If you or a loved one is in need of care for an addiction or mental health condition, you may consider treatment from a rehab facility. With a busy life and schedule, the length of inpatient care is important to consider. So how long is rehab going to last?
It depends on a number of factors. However, although every person’s treatment needs are different, it’s possible to estimate the length of recovery care. The type of treatment you need will influence the time required. You can also prepare beforehand to ease your transition and minimize disruption to your life.
What to Expect
Your rehab experience will be unique to your specific circumstances. What you should expect will depend on your needs. At FHE Health, we offer specialized treatment for mental health and for addiction. Both programs have similar approaches, but the goals can be very different.
Mental Health Programs
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, mental illness affects almost one in five adults in the United States. Common mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder, can be difficult to navigate alone. For those who have not found relief with traditional therapy, a more comprehensive approach may be necessary. Our mental health rehab program offers professionals who can focus on your experience to build a treatment plan.
Treatment can include drug therapy, counseling and behavioral modification, and you can leave with the tools to continue recovery at home. Sometimes the pressures of everyday life can make mental health struggles feel overwhelming. An inpatient rehab program provides the opportunity to focus solely on managing your condition and improving your quality of life.
Almost 20 million U.S. residents over the age of 12 suffered from substance use disorder in 2017. Although there are varying levels of dependence, those who develop an addiction are often unable to stop on their own. At any dependence level, our addiction programs at FHE Health can help you reclaim your life.
Addiction treatment requires a long-term approach, often involving several phases of recovery. After going through a medically managed detox, patients will undergo intensive therapy to pinpoint the root cause of addiction. We address underlying conditions and focus recovery efforts on gradually reducing the need for inpatient treatment. Eventually, the addiction program should help you transition back to sober living outside the facility.
How Long Is Rehab?
Considering the different approaches necessary for mental health and addiction programs, the length of time required depends on the type of treatment you need. Most programs are offered for 30-day interval time frames. It’s often up to the individual to determine how much time should be dedicated to inpatient recovery.
The length of drug rehab will depend on the severity of your addiction. Longer treatment plans are generally associated with higher success rates. This means stronger addictions may need treatment for an extended period of time. Mental health rehab follows the same rules, with times determined by type and severity of mental illness. In many cases, because mental health and addiction are often intertwined, it may be necessary to incorporate elements of both programs. This may also lengthen the treatment period.
More than any other factor, the length of your stay will depend most on the amount of effort you’re willing to put in. Even minor addictions or conditions will take more time to address if you aren’t actively engaging in your program. On the other end, severe conditions can potentially be resolved in a shorter time with maximum effort. In short, you decide how long your program will be, but longer time at rehab will increase your chances for a full recovery.
How to Prepare
If you’ve made the decision to enter a rehab facility to treat a mental illness or addiction, a little preparation can ease the transition. If you live alone, it will be necessary to arrange for someone to manage your home while you are away. Depending on the length of your stay, you may need to pause utilities, and any pets will need a place to stay. Your mail and any subscriptions will need to be paused as well and don’t forget to have someone water your plants. You can always simplify things by finding a trusted friend or family member to house-sit.
If you’re employed, you’ll need to work out time off with your employer. Although you may be concerned about your employer understanding your situation, remember your recovery is the most important thing. Your employer is likely obligated to allow you extended time off for medical reasons. Check to see if you qualify for time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Your employer is not required to pay you under the FMLA but must hold your position for your return. The exception to this is if the company has a specific policy regarding ineligibility for employment due to substance abuse.
Finally, gather your support system. You may not want to publicly announce your decision, but make sure your closest friends and family know where you’re going. You’ll need to have people in your corner as you focus on your recovery. These are the people you will lean on the most when you return to your normal life. Your support system can have a huge impact on your recovery, so choose carefully.
If you’ve been thinking about inpatient treatment for a mental health condition or addiction, please contact us today. Our caring staff at FHE Health are here any time, day or night, to navigate your treatment options. Call us at (844) 299-0618 and talk to one of our experienced counselors. We’re here to help you take your life back by putting you on the best path for recovery.