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A substance use disorder (addiction)involves a diagnosis of a mental disorder that is a chronic and debilitating situation for anyone. Any person who receives such a diagnosis is going to need assistance and support to adjust and recover. For many individuals, initially getting involved in some type of an inpatient treatment program can increase their chances of long-term success.
An inpatient program differs from a residential program in that an inpatient program involves the use of the hospital or clinic, whereas a residential program involves the use of the facility that is not an actual medical facility even though access to medical care should be available. Inpatient treatment for a substance use disorder is typically suggested for people who are undergoing treatment for withdrawal, have significant medical needs that need to be monitored around the clock, or have a significant social or psychiatric condition that needs 24-hour medical care and monitoring. The type of treatment and the particular duration of treatment depend on the individual’s situation and the severity of the substance use disorder.
The common length of stay in inpatient treatment is 28-30 days, 60 days, or 90 days. For some individuals, longer-term admissions may be suggested. The choice of any of these programs depends on the recommendations of the referring physician, the ability of the physicians to demonstrate the medical necessity (which may often be approached differently by different providers, but Medicare often helps to establish the formal guidelines that are considered by most insurance providers) of a particular length of stay to an insurance company, and the needs of the individual.
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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the approach to success in recovery from a substance use disorder will most often include:
Despite the length of the program, all programs will address some or all of these issues to some extent.
Although programs of different length will address the above factors to some extent, there are some general differences between these programs. A brief comparison of these programs follows.
Again, some facilities offer even longer-term options for inpatient treatment depending on the needs of the individual.
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The choice regarding length of stay is dependent on numerous factors that include the individual’s needs, recommendations of the referring physician, any insurance coverage, and any issues that may come up during treatment. In addition, treatment length may be extended or reduced depending on how the individual progresses in treatment.
However, one of the hard and fast rules associated with success in recovery is that long-term treatments are associated with better outcomes. This principle is endorsed by nearly every major mental health organization in the United States, including SAMHSA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). All of these organizations recommend longer-term treatments for recovery, and NIDA recommends that everyone should enroll in a program that is at least 90 days in length.
Longer programs have various benefits. They can help the individual:
Longer-term programs allow for the development of a recovery program that is suited for a person’s long-term recovery. They include the following factors associated with a successful recovery program:
Thus, it is advantageous for any individual entering treatment for a substance use disorder to pick the treatment program of the longest duration that is available to them. This means discussing the issue with one’s insurance provider to ensure that treatment is long enough to get a foothold in recovery. Physicians can often make the case that the person needs to remain in inpatient treatment longer in order to avoid costly issues with relapse. This can help to ensure that the person becomes involved in a treatment program of sufficient length and intensity.
Whatever length of inpatient treatment program an individual completes, the process of recovery is not over once the person leaves the program. Recovery from any substance use disorder is a long-term endeavor and requires years of treatment participation. Most of the treatment participation will be performed on an outpatient basis. One of the considerations for choosing a program should be the type of aftercare programs available to the individual once they leave the inpatient treatment unit. The focus should be on meeting short-term goals that can foster long-term success and the ability to continue treatment once one leaves the inpatient environment.