Long-term Rehab

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Long-term rehab or residential treatment centers typically involves several days of closely monitored detox, followed by 90 to 120 days of intensive substance abuse therapy and aftercare planning. This type of rehab works well for individuals with long-standing or severe addictions, as well as dually diagnosed patients, or those individuals who struggle with both a substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health disorder. Residential treatment centers can also provide assistance for adolescents addicted to drugs or alcohol.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, highly structured long-term rehab programs in therapeutic communities typically last from 6 to 12 months. Long-term rehab is recommended for people who are exhibiting recovery challenges as part of a more standard, shorter-term inpatient or residential rehab program, or people who experience multiple relapses and other difficulties following the completion of one of these inpatient treatment programs. One variety of long-term recovery setting – that of the therapeutic community – exist specifically tailored to specific demographic groups, such as women who have children, pregnant women, as well adolescents and teens.



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