Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on August 10, 2020.
If you're thinking of starting addiction recovery, you might wonder how long the process takes. Everyone has a unique experience with recovery depending on personal factors, their life situation and the type of treatment they need.
With support from an addiction treatment center and your active participation, you can stay on the path to recovery. Find out how long it can take to recover from addiction and what you can do to begin and maintain your recovery.
As a chronic disease, addiction works like a mental disorder or asthma — it doesn't have a cure, but you can manage it in order to have a fulfilling life. With treatment and support, you can maintain your recovery and live without drugs. Treatment will help you manage addiction's physical and emotional effects to help you transition to drug-free living.
The length of your addiction treatment will depend on the services you receive and the severity of your symptoms. Research shows that someone in recovery should stay in treatment for at least 90 days to get the best results. Your recommended treatment services will vary based on the type of addiction you have and your personal situation.
Each recovery treatment has a different duration:
Staying in recovery after treatment involves getting the support you need to take care of your symptoms. After going through the intensive first phases of treatment, a person in recovery enters the maintenance phase.
For most people, maintenance lasts for the rest of their life. It involves integrating back into everyday society and using coping skills to manage symptoms. During maintenance, many people continue taking medicine or going to counseling to get ongoing support.
You can begin your recovery journey by contacting an addiction treatment center near you. Each of these care providers has different treatment philosophies and program models, so you can look for a location that resonates with you. If you have any questions about a treatment center, you can contact them to get more information on their services.
At Diamond House Detox, we provide personalized addiction treatment in a compassionate, home-like environment. If you want to start your recovery in Northern California, contact our team today.