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What Determines the Length of Time People Spend in the Program?

By:
theohanahawaii
July 6, 2022

It can be confusing for individuals to know how long they need to be in an addiction treatment program, especially if treatment facilities have a 30-day limit to their programs. Unfortunately, there is no single right answer to the question of what determines the length of time people spend in treatment. There are so many variables that determine how long a client needs to be in treatment. Those factors may include policies of the facility, how long insurance covers treatment, and how much longer you can be away from your personal or professional obligations.

All of these factors are important. However, the main consideration that determines your length of stay is you. What areas of treatment do you still need improvement with? How strong is your recovery plan? What would happen if you had to transition from treatment to recovery as soon as tomorrow? These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself. If you have even the smallest doubt about being able to maintain your recovery upon leaving a facility, then there may be more for you to learn before you go. Thankfully, The Ohana Addiction Treatment Center never leaves you on your own in recovery. Length of stay is dependent on each client's needs, and we continue offering support long after you’ve left the facility.

What Are the Different Types of Treatment Programs?

To a certain extent, time spent in addiction treatment is also dependent on the type of treatment program you are in. Choosing the right kind of program depends on how much care you need. For example, a long-term residential treatment program provides 24-hour care. Many benefit from this 24-hour care, but some may find long-term residential programs to be too structured or rigid. For that reason, many go with a short-term residential program. Originally, these programs lasted about three to six weeks. Unfortunately, three to six weeks isn’t always enough time to get everything you need out of a treatment program.

Outpatient treatment programs have become more frequently used in recent years, especially in light of the pandemic. Throughout the past two years, people have found more convenience in being able to attend outpatient treatment programs because they allow the person seeking treatment to continue working while maintaining their social lives and familial responsibilities. For some, an outpatient treatment program is an excellent way to get help. However, others need more intense treatment. All outpatient programs will be slightly different. Consulting a mental health professional will help you determine which kind of treatment program is right for you. It still begs the question, though: what determines the length of time spent in a program?

Lengths of Stay and Benefits of Long-Term Treatment

Lengths of stay vary between facilities, but on average, they’ll range from 30 to 90-day programs. The Ohana even has some clients that stay in our program for 120 days. A longer stay is nothing to be ashamed of. It only means that some clients need a little more time to feel confident in their recovery. Every length of stay has its benefits. Unfortunately, financial concerns often motivate the decision to leave treatment at the 30-day mark. Not only is 30 days easier to commit to, but it will be offered at a lower cost than a longer stay. However, good recovery outcomes are “contingent on adequate treatment length,” according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. 

Longer rehabilitation programs offer clients more time to focus on strengthening the foundation of their recovery. This way, when they leave treatment, they’ll be more confident in maintaining their recovery. Clients in a longer program will have time to acclimate better to the treatment process, focus on long-term recovery goals, have access to more care, and better understand the triggers and challenges they’ll face outside of treatment. If you are currently in treatment and think you would benefit from a longer stay, consult professionals to see how to get a longer stay approved by your insurance or if there are other options you can take advantage of. You should leave treatment with confidence, even if that means taking more time to build up that solid foundation.

How Long Do Clients Stay at The Ohana?

The Ohana Addiction Treatment Center is a world-class alcohol and drug addiction treatment facility located on the beautiful island of Hawaii. We offer several programs that can help a variety of people. That includes a partial hospitalization program, an intensive outpatient program, sober living, and other luxury or executive treatment programs. Clients can achieve long-term recovery through these programs filled with adventure-packed, trauma-informed, and evidence-based practices.

Treatment will offer you a time to work with our clinical staff to co-create a treatment plan, participate in daily group sessions, and meet one-on-one every week. Some clients stay here for 30 days, while others stay at the facility for 120 days. During this time, The Ohana will identify your needs and offer resources that you can utilize to cultivate recovery and maintain it long-term. If you or someone you love is searching for help, reach out to The Ohana today.

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