Considering nearly 21 million Americans live with at least one addiction, yet only 10 percent receive treatment, taking the first step to enter treatment is both brave and admirable. Deciding what treatment is right for you may seem like a daunting task. That is why at Pinnacle Recovery, we offer the type of guidance and support that changes lives.

Long-term addiction recovery treatment programs have been studied for a long time based on their high rates of success. While they are not the best choice for everyone, those who are able to commit to 90+ days in treatment can benefit immensely. Here's what you need to know about long-term addiction recovery so that you can begin your path to sobriety.

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What Is a Long-Term Addiction Recovery Program?


Recovering from addiction is a lifelong process — one that takes time, effort, and understanding. 

Between 20 million and 40 million individuals in the United States suffer from addiction — and although each individual is unique, research suggests that the longer a patient is engaged in addiction treatment for alcohol and/or drugs, the more likely it is that they will achieve sustained sobriety. 

Long-term inpatient rehab, also known as long-term residential rehab, is a treatment program that takes place over three to 12 months. However, each individual’s journey differs based on their needs, experiences, and goals. While taking part in this type of treatment program, individuals reside in a treatment facility. This allows them to remain in a safe, structured environment. For those living with a severe addiction, this approach can help minimize the risk of relapse.

While the appropriate duration for each individual varies, depending on the degree of their addiction, and a 30-day program is best for some, the majority of those suffering from addiction require at least 3 months in treatment — especially in relation to a dual-diagnosis. During this time, individuals go through a detoxification program, followed by a treatment plan that allows them to build critical coping skills.

What to Expect During Long-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction


While participating in long-term treatment, there isn’t one single formula that works for everyone. That is because every form of addiction is unique. Addiction causes changes in your body and brain chemistry, which is why lasting sobriety takes time.

When you first arrive at a treatment facility, such as Pinnacle Recovery, you will go through a step-by-step process. First, you will complete a full evaluation. This step will allow your treatment team to better understand who you are, what it is you seek, and how you can achieve your goals. 

The next critical step is the detoxification process. Again, depending on your addiction and substance(s) of choice, this process will differ from one individual to the next. However, regardless of your addiction, you will be supervised to ensure the highest levels of safety and comfort. Once this stage is complete, and you have overcome withdrawal symptoms, your treatment plan will begin. During this time, you will address the underlying causes of your addiction. 

Depending on your unique needs, you will participate in a range of treatment programs, including individual and group therapy. At Pinnacle Recovery, we offer the latest, evidence-based therapy and treatment options, such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and nutrition support. We believe in holistic treatment, focusing on the whole person. This allows our clients to build the type of foundation that ensures optimal health and wellness. 

As you progress and reach key milestones, your treatment plan will adapt to your changing needs. As you approach the end of your treatment program, you will create an aftercare plan that focuses on your personal triggers and goals. By completing your treatment program, you will have a much better understanding of your triggers, as you develop more productive coping skills. 

In many cases, individuals will complete the detoxification process before beginning a long-term, in patient treatment program. After they receive the therapy they need and develop strategies for success, they will then transition to an outpatient treatment program. This allows them to live within their everyday life, while still receiving weekly treatment.

Is a Long-Term Addiction Recovery Program Right for Me?


There is no one-size-fits-all solution to treat addiction, and what’s right for one individual isn’t ideal for the next. Although there are many variables to consider, long-term addiction recovery is particularly beneficial for individuals suffering from a severe addiction. It’s also an ideal choice for those who have relapsed in the past. 

Remember, a relapse does not mean failure. Recovery is a multi-step process that takes time. That is why if you have relapsed in the past, you should not let it deter you from seeking the treatment you require. For example, since some substances are more challenging to recover from, successful rehabilitation will not happen overnight — especially when addiction is combined with complex mental health conditions. 

Addiction is a chronic disease. Just like any other disease, treatment must be individualized. That is why you’ll want to seek a treatment facility that understands your unique needs and builds a customized treatment plan accordingly. At Pinnacle Recovery, our programs offer the full continuum of care. Although we specialize in inpatient care, as well as trauma recovery, AA programs and AA alternatives, dual diagnosis, experiential therapy, and family therapy, we also proudly offer sober living and intensive outpatient treatment programs. We work with our clients to help them choose the path that best suits them and their current situation.  

Deciding whether long-term recovery is right for you is a personal decision, one that you need to make on your own. Treatment will only be successful if you are willing to participate and heal. However, we can help. If you have any questions regarding the recovery process, we’re here to support you. 

You are not alone. Take the first step towards a healthier, more fulfilling life. We will assist you every step of the way.

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