The decision to seek treatment for a mental illness or addiction is monumental. Once you’ve taken the leap, the journey gains momentum quickly. A reputable treatment center will provide you with all the support, resources, and tools that you need to overcome your obstacles and live a happier, healthier life. If you’re searching for a treatment program, there are often many options to choose from – residential, outpatient, detoxification programs and more all offer different types of services and different lengths of stays, meaning that it will depend on what type of program you go into. However, it’s typically best for you to attend the best intensive program that you can; as the National Institute on Drug Abuse states, “good outcomes are contingent on adequate treatment length.” Below is a breakdown of each:
- Residential treatment programs – these can range from one month to half a year, to an entire year – depending on what you need most. Most individuals with severe addictions or mental illnesses require longer periods of time so that they have the support they need to get back on track.
- Outpatient treatment programs – these types of programs often last 30 to 90 days and provide you with the opportunity to return home each day after your daily individual and group recovery sessions are complete. With this, individuals typically have a safe environment at home with a positive support system and may need to utilize outpatient treatment to help them strengthen the tools they need to work through particular symptoms or problems.
- Detoxification programs – most detox programs are 3, 5, or 7 days long, depending on the severity of the addiction.
- Hospitalization – the length of stay with this ranges from a few days to a few weeks but are mainly for individuals with a severe mental illness who experience a period in which their mental illness temporarily worsens. Ultimately, hospitalization is to help stabilize and support them while they become more grounded.
Unfortunately, many treatment programs become shortened for individuals due to drop out; a 2014 study published in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse found that self-stigma, enacted stigma, and shame because of one’s condition is directly linked to their length of stay in treatment. If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center about your needs, fears, wants, and hopes for the future. The right treatment program will make you feel welcomed, heard, and cared for.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.