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01.29.2018

Why 28 Days of Rehab May Not Be Enough

Treatment for addiction issues is a continually evolving area. 28-day inpatient treatment programs have been the norm in the addiction treatment world. However, research shows that the longer a newly clean and sober person stays in treatment, the better their chances for lasting recovery.

Some substances take longer to detox from than others. There can be periods of time when even after the initial detox period is over that withdrawal symptoms can resurface. In early recovery, it is important that a support system is in place so that the individual does not return to using. If an individual is still in treatment when these symptoms resurface there is a greater chance they will use the resources available to get through it rather than go back out and use.

Even in individuals who will not experience a recurrence of withdrawal symptoms, the brain and body need a chance to fully heal. Dopamine is a chemical found in the brain that is responsible for pleasure. Drug and alcohol users may have a hard time experiencing happiness and joy when they stop using their drug of choice. Most substances deplete the amount of dopamine that is readily available in early recovery and it takes a significant period of time, longer than 28 days, for the level of dopamine to return to normal. When a person stays in treatment during the period of time needed for levels to return, they have a greater chance of continuing in recovery rather than relapsing.

Avoiding Triggers is the Key to Successful Recovery

The main triggers for those in early recovery are being around the people they used with, being in places they used to use, and exposure to the things they used to be around when they were using. If these things can be avoided than recovery can continue with fewer chances for relapse. 28 days in treatment is not long enough to make the changes necessary to eliminate these triggers from their lives.

If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, consider a treatment program that lasts longer than the typical 28 days. Although many in early recovery are eager to resume their life, understand that a clean and sober life is made much more possible by spending the time necessary in early recovery treatment.

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