Addiction is a cruel disease that affects every aspect of the addicted person’s life. Not only can it take their home, job, and health, but it also damages relationships and can break their spirit. Although we know that treatment works, many patients find that they need to repeat a program more than once. Of course, that leads to the common question, “Why will this time be different?”
Like many other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma, patients can experience relapse. In fact, relapses occur more often in hypertension and asthma than they do in addiction. The good news is that having a chronic disease doesn’t mean that your loved one can’t live a happy, healthy life.
Why Will This Time Be Different? Adequate Treatment Duration
It begins with treatment. Firstly, the patient needs to transition from active addiction to recovery. The first step for the addicted person is to acknowledge that he or she can’t control their addiction. Our main priority is to stabilize the body’s vital signs while it adjusts to detoxification. Then the addiction doctor will suggest a combination of mental health therapies. Much scientific evidence supports the efficacy of addiction treatment with long-term success.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “research has shown unequivocally that good outcomes are contingent on adequate treatment length.” Because every patient and addiction are different, they progress through treatment stages at different rates. For that reason, “adequate treatment length” is different for everyone. However, they point out that “participation [in treatment] for less than 90 days is of limited effectiveness, and treatment lasting significantly longer is recommended for maintaining positive outcomes.”
At Recovery in Motion, our treatment programs have a duration of at least 90 days. If your loved one has done a 30-day treatment program and then relapsed, try again. Why will this time be different? Because, as the National Institute on Drug Abuse says, “Good outcomes are contingent on adequate treatment length.”
Why Will This Time Be Different? Evidence-Based Therapies
But that’s not all. 90 days of treatment needs to consist of evidence-based therapies. The Surgeon General points out that “well-supported scientific evidence shows that behavioral therapies can be effective in treating substance use disorders, but most evidence-based behavioral therapies are often implemented with limited fidelity and are under-used.” For that reason, we only use evidence-based therapies to ensure your loved one’s best chance for success.
Our staff is full of licensed and certified addiction specialists with extended training and experience. They work together to discover the root of the addiction, which is another key to long-term success. Once we uncover the root, we can treat it simultaneously during addiction treatment.
Finally, let’s discuss your involvement in your loved one’s treatment. Addiction is a destructive beast. It has been responsible for the breakdown of countless important relationships and family units. We recognize the value of the family unit. Therefore, we put a special emphasis on healing the family unit with weekend workshops and other exercises. If you’re here reading this page, we bet you’ve been supportive of your dear loved one in their journey to recovery.
Our Well-Trained and Talented Staff of Addiction Specialists Make a Difference
So, why will this time be different? Our well-trained and talented staff care for your loved one as if they’re a member of their own families. We consider all of our graduates to be members of the Recovery in Motion family. They’re kind, caring and invested. In fact, we offer a 30-day refresher program if our graduates find that they need it later. We do that free of charge because we’re truly dedicated to our patients and their families.
Above all, we understand that your loved one is sick. We also understand that the person they used to be is still there, underneath the addiction. The addiction is a mental health condition that is treatable. Just like asthma, diabetes, and hypertension, addiction is a disease with no cure. But the cutting-edge, evidence-based treatments we use presents an opportunity to live a happy, healthy life free of alcohol and drugs.
Last, but certainly not least, this time will be different because we help your addicted loved one create a special aftercare plan. The aftercare plan is a safety net or survival guide during the dangerous moments of relapse consideration. When an addicted person has reached the point of relapse consideration, it’s hard to overcome the powerful cravings he or she is feeling. The aftercare plan reminds the addicted person of what he learned in treatment and how to navigate passed the cravings without relapse.
Don’t Give Up
Families of addicted people share in the disease. You may not be consuming a substance, but you do share in many of the consequences. Families survive mood swings, isolation, uncharacteristic theft and lying, and more. But recovery is a journey. But we believe you can do it. We are dedicated to your family’s recovery.
 “Key Findings: Early Intervention, Treatment, and Management of Substance Use Disorders.” Key Findings: Early Intervention, Treatment, and Management of Substance Use Disorders | Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/key-findings/early-intervention.
 National Institute on Drug Abuse. “How Effective Is Drug Addiction Treatment?” National Institute on Drug Abuse, 3 June 2020, www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/frequently-asked-questions/how-effective-drug-addiction-treatment.
 Sack, David. “Why Didn’t Drug Rehab Work? 5 Wrongs That Don’t Make a Right.” Psych Central.com, 22 June 2017, blogs.psychcentral.com/addiction-recovery/2014/04/why-didnt-drug-rehab-work-5-wrongs-that-dont-make-a-right/.