What is Long Term Addiction Treatment?
Long term addiction treatment is a resource that comes in many forms. There are very few actual “long term addiction treatment” facilities that offer extended daily clinical services, but there are programs that offer addiction treatment services over a long period time. Typically, long term options include sober living, structured sober living, or PHP with housing. If you or a loved one have struggled with addiction, and consequentially sent to a treatment facility, you have undoubtably been informed about different long term addiction treatment options after a 28-day stay at inpatient treatment.. Long term programs are highly suggested, but unfortunately underutilized. In some way, it makes a great deal of sense. A long term commitment, away from one’s family, adapting a whole new way of life, can be incredibly frightening. Perhaps you might be skeptical due to past experiences at a long term facility.
Nonetheless, millions of recovering alcoholics and addicts created a strong foundation for change while living in a long term addiction treatment program. And you can too!
To help you in your recovery journey, we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions that are commonly asked in regard to long term addiction treatment. Please note, our responses are not program specific and are geared towards a more general response for all long term programs. If you have more specific questions, please feel free to reach out!
Long Term Addiction Treatment: FAQ’s
Do I have to go to long term addiction treatment after 28-day inpatient treatment?
Absolutely not. You are free to do whatever you want after discharge from inpatient treatment. However, case managers and aftercare coordinators will encourage you to consider attending a long term facility. 28-day in-patient treatment is only the beginning. Recovery from addiction is a long journey, so additional support and resources in the early stages can go a long way.
How long do I have to attend a long term addiction treatment program?
Time of stay depends on the program. Some basic sober livings allow you to pay each week, minimizing any sort of long term commitment. However, more structured programs require a minimum time commitment; such as a 3 month commitment.
Will a long term addiction treatment program keep me or my loved one sober/clean?
The short answer is no. There is not one quick approach in recovery from addiction. However, a long term addiction treatment program will give you time to learn necessary tools to achieve long term sobriety. Consider it this way: if recovery from addiction is a highway, long term addiction treatment is brand new Toyota Camry: a highly regarded, high functioning vehicle with a proven track record to get people where they need to go.
Will I be able to get a job while living in a long term addiction treatment program?
In basic sober living homes, you can start work right away in order to pay rent on time. In the more highly structured long term programs, you may not be able to start work until you complete some of their prerequisite recovery-related goals.
Will insurance cover long term addiction treatment programs?
At this time, sober living is not eligible to be covered by insurance. However, if you attend a PHP with housing, which offers clinical services 5-6 times per week, the clinical component may be reimbursable by insurance; however, the housing is not. Programs like Surfside, that are long term recovery programs, utilize life development techniques in their program that tend to be more holistic and focused on the person as a whole, rather than just eliminating the substance; some of these services are case management, vocational training, budgeting finances, 12-step immersion, transportation and recovery coaching. Unfortunately, these services are not covered by insurance.
When we think of long term addiction treatment models, we are typically referring to group therapy or individual counseling. Programs like Surfside typically offer transportation and some sort of access to the clinical component. Be mindful: the clinical component, especially PHP or IOP only lasts for a period of time. Long term recovery programs can be ongoing and people can stay upwards of a year, or more, if necessary.
Can I continue to utilize MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) while living at a long term addiction treatment program?
Depends. This is a tricky answer. Most places do allow some form of MAT but the specifics will depend on each program.
Will I be able to see my friends and family while at long term addiction treatment?
Yes, but when and where you can visit with family and friends depends on the program. Most sober living homes you are free to do whatever you want, which includes seeing family. In more structured programs, there are dedicated “family days” in which family and friends can come visit.
I want to go home after treatment. Why would I bother considering long term addiction treatment?
Remember, this is your life. You are free to do as you choose. However, if you have been drinking or getting high at home for years, and continue to relapse after some abstinence time, it is probably the right time to change your environment. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. If you are struggling with substance abuse, instead of returning to the site in which you have been using, and surrounding yourself with friends and family that allowed you to use, a new experience in a supportive, clean environment that allows you to work on yourself may be the best course of action. Try something new!
I want to do some more research on long term addiction treatment. What should I do?
For starters, check out the online reviews of past residents and families. You will receive firsthand feedback of the services provided, the environment, and the nuances of the program. Then, consider calling the operator of the facility, and prepare a list of questions regarding the day-to-day operations, living conditions, and program efficiency. Finally, we would highly suggest to take a tour of the facility for yourself. Ask lots of questions!
We hope this list of frequently asked questions will give you a jumpstart on your search for adequate long term addiction treatment. Remember, recovery from addiction is a marathon, not a sprint. To complete a marathon, it is crucial to set a solid pace at the beginning. Long term addiction treatment will not keep you sober, but it will unquestionably put you on the right track for long term recovery.
Have more specific questions? Please feel free to reach out to our Executive Director directly. With over 15 years in the addiction field, he is happy to point you and your family in the right direction for long term addiction treatment.