Short Term Programs:
Detox: One of the first steps in recovery from drugs & alcohol is detox, which lasts typically 5 to 7 days. Detox treatment facilities specialize in treating the withdrawal symptoms that come with stopping use of drugs or alcohol. It is recommended to enter a program after detox, such as rehab or an intensive outpatient program (IOP) to avoid relapse.
Inpatient Hospitalization: A stay in a psychiatric hospital can last from a few days to a few weeks, depending on your progress. You can be admitted for many different reasons, from medication changes to suicidal ideation. Treatment focuses on crisis management and stabilization of your mental illness. You should expect restrictions like no shoelaces (for your safety), individual & group therapy, medication management, discharge planning, and other steps to resolve urgent issues.
“I was in the hospital for like 2 weeks, which is pretty long because the hospital sucks, but it was so necessary. It was the most necessary thing I’ve ever done. If my parents didn’t make the decision ‘she needs to be put in a psychiatric hospital, she needs that much care right now,’ I would really be dead.”
Long Term Programs:
Transitional Living Program– A highly structured, intensive treatment program that is typically 30 days or longer. It is designed to continue the recovery process until you are ready to return home. A transitional living program can enhance skills for independent living.
Rehab– Usually 28 days, rehab is a structured environment where there are no drugs or alcohol available. Treatment programs try to break through denial and old thinking patterns to get you to commit to a new sober & clean lifestyle. There is typically individual counseling and group therapy. Many programs include your family in your treatment.
Group Home– Groups homes can be “home” to a variety of young people. This includes developmentally disabled, recovering from drug & alcohol addiction, abused or neglected youth, youths with behavioral or emotional problems, etc. Usually there are required chores, curfews, and an earned privilege system.
Sober House– A structured transitional living environment for people in recovery. Usually in between rehab and returning to your regular life, a sober house can give you the stability and support needed to transition smoothly. You should typically expect no drugs & alcohol, drug & alcohol testing, and be required to actively participate in recovery meetings and programs.