Why Patience Is Important in a Loved One’s Rehab

Why Patience Is Important in a Loved One’s Rehab

Patience is a valuable tool in life and relationships, but also in addiction recovery. Drug abuse is often fueled by someone’s desire for an immediate feeling of pleasure, but that means people give little thought to the long-term consequences. In the same way, just as people turn to drugs to find an instant answer to difficult situations, those who support a loved one’s addiction recovery often ask for an immediate cure. However, both addicts and their loved ones need patience for recovery to thrive.

Addiction Recovery Takes Time

Addiction recovery is a long-term process, so rushing any stage of it can put users at risk for relapse. Not too long ago, rehab only supervised physical detox (a process that can be completed in a week) and then sent individuals back to their everyday homes and lives. While bypassing the important steps of recovery, these programs left people with absolutely no tools or skills to maintain long-term sobriety. As a result so many relapses, rehab programs extended their programs to the now seemingly standard time of 30 days. However, as medical researchers and professionals learned more about the nature of addiction and the best ways to treat it, it became apparent that this 30-day standard is not enough.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) published “Principles of Effective Treatment,” and the fifth principle states that “remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical” to recovery. The NIDA goes on to explain that this “adequate period of time” is not a week of detox or month of outpatient therapy: “most addicted individuals need at least 3 months in treatment to significantly reduce or stop their drug use and that the best outcomes occur with longer durations of treatment.” Ergo, a 90-day treatment program is now seen as the basic level of treatment, and inpatient care may be required for even longer.

A stay in treatment, regardless of length, may be only one of multiple treatment stays required, as relapse is unfortunately common, especially among people who do not receive treatment in sufficient length or breadth. As the NIDA reports, “recovery from drug addiction is a long-term process and frequently requires multiple episodes of treatment,” so relapse and the need for additional treatment is a sign of neither failure nor delay. Instead, repeated treatment stints are steps towards recovery, which is a life-long process. Since a recovering addict will be in recovery for the rest of her life, the longer recovery takes, the better.

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Do not settle for short-term solutions or rushed rehab programs. We know you want your loved one better and back home as soon as possible, but we also know that addiction recovery takes time. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day at a toll-free helpline to discuss options for intervention, mediation and comprehensive rehab. All conversations are confidential, so make the call today.