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There is nothing more devastating for a substance abuser and his family than going to treatment and then relapsing. One of the main reasons that someone relapses is that he did not go to a long term drug rehab center. What is long term drug treatment? Longterm drug rehab is considered, by some, as any treatment that is more thn30 days. The authors of this web-site consider that anything less than 90 days is not long term drug and alcohol treatment. We are providing this information to help people chose rehab that is long enough.
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This site is authored by a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, with a Masters degree in addiction. The author has been the Director of a State's Substance Abuse Programs and personally surveyed over 150 drug rehab programs for a national accreditation agency.

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Note from the Website's Author:

"My name is Mac and I am semiretired after 40 years of professional experience in the field of alcohol and drug rehabilitation and prevention. I have personal experience as well in dealing with addiction and finding a long term drug rehab center because of a close family member’s long struggle with addiction. Successful recovery did not happen until my family member did a long term drug treatment program".

Mac's experience includes governmental supervision and funding of rehabilitation centers, consulting for organizational and personal licensing and accreditation of rehab facilities and its staff, on-site surveys of over 150 drug rehab centers. When you call or write into our site, a professional counselor with a Master's Degree and 40 years experience will respond.

He has seen what works and what does not and are here to help substance abusers and their families find the long term drug rehab center that has the best chance of success.

It is very aggravating to go to treatment and fail and there are things you can do to almost eliminate that possibility.

There are many very fine treatment programs all over the Unites States, but there are also drug and alcohol treatment centers that have very low success rate. It is important as a family member or a substance abuser to do your research.

Based on our experience, we will help you. We do not refer to programs that use substitute drugs beyond what is needed for withdrawal and detox. We also will not refer to long term drug rehab centers that are known for putting people on psychiatric drugs. We work to find long term drug and alcohol treatment centers where the substance abuser will come out able to have a successful life without the crutch of any kind of drugs.

It is my opinion that someone with a drug problem can recover without having to be on other drugs. It takes a lot of work which not all treatment centers are willing to do. When substitute drugs or psychiatric drugs are given to a substance abuser, they do not have a chance to truly come back to their natural personality and their lives may not be as successful as they could be.

Why a Long term Drug Rehab Center?

It is well known that 30-day programs are NOT effective. I have reviewed over 100 30-day programs, on site, and none had a success rate over 20%. There are so many things in addict's life that need "fixing", that it would be impossible to accomplish this task in less than a 90 day treatment program. Therefore, it is better to look for a long term substance abuse treatment facility, even though it is the first time the person is seeking treatment.

If you are surfing the web to find information about appropriate long term alcohol and drug treatment programs, then you can save yourself a lot of time and confusion by calling and talking to someone who knows the types of treatment programs and what each does.

When you have finally decided on treatment for yourself or a loved one, finding the right treatment that will work is your next task.

Based on a short assessment, we will refer you to an effective long term drug rehab center that addresses ALL of the issues that have been proven to cause and continue one's alcohol or drug addiction. We don't believe that anyone should have to suffer from relapse and the disappointments that brings, when you can take the time to do a long term drug rehab program that will end your cravings and psychological disabilities that can only be addressed in a treatment program of 90 days or more.

In the pages of this web-site I will do what I can to provide useful information about types of treatment and helpful information about resources in the field.

Definition of terms:

"Long-term drug rehab"

is a term that has historically been used for alcohol and drug rehab programs that are 90 days or more. This includes detox and treatment. However today, a treatment program that is longer than 30 days will call itself long-term.

Many centers are now calling themselves "Long Term Drug Rehab" when they are not doing any more clinical work than most short-term centers. If you are looking at a 12-step based program, it is very difficult to find a program that will take the patients through the 5th step. Most will stop at the 3rd because they believe that you can't ask a patient to examine their past until they have a year or more sobriety. This means that the person leaves treatment without confronting or dealing with their transgressions and everything they have done that they feel guilty about.

If a patient leaves a treatment program before they have confronted their past, they are very unlikely to do so outside of the residential treatment setting, which is leaving them with many unhandled problems that will continue to re-stimulate them to crave drugs to handle the pain of their past transgressions. You can be assured that if a patient "graduates" from a treatment program and cannot face the majority of the issues that caused him to use drugs or the issues he created while on drugs, then he will quickly resort to actions that have gotten him comfortably through life, which is the use of drugs rather than using his interpersonal skills to deal with life successfully.

So even programs that are long term based on time, may not address all the aspects of addiction and leave the person with unhandled issues.

"Short-term" alcohol and drug rehab are traditionally 28 to 30-day residential rehab programs. Again, this includes detox and treatment. There are very few people that have been addicted to alcohol and other drugs that report that short term treatment was sufficient to meet their needs.
The treatment typically consists of doing the first 3 steps of the 12-Step program, attending meetings and group therapy and a few hours of individual counseling. Because of pressure from insurance companies to discharge patients some programs are just 2 weeks.

If you understand the short article above on why it is important to have treatment that is long enough to handle this dysfunctional issues that cause anxiety and cravings to use alcohol and other drugs to handle these uneasy felling, then you can certainly see how these types of changes can't be made in 30-days or less.

Open Ended Programs are treatment programs that do not have a set time of treatment but based it in each person’s individual needs.
Most open-ended programs are also considered long term as they are seldom less than 90 days so they are true long term substance abuse treatment programs.

The time that is required for someone to make the life changes needed to give up an alcohol and/or drug addiction is different for everyone. Some people have been able to keep their lives together while they have been using and, therefore, they don't have as much remedial work to reclaim a successful life, but others have been doing drugs for most of their lives and the ONLY ways that they know how to survive is via alcohol and other drugs. These individuals my require six months or more treatment to learn the behaviors and skills necessary to be successful and not depend on alcohol and other drugs.

Don't find out which program you needed after the fact and after your budget is decimated by choosing the wrong treatment center!

It is difficult to navigate through the "treatment finding" or procurement process. It is BEST to call our counselors and let us help you with this process. 1-888-781-7060.

Types Of Long Term Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers

Faith Based Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs

Naltrexone Treatment for Alcohol Addiction and Drug Cravings An argument over the latest attempt to promote harm-reduction treatment rather than a complete cure for addiction. Ms. Gabrielle Glaser's article in the April, 2015 edition of "The Atlantic".

Many of the long term drug rehab centers are faith based. They are often low cost and funded through churches and donations. These programs normally requires that the person has Christian faith and is willing to attend prayers and bible studies. Faith based long term drug and alcohol treatment programs (when they are free or low cost) often require that the participant do some kind of work to contribute to the running of the center. This type of treatment can be very beneficial because it usually is long and the idea is that faith can help someone stay clean. Probably the most well known faith based program is Teen Challenge. Teen Challenge has programs now for both adult women and men and they have one or more program in almost every state

Biophysical Programs

The Biophysical Programs fit under the category of “open ended” drug and alcohol treatment programs. They are always long term drug rehab centers as they are an average of 4 – 6 months. Because this type of program is not based on any group therapy or the 12 steps and everyone goes through the program at their own pace there is no set number of days, weeks or months that someone stays in treatment. All the Biophysical Programs that I know of are non-profit organizations. They are fee for service as they do not have funding, but generally lower per months than many other private long term drug rehab centers.
Biophysical long term drug rehab programs do manualized treatment. There are 8 steps that each person goes through at his own pace.
This type of program thoroughly addresses the physical part of addiction with extensive detoxification using vitamin and mineral supplements and sauna bath to cleanse the body of toxins from the drugs use.
This is designed to help the person reduce cravings, helping the person think clearly again. IQ is tested before and after and is claimed to increase several points just from this detoxification.
The extended detoxification is followed up with cognitive therapy to get to the root(s) of the substance abuse and help the individual with any issues in their different parts of life so that they do not leave treatment with the same problems as what caused them to use in the first place.
The last steps of the program consists of life skills training and activities to make sure that there are no past issues unhandled, that the person has the coping skills to deal with life and a plan to not only stay off drugs but succeed in his or her goals.
It is through this type of long term drug rehab that my family member finally was able to beat her addiction.

Therapeutic Community Programs

In Therapeutic Community programs the substance abusers generally work and contribute to the center. Many Therapeutic Community Programs have small businesses that they run. These programs are almost always long term drug rehab centers. The substance abuser goes through different steps and eventually gets to the point where they work in one of those businesses. Most therapeutic treatment centers are low cost or free as they make their money through donations and through the work of the clients. It can be restaurants, moving companies. Most well know therapeutic communities are Delancey Street with five fairly large programs across the United States. Phoenix House is another big chain of therapeutic community programs. Many of these types of programs are one year or more – even up to three years.
One trait you can almost always find in Therapeutic communities is that the clients to some degree control each other. Clients, as they advance through the program, take more and more responsibility for the newer clientele. This has its pluses and minuses. It can get out of hand with punitive actions and witch hunting, making weaker people feel unsafe. On the other hand, they learn to be responsible for others tan just themselves.

Holistic Programs

This is a new kid on the block and has many different varieties. Some call themselves holistic and yet prescribe drugs such as Suboxone, anti depressants and anti-anxiety medications. Holistic programs usually have some kind of natural supplements that they use. These types of programs are sometimes done in long term drug rehab centers, but also often are just short term. They often have access to massages, yoga, acupuncture and other services. It is most often blended with the use of the 12-step program and some individual counseling. It is wise to really check out what the treatment is in programs that call themselves holistic as you can have many different treatment methods. Biophysical programs were, to my knowledge, the first ones to be holistic and drug free, and now others are calling themselves holistic when they may or may not be.

There are other types of treatment that are long term but these are the main ones and the majority of what you will find as you search for long term treatment solutions. However, many of these programs do not identify themselves publicly under a certain category because they are wanting to get your attention long enough to sell their form of treatment. Having these categories can lead to the public eliminating them before they have a chance to sell their goods.

For help to find a long term alcohol or drug treatment program, call 888-781-7060 for a free consultation by a licenced Drug and Alcohol Counselor fill out the form above.

A note of importance to our regular readers and dear friends and supporters:

Most of this site was written by his wife, the other leader in the long-term-drug-rehab. com company and website. It should also be mentioned that his wife was in the alcohol and drug rehab field as long as he has been. This is a woman that has never been ill of any consequence, but in February, 2014, she began having symptoms of gull bladder problems with abdominal swelling. On March 01, 2014, Mac, her husband, drove through a snow storm to take her to an ER one hundred miles from the little town in which they were living. It was discovered that she had Stage III ovarian cancer and because she was so healthy in every other way, it took eight months before she lost her battle to this horrible disease that many call the silent killer and that would certainly fit in her case.

Naturally, Mac is devastated but, as a past Medical Social Worker, he is dedicated to helping others identify the problems that can occur with our "modern" medical coverage. His wife would still be recovering if it weren't for major mistakes from the surgeon and others. “All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.”— Sophocles, Antigone”

Mac appeals to you to contact him if you or a loved one is in any serious medical condition so that he can help raise your awareness of the pitfalls in taking medical advice without the proper knowledge and items to be aware of while making decisions that can end your life. Those who knew Mac and his wife over the 25 years that they were together, know how dedicated both of them were in finding the best programs for those addicted and, in her memory, Mac has refused to retire, but to continue to provide this valuable service, which was one of the request of his wife before she passed on October 29, 2014. Mac feels that his wife is still in charge of this website and is adding what can't be done on earth to help bring the love and dedication that she had for those with addiction problems to finding solutions through this site. We all loved her dearly and she will be missed by so many that owe their lives to her work in drug rehabilitation!


IN MEMORIAL TO: Jette B., 11/22/1954 to 10/29/2014, Mac's wife and one of the most dedicated counselors and contributors to the rehabilitation of so many in the thirty-years that she worked in this field. She passed away at age 59. This picture was taken at age 57, so you can see what a healthy and vibrant person she was. Mac is staying busy doing the work the Jette started and is every mindful of her presence in his life and in the alcohol and drug field. This was Jette's website. She put countless hours of work in conveying her love and care for persons fighting addiction problems. She worked on this website in October, 2014, the month of her last hospital visit. Please call Mac if anyone in your family is facing anything similar to Jette's battle with ovarian cancer. Mac has extensive training in the medical field and he now has knowledge that could save the life of your loved one.

I heard Jette say this statement to many parents as they were looking for help: "Don't give up. We will help you find the best rehab center for your loved one". She knew how hard it is to confront these issues and how much fear surrounds calling and asking for help. Jette never cut sincere inquires off without ensureing that they had a positive alternative in addressing their problems. We are continuing in that spirit. Call and let us help you, help yourself or your loved one.

Our Efforts Continue to be Driven by Jette's Loving Spirit!

Mac feels as though he has been given another level of knowledge that can be of great use in his continual efforts to help others do well in life. Certainly he knows the alcohol and other drug rehab field, but he can also help you in your medical management, should the circumstances arise that you need that type of counseling. In looking back at Jette's last year of suffering in some of the "best" hospitals in Tulsa, there were mistakes that ended her life. The national statistics on deaths caused by irresponsible or negligent medical care accounts for more than half of the deaths related to acute illnesses.

Mainly, Mac is a rare resource that cares about others and takes the time to find solutions for the pain that is keeping others from doing well or holding back families from thriving. Take the time to talk to Mac and you will be happy that you did.

Drugs of Abuse

Heroin Addiction Rehab Heroin addiction falls under the heading of opiate addiction, which is the second leading addiction in our society; following alcohol addiction. Heroin is noted for having the highest euphoria potential of all street drugs, therefore, it causes physical and psychological addiction. Heroin Addiction is defined as a state of physiological, psychological and emotional dependence on a drug with a high morbidity potential.

Cocaine Addiction Rehab Cocaine addiction was the number one addiction in the 1980s, but is still very prevalent today. Cocaine has a long history of abuse with Sigmund Freud and William James being two 19th century figures that shortened their lives with continual use of cocaine. Cocaine addiction is the addiction to a stimulant. Derived from the coca leaves. Cocaine is a powerfully addictive drug of abuse. Once having tried cocaine, an individual cannot predict or control the extent to which he or she will continue to use the drug.

Crystal Meth Addiction Treatment Crystal Meth addiction and abuse has three patterns: low intensity, binge, and high intensity. Low-intensity abuse describes a user who is not psychologically addicted to the drug but uses crystal meth on a casual basis by swallowing or snorting it. Binge and high-intensity abusers are psychologically addicted and prefer to smoke or inject Crystal Meth to achieve a faster and stronger high. Binge abusers use crystal meth more than low-intensity abusers but less than high-intensity abusers.

Crack Addiction Treatment Cocaine is usually sold on the street as a fine white powder and is generally either sniffed into the nose or injected by needle into a vein, with the latter being the type of administration that is most common with cocaine addiction. When cocaine is boiled or cooked with sodium bicarbonate, it is converted into a freebase form called crack cocaine and is more addictive than before and is relatively cheap per dose.

Marijuana Addiction Treatment Marijuana mixture of leaves, stems, and flowering tops of the Indian hemp plant Cannabis sativa smoked or eaten for its hallucinogenic and pleasure-giving effects. The psychoactive ingredient of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is concentrated in the flowering tops; hashish, a drug prepared from the plant resin, has about eight times more THC than marijuana. Marijuana grows throughout temperate regions, with the more potent varieties produced in dry, hot, upland climates. Except for limited medical purposes, cultivating marijuana is illegal in all but a few countries.

Oxycontin Addiction Treatment Oxycontin addiction has become one of the leading problems in prescription drug addiction in America today. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strengthened the warnings and precautions sections in the labeling of OxyContin (oxycodone HCl controlled-release) Tablets, a narcotic drug approved for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Oxycontin addiction is quickly becoming the number one abuse problem within prescription drug abuse.

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