Duration of AddictionIn general, a short-term treatment program is designed to help with initial recovery; however, it may not be effective if an individual has been addicted to a substance for an extended period of time. Psych Central explains that a residential treatment program is usually at least 28 days and may include a detoxification program.The short-term treatment may be designed as an initial step toward recovery, but it is not usually enough to handle every challenge that will arise over the years. According to Psych Central, out-patient programs or short-term programs are designed for individuals who have never attempted to give up drugs or alcohol in the past. It may not be effective if an individual has tried to recover previously because the duration of an addiction may be too long and may require more specialized or long-term care.
Type of ProgramThe National Institute on Drug Abuse points out that there is no single treatment that works for every individual. In many cases, a short-term program is simply not the appropriate treatment option for the needs of an individual because it may be too limited or may not offer the long-term approach to healing that is required by the person.Although the duration of time may be a contributing factor, the type of treatment options that are available can also contribute to the effectiveness of a program. Some individuals may do well in a holistic program while others need to focus on spiritual beliefs or may need medical treatments. Depending on the individual, the best program and option for healing and recovery will vary.
Effects of the AddictionAccording to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an effective treatment will usually require three months or longer to help with long-term recovery goals. A key reason is the way that an addiction impacts the body.It can take time for the body to heal from the damage that was caused by substance abuse. The damages that may occur during an addiction include:
- Liver damage
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Damages to other organs
- Injuries to the brain
- Cognitive changes
Source http://psychcentral.com/lib/differences-between-outpatient-and-inpatient-treatment-programs/0007531 http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/principles-effective-treatment
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