Why Longer Inpatient Stays Can Be More Effective


Treatment and recovery require an intense amount of self-reflection to begin healthily dealing with the traumas from your past that may have ultimately led you to addiction. A typical inpatient stay of 30 days is a very limited window of time for you to effectively learn healthy coping strategies, mindfulness-based practices, and cultivating relationships with your peers. 

The purpose of treatment is to lay the groundwork for recovery. The stronger that foundation is, the stronger your recovery will be long-term. As an integral part of the process, it’s important not to rush building the bones of your recovery, which is why you should consider a longer inpatient stay in your treatment plan.

Benefits of Spending More Time in Treatment

The treatment process is centered around building a strong foundation for your recovery. That’s not to say that you’ll never have a hard day or experience a lapse, but the stronger your foundation, the more you’ll be able to handle and cope with any roadblocks that come your way. Learning healthier coping habits to handle addiction better may require you to learn healthier life practices in general. 

Alcohol or substance use is usually the direct result of the inability to cope in a healthy way. Long-term substance use can rewire the structure of your brain, and the restructuring of your brain in treatment can take a while. Deciding to make a big life change can be difficult for any of us whether that be concerning health, fitness, nutrition, or addiction. Developing healthier habits and coping methods takes time and shouldn’t be rushed.

In addition to the restructuring process in your brain and mental health treatment for chronic stress, trauma, and co-occurring mental disorders, a long-term stay will also allow you to cultivate relationships more effectively. At The Ohana Addiction Treatment Center, we believe that connection is an essential part of recovery. One of our goals at The Ohana is to help clients develop healthy relationships with their peers. Addiction can be a very isolating disease, and recovering from it means reconstituting one’s ability to connect with others. It’s not so easy to create connections in a time crunch, which is yet another reason why a long-term inpatient stay may be a good choice for you.

Having the Chance for Long-term Treatment

The unfortunate reality is that long-term treatment and inpatient stays are not always possible due to some people’s life circumstances. Many may need to return to the responsibilities of their life as soon as they can. Those responsibilities may be familial or professional. However, at a facility like The Ohana, you don’t have to choose between treatment or your professional responsibilities. Our executive program allows for individuals to have access to the technology and private space necessary to continue their work and uphold their professional responsibilities. The stresses of work can negatively impact someone’s mental health, but losing all they’ve worked for can be just as harmful.

This access to technology allows for individuals to fulfill professional responsibilities, but what about the personal and familial responsibilities? Well, if the past two years have taught us anything, it’s that feeling disconnected from others can take a toll on one’s mental health. Thanks to the technology of today, it’s more realistic to support extended stays for our clients. Even if you have to return to your family, you don’t have to return without the support of your recovery plan. 

Care for our clients extends even after completing our program. We continue to offer support by checking in with clients regularly, ensuring they have access to local resources and support if needed, helping them to connect with local support groups, communities, and therapies, and offering continued access to their patient portal. In this way, clients always have their new Ohana there to support them even while transitioning back into their daily lives.

Joining Our Ohana

There are many reasons why individuals are skeptical of a long-term treatment program. With our luxurious and resort-like facility and location, though, you may find yourself wanting to stay longer and not necessarily out of necessity. Not every facility has the ability to support its clients long-term, and some programs may seem so rigid that clients can’t wait to leave. At The Ohana, circumstances like these could not be further from the truth.

If you or someone you love requires an intensive inpatient treatment program that’s tailored to their individual needs, consider a long-term stay at The Ohana. Our capable professionals have the knowledge and compassion to guide you on this new adventure to recovery. You’ll not only find treatment and freedom from addiction, but you’ll find an Ohana that will continue to support you long after leaving.

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