Effective Addiction Treatment Requires Long-Term Care

The 28-day in-patient program geared toward alcoholism and endorsed by healthcare insurers in the 1970s is a wholly inadequate approach to opioid addiction, but it is often the only model that feels familiar.

Riverbank House does offer that “traditional” 28-day program, but we encourage the long-term residential care model recommended by experts in the field of opioid addiction.

By the end of a 28-day stay, the majority of our guests enthusiastically commit to long-term care of 90 days or more.

The Riverbank House model provides residential recovery services of unlimited duration — with multiple entry points, individualized pacing of independence, a wide variety of residential options and levels of support, and flexible transition timing.

“Remaining in treatment for the right period of time is critical. Research tells us that most addicted people need at least three months in treatment to really reduce or stop their drug use and that longer treatment times result in better outcomes.”

– US Department of Health and Human Services

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“Research has shown unequivocally that good outcomes are contingent on adequate lengths of treatment. Generally, for residential or outpatient treatment, participation for less than 90 days is of limited or no effectiveness, and treatments lasting significantly longer often are indicated.”

– National Institute on Drug Abuse

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“Individuals need to be engaged for an adequate length of time. Participation in outpatient or residential programs for less than 90 days is of limited or no effectiveness.”

– Center For Disease Control

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“The best single predictor of post-treatment outcome across all modalities is length of time in treatment. Compared to those with less time in treatment, the odds of positive outcomes at one-year follow-up are five times greater for clients who remain involved in treatment for more than a year.”

– Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network

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