Dealing with addiction is scary, and you might wonder how long the entire treatment and recovery process will last until you can go back to “normal.” The truth is, there’s no universal guide for knowing how long it can take to achieve stability. Recovery is a deeply individual process. Every person is different, but there are benchmarks that you or your loved one can look for on their path to healing. It can help to have a rough timeline for the recovery process and set reasonable expectations along the way.
At Cornerstone, we have a unique treatment plan that considers your needs as an individual while being aware of the realities of relapse if every step isn’t taken in stride. We offer many different paths depending on your lifestyle, but each program is specifically designed to follow many industry-standard benchmarks and utilize research-driven treatment.
Detoxification, or detox, is the part that will be the hardest physically. During detox, your mind and body are experiencing the worst of the withdrawal symptoms as you begin to get clean. The detoxification process can last from three to fourteen days, depending on how severe the addiction is. As grueling as detox can be, it’s necessary that you are stable enough for treatment. Once you’ve gone through detox, you can begin the next step of treatment.
One reason why the length of recovery and treatment can vary is that it depends on the drug a person is addicted to and how long withdrawal symptoms affect the individual. When you go through detox, you will experience acute withdrawal symptoms that vary in severity depending on the drug choice and other factors. You can experience these symptoms from illicit drugs as well as prescription medications. The initial withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere between a few days and a couple of weeks.
However, some people might experience prolonged withdrawal that can last two months to almost a year, depending on the drug. A longer withdrawal period is typical for people who have used a large amount of the substance for a long time which causes them to develop a condition known as post-acute withdrawal syndrome, or called PAWS for short.
The symptoms from PAWS are more likely to be psychological than physical. However, they can still be intense enough that it could put you or your loved one at risk for relapse because many people return to the substance to stop the discomfort they are feeling. You can get PAWS from any substance, but it’s most common in alcohol, antidepressants, stimulants, marijuana, opioids, antipsychotics, and benzodiazepines.
During your treatment after detox, Cornerstone Healing Center considers the risks of PAWS and factors into your specialized program. In addition, every client is given a personal therapist specializing in addiction recovery and can help you navigate this discomfort.
You can take multiple treatment tracks at Cornerstone from the Immersion Program, which is a full hospitalization track, two different partial hospitalization tracks, and intensive outpatient, which is a condensed version of our Immersion, and a standard outpatient program. Our team works with you to design the best treatment for you, whether you are a student, a business owner, or an at-home parent.
The length of treatment depends on the track you choose to take. The Immersion Program lasts for two months, building a foundation for long-term durable recovery from addiction and co-occurring disorders. The partial hospitalization tracks can last anywhere from forty-five to ninety days, depending on your specific needs. These programs occur five days a week, seven hours per day. The Intensive outpatient program has sessions three days a week for three hours per day.
Once you’ve finished treatment, you’ll begin the next step of recovery, which is aftercare. This period of recovery will be the longest as it’s recommended that a client stays in a structured recovery environment for twelve months or more to increase the chances of staying sober permanently by over 65%. Our aftercare program is designed to keep you engaged and prepared for the new life ahead long term.
We refer our clients to services we provide, such as long-term outpatient Navigation, which works like recovery coaching, trauma therapy like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), occupational therapy, and sensory integration therapy. Your Navigator, or recovery coach, can meet with you weekly for support after treatment.
The path to stability is different for everyone. There isn’t a clear-cut number of days when you will be well enough to continue your life as normal, and the truth is, things might not be normal for a while. Dealing with addiction isn’t easy by any means, and achieving stability isn’t any easier. You will be experiencing a lot of changes from how your body feels to your entire lifestyle. Things won’t be like they were before, but our goal is to make sure they are better than before. You deserve a stable and happy life for yourself and your family. Cornerstone of Scottsdale, Arizona, provides our clients with numerous paths to take through treatment. After treatment, we offer Navigators who help you map out your life after leaving our programs to make sure you are meeting your goals. If you’re interested in learning about your future path to sobriety, contact us at (800) 643-2108 to learn more about our many programs today.