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Why Change Doesn’t Happen Overnight and How to Embrace the Journey 

It is hard to make good decisions to change how life is moving. One minute it seems to be moving one way, the next, an entirely different direction. When you make the crucial step of seeking treatment for addiction, you make a good choice, with positive consequences. Even then, you may ask yourself how long it takes to feel like this is the new normal. Most treatment programs take between 30 and 90 days. This depends on the addiction and your personal situation but you have time to devote to treatment. Rehab programs vary and may offer short or longer stays but you can decide how you want to approach recovery and embrace the journey.

Seeking Treatment

The more severely a person’s life is impacted by addiction, the longer the program should be to give you space to seek treatment. Success rates increase with additional time spent in recovery. Addiction changes the way the brain works, and it takes time for the brain and body to adjust. Programs longer than 90 days allow for inpatient care, adult education, training, counseling, and more. To give yourself more time in treatment opens up doors of possibility for you to make changes and embrace the journey ahead. Outpatient rehab programs are less intensive than living on-site but you still need to devote time to going to treatment and seeking help.

Why it Takes Time

Intake is a process where people need to get admitted into a program and be assessed. This will help gauge the severity of addiction and make recommendations for treatment. Intake generally takes place during the first few days of a program and is carried out with detox, followed by rehab work. The reason it takes time is that the body needs to come off the drugs both physically and mentally. Detoxification can take a few days to a few weeks. This depends on the substance and how long addiction was going on. 

Getting Treatment

Getting a treatment plan together will depend on how an individual responds. Some of these elements may include different types of therapy, medically assisted treatment (MAT), counseling with family, mental health counseling and psychiatric meds, along with other types of things to help the person integrate into their recovery more fully. The challenge of getting treatment is finding what will work individual and allowing them space to create the life they want. When you are struggling with addiction, it is hard for everyone. It takes time to get through treatment and detox the body, then the real journey begins of reorganizing your life around sobriety and recovery. It is not easy for a reason because you are changing a lot all at once. It is okay to give yourself some space to deal with what is in front of you and find hope and healing in that journey. 

A Step in the Right Direction understands recovery takes time. We provide space for you to heal and seek opportunities to move forward. We help you get there one step at a time. Our recovery program is staffed by people who understand the power of addiction. For more information, sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702

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