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Short-Term Rehab

What Is Short-Term Rehab?

Short-term rehabs, like the one offered at Elevations Health’s Austin Short-Term Rehab, are also known as short-stay rehabilitation or short-term care. The kind of rehabilitation that takes place at our Austin Short-Term Rehab essentially bridges the gap between your detoxification process and your reentry back into the world. A stay at our Austin Short-Term Rehab can in some cases be as short as a few days or last up to a month.

Short-term rehab, like our Austin Short-Term Rehab, gives a person the chance to learn new ways to manage their stress, anxiety, addiction and other needs, all without going away to treatment for months at a time. If a person is trying out new medications or going to therapy, then a short-term stay can give them the safe space that they need in order to acclimate to these changes.

Short-term rehab is often used when a person does not have an extended time period in which they can recover. For instance, if a person only has four weeks of vacation from work, and for whatever reason, they cannot let their employer know that they are going to attend a rehabilitation program, then a short-term program could fit into that gap without causing the person to miss work, or raise any suspicions. It can also be great for someone who has certain obligations, like children, that they cannot be away from for a lengthy period of time.  

How Long Is A Short-Term Rehab Program?

A majority of short-term rehab stays last for 30 days. There are certain cases where they will only be a week or so, or they can last up to 120 days, but for the most part, if you are attending a short-term rehab program you can expect to stay for a month. If you believe that 30 days is not going to be a long enough time frame for you to recover in, then it is important that you let the facility you will be attending know this. You can let them know that you may wish to stay longer and be sure to ask if it is possible to extend your stay once you have started their program.

Is a Short-Term Rehab Right For Me?

Short-term rehabilitation can benefit many people, from those who do not have a severe problem with addiction, to those who cannot participate in a lengthy rehab process. People who are only experiencing minor withdrawals and cravings are also great candidates for short-term rehab, so essentially whenever intensive care is either not necessary or is not possible short-term rehab is a great solution.

For some, a short-term program will only provide a month away from drugs or alcohol, and it will not provide as much time to heal or recover, so, unfortunately, relapses can be more common. According to the US National Institute on Drug Abuse, rehab programs that are 90 days in length or longer are normally needed to give someone enough time to recover from addiction. However, there are cases when the addiction may not be serious yet, or the patient may not have other coexisting conditions that exacerbate their addictions, so a short-term program can be beneficial.

Short-term programs can also be beneficial for people, who only have short breaks from work or familial obligations, and they are only able to get away for 30 days. This can also be beneficial for young adults and teens because they are able to attend a short-term program during their summer break, without having it interfere with their academics. They are then able to go back into the new school year, free from their addiction and they didn’t have to fall behind in school in order to accomplish this.

Different Kinds of Short-Term Treatments

The only real difference between short-term treatment options and long-term treatment options is the time frame in which the treatment occurs. Almost every treatment option available to a person staying for a long-term treatment is also available to those attending a short-term program as well. However, those that attend a long-term treatment program will have the added benefit of having more time to process their emotions and their past, and they will have more time to learn the coping mechanisms necessary for sustained recovery.

While the number of treatment options available to those who attend a short-term program is numerous, the majority of them will fall into one of four categories. These four categories are:

  •   Medications and psychotherapies
  •   Alternative Therapies
  •   Holistic Therapies
  •   Dual-diagnosis therapies
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Medications and psychotherapies can be used together to help patients in the short term. For instance, if a patient is suffering from the pains of withdrawal, that patient can be given drugs like NSAIDs to reduce pain. The patient can also go to therapy sessions to learn new coping mechanisms and ways to deal with stress and anxiety.

Alternative Therapies

Alternative therapies include things like animal-assisted therapy and art therapy. Animal-assisted therapy is particularly helpful for those struggling with depression or a dual diagnosis because animals are known to reduce the body’s stress levels and to help calm those with anxiety. Animal-assisted therapy can also allow the patient to learn to create relationships, which they can then translate into relationships with people.

Art therapy gives individuals a chance to be expressive without words, which is what some people need in order to work through their emotional pain or addiction concerns. Sometimes an experience that a person has is too painful for them to talk about immediately, but by expressing themselves in their art they can begin to process these events and in turn eventually talk about them with a therapist.

Holistic Therapies

Holistic therapies include things like acupuncture, massage, and yoga. These therapies are designed to help the mind, body, and spirit as a whole. With holistic therapies, patients learn to be calm, to be mindful of their bodies, and to focus on a healthy recovery. This allows for total body recovery to occur, rather than just focusing on healing a particular part of the person.

Dual-Diagnosis Therapies

Dual-diagnosis therapies are used for patients with underlying mental-health conditions. These programs consist of both medication and psychotherapy courses, like Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

Is Short-Term Treatment Effective?

Some people argue that short-term treatment is not as effective as long-term treatment but the reality is, both programs are only as effective as the effort that is put into them. If you attend a short-term program and make use of all of the tools that are given to you during your stay then your chances for recovery are great. Within a 30 day time period, you should be able to equip yourself with the necessary coping mechanisms and tools for recovery so that you can go back into society with a clear mind and a spirit ready to stay sober.

Seeking a Short-Term Rehab

If you think that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol and you believe that you need a short-term rehab program then call the professionals at Elevations Health Austin today, at 1-866-200-3224. Our trained staff is standing by to help you through the recovery process and to give you the tools you need in order to discover and maintain a life of recovery.