There are a number of different types of addiction treatment programs, the majority of which exist on a spectrum. On the one end, there are the outpatient program; these programs see patients commuting to their treatment facilities for each day’s treatments. On the other hand, there are inpatient, addiction treatment programs. These are unanimously believed to be the most effective form of addiction treatment for a number of reasons that will be addressed below. However, treatment can further be broken down to short-term and long-term treatment. At present, let’s consider the benefits of short-term treatment and why a person might choose a short-term program over the alternatives.
What is Short-term Treatment for Drugs and Alcohol?
As you might expect, a short-term treatment program is an inpatient-style program that lasts for a relatively brief amount of time. In most cases, this means being in treatment for about a month, or four weeks. During this time, a patient will reside on-site within the facility, which allows a patient to participate in a much more intensive treatment regimen. Although the duration of the program is limited, short-term programs can entail up to six or more hours of treatment per day. Due to the volume of treatment in which a patient participates each day, these programs tend to have a high level of customization potential.
The Short-term Recovery Process
Upon choosing a short-term program, an individual must first complete an initial assessment. This involves meeting with an intake coordinator so that the coordinator can assess the severity of the incoming patient’s addiction; once the severity of the addiction is assessed, the coordinator and patient can work together to create a personalized recovery curriculum by picking and choosing the treatments that best address the patient’s needs from the treatments that the facility offers. Therefore, the curricula of most patients at a facility will be somewhat different due to the extent to which they’ve been able to choose the treatments that would best help them overcome their substance abuse problems.
Prior to the start of treatment, an individual will likely have completed some form of detox treatment, either a drug detox or an alcohol detox. Completing a detox program prior to short-term treatment ensures that a patient isn’t experiencing intense withdrawals, which would inhibit his or her ability to fully benefit from the recovery curriculum. While a detox program doesn’t address the mental, emotional, spiritual, and social recovery needs a patient might have, the short-term program is designed to provide ample time in treatment for these varied needs to be addressed.
Most curricula have a strong basis in psychotherapy and individual, one-on-one counseling; through psychotherapy and counseling, a patient discovers the underlying psychological and experiential factors that led to his or her development of an alcohol or drug problem, giving him or her the opportunity to compensate for those factors to ensure sobriety. Meanwhile, short-term programs include a number of other offerings, including group therapies, life skills training, family therapy, and other staples of rehabilitation.
Knowing When a Florida Short-term Treatment Program is Right for You
Short-term programs aren’t the optimal choice for every individual who needs treatment for addiction, but there are numerous benefits to this type of program that make it a viable option for certain needs. In particular, there are a number of benefits to treatment over other types of programs, including outpatient programs. Short-term programs afford patients a period of separation from the environments in which they became addicted to alcohol or drugs, removing them from the temptation and other risks that would put their recoveries in jeopardy if they attempted outpatient programs. Facilities provide patients with safe, supervised environments in which to receive round-the-clock care and supervision. This means that each patient can overcome addiction while feeling safe and secure.
As you might expect, long-term programs are going to offer a greater treatment intensity than short-term programs; however, a short-term program can be the right choice in certain situations. For instance, a person who has only been chemically dependent for a short period of time or whose daily habit hasn’t reached extreme levels may be in an ideal situation for short-term treatment. As well, short-term treatments are an ideal solution for individuals who plan to follow a short-term program with another form of treatment; for instance, it’s become quite popular — and effective — to follow a short-term program with an intensive outpatient program or an extended stay in a transitional living facility.
However, what’s truly great about both short-term programs and recovery programs in general is that they’re extremely customizable, allowing patients to ensure that each program can address their specific, unique recovery needs. If you would like to learn more about short-term treatment or one of the other programs that are available, contact us at your earliest convenience.