When it comes to addiction treatment programs, you have two main categories: outpatient and inpatient. As you might have guessed, outpatient programs allow patients to continue living at home while they complete treatment, requiring them to commute to their treatment facilities for each day’s therapies. By comparison, inpatient programs afford patients not only with treatments but with accommodations for the duration of their programming. However, within the inpatient category, recovery programs can be further broken into short-term programs and long-term  programs. Between the two, long-term programs are considered the most effective resource for addiction recovery; let’s find out why.

What is a Long-term Treatment Program in Florida?

Long-term programs are a form of addiction treatment wherein patients attend inpatient-style recovery programs for a period of three months or more. Short-term programs typically last for a period of about a month — or, more specifically, four weeks — while long-term programs require much more of a time commitment. However, it’s not just the amount of time spent in treatment that distinguishes long-term from short-term programs; due to the increased amount of treatment time these programs offer, long-term programs afford patients with a much greater opportunity to personalize the curricula of their programs.

The reason for this is, quite simply, because short-term programs are more limited in time and must make sure to offer all the most important components of a rehabilitative curriculum.Meanwhile, long-term programs can meet those essential needs while also allowing patients to incorporate a number of treatments, therapies, services, or other resources of their choosing. In short, this gives long-term programs the potential to be a much more personal experience.

What is the Long-Term Treatment Process?

Completing a long-term treatment program is a very different experience from completing a short-term program. Part of the reason for this is due to the great level of variation that a long-term program curriculum can exhibit from one patient to the next. But there are other key differences, too, so let’s consider the overall process involved in completing a long-term addiction treatment program.

After a person has chosen a long-term rehabilitative program, the first thing he or she would need to do is complete the intake process. In the plainest terms, intake is when an incoming patient meets with an intake coordinator so that the coordinator can assess the severity of the patient’s addictive and make a tentative outline for the completion of his or her program. It’s during this encounter that the length of the program and its curriculum are chosen based on what the coordinator assesses the patient’s needs to be as well as the preferences of the patient. However, there’s another reason why the intake process is important for long-term programs, and that’s because long-term treatment often involves some type of graduated, or step-based, progression through different levels of treatment.

Oftentimes, this means that a patient may start a long-term rehabilitative program by participating in treatments for several hours each day, five days per week; after a month of this schedule, the individual may ‘graduate’ into a different level of treatment that involves a slightly lesser intensity of treatment with a little more time spent in group sessions. This type of step-based recovery plan is extremely common and quite popular since it takes the progress a patient makes at various points in the process into consideration, adapting the parameters of the program to meet those changing needs.

Knowing When a Florida Long-term Treatment Program is Right for You

With long-term programs being the most intensive form of addiction treatment, they’re unanimously believed to be the most effective type of treatment program with one of the highest rates of success. However, despite being one of the best forms of treatment, long-term inpatient programs may not always be the optimal choice for a person’s recovery needs, so it’s important to know when you’re in need of what a long-term program can provide.

One of the biggest drawbacks and inhibitors of long-term treatment is that it’s a huge time commitment, requiring individuals to leave their homes and take temporary residency in their addiction treatment facilities. Inevitably, some individuals aren’t able to make this kind of commitment — it’s particularly difficult for parents of young children or individuals with some other type of dependents — and be gone from home for several months or more. However, there are far more benefits than drawbacks. If you’re able to make the commitment, you could benefit from the reassurance of having a safe, stable, drug-free environment in which to focus on your recovery. As well, there are immense benefits to the step-based format of addiction recovery treatment.

If you or someone you love would like to learn more about long-term treatment or some other form of addiction treatment, contact us today.