Making the decision to reach out for help with an addiction can be a daunting task. There are several types of treatment centres, programmes, and methods that are available; this can be overwhelming for an addict or their family on where to go. While the benefits of getting any kind of treatment outweigh not getting any treatment at all; some methods offer a better chance at a successful sobriety. This includes one of the most common methods of treatment: a 28 day programme at an inpatient rehabilitation centre.
Deciding to begin a 28 day treatment programme by entering an inpatient rehabilitation centre can be the best decision an addict can make. Below are some of the benefits of choosing a 28 day programme.
Why 28 Days
There is no exact number of days that an addict requires to get sober; this is actually up to the individuals own progress. However, 28 days is the most common programme that centres offer because it allows an addict to learn the basics of getting sober while working on the reasons for using. Professionals believe that it is easier for addicts, especially those that have never reached out for help, to become motivated and try a 28 day programme versus longer ones. Additionally, many rehabilitation centres can extend a 28 day programme which will allow the individual to continue treatment for a further amount of time (usually 60-90 days). A third benefit of a 28 day rehab programme is that most insurance will cover a certain amount of treatment (depending on the policy and centre).
28 Days Away from Social Pressures
Getting away from any sort of social pressures, such as friends or family who may drink or use will most always help the individual during the early days of recovery. Spending 28 days at a rehab can allow a person to focus completely on themselves without the distraction of others. Additionally, staff at the rehab will help prepare the individual for what to do when they may encounter those that threaten their sobriety.
28 Days of Privacy
Another benefit of a 28 day rehabilitation programme is the level of privacy that an individual will have. A priority for most centres is keeping patient information completely protected. Additionally, persons outside of the rehab are not allowed to enter without permission; therefore, finding out who may be undergoing treatment is nearly impossible. This privacy can allow the addict to feel safe and comfortable, allowing them to focus 100% on their recovery.
A Busy, Yet Structured Programme
When looking at an example of a 28 day programme, one can begin to realize how so many people become sober. Individuals in the programme will be kept busy each and every day with therapy, counseling, group’s sessions, meetings, fitness programmes, lectures, and some fun recreational activities. Learning and self discovery is something that will take place on a daily basis, allowing the person to build strength, courage, and self esteem. All of this will help them stay on the path of recovery.
Aftercare and Support after 28 Days
Well structured programmes usually incorporate an aftercare programme into the treatment. Although every centres aftercare will vary; it generally includes face to face meetings or phone calls with a counselor or therapist, emails, follow ups, etc. This allows an individual to receive added support, as well as the opportunity to continue learning and developing strong support, even after their 28 days of inpatient treatment.
Anyone with an addiction can get help. Through a 28 day rehabilitation programme, an individual can become sober, learn, grow as an individual, find a purpose in life, and ultimately become happy without the need for drugs or alcohol. It should be noted that with an extension of the treatment programme, greater gains and progress can be made.