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November 25, 2013

The National Institute on Drug Abuse recently updated its publication called "Seeking Drug Treatment, Know What to ask for".

This publication lists 5 key questions that a person should ask for when seekling treatment. These questions are:

"1. Does the program use treatments backed by scientific evidence?
2. Does the program tailor treatment to the needs of each patient?
3. Does the program adapt treatment as the patient's needs change?
4. Is the duration of treatment sufficient?
5. How do 12-step or similar recovery programs fit into drug addiction treatment?"

About the length of treatment The publication states:

"Appropriate time in treatment depends on the type and degree of a person's problems and needs. Research tells us that most addicted people need at least three months in treatment to really reduce or stop their drug use and that longer treatment times result in better outcomes. The best programs will measure progress and suggest plans for maintaining recovery. Recovery from drug addiction is a long-term process that often requires several episodes of treatment and ongoing support from family or community."

It is clear that research has shown that long term drug rehab and long term alcohol rehab is the most effective.

The same publication states that relapse does not mean that treatment has failed. We, at the Long Term Drug Rehab helpline do not neccessarily agree with that philosophy as it almost gives the addict a reason and excuse to relapse.

There is one type of treatment that definitely does not prescribe to the philosophy that treatment has not failed if someone relapses after long term drug rehab. That is the biophysical treatment model. They have an open ended time in treatment so that the person stays long enough to actually make the changes neccessary to be able to live a completely drug free life.

The research on length of treatment and the recommendation of long term drug and alcohol treatment is very valuable for the public so they do not spend a lot of money and time on short term treatment just to have to go back.

It would be great if treatment centers got better in finding what it is that makes someone relapse after long term substance abuse treatment so that the percentage of people having to go for further treatment would be less.



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