Long-Term Treatment Options
There is always the potential for relapse following any addiction treatment, which is why it is essential for addicts to choose treatment options that offer them a better chance at long-term recovery. Gradually stepping down the level of care, say from residential to IOP to outpatient, can also increase an addict’s chance in recovery by making these challenging transitions go more smoothly.
Long-term treatment options typically associated with lower relapse rates that are available include:
A residential rehab program is one of the more intensive long-term treatment options, as recovery becomes the sole focus of the addict. In residential rehab, addicts live onsite at the rehab facility and have 24/7 support from medical and psychological professionals. Residential rehab programs typically range from 30 days-90 days, but there are also longer-term treatment programs. Residential rehab can help the addict learn how to live sober, as well as help them with any other mental illnesses or traumas that may fuel their addiction.
Dealing with a loved one’s addiction impacts the entire family system — emotionally, spiritually, and financially. It is important for family members to learn how to communicate honestly and openly. Involving family in the treatment process can help prepare individuals to receive support from their loved ones once they return home again after comprehensive treatment. Family members need to heal themselves in order to support someone in recovery, and they also need to learn how to do that effectively.
The transition from an institutionalized rehab setting to normal life can be hard for addicts, and this is a time when relapse becomes even more likely. A halfway house offers structure and supervision, plus 24/7 support from other residents and house staff. Halfway houses are beneficial in early sobriety because they can help minimize outside temptations and provide a safe, supportive space to call home while completing outpatient treatment. Living in a halfway house helps ease the challenging transition from treatment back into society.