A person who has engaged in addiction for a long time may need more long-term, intensive therapy. While this may seem daunting, long-term recovery can provide a person with the support and resources they need to recover and lead a healthier life. Long term recovery is like that of a regular treatment plan, and involves stages of detox, counseling, and after care to optimize a person’s well-being. Recovery.org, a website that provides information on addiction and recovery, has noted that long-term recovery programs typically require 90 days to 120 days. Here is what to expect with long term recovery programs:


  • Detoxification: During this time in residential treatment, a person’s body expels the toxins of the drug or substance of their addiction. For people who experience unbearable withdrawal symptoms, medical care and supervision may be offered.
  • Therapy: Long-term recovery often incorporates therapy so that individuals can learn more about their addiction and its effects on themselves and others. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common approach used because it helps people change their negative thought patterns into more positive, productive ones. Researchers from Germany conducted a study in 2015 titled “Trans-sector Integrated Treatment in Psychosis and Addiction” and found that cognitive behavioral therapy had a positive impact on individuals with dual diagnosis.
  • Motivational Techniques: Family therapy may be offered to help individuals reconnect with family members and develop a stronger support system. Contingency management is described by Rehabs.com as providing incentives to encourage positive behaviors, such as earning movie passes, food items or vouchers for drug-free urine samples. Motivational interviewing is another technique that is non-judgmental and encourages individuals to continue treatment.
  • Activities: Some facilities may offer jobs for people to take on during their time in rehabilitation, and may also offer exercise programs and other health and wellness activities. Leah Miller, MA and writer for Rehabs, notes that meditation sessions, spa treatments, massage sessions, and nutritional consultations are just a few options that some facilities provide.


New Beginnings, a website that provides information for people in making decisions related to recovery and treatment, notes that long-term recovery can be beneficial because it provides ample time for a person to heal. Addiction can take a major toll on the body and mind – with proper support and treatment, a person can recover from the damaging effects of addiction. If you suffer from addiction, speak with a healthcare professional today to determine if long-term rehabilitation is an appropriate option for you.






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

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