How Long Is Inpatient Rehab for Alcohol Addiction?

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"As more and more research is done in the substance abuse treatment field, we are constantly looking for better and more effective ways to help people overcome addiction. One of the major discoveries in recent years is the negative impact that a set timeframe for a rehabilitation program has on a person’s recovery. The treatment strategy at Serenity Recovery includes an “open-ended” timeframe, which actually means that we have no set timeframe. Instead of pushing our patients through the program in order to fit a set timeframe, we base their progress on results. We allow them to work through their recovery program at their own pace, and give them plenty of time to absorb as much of the concepts and ideas that they discover as they possibly can. Additionally, by offering various treatment options to our patients to choose from and encouraging them to explore all of those options in order to find the path to overcoming addiction that will work best for them, the result is a very thorough and effective rehabilitation strategy that has found great success in helping our patients achieve and maintain a long-term recovery.

Sarah Russell is the lead counselor at Serenity Recovery. She has been helping people overcome addiction for a long time and understands the difference in effectiveness of our program when compared to a program with a set timeframe. “I have to wonder, if people are looking at a 30-day program, what’s the sense of urgency?” she explains. “What does this mean for you in your long-term recovery if you are only giving it 30 days?” Research has shown that a program with a longer timeframe gives the patient a stronger foundation in recovery, and they are more confident in their ability to remain clean and sober when they return to their daily life. “The average length of 28 days is historically something that has been used,” Sarah continues. “As we move forward in our research about substance use and the longevity of sobriety after an inpatient stay, we learn that that comes from the effort that is given in a longer program.”

Zach B. came to Serenity Recovery seeking help with his alcohol abuse. His family had a history of alcoholism, which actually benefitted him in a way. He was able to identify his own drinking problem. “I grew up around it,” he tells us. “I had a mother that was a severe alcoholic. She drank herself to death at 55. It was what they call an ‘Ah Ha!’ moment. You see yourself travelling down those same paths. I came to a realization that, if I didn’t change the way I was going, that was probably going to be my fate as well.” Zach had tried other programs before, but the one he found at our treatment center was different. “Serenity’s approach versus the 30-day program, it feels a lot more comfortable,” he says. “It doesn’t feel like it’s being forced. For me, the open-ended program is more beneficial.”

At Serenity Recovery, our rehabilitation program was developed to be effective for any person seeking help in overcoming their addiction. With several methods of treatment to choose from, and plenty of time to explore those options, our patients discover a sense of confidence in their recovery program and an understanding of the personal responsibility that they hold in their recovery.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan


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