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28-30 Day Alcohol And Drug Rehab Centers

Brenda Munnerlyn, RN, BSN

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Brenda Munnerlyn, RN, BSN

January 29, 2019

Short-term rehab centers are a great place for people who are looking to start treatment or have relapsed and would like to go back to treatment. These programs offer a higher level of intensity than outpatient programs and most even allow individuals to extend their stay if they do not feel ready to leave treatment.

The prolonged toll of drug or alcohol abuse can result in a range of adverse health effects, serious illness and disease, addiction, withdrawal, and overdose. It can lead to a loss of morale, social strife, dire financial straits, marital problems, and more.

For all of these reasons, it’s critical that a person works to regain mental, physical, and social health and well-being during their time in treatment. A comprehensive 28-30 day inpatient drug and alcohol rehab center can address these needs and protect your life, or the life of a loved one.

Inpatient Rehab vs Outpatient Treatment

Inpatient drug and alcohol rehab programs lead countless people to find sobriety for the first time. While severe addictions are best treated within longer programs, a short-term (30 days or less) rehab stay is a great start. If an individual does not feel ready to leave at the end of 30 days, most treatment centers will allow them to extend their stay.

Inpatient treatment centers generally offer a higher level of care than outpatient centers. Within a residential center, you’re also protected from the outside temptations and triggers which could threaten your progress within an outpatient program.

Who Is A 28-30 Day Program Good For?

Many people choose these programs when taking their first step to getting treatment. Additionally, 28-30 day programs are good choices for individuals who have already relapsed after having some sober time. If this sounds familiar, these programs can help you to regain the strength, determination, and coping skills which are necessary to rebuild a drug-free life.

How Do I Know What Program Is Right For Me?

Confronting the realities of drug addiction and the possibility of treatment (and a sober life) can be an intimidating prospect. But it doesn’t have to be. One of the first things you can do to overcome this is to educate yourself on your treatment options by reaching out to us.

At this time, it’s important to consider:

  • What is the drug of abuse?
  • How long has the abuse been happening?
  • How much of the drug is the person using?
  • Are they using it with any other drugs?
  • What issues are driving drug abuse?

These elements will help us to determine how severe the addiction is. From this and other information, we can help you to choose a program format that best serves your needs.

Certain drugs of abuse such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, and strong opioids require a medical detox and certain medications to treat the physical addiction. If this is the case for you, it’s in your best interest to choose an inpatient program that offers detoxification services on-site.

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Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many individuals suffering from addiction often have untreated mental health disorders. With proper care and treatment, mental health and substance use disorders can be managed in a way which better enables you to live a fulfilling, balanced life.

Some of the most common of these are depression and anxiety, but they may also include (but are not limited to):

  • Traumatic experiences
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia

Recognizing and treating these, and other, mental illness is a key component of a good treatment program.

Failing to do so will only allow the mental illness to continue to aggravate the substance use disorder and vice versa. This inaction will render treatment far less effective both in the short and long term. This is why it’s important to be honest about these concerns when you’re creating a treatment plan and also while you’re in the treatment itself.

Why Are Behavioral Therapies Important?

Without a good support system, the first steps towards sobriety can be a very overwhelming time. Even if you have a solid network of family and friends, it can still feel like no one understands what you’re going through, especially when you’re in treatment and they’re not.

Therapy and counseling sessions play a vital role in combating the isolation and fear you may feel at the hand of your addiction. Further, these modalities work to remove any negative thoughts, emotions, or behaviors which may be fueling your addiction or contributing to your dual diagnosis.

In their place, your therapist and counselors will work tirelessly to instill hope, perseverance, acceptance, and the desire for positive change, so that you emerge from treatment victorious over your addiction.

The most important role of behavioral therapies is to treat the psychological addiction.

Here are some of the most effective, research-based behavioral therapies used within treatment to accomplish this goal:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Motivational interviewing

Along with other modalities, such as mindfulness and stress management techniques, these therapies will help to build solid coping and relapse prevention skills.

Recovery doesn’t end when you leave treatment. In fact, much of the hard work is yet to come. These skills will help to keep your mental and emotional states balanced so that you can protect your sobriety in the time beyond treatment.

Types Of Therapy Offered At An Inpatient Rehab Center

During treatment, personal growth, healing, and sobriety are built and maintained by several therapeutic avenues, including:

Individual Therapy

Intensive, one-on-one sessions allow you to dig deep into the issues which may have precipitated, or continue to feed, your addiction.

Group Therapy And Peer Support Groups

These expound on what you learn during your individual sessions. They also offer you the chance to meet others who can relate to your journey. Here you’ll learn valuable interpersonal skills which will strengthen your recovery both within and after treatment.

Family Therapy And Support

Choosing to integrate these sessions into your treatment gives you the opportunity to build strength, accountability, and enhanced communication skills between you and your loved ones. It also works to establish healthy boundaries and positive behaviors within relationships which may have been dysfunctional.

What Programs And Treatment Types Can I Choose From?

Today’s treatment facilities offer a growing array of programs and accommodations to meet the diverse needs of people seeking treatment. If you’re considering treatment, it’s important that you take a step back and look at the demands of your life and also what’s important to you.

Many individual programs cater to certain lifestyles or interests. Others draw upon alternative, research-based modalities which have been shown to enhance more traditional treatment methods. Whatever the path behind you, and for the one you desire ahead of you, there’s a treatment program for you.

Examples of specific treatment programs include:

  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Executive
  • LGBT Friendly
  • Luxury
  • Non 12 Step
  • 12 Step
  • Teen
  • Men Only
  • Women Only
  • Wilderness

In any case, while treatment won’t be easy, it most certainly shouldn’t be boring. Addiction can take away your will to live, or in the least, it can deplete your confidence and make you lose interest in enjoyable activities.

The best treatment programs work to instill a sense of happiness, fulfillment, hope, joy, and even adventure back into your life. Experiencing these emotions and mindsets helps you to heal and grow in a way which creates a strong foundation for your recovery.

Here are some alternative modalities which help to do this and more:

  • Art therapy (dance, music, or painting)
  • Equine therapy
  • Exercise therapy
  • Holistic therapies (acupuncture, tai chi, or yoga)
  • Nutrition support
  • Pet therapy

Many centers also provide recreational activities and personalized meal plans, while others yet offer spa services or more high-end offerings for additional costs.

The final decision is yours, but we’re standing by to help you all along the way.

Create An Individualized Treatment Plan For Success

If you’d like to learn more about 28-30 day rehab centers and what they can do for you, contact today. Our compassionate and highly-trained treatment specialists are standing by to offer you a confidential consultation today.

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