short term residential treatment

What Does Short-Term Residential Treatment Consist Of?

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

When you or a loved one are in the grips of an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, you realize that addiction is a chronic, progressive, and powerful disease. Addiction goes beyond the abuse of substances; it involves social, environmental, and biological factors that have developed over time and created the perfect storm for your addiction to develop. If you or a loved one are ready to quit drugs for good, you need to do more than quit using substances—you need the help and support that is provided from a residential treatment center. The structure and programming found at these treatment centers will give you the tools to overcome your substance abuse and achieve long-term recovery.

As effective as inpatient treatment is in helping you beat your addiction, there may be one obstacle that may stand in your way from achieving your ultimate goal of getting clean and sober—time.

In order for treatment to be truly effective, you may have to stay in an intensive drug treatment facility for 60 days, 90 days, or even longer. This is a major commitment that would take you away from work and family. This extended time away may not be possible with these important commitments in mind. Fortunately, many drug treatment facilities like First Steps Recovery offer short-term residential treatment programs that provide the same services found in longer-term programs, but in a condensed time frame that may fit in with your busy life and schedule.

Short Term Residential Treatment Defined

When you choose a short-term residential treatment program to address your addiction issues, you will undergo intensive drug treatment for a period of 28-30 days. During that time period, you will live within the treatment facility  and take part in a strict schedule of treatment programming and other recovery-centered activities. While in a short-term residential treatment program you will undergo medical detoxification under the close supervision of experienced detox staff and will also take part in individual and group therapy sessions in which staff therapists utilize a wide range of therapeutic techniques to create an individualized treatment plan for your own unique needs. Additionally, you will also take part in life and coping skills training, family therapy, holistic and alternative therapies, and you also have aftercare programs you can attend once you leave formal residential treatment.

As you see, there is very little difference between short-term residential treatment programs and inpatient programs that are more well known. The only difference between the two is the fact that with short-term drug treatment you will undergo a more vigorous treatment program in a more condensed time period.

Is A Short-Term Treatment Program Right for You?

There have been countless studies done, and many articles written, saying that the chances of getting and staying sober significantly increase with longer treatment stays of 60 days, 90 days, or even longer periods of time. While long-term rehab programs would give you the time you need to adequately deal with physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions of substance abuse, every addict has different needs when it comes to recovering from addiction and long-term treatment. While a long-term inpatient drug program is very effective, it may not work for every addict.

If you are considering a short-term drug rehab program for yourself, or if you are looking for this type of program for a family member or a friend, the following are major reasons why short-term drug and alcohol treatment programs would fit your needs.

Time is of The Essence


As stated earlier, long-term inpatient treatment may not be a viable option due to the extended time commitment. With a 28 to 30-day program duration, a short-term drug treatment program provides the essential services you need to break the vicious cycle of addiction in a more intense and concentrated fashion. These programs provide the necessary detox services, therapy and aftercare programming that is necessary to build a solid foundation for you to build long-term sobriety.

Your Budget

Longer term drug treatment provides treatment programming that is effective and proven to work, and it also comes with a price tag that can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Even with many insurance companies including addiction treatment as a covered service under the provisions of the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA), you can still be shouldering a significant financial burden if you are underinsured or uninsured. If your budget can’t Attending a short-term residential treatment center may not only be easier in regards to time, it can also save you considerable money. As also stated earlier,  you will receive the same treatment options and care, but during a shorter time period.

Short-term Treatment May Be the Best Option for First-Timers

Are you entering drug treatment for the first time? If you are, the thought of drug treatment and the length of time you are away from those who love and support you the most can be overwhelming. With a short-term residential treatment program, the counseling, therapy and programming that you need happens in a time frame that is more manageable and you can see a light at the end of the tunnel. Many short-term treatment programs allow family to take part in the treatment process through family therapy programs. These programs allow the addict to feel supported and encouraged while the entire family can work together to create an environment that is conducive to long-term recovery once you are done with treatment.

Your Journey To Lifelong Recovery Can Start Right Now

If you desire to break free from your drug addiction, you need to act right away. Your first step towards a better tomorrow begins with a phone call to First Steps Recovery. Our team of experienced addiction professionals can create a treatment plan that is customized to fit your needs and will give you the tools you need to reclaim your life. With proven and effective treatment programming, expert care, and compassionate support, First Steps Recovery is your first choice for short term residential addiction treatment. Call First Steps Recovery today: 844-489-0836.

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