Experts Describe The Work Of Recovery
The CDC, advocating for long-term residential recovery programs and outlining the work accomplished by extended care, explains that:
Patients generally spend 6-18 months in these highly structured, peer-based residential treatment programs. They are designed to help patients alter, modify, and re-learn behaviors through intensive educational, medical, legal, social, and psychological counseling services.
David A. Litts & Colleen Carr, posting on the White House blog, don’t specifically address the length of treatment but they do attach an important benefit to the work accomplished during treatment:
(Substance Abuse) treatment is effective, and recovery is possible. Life skills that support effective problem-solving and emotional regulation, connections with positive friends and family members, and social support can protect individuals from both substance abuse and suicide. Treatment and support are important precursors for recovery from substance abuse as well as recovery from suicidal thoughts.