Professional studies, as well as experts in the field of drug abuse, state that longer treatment programs are crucial to ending the relapse-rehab cycle. NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) researchers referred to well-organized and conducted 90-day programs as “the gold standard” in treatment. Dr. Harry Haroutunian, director of the licensed professional program at the Betty Ford Center, was cited as saying that the first 28 days largely consist of coping with withdrawal symptoms and establishing a relationship with a therapist....it is often afterwards that therapists discover other problems that if not identified and treated, can bring the person back to their drugs. Capstone’s program averages between 90 and 96 days.


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