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Long-Term Inpatient Rehabs for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Last updated on: Thursday, 21 September 2023

The process of finding a long-term drug rehab in Canada should not be a challenging task. These rehabs are suited for people with a long-term addiction or if their addiction has gotten out of control. It will give them enough time to address their issues to get their life in control. They can be private or government funded.

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How Does Long-Term Drug Rehab Work?

Long-term drug rehab offers many different options to help patients. Most long-term drug rehab programs in inpatient, but some provide outpatient services to help addicts. Overall, intake is the first step, and rehab staff completes an evaluation about the addict’s history of drug use and their physical or mental health. Some long-term drug rehab centers offer medical testing during the initial evaluation, while others may go through an initial questionnaire.

The next step is a drug detox to manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Most long-term drug rehab centers offer clinical or medically supervised drug detox. Typically, the type of drug detox is determined by the extent of withdrawal and accompanying withdrawal symptoms. The severity of withdrawal symptoms varies and depends on the type of drug. Following drug detox, the next step involves counselling and therapy. Various forms of therapy are provided and include traditional and non-traditional methodologies.

Long-term residential drug rehab programs provide daily routines of healthy activities. Typically, a schedule is set for each individual that offers structure and predictability. The goal of treatment is to create a relaxing environment that allows relief from life’s anxieties. Overall, the schedule depends on what the drug rehab center has to offer, and certain activities are done as a group. The final phase of treatment involves aftercare support, like peer support groups, 12-step meetings, and sober living homes. Aftercare support is essential because it provides an opportunity to connect with other sober people and work on sobriety.

When is Long-Term Drug Rehab the Best Option?

Long-term drug rehab is the best option for someone living with a drug or alcohol addiction for months or years. Someone who has been diagnosed with a co-occurring mental health disorder or someone who lives in a situation where other individuals struggle with drug addiction would benefit from a long-term drug rehab program. In addition, most people who attend long-term drug rehab have tried short-term drug rehab programs but have been unsuccessful. Also, other individuals who benefit from long-term drug rehab have struggled with suicidal thoughts or self-harming behavior.

Another significant benefit of long-term drug rehab is the different counseling and therapy methods. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is the most common approach and was developed to prevent relapse when treating problem drinking. Cognitive-behavioral strategies are based on the theory that in the development of destructive behaviors, the learning process plays a critical role. A central element of cognitive behavioral therapy is anticipating likely problems and enhancing the individual’s self-control.

Some of the other benefits of long-term drug rehab include time for withdrawal period to pass, time to assess and address co-occurring mental disorders, and time to address underlying factors contributing to the addiction. In addition, the individual is given time to heal from the physical side effects of drug or alcohol abuse. Individuals attending long-term drug rehab are given the opportunity to learn positive coping strategies to reduce relapse and reinforce positive behaviours and habits. Finally, there is a smoother transition into recovery and aftercare support.

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  • What is long-term drug rehab?

    Long-term drug rehab is generally a residential drug rehab program that houses clients for a period of three to six months or longer. These facilities provide numerous amenities for each client because they are living onsite for an extended duration of time.

  • Are long-term drug rehab programs better than short-term programs?

    Yes, long-term programs are better than shorter drug rehab options. This is especially important for anyone who has a long history of drug abuse and chronic relapse. Long-term drug rehab programs offer more therapy methodologies, counseling, and aftercare support. There is a significant benefit to being away from a destructive environment for a longer time.

  • What does long-term drug rehab cost?

    The cost of long-term drug rehab varies as there are private and public long-term treatment centers in Canada. Private long-term drug rehab can cost between $15,000 and $30,000. Public long-term drug rehab is generally covered by provincial healthcare.

  • Should I consider long-term treatment if I have never been to drug rehab?

    Ideally, long-term drug rehab is the better option. However, it depends on the severity of your addiction. For example, a recreational drug user with no previous history of addiction may not need long-term drug rehab. In contrast, someone with a long history of addiction who has never been to rehab would benefit from long-term drug rehab.

  • Want to know more?

    The questions from DrugRehab.ca’s “Ask a Professional” are answered by Nickolaus Hayes. If you need further clarification on any of the questions above or have any other questions you can contact him directly at N.hayes@drugrehab.ca.

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.

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