The amount of time an addiction sufferer should expect to spend in treatment will usually be proportionate to the depth of their addiction. It will be up to the rehab facility’s administrative staff to determine the best course of treatment. That would also include them prescribing a certain amount of time for treatment.
Obviously, a determination that your treatment might require up to 90 days will have an effect on your life, at least in the short term. The advantage you have of knowing upfront what you can expect from treatment will allow you to make any necessary arrangements you need to make.
If you are told you will likely need 90 days for treatment, it’s fair to say administrators believe you have a significant addiction problem. Some of the factors they will use to make this determination will include:
- The substance or substances you have been abusing
- The amount of time in weeks/months/years you have been abusing your substance of choice
- The frequency of your substance abuse
- The amount of drugs or alcohol you consume in a session and day
- Th possible existence of psychological issues that might require treatment as well
If by chance you are working, being told treatment will take up to 90 days will probably cause concern. It will be up to you to decide how you want to handle it with your employer. You will need to handle it because an empty desk for 90 days will not go unnoticed. If your employer is not aware you have an addiction issue, we would recommend that you be honest and forthright in your explanation. In almost all cases, employers will offer some level of sympathy.
Before you move forward assuming residential treatment is the only treatment option, we would like you to review the information we have provided below.
Long Term Addiction Treatment Options
If the rehab facility administrators believe you need 90 days of treatment, it is best to accept that as gospel. Before you assume you would only have one treatment option, we want to inform you that you would have two treatment options, residential treatment, and outpatient treatment.
With long-term treatment, residential treatment is almost always the preferred option. While living in the rehab facility 24/7, you would be subject to 24/7 monitoring and get access to lots of therapies. During the day, most of your time would be devoted to individual, family, and group therapy programs.
In the late afternoons and evenings, you would probably get time to relax and reflect. You would also get a chance to interact with other clients on a personal level while enjoying the facility’s amenities.
Most of the actual treatment process would focus on individual therapy. This would be your opportunity to learn the truth about your addiction. Hopefully, that would lead to some personal growth that would include the development of better life and coping skills.
Not everyone will be able to commit to 90 days in a residential treatment facility. That doesn’t mean less treatment is an option. Instead, most top rehabs, including ours, will offer a long-term outpatient option. With this option, it is possible that you would not have to miss much if any work.
The best long-term outpatient option would be a Partial Hospitalization Program or PHP. As part of a PHP, you would get to live at home while committing to report for treatment five to seven days a week for at least six hours a day. If you are working, it’s very possible that you would be able to arrange your treatment schedule around your work hours. That might include three to four hours every evening and a heavier schedule on the weekend. This would be accommodation and not something you should try to manipulate. You would still be required to do the work you need to do so you can fully recover from your addiction problem.
While we certainly understand why you would have time concerns, our concerns revolve around your health and what drugs/alcohol might be doing to your mind and body. If you will call us at 844-903-2111, we would love to invite you in for treatment. Our pledge to you is we will do everything in our power to create a treatment program that best meets your needs. That includes taking all of your work requirements under consideration.