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There was once a time when addiction treatment programs were rigid and did not allow flexibility. Treatments were uniform, clients had no say in their care plans, and the length of stay was the same regardless of situations and circumstances. Thankfully, that is no longer the case. Professionals now know that treatment is most effective when individualized. That means some people may need more time in treatment than others. 

Requiring a longer length of stay is nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone goes through treatment and achieves recovery in their own time. Despite the average amount of time, people sometimes need flexibility and accommodations, especially if someone is unprepared to transition out of treatment. At West Coast Recovery Centers, we recognize the importance of individualized care and will meet you where you are. Visit our website and contact us to learn more today. 

What Determines Length of Stay for an Addiction Treatment Program?

It can be confusing for someone to know how long they must be in an addiction treatment program, especially if there is a 30-day limit. Ultimately, there is no correct answer to what determines the length of stay for individuals seeking treatment. Many variables determine how long a client must be in the program. These variables range from facility policies, insurance coverage, and how much longer a person can be away from personal or professional obligations.

Considering these factors is necessary, but the primary motivation behind determining an extended length of stay should pertain to treatment. What still needs improvement? Is a client still struggling with co-occurring disorders? How strong is their recovery plan? Have they completed transition and recovery planning

These are some of the questions individuals must ask before determining how much longer to stay in treatment. Thankfully, with an outpatient treatment program, individuals avoid the rigidity of hospitalization and have more flexibility. However, determining how long to partake in the program is also necessary. 

Outpatient Treatment

Sometimes, the length of stay is indicated by the type of treatment program. Two popular options include outpatient and inpatient. Though both proved effective, one may be a better fit for your recovery journey. 

Outpatient treatment typically allows individuals to seek treatment at a facility and return home to accommodate their day-to-day needs. This is an excellent option for individuals who must continue seeing family or simply want more flexibility. 

Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) offers the chance to practice holistic techniques, grow through new therapies, and build a healthier, sober life. But why does the length of stay matter? 

Why Does Your Length of Stay Matter?

Some people who enter treatment may want a quick, speedy recovery. But recovery is not always quick. It takes as long as it takes. Length of stay matters because if you leave too soon, you may be at a greater risk of experiencing relapse or other complications. The process should not be rushed. However, it can not last forever either. 

People may become anxious to leave toward the end of treatment and closer to early recovery. Time spent away from friends, family, and loved ones can weigh down on people. That is another benefit of outpatient treatment. Though intensive, it allows flexibility and the opportunity to return home each night. This relieves a lot of the pressure associated with any time away from your family. 

Length of Stays and Continuing Care

After completing a treatment program, you should also consider the length of stay for a continuing care program. Continuing care, aftercare, or alumni support are invaluable when completing a treatment program, transitioning out of treatment, or navigating early recovery. 

These programs provide additional support, allow clients to stay connected, and help people feel comfortable sharing their experiences with each other. People do not have to worry as much about the length of stay. Continuing care may include support group meetings or outside resources. Nevertheless, the longer someone stays in continuing care, the more long-term support they will have from their peers. 

What Is the Length of Stay at West Coast Recovery Centers?

There truly is no appropriate length of stay for addiction treatment. The average stay at West Coast Recovery is about 75 to 90 days. During this stay, clients will experience a number of clinical and holistic services. That may include breath work, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), partial hospitalization programs (PHP), and IOPs. Whether you are struggling with an addiction to alcohol, marijuana, or opioids, these services can help.

You may spend 75 days with us or require 90, but one way is not worse than the other. What is most critical is that you take the time you need and have long-term support no matter the length of your stay. Reach out to learn more about our programs and length of stay at West Coast Recovery Centers. 

There is no right or wrong length of stay for individuals in treatment. The benefit of an intensive outpatient program (IOP) is that clients can typically return home at night and spend time with family, friends, or loved ones. But it can still be emotionally draining. Nevertheless, the length of stay depends on your needs. Treatment is not something that can be rushed. Some people feel comfortable transitioning out after 30 days, while others require longer. At West Coast Recovery Centers, the average length of stay is about 75 to 90 days. However, no one should feel ashamed of requiring a more extended stay. To learn more about our programs, contact us at (760) 492-6509 today. 

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