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Navigating the Journey: How long does rehab take?

Understanding the process

Rehabilitation is not a one-size-fits-all process and as unique as each of us are, so too are our journeys through recovery. The duration of this process is influenced by factors such as the severity of addiction, the type of substances used, the presence of co-occurring disorders, and the individual’s response to treatment. This is why it is so important to commit fully to your recovery and engage honestly and openly with your recovery coaches and guides.

Recovery from addiction does not stop after rehab and for most of us, sobriety must remain our daily priority and mission, meaning your early recovery work should focus on finding the root causes of your behaviour so you can subsequently work to address them.

Short-term vs. Long-term rehab

Short-term rehab programs typically last 28 to 30 days and are designed to provide intensive treatment and support during the initial stages of recovery. These programs often include detoxification, individual and group therapy, education on addiction and coping skills, and aftercare planning. While short-term rehab can be beneficial for some individuals, others may require a longer period of treatment to address underlying issues and establish lasting behavioural changes.

Long-term rehab programs, on the other hand, typically span 60 to 90 days or more and offer a more comprehensive approach to recovery. These programs provide individuals with the time and resources needed to delve deeper into the root causes of addiction, develop coping strategies, and rebuild their lives free from substance misuse. Long-term rehab may also include transitional living arrangements, vocational training, and ongoing support to help individuals successfully reintegrate into society.

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Factors Influencing Duration

Several factors can influence the duration of rehab, including:

Severity of Addiction: Individuals with severe or long-standing addiction may require a longer period of treatment to address complex issues and achieve lasting sobriety.


Medical detoxification typically lasts 3-10 days but in cases of severe addiction it can weeks or even months. Detoxification looks different depending on the substance, but it is usually an extremely uncomfortable process that requires medical supervision through either an inpatient facility or frequent visits to a medical professional as part of an outpatient programme.

Co-occurring Disorders: Many individuals struggling with addiction also have underlying mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or trauma. Treating these co-occurring disorders alongside addiction can prolong the rehab process but is essential for holistic recovery.

Motivation and Willingness to Change: The success of rehab often hinges on an individual's commitment to the process and their willingness to actively participate in treatment. Those who are highly motivated and engaged tend to progress more quickly through rehab.

Support System: A strong support system of family, friends, and peers can significantly impact the duration of rehab by providing encouragement, accountability, and stability during challenging times.

Relapse History: Individuals with a history of relapse may require longer-term treatment to address underlying triggers and develop effective relapse prevention strategies.

The Importance of Patience and Persistence

Recovery is not a linear process, and setbacks are a natural part of the journey. It's essential for individuals in rehab to approach their recovery with patience, understanding that healing takes time, and progress may be gradual. While some may experience rapid improvements, others may encounter obstacles along the way. The key is to remain committed to the process and to seek support when needed.

Celebrating Milestones and Progress

Rehabilitation is not solely focused on achieving sobriety but also on fostering personal growth and development. Throughout the rehab process, individuals will reach various milestones and make significant strides toward reclaiming their lives. Whether it's completing detoxification, achieving a certain period of sobriety, or mastering new

coping skills, each milestone is a cause for celebration and serves as a reminder of how far individuals have come on their journey to recovery.

If you or someone close to you is struggling with addiction, our dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us. We’re ready to discuss your individual needs and requirements, guiding you toward a brighter, healthier future.

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