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What to Expect From a 6 to 12 Month Program


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Written by

brian-mooreBrian Moore

Content Writer

Reviewed by

jeremy-arztJeremy Arzt

Chief Clinical Officer

Addiction Recovery

Relationships in Recovery

January 13, 2022

When it comes to treating and caring for drug and alcohol addiction, there are many different options. All these programs have distinct advantages and different lengths. But one of the most critical elements for choosing a treatment that meets your needs will be the length: 

What can you or your loved ones expect from a 6 to 12-month program? 

What Is Long-Term Inpatient Care? 

Long-term inpatient care is a type of inpatient treatment that can last anywhere from three to 12 months. Just like short-term treatment for 30 days to 90-day residential treatments, clients will be under 24/7 medical supervision. The length of treatment an individual needs will be different based on a variety of factors.  

That being said, research indicates that extended treatment has more benefits, and individuals may need a minimum of three months to receive all the benefits.  

What to Expect From a Long-Term Program 

Whether you or your loved one is starting a three-month program or a 12-month program, there are some common things to expect.  

The First 2 Weeks 

During the first two weeks of treatment, individuals will typically be going through detox, other medical screenings, and getting settled into their environment. The first two weeks of entering a program are filled with emotions; individuals may feel uncertain, alone, and scared in their new settings. 

This is perfectly understandable. The staff and other clients are there to help and support individuals on their journey towards long-term sobriety. Going into these programs with an open mind will ensure the best results and experiences. 

The Structure 

During long-term inpatient treatment programs, there will be a certain degree of structure. This structure is designed to give clients the stability and foundation to begin making changes in their lives. As time goes on, the structure may change or become less rigid and allow for more freedom. 

Although the structure is essential, it’s crucial to note that the best programs treat every client as an individual with different needs and problems. 

Different Therapies 

One of the most significant factors of any treatment program will be the different forms of therapy individuals attend. Therapy is one of the fundamentals of treatment and is used to help individuals gain the skills to conquer their problems. A day in a long-term inpatient facility might blend different individual and group therapy sessions with recreational and quiet time.  

Some of the therapies you can expect in these programs include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and group therapies. 

Building Skills and Creating Relationships 

During both long-term and short-term treatment programs, individuals will build life skills and create meaningful relationships. Individuals can expect to learn different coping strategies, mindfulness, various life skills, and more.  

Extended programs allow clients more time to build these skills and work on relationships. Through group therapy and the community environment, individuals will likely create long-lasting and meaningful relationships during their treatment. 

Who Benefits From a Longer Stay? 

All treatment programs have a wide array of advantages. The best treatment program for an individual is the one that works. Every individual is different and has a different set of needs, goals, and values. A long-term treatment program may benefit those who have experienced different situations in their lives. These situations may include: 

  • Individuals who have experienced several relapses 

  • Individuals with a dual diagnosis 

  • Individuals who have not had success in shorter programs 

  • Individuals who are being treated for multiple substances 

These are just a couple of the reasons an individual may benefit from a long-term treatment program. 

Advantages of Long-Term Treatment 

Every treatment program is going to have a different set of advantages. Long-term inpatient treatment programs have a unique set of benefits compared to short-term treatment options. 

The benefits of long-term treatment include:  

1. Improved Success 

Research shows that more extended treatment programs result in higher success rates for addiction recovery. The extra time allows for a more comprehensive approach and further development of life skills. 

2. More Comprehensive 

The length of long-term treatment programs might allow them to be more comprehensive. Recovery takes time, and so does treatment. Long-term care ensures individuals receive enough care to develop skills and work through their unique set of challenges.  

3. Building Relationships 

One of the factors of long-term treatment that can be overlooked is the development of relationships. It may be more challenging to connect with others and maintain those connections after treatment ends in a shorter program. 

With long-term inpatient programs, individuals will have enough time to create meaningful and long-lasting relationships. 

These are just a few of the advantages of long-term inpatient treatment programs. Each type of program will benefit any individual. The most crucial part of finding and choosing a treatment option is making sure it works for you. 

Whether you or your loved ones are looking for short-term treatment or long-term programs, the path to get there can be incredibly challenging. If you or a loved one is ready to take the first step towards long-term recovery or seeking more information, call The Edge Treatment Center today at (800) 778-1772. Healing begins with The Edge.

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