Long term rehab is most commonly known as “a treatment that typically takes place over the course of three to twelve months.” It is through such that a number of individuals who struggle with addiction are able to get the help they’ve been seeking, and re-enter into the world drug and/or alcohol free. However, before choosing a form of rehab impulsively, one must be sure to weigh not just the services or features of the treatment center itself, but the advantages and disadvantages that come with it. For it is through such that one can decide whether or not long term rehab is right for him/her, and/or if not look into alternate options.
First and foremost are the advantages, one of the most common being that the patient stays in a residential setting. This allows the individual to be surrounded by like minded individuals, as they all come together to achieve one goal which is to break their addiction. In addition to this you are surrounded by trained staff who know what to do if something is to happen to you, and what action to take. If a risky or harmful situation takes place they are skilled in what they do, and therefore know what needs to be done to keep each patient safe.
Second are the disadvantages, one of the most common being that you are in a structured environment. For those who have become accustomed to their freedom, this might be a difficult adjustment for them, and something they are unwilling to take on. In turn, those who are uncomfortable with change may have trouble adapting to such. Another disadvantage is that the person would be living away from home for some time in that of the treatment center, so individuals who have children that they must watch over may have to organize and plan accordingly in terms of childcare.
In conclusion, long term rehabilitation can be beneficial even if it is not for everyone. That’s why it is of great importance that individuals look into different rehab options not just to compare costs or services, but to better understand the types of treatment centers being presented to them. They can then decide whether they want to take the next step into inpatient rehabilitation, or outpatient rehabilitation which is oftentimes more flexible, and/or easy for one to adjust to, in the midst of a busy work schedule and family obligations.