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Why 30-Day Programs Often do Not Work for Drug Rehab

Drug Rehab

Many clinical studies show that 30 day treatment centers only offer a success rate of around 10% after one year. According to researchers, within 3-4 months after staying in rehab, those who attempt to gain sobriety return to using a substance.

The Addicted Brain

Around the 30-35th day of sobriety, the addict’s brain begins to enter post-acute withdrawal. Symptoms vary from person to person, but include anhedonia and dysthymia. Anhedonia is the technical term used to characterize the inability to feel pleasure. Dysthymia is the technical term used to describe a consistent, low-grade form of depression. Alcoholics, methamphetamine addicts, and heroin users all struggle with the same problems. Anhedonia and dysthymia lasts for around 3 months following getting clean. For this reason, a 30 day program is not optimal.

Disadvantages of a 30 Day Rehab Program

  • Less time for recovery – Many argue that 30 days is not enough time. This means the addict must provide enough time to practice learn, implement, and change a lifestyle. Usually, the first week is spent in detoxification (detox), followed by emotional and physical recovery. Actual learning and cooperating does not begin until week 2 or 3, with clients becoming distracted during the last week. The focus shifts to getting out rather than learning.
  • Frustration afterwards – A short-term rehab stent does not guarantee relapse will not occur. Many addicts become emotionally and financially drained, causing must frustration after the 30 days are up. Returning to a 29-30 day program over and over is disruptive, expensive, and time-consuming.
  • Statistics don’t lie – According to statistics, those who attend a long-term rehabilitation program have a much higher success rate at the 12-month follow-up assessment. People who are in a short program often return to using, seeing rehab as a temporary obligation, and viewing sobriety as an optional thing.

Cost and Insurance Coverages

Many insurance companies will only pay for 2-4 weeks of inpatient drug rehabilitation. However, you can ask to be on a payment plan for the other 60 days. Some 90 day rehabs allow you to leave for work. It sounds like a big hassle, but consider the money you will save on down the line. Addiction is a disease, much liked cancer. Would you stop cancer treatment after 30 days because of cost? No, of course not. View addiction as a treatable disease so you can avoid relapse.

Reasons 30 Day Rehab Won’t Work

  • The addict had the wrong mindset – Sometimes, people feel that 30 days in a rehab program means they are cured. However, expectations need to be realistic. It takes 90+ days to really kick addiction.
  • The addict was forced to go – If the person is not ready to change, then rehab will not work. A client needs to be motivated to take the necessary steps to kick alcohol and/or drugs.
  • The addict fears the label or stigma – There is a big stigma associated with drug and/or alcohol addiction. Many people avoid rehab because of this.
  • The addict does not have support – If you do not have a good support system after your rehabilitation stay, don’t expect results. You need to follow up with counselors and therapist to maintain sobriety.

Top San Diego drug rehab centers such as Pacific Bay Recovery offer 90 day inpatient programs with success rates that are over twice that of the national average! Call us today for more information and find out how the best addiction rehab center will help you or your loved ones.

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