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If someone is struggling with diabetes, cancer or any other serious chronic condition, we don’t place time limits on recovery and we don’t suggest that someone has to be cured within 30 days. Our approach is simple: the person is cured when the disease is reverted. However, when it comes to drugs or alcohol addiction, many programs do have a specific time limit. It is important to remember that drug rehabilitation is an ongoing, individual process. While some may move faster than others do, it is simply not possible to have a ‘standard time’ for the recovery process. Yet this is what we see from many of the traditional, 12-step recovery programs across the country.
That is why non 12-step addiction treatment does not adhere to a simple limit; oftentimes these programs start with 90-day recovery and go from there. If someone asks you the question: “what does a successful rehabilitation program mean for you?”, would you answer A) 30 days spent in a treatment facility or B) when the individual feels confident in his or her own ability to live a sober life?
Unfortunately, many programs use the short-term programs that non 12-step drug rehab is moving away from. The reason behind a shorter program is not that they are more successful (because statistics show that they are not) but rather because of set-standards and limitations set by insurance companies.
The majority of addicts will struggle to pay for drug rehabilitation without insurance coverage and instead, might have to rely on state-sponsored programs. Therefore, when an insurance company refuses to support anything longer than 30 days, it puts the programs and clients in difficult positions. Programs either choose not to accept insurance, eliminating a large number of prospective patients, or offer a treatment program they know won’t be successful long-term with the idea that any help is better than no help. Neither option is good for patients seeking quality help.
While it may be frustrating to hear that there is no set time for rehabilitation, the statistics show that 90-day non 12-step rehab or longer offers the best possible success rate. There are several reasons the longer non 12-step treatment options provide a better chance at maintaining long-term sobriety, including :
Contrary to what people in NA and AA say, it IS possible to overcome addiction – that does not mean it is easy to do so. Many people who decide on 90-day programs have tried shorter programs before. These longer programs allow the person to change the way they think about handling stress and other challenges in life and helps them adjust expectations about living a sober life. Remember that you cannot and must not think of recovery in terms of days or weeks. This is a long-term battle.
As mentioned earlier, many people do not opt for the 90-day or longer options right away. Many want to know if they can use a shortcut to get what they want. The fact is there is no secret formula to living a sober life; it resolves around a lengthy period of sobriety and learning how to deal with unexpected triggers. If you want to know more about how these programs can help you or someone close to you make a lasting change, call our professional counselors and take back control of your life.