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Short Term Treatment

When it comes to addiction recovery, you can choose two primary forms from short term and long term. Each offers benefits and drawbacks, and the question of how to choose can quickly turn into a challenge. Figuring out if short term treatment is right for you doesn’t have to be a challenge, however. We have a team of dedicated addiction specialists waiting to help you make this critical decision. Call today for a free consultation.

Effectiveness of Short Term Treatment

Long term may give you the best overall odds of recovery, but short term treatment can be just as viable. Shorter treatments are ideal for people that don’t have severe addictions. A professional should ascertain the level of your addiction. Still, in general, a milder addiction is one that hasn’t gone on for very long and doesn’t involve excessive drug use or polysubstance abuse.

Short term treatment is also excellent for people who don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to rehab. Unfortunately, our lives aren’t put on hold just because of addiction. Many people find themselves unable to take an extended period away from their responsibilities. This length of care may also be appealing to addicts who are resistant to getting help. Telling someone they have to sequester themselves for three months or longer is a hard sale to make. However, four weeks or a month could be much easier for them to commit.

So, while long term treatment might be more effective, getting into treatment is the most important thing to do. A more extended treatment plan won’t be effective at all if you can’t get into it.

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— Why Choose Short Term Treatment?

While there is empirical proof that more extended recovery programs have higher success rates, short term treatment can be just as effective. Short term treatment includes the same therapies as a comprehensive program, slightly condensed into a shorter time. The people who benefit from this timeline suffer from more mild addictions or who can’t dedicate that much time.

You could listen to the pros and cons of every type of treatment out there for hours and still not hear all the information. The vital thing to keep in mind is that getting into treatment is critical. If you can’t afford the cost or time to get into more prolonged treatment, you should never give up on recovery. Short term treatment can work for you; it has for countless others.

— What Happens During Short Term Treatment?

Treatment at a rehab facility can be broken into two different types: inpatient and outpatient. Regardless of what type you choose, you’ll receive relatively the same treatment. The critical difference is how much time you spend at the facility. With inpatient care, you’ll be there, 24/7. You’ll have constant access to medical care, and the staff will supervise you throughout your stay. Inpatient can be very useful because it takes some of the stress of recovery away. You won’t have to make yourself responsible for getting to treatment every single day. That responsibility can prove to be too intense for some, especially in the first days of treatment.

With outpatient care, you’ll participate in the same recovery treatments as an inpatient. Outpatient in short term treatment plans is great for people with outside responsibilities they can’t take a break from, such as life or work duties. However, it can be intense because you have to be responsible for showing up for each of your scheduled treatment days.
Recovery starts with detox.

Detox is the process of allowing your body to cleanse itself of any substances naturally. Your detox’s circumstances will depend on what substance you need out of your system. In general, however, detox can be uncomfortable, scary, and even dangerous for your health. Detoxing under medical supervision will keep you safe through the process. The professional team watching over you will do everything they can to keep you comfortable through the process.

After detox, you’ll begin your recovery treatment. While this can encompass many different practices, the most effective is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT involves looking at your thoughts and behaviors to find the patterns that led you to addiction. You’ll work to recognize negative or dangerous thoughts and learn ways to turn them into healthy ones.

— What About After Care?

A key component to staying clean after your treatment has ended is to continue with aftercare. Many people think that they don’t need to do anything after a short term treatment has ended, but addiction is a chronic disease. Just like diabetes, there’s no cure for it. It can only be managed, and aftercare is the best way to do that.

In aftercare, you’re likely to continue group therapy sessions from recovery treatment. You may also join a support group and follow a plan, such as the famous 12 step program Alcoholics Anonymous adheres to. Over and over, studies have shown that having a group of peers going through the same tribulations as you can be immensely helpful.

Whatever your aftercare plans are, the most important thing is to stick with them. As time goes by and you begin to feel more comfortable in your recovery, you may feel like continuing aftercare is no longer necessary. Thoughts like this are a sign to look for in an impending relapse. If you ever begin to think you do not need that aftercare, then talk to a professional first. They will be able to tell you objectively how your progress looks and whether you’re ready to be done.

— How Will I Pay?

One of the most common reasons people delay getting themselves help is the cost. However, money doesn’t have to be a reason for you to continue suffering. Besides paying the full cost upfront with cash, there are three ways to get your recovery paid.

First, there is private insurance. Companies like Cigna, United Healthcare Community, and Blue Cross Blue Shield usually cover the partial or full treatment. To find out if your insurer covers rehab, check their website. You’ll usually find this information under the behavioral and mental health section.

Of course, private insurance is not an option for many Americans. When you’re uninsured, you should look into the Medicare and Medicaid programs. These are government-funded programs to provide specific demographics with access to healthcare. In Arizona, the Medicaid program is called AHCCCS. This can be a fantastic option for people, but funding is limited. You’ll have to check if your eligible for coverage, but filling out the application is worth the effort. Medicare and Medicaid can cover at least part of a short term treatment and other related costs.

Finally, if there’s no way for you to get any insurance at all, most treatment centers offer financial assistance in some form. Many centers will set up a payment plan for you, so you don’t have to come up with everything all at once. Others might offer a sliding fee scale, meaning you’ll pay based on what you have. Either way, you don’t have to let your finances hold you down. Call us today if you’d like to discuss your financial options.

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