How Long Would I Stay in Rehab?
I'm seventeen years old and have had a drug addiction problem since I was twelve. I want to turn myself in but want to know how long I'd have to be there first.
Most addiction treatment programs at rehab last between 3-4 weeks. Partly because that is the maximum period insurance companies tend to be prepared to pay for treatment, and partly because you need at least that period of time to learn new life/coping skills to give you the best possible chance of staying clean once you leave.
But for many, even 3-4 weeks isn't enough, especially for a particularly serious addiction, and so some programs can run for months. So it's about being prepared to do whatever it takes to get clean, and if that means staying longer in rehab, then if possible, doing so.
But overcoming an addiction doesn't just end at rehab. Arguably, the more critical part is what you do once you leave - and that's where having a good addiction recovery
program to work at is critical. Because making the necessary emotional, mental and behavioral changes that led to your addiction in the first place, is an ongoing process and takes work and commitment.
So having a recovery program to follow, whether it be 12-step based or something else once you leave rehab, is also really important. Going to rehab is a great first step, but understand that its not a magic cure, and represents only the start of your journey towards a new life. But if you stick with it, the rewards will be well worth it, and your life will change beyond recognition. Best of Luck!