A 90-day rehab program offers longer periods of assistance and additional care that are not available with 30-day and 60-day programs.The program may connect clients to additional care after treatment (such as intensive outpatient programs) to ensure the success of recovery. Some treatment options available in a 90-day program are:
While trying to treat substance use disorders on their own, some people may attempt to self-medicate or avoid certain substances. Such tactics are often not successful. They may pose a threat to one’s health because addiction changes the brain and the body. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-5) discusses various characteristics of substance abuse disorders. They are signs that may indicate that an individual has a substance use disorder and needs professional help:
This is a guideline that may help professionals as well as those who may be suffering from substance use problems. If you recognize these signs and symptoms, seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
As we gain more understanding about substance use disorders, it is important to define some terms. This knowledge may help individuals assess their conditions objectively and seek help when they need it. Tolerance, dependence, and addiction are often terms that people use interchangeably. Some of the key differences describe the degree of substance use or the severity of the substance use disorder.
- Tolerance: Tolerance occurs when continued drug or alcohol use affects the brain’s chemical composition. Because of these changes, people may need to use more drugs or alcohol to feel the same effects they once felt. This increased tolerance often leads to dependence.
- Dependence: Drug or alcohol dependence occurs when people attempt to stop using drugs but find themselves physically and mentally unable to do so. Quitting drugs or alcohol may be difficult because individuals may experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, tremors, flu-like ailments, and psychological disturbances.
- Addiction: People who are addicted to substances are already past tolerance and dependence. Avoiding substances becomes a challenge and people find it extremely difficult to focus on other areas of their lives. If they try to stop using substances, people with addictions may experience withdrawal symptoms.
It is important to assess the level of substance use in order to find the right treatment plan. When people enter 90-day rehab programs, designated health care professionals evaluate them to determine if they are suffering from tolerance, dependence, or addiction.
Additionally, there are substances that may cause potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Individuals should not suddenly quit using these substances because of the risks, especially if they do not have professional assistance. Some complications may occur when people stop using certain substances abruptly:
- Alcohol: Withdrawal from alcohol may pose risks, especially if the addiction is severe. For example, people with binge drinking disorder may experience delirium tremens (DT) upon withdrawal. This is a condition that may cause seizures and be fatal without medical assistance.
- Benzodiazepines: Also called benzos, these drugs are used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and panic attacks. Benzos are depressants, and people who attempt to quit using them on their own may experience nausea, heart palpitations, panic attacks, and muscle stiffness. When people use alcohol with benzos, they may experience overdoses that may be fatal.
- Methadone: Used to treat addiction, this drug may be addictive itself and may stay in the body for up to six weeks. As a result, it may be difficult to determine if symptoms are from the withdrawal from methadone or other physical issues. Signs of methadone withdrawal include tremors, headaches, muscle pain, and thoughts of suicide.
- Barbiturates: Another type of depressant drugs, barbiturates are less common but people still use them. For those who have barbiturate addictions, withdrawal symptoms may include delirium, heart problems, seizures, and tremors. Using alcohol with barbiturates also creates a risk of overdose and may be life-threatening.
Undergoing a 90-day rehab program is a big commitment. Some people may wonder whether they want to seek inpatient treatment. At Mountain Springs Recovery, we want to familiarize you with the steps of a typical rehab program.Some things you may encounter when you sign up for a 90-day rehab program include:
Before being admitted as an inpatient, you may be required to complete forms and answer questions. You may be required to undergo physical and psychological evaluations that will help determine the course of treatment.
These procedures may mark the beginning of your 90-day rehab program. Health care professionals, therapists, and other staff members will encourage you to stay within the center for the whole period. Although completing the entire ninety days is recommended, you will not be held against your will. When committing to the entirety of the program, the decision is entirely up to you.
Medical detoxification (detox) is one of the initial steps of the treatment process. Depending on the recommendations of professionals, clients may have prescription medications, bed rest, and therapy to help people remove toxins from their bodies.
On-call staff members will work to manage complications to help lessen the effects of withdrawal. This assistance helps make withdrawal symptoms safer and more comfortable.
Evidence-based therapies may be effective methods to manage substance use disorders. By incorporating one or more behavioral therapies, clients may successfully change their thought patterns and reactions to triggers.
Behavioral therapy assistance may help manage other mental health disorders. Some clients may have other issues aside from substance abuse, so behavioral therapy is an integrated approach to treatment. Some evidence-based therapies include:
After a person completes a 90-day rehab program within a treatment facility, health care professionals may refer the client to participate in an intensive outpatient program (IOP) to help reduce relapse risk. Examples of aftercare options within IOPs include one-on-one or group counseling, sobriety support groups, and lifestyle checklists.
A 90-day rehab program may be expensive, but this does not mean that you cannot undergo this much-needed treatment. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) requires insurers to cover substance use disorders. This coverage may help you seek treatment and pay little to no out-of-pocket costs.
At Mountain Springs Recovery, we accept most major insurance providers and will work with you to find a way to fund your treatment. Whether you decide to pay through insurance, savings, loans, sponsorships, or other means, reach out to us to discuss your options.
Ways to cover the costs of a rehabilitation program include:
- Health insurance
- Personal loans
- Sponsorship by employers, loved ones, or religious or community groups
By using these options or a combination of these options, it is possible to cover the cost of treatment. Remember that rehab programs are investments for health. The earlier you take the first step, the better your chances of recovery.
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If you want to regain control of your life, reach out to us to learn how we may help. Change starts with a single step. An addiction may appear to be a deep pit that you cannot leave, but committing to a rehabilitation program may help you rise from the pit and recover.