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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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The Authority Behind This Information:

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 international accreditation agency.

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The author of this site has seen what works and what does not and is here to help substance abusers and their families find the long term drug rehab center that has the best chance of success.

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If you need immediate help, you should call 1-888-781-7060. For a free assessment and immediate assistance to find a longterm drug rehabilitation center you can call or you may also fill out the form below and a professional counselor will assist you as soon as possible.

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It is very aggravating and many time life-thereatening to go to alcohol and drug treatment and fail.

There are many very fine treatment programs all over the Unites States and Europe, but there are also drug and alcohol treatment centers that have very low success rates. How do you know which ones you can trust to do what is needed and which ones are only saying that they can help?

We will help you look into the different options that will help you make an educated decision in choosing the best long-term alcohol and drug rehabilitation center for your particular needs.

You Should Know:

We do not refer you to programs that use substitute drugs beyond what is needed for withdrawals and detox. We also will not refer to long term drug drug rehab centers that use psychiatric drugs. We work to find long term drug and alcohol treatment centers where the substance abuser will graduate with the ability to have a successful life without the crutch of any kind of drugs. Our goal is to have you or your loved one back to a state where he can continue in life to reach the goals of clean and sober living.

We know, from years of experience, that someone with an alcohol or other drug problem CAN recover without having to be on other drugs. It takes a lot of work and time that not all treatment centers are willing to invest. When substitute drugs or psychatric drugs are given to a substance abuser, the recovering person does not have a chance to truly come back to their natural personality and their lives will not be as successful as they could be.

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Why Do I Need a Long term Drug Rehab Center?

It is well known that 30-day programs are NOT effective. We have reviewed over 150 30-day programs, on site, and none had a success rate over 20%. There are so many things in addict's life that need to be "fixed", 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 if 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 all of 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 and most important 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/or continue one's alcohol or drug addiction. We don't believe that anyone should have to suffer from relapses 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 porgram of 90 days or more.

When you call or write to us, a professional counselor with 40+ years experience will respond personally to your call or you can fill out the form below and a licensed alcohol and drug counselor will respond to your questions. I am semiretired with nearly 40 years of professional experience in the field of alcohol and drug rehabilitation and prevention. I have personal experience in dealing with addiction and finding a longterm drug rehab center because of a family member’s long struggle with addiction and wrongly selecting short term treatments that weren't effective. Successful recovery did not happen until my family member did a longterm drug treatment program. In the pages of this web-site I will provide useful information about different types of treatment and helpful information about resources in the alcohol and drug treatment field.

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Definition of terms:

"Long-term drug rehab"

Long-term alcohol and drug rehab is a term that has historically been used for alcohol and drug rehab programs that are 90 days or more. This includes withdrawals, detox and treatment. However today, a treatment program that is any length longer than 30 days may 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, but are spreading the treatment over a longer period of time. When we talk about long-term alcohol and drug treatment, we are defining that as a program that has a definite clinical protocol or regime that requires at least 90-days to cover all of the aspects of addiction.

12-step based programs, that use the philosophy of Alcoholic Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, were some of the first alcohol and drug residential treatment centers in America. Most of the programs that opened in the 1970's and 1980's were based on a model that was conceived by Hazelden Recovery Program in Minnesota. This design was limited to about 28 to 30 days of residential treatment, which brought their clients from withdrawals to completion of step three (3) of the 12-step program. This length of treatment is referred to as "Short-term alcohol and drug treatment", or just "Short-term Treatment"

It is very difficult to find a program that will take the patients through the 5th step of the 12-step process. Most treatment programs will stop at the 3rd step because they believe that you can't ask a patient to examine their past until they have a year or more of clean time or 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 their past. This is one of the major reasons why so many graduates of short-term treatment have relapses and difficulties re-establishing their lives and soon resort back to their usual means of coping by using alcohol or drugs again. This failure is almost ensured, as evidenced by the low percentage of persons that are successful after short-term treatment; less than 20%.

If you allow the patient to leave the treatment program before they have confronted their past and other essential issues, they are very unlikely to do so outside of the residential treatment setting. Many programs talk about having an "aftercare" program that deals with these other issues, but the research shows that the stressors of being back in society before these are handled overwhelms the recent graduate and relapse is almost inevitable; leaving them with many unhandled problems that will continue to re-stimulate them to crave drugs to handle the pain of their past transgressions or unaddressed emotional issues.

So, one has to be aware of the treatment plan of the long-term treatment provider to ensure that all aspects of addiction are totally handled before leaving the controlled environment of a residential treatment facility. Even programs that are long term, based on time but not covering all aspects of addiction, leave the person with unhandled issues and at extremelyhigh-risk for relapse and out-of-control use/abuse.

"Short-term" alcohol and drug rehab

Alcohol and drug rehabs 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 or even less! It is nieve to think that you can change addictive behaviors that have taken years to develop in such a short amount of time. These short-term treatment programs are naturally appealing to the addicts and their loved ones because we would all like to have a quick-fix for any of our problems, but addiction is a process that changes a persons thinking, feeling and physiology over many months to years and you can't heal from these change without allowing the necessary time for the person to integrate these new behaviors into their lives.

Open Ended Programs

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 because they are seldom less than 90 days so thay are truly a long term substance abuse treatment programs.

We have many request for treatment programs that are a year or more in length. Many times these request come from mandates for the legal system that is looking for an alternative to incarceration and, typically, a judge will tell the person that he must find an alcohol and drug treatment program that is more than one-year in length.

This is such a common request from parents and addicts who are trying to satisfy the courts by attending a program of this length instead of going to prison. Becasue of this, the treatment providers are now offering programs of this length, but upon close examination, one finds that the participants aren't necessarily doing the types of treatment practices that build their abilites to do well outside of treatment, but are basically living in a communal environment that isn't preparing them for the struggles that they will encounter in the "real" world. These programs may be an answer to your quest, but it would be smart to work with our counselors and determine what is provided during this one-year period. Upon close examination these very long-term treatment centers are many times a collection of addicts that are still exhibiting addictive behaviors and when in residence with others, they are actually reinforcing some of their negative behaviors. This is a complex issue to completely understand, so, if you are interested in knowing more about this issue, it is best that you talk to our counselors to explain this to your more thoroughly.

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 almost 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. Of course, it is important, for many reasons, that you find an alcohol and drug treatment program that will cure or end the compulsive behaviors of addiction.

Too many addicted persons and/or their loved ones choose a treatment program from false information and later find out that the addiction presist or is worst. The money needed for a good program has been spent and the and, what is even worse, is the hope of something positive in their future is also gone. This is the time when we see young addicts seriously comtemplating suicide. They feel as though they are a total burden to their loved ones and they feel that they will also be so.

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

Many of the long term drug rehab centers are faith based, most being Christian-based. Many are low cost and have supplimental funding 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 ald 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 is usually a year or more and the idea is that faith and time can help someone stay clean. Probabky 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 in the United States.

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 cneters. 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 plusses 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 varities. 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.

Call 888-781-7060 for a free consultation by a licenced Drug and Alcohol Counselor.

Note from the Website's Author:

Most of this site was written by his wife, another leader in the long-term-drug-rehab. com company and this website.

It should also be mentioned that his wife was a professional in the alcohol and drug rehab field for over thirty-years as well. This is a woman that has never been ill of any consequence from alcohol or other drug abuse, but in February, 2014, she began having symptoms of gull bladder problems with abdominal swelling. On March 01, 2014, I drove through a snow storm to take her to an ER outside of the little town in which we 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.

Naturally, I was and still am devastated but, as a past Medical Social Worker, I am dedicated to helping others identify the problems that can occur with our "modern" medical coverage. My wife would still be recovering if it weren't for major mistakes from the surgeon and other medical "support".

I appeal to you to contact me if you or a loved one is having any serious medical condition so that I can help raise your awareness of the pitfalls in taking medical advice without the proper knowledge and to be aware of making decisions that can endanger your life. Those who knew me and my wife over the 25 years that they were together, know how dedicated both of us have been in finding the best programs for those addicted. In her memory, I haverefused to retire, but to continue to provide this valuable service which was one of the request of my wife before she passed on October 29, 2014.



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