People who pursue a residential treatment option have usually already tried other methods of addressing their issues, and have not found success. Consider this: attending a therapy session for one hour each week means that the attendee is spending 167 hours out of session, giving that person 167 unsupervised hours each week to fall back, and/or to be pulled back, into old habits. When an individual is struggling with addiction, breaking their habitual cycles is a crucial step. The addict must be removed from their situation to prevent relapse. For many individuals, inpatient therapy is the only way that this can be accomplished.
When people think of inpatient therapy, they often think of a 30-day program; however, the 30-day inpatient-rehabilitation program, used for decades, was not actually based on research, nor what is best for the patient. Instead, the 30-day rehabilitation program grew out of a program designed to assist alcoholic service men. The Armed Service already had systems in place to release soldiers on 28-day furloughs, and the rehab program was designed to fit into this timeframe. Today, research has shown that the body is still in a state of detoxification 30 days into treatment.
We find that the young men are generally just beginning to get into the rhythm of rehab at this stage. Thirty days in, they are starting to get down to the deeper levels of their issues. Because of modern research on the 90-day program, many centers are now adopting longer programs. Research has shown that people who went through 90 days of rehabilitation are more likely not to relapse. One reason for this is that for the 90 days that a young man is under our care, he cannot relapse. By the time he leaves, he has detoxified physically and has spent three months developing new habits and strategies. Over a 90-day period of being drug free, the brain gets a chance to heal. For some young men, the only way to break the cycle of their habits is to completely remove them from their situation, then give them adequate time to heal their wounds. If a young man is repeating a destructive cycle, only removing them from the situation can affect change.