Everyone takes a different path to recovery–even if they attend the same addiction rehab. Your recovery experience will involve highs and lows that are unique to you. Your experience, like your life, is going to be unique. So, while many recovery programs are offered in specific time increments like 30 days, 60 days, or even 90 days, people may require more or less intensive therapy. Fortunately, there are many programs available today in the Manhattan area where people can spend more time with counselors and therapists even if it’s on an outpatient basis. 

Garden Heights Recovery understands that people have different treatment needs. We offer partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, and outpatient plans in the Manhattan area. While we do not offer residential inpatient treatment programs, we are able to provide integrated treatment for people diagnosed with co-occurring disorders. If we believe you’d be better served with a different type of program, we will certainly refer you to a facility in or near Manhattan that offers residential inpatient detox or a long-term residential inpatient plan. Our programs vary in length, but one thing is certain: you’re always welcome to continue therapy with us on an ongoing basis. Your recovery goals are ours too.

Does the Length of Rehab Treatment Affect Recovery?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “research has shown unequivocally that good outcomes are contingent on adequate treatment length.” The institute also reports that spending less than 90 days in a residential  inpatient or outpatient program is less effective than spending longer in treatment. At Garden Heights Recovery, we recommend that people departing from their 30 or 60-day residential rehab stay, enroll in one of our programs for 30 days or longer.

Just consider, addiction didn’t happen to you overnight. Most people only develop an addiction after a considerable period of abuse. It may have taken you months or even years to establish a pattern of substance abuse and addiction. So, it’s understandable that changing those patterns and establishing healthy lifestyle habits will take time–and practice. That isn’t to say that a 30-day program doesn’t help or can’t set you up for success. 

Some people do achieve their recovery goals after a short stint in treatment, but don’t be surprised if you find you need to spend more time in rehab or aftercare treatment programs. The time you spend in rehab helps you build a strong foundation on which to build your sober life. In short, it’s time well spent!

Does Treatment Length Vary for Different Drugs?

The type of drug you are addicted to can affect the length of time you require treatment–both intensive treatment and aftercare support. However, there are other variables. The length of time you’ve been addicted to the substance and your body’s own chemistry are factors that impact the time you may need in treatment. Lifestyle factors may also influence your treatment needs. Living in an unsupportive environment or having a high-stress job may mean that you can use more professional support as you transition to your new healthy life.

Addiction specialists do note that drugs such as heroin and other opioids are associated with greater recovery success when the individual spends at least a year in treatment. Now, that treatment may not be intensive, but it offers a framework of support that people recovering from an opioid addiction can depend on. The National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends that methadone maintenance last for at least 12 months. The relapse rate for substances like alcohol, opioids, and methamphetamines are particularly high; if you’re addicted to one of these substances, you may want to seriously consider a longer treatment regimen.

It’s your personal choice to determine the length of time you choose to spend in therapy. Some people participate in aftercare programming indefinitely. They simply choose to meet with a counselor as a way to support their long-term recovery. Others find that after they spend the 60 or 90 days in a rehab program, they feel ready to manage on their own. 

What Type of Rehab Program Is Right for Me?

In order to choose the right program for your needs, we encourage you to visit us at Garden Heights Recovery. Addiction treatment plans aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution. We believe that positive results happen when treatment is customized to the needs of each individual. We’ll meet with you and evaluate your specific needs. Then, we can recommend a treatment plan that will meet those needs as well as your preferences. 

One of the features that we’ve found that our clients love about our programming is that it’s flexible. As people recover, they’re looking for ways to reintegrate back into their lives. They may want to attend work or school. They may have family obligations they want to continue to meet. You may require treatment for a dual diagnosis. In that case, we can provide that type of integrated treatment. You might have heard of the addiction therapy known as the Motivational Interviewing Technique, which is something we offer here at Garden Heights Recovery. 

When you meet with us, we’ll discuss the different types of treatment plans and therapies we offer and how they may help you manage your addiction and achieve lasting recovery. Our goal is to provide treatments and support that are truly tailored to what you need from a rehab experience. 

There are hundreds upon hundreds of rehab programs available in the United States today. Of course, we are located in the Manhattan area and offer outpatient-based plans. Our therapists have a reputation for experience and professionalism, but also for their empathetic approach to treatment. We care; we continue to care long after you graduate from our treatment plans. 

Call Garden Heights Recovery at (201) 275-0181 to schedule your initial consultation. Let’s discuss your condition and your recovery goals. Someone is always available to take your call and answer your questions. We can’t always tell you how long you should participate in rehab programming, but we can help you make that determination for yourself. We can give you the tools you need to develop strategies to make good decisions that affect and support your ongoing sobriety.