost always outweigh the potential costs but residential treatment is not for everyone. Some functioning addicts might not feel they can take time out from their jobs or family life, although most will find that it is increasingly difficult to maintain these areas of their lives while in the grip of addiction. Others might feel there is a stigma attached to rehab, or that it is only for the rich and famous – which is most definitely not the case. There are costs involved however and it is natural to ask the question ‘How long is inpatient alcohol rehab?’

The short answer is that the duration of rehab can vary. It’s important to remember that everyone struggling with an addiction problem is an individual with their own individual needs. Different kinds of programme can also have different durations, so let’s look a little further into what rehab entails and how long different rehab programs can take.

 

How long is rehab for alcoholism?

If you are looking for rehabilitation treatment for alcoholism you might be looking at anywhere from a week to 90 days. In most cases, one of the first and most important steps will be detox. The process of actually processing the alcohol already in your system can be relatively short. A detox programme with a limited amount of follow-up care and treatment can take just a week but this is only one part of the battle. It’s also important to provide the patient or client with the tools and knowledge they need to avoid relapse and remain sober once they actually leave rehab. Many recovering alcoholics describe sobriety as a lifelong battle and an effective rehab will help prepare you for this. For this reason, many stays in rehab are more likely to be 28 days, while others may last 6 weeks, 8 weeks or approximately 12 weeks (often 90 days to be precise).

 

How long is rehab for drug addicts?

Similar stays may also be available if you are struggling with an addiction to drugs, whether these are prescription drugs or illegal substances. Different substance addictions present different challenges but the core process is still similar. First, you must get clean by undergoing a supervised detox process and then you can undergo various therapies, workshops and other treatments aimed at looking at the underlying causes of your addiction and equipping you with everything you need to stay clean.

Whether you are wrestling with an addiction to alcohol or drugs, you will be likely to need support extending into your life beyond rehab and often for far longer than 90 days. As well as providing aftercare programmes, rehab clinics can put you in touch with support groups and programmes that can help you to live a drug and alcohol-free life going forward.

 

How long is alcohol detox in rehab?

Detox refers to the period of time it takes for your body to process or metabolise the toxic substances (drugs or alcohol) already in your system. This is best done in a controlled and supervised environment as there can be severe withdrawal symptoms. It can be tough both physically and mentally. For those with mild or moderate alcohol addictions, the detox process will often begin within eight hours after the last drink and can last between five and seven days. For more severe alcoholism, withdrawal symptoms may not subside for two weeks or more.

For those fighting a drug addiction, the detox and withdrawal process can vary depending on the individual, the substance involved and the length and heaviness of usage. Cocaine withdrawal, for example, can have comparatively mild physical symptoms but serious psychological ones. Opioids such as heroin, meanwhile, can result in extremely serious physical withdrawal symptoms.

As already stated, detox is only one part of the overall battle. Holistic rehab programmes may also include treatments such as talking and group therapies, counselling and workshops exploring addiction and general health issues.