One of the biggest questions addicts ask themselves when considering going to an inpatient rehab center is, in addition to what center they should go to, how long should they admit themselves into treatment for?  What is the perfect length of time for rehab?  What is not long enough?  What is too long?  It’s obvious that there would be some sort of ideal length of time that one should be in a rehab center for.  Ideally, one would be in rehab for a length of time that was conducive to a full rehabilitation and recovery from addiction, but not much longer than that.  The most important things to consider have been simplified and outlined here to give the reader a better idea of what is considered an ideal amount of time spent in a rehab center.

What the Professionals Have to Say About It

With addiction statistics all across the nation in a skyrocketing trend, professionals have been working hard to determine the absolute most effective rehabilitation models and time lengths that can deal with the rising tide of addiction struggles that face the nation today.

Because there are so many different drug and alcohol addicts in the nation and because no two addicts are the same, it can be quite tricky to find the perfect time frame for a rehab center.  One person might appear to need four weeks, another might appear to need four months.  How then does one come to a conclusion on a time frame for rehab that is the most conducive to a lifetime of sobriety?

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment by any means at all.  In previous decades when that was attempted in never worked and was abandoned quickly. Needs are different for each individual without a doubt, and people progress at different rates than others.  Addict or no addict, they are still individuals. With this being said however, the infamous National Institute on Drug Abuse, (NIDA), proclaimed that:

“Nothing less than a sheer minimum of three months is necessary to truly effect positive change in an individual’s addiction principles, while some people may need treatment that lasts up to a year even.”

NIDA made a study on recovered individuals and surveyed who had relapsed and who hadn’t.  Based on this study and other similar ones done like it, it was concluded that a three month program was the all around best length of time to rehabilitate the most people full and completely.

Shorter treatment, and this really cannot be stressed enough, is of a very limited value indeed and often does not accomplish much.  Even though a thirty day treatment plan is more affordable and requires less time away from work and family, it is by far inadequate time for recovery and barely time for cravings to wane fully.  There is the incentive on the part of the addict do to this type of program because of how short it is, but that is not a good thing.

The Stable Datum on the Issue

There is a very rare occurrence that comes about once in awhile that justifies a thirty day program or rehab center.  This is the case in which one has not been abusing drugs and alcohol for very long at all, and has only recently become addicted.  If someone has only been hooked on his or her drug of choice for a matter of a few months then a thirty day program is probably sufficient.  These thirty day programs are great for someone who has recently come on hard times and who just recently starting using and abusing drugs and alcohol and who wants to quit the habit once and for all and for good before it gets too bad.  Even for them, the question must be asked:

“How can one possibly hope to recover from an addiction that has bee a central and ruling feature in his or her life for a matter of years at a treatment center that only last for thirty days?  It is not possible is the truth.  When one has been addicted to drugs and alcohol for many months or years it becomes necessary to pursue a longer rehab program just to be able to repair all of the damage done by drugs and alcohol; addiction and substance abuse in general.  if one does not do this then he or she will be jilting himself or herself out of a full recovery and will most likely relapse as a result.”

You should never sell yourself short when it comes to rehab.  This is your future that is being discussed here.  This is the make it or break it part of your life that is on the line.  If you do not get enough time in rehab to really, truly address all of the underlying issues of addiction that have made such an impact on you over the years then a relapse is almost guaranteed.  You can’t afford to leave any stone unturned in your quest for sobriety and lifelong recovery.  It is a hard path and a long one at that, but it is walkable and it is walked every day by people who have been through rehab.  Take their experience and advice to heart and go with a center that offers a three month program or something close to that.