Long term and short term treatment are formats of treatment that you can take depending on your situation. Both have their advantages and it’s up to you and your family to choose the form of treatment ideal to your case.
Both programs will require you to go in for some kind of drug detox program. Once your detox is complete, you will have to go through the stages of the rest of the program, which will generally include taking the 12 step program, counseling and education about the effects of substance abuse and how to combat falling back into the habits of addiction once your treatment is over. Once your treatment at the facility is over with, you can join the outside world once more.
Where they differ obviously is the length of time required for each program. Short term treatment can last for as little as a month while long term treatment can very likely take up to a year before completion. Regardless of your program, it’s recommended that you return for regular check-ups once you leave for the outside world so that those treating you can follow the progress of your recovery.
Short-term and long term treatment both have advantages and drawbacks. One advantage of the short-term program is it won’t take too much time from when you book yourself into the facility to when you leave once you treatment is over. As such, should you have any responsibilities which require your presence, you won’t have to be away from them for too long. For another, if you are feeling apprehensive about entering into a treatment program, the relatively short duration of this program will let you see what’s in store for you should you wish to enter into something more long-term.
An obvious drawback of the short-term program, though, is that for the habits of substance addiction to be adequately driven out, you will likely need something more long-term. A short term program will get you clean in the short term but it’s likely that you could relapse back into your addiction. Long term treatment is a better way of ensuring that the habits and lessons that you pick up in the addiction treatment facility will have a more long reaching effect on you, thus helping you to maintain the clean lifestyle you intended on when you entered into treatment.
As with all other aspects of drug treatment, it’s a good idea to understand your options so that when do choose a form of treatment, you choose the best one for yourself. Our drug addiction helpline is available 24 hours a day so that you can start your walk to freedom: Call us on (800) 444-1014