Long Term Residential vs. Inpatient Treatment

What is Long Term Residential vs. Inpatient Treatment?

If you or a loved one have suffered from substance addiction, you (or they) likely know how difficult it can be to attempt rehab alone.


Of course, that’s because addiction to any substance affects the entire body—and that addiction becomes more complex if multiple substances are misused.


In some cases, attempting to get off a drug on your own can lead to serious injury and even death.


That’s why we recommend long-term residential and/or inpatient treatment for a variety of cases—these two treatment options offer a comfortable, safe environment to detox and recover.


And while both options can be extremely effective, they have a few key differences you’ll need to know about before you or a loved one begins the recovery process.

What is Inpatient Treatment?

As we mentioned earlier, the recovery process from a variety of drugs typically requires inpatient treatment.


Opioids (heroin, fentanyl, etc.), benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, etc.), and alcohol present a higher risk of injury and/or death during the rehab process.

We recognize that this is a frightening fact, especially if you’re considering rehab. But we believe it’s necessary to be honest about the risks of detox and why we recommend inpatient treatment.


Detox and rehab from any substance come with varying risks, but in more serious cases, inpatient treatment is often vital.


Inpatient treatment includes 24/7 monitoring and care from doctors, nurses, and therapists, to ensure a safe, comfortable detoxification process.


For those reasons, inpatient treatment is often a great option for those dealing with substance use disorders and mental health diagnoses.


Typically, inpatient treatment can last anywhere from 30 to 90 days.


At StillDetox, our inpatient program includes a number of holistic and alternative treatment options to suit your needs and create the foundations for long-term recovery.

What is Long-Term Residential Treatment?

You might’ve heard that inpatient treatment is more uncomfortable or clinical than residential treatment.


While that may be the case at some treatment centers, it’s not the case at StillDetox—our goal is to make every treatment option as comfortable and supportive as possible.


With that said, the main difference between long-term residential treatment and inpatient treatment is the degree of medical supervision provided.


Residents still receive dedicated care from doctors, nurses, and therapists, but, long-term residential treatment doesn’t include 24/7 medical supervision.


Though, long-term residential treatment typically lasts longer than inpatient treatment—anywhere from 3 – 6 months is typical, while some residents can spend up to a year in residential care if they need to.

Long-Term and Inpatient Treatment Start with Withdrawal

Before the road the recovery can begin, it’s important to understand that the most difficult part will come first—detoxification.


The length of detox and the symptoms involved will depend on your general health and the substances used, but we’ll give you a general timeline for a few commonly misused substances:

  • Alcohol – Major withdrawal symptoms peak after 24 -72 hours, tapering after 1 – 2 weeks of care.
  • Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, etc.) – Major withdrawal symptoms peak after 24 – 72 hours, full withdrawal can a few weeks to several months.
  • Opioids (Heroin, Fentanyl, etc.) – Major withdrawal symptoms peak after 24 – 72 hours, full withdrawal can take 10 – 14 days or more.
  • Stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.) – Major withdrawal symptoms peak after 24 – 72 hours, full withdrawal can take 1 – 2 weeks.


Again, withdrawal times will vary widely from person to person—these are just general timeframes for withdrawal.


To be clear, withdrawal is never easy for anyone, but seeking professional treatment tends to be safer and easier than going “cold turkey” on your own.

At our facility, you’ll never have to do it on your own

Our comprehensive care includes 24/7 safe, supported detox and assistance from medical professionals.

At Still Detox, Recovery Starts with Your Needs…

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, keep in mind that recovery is within your reach.


And you don’t need to know what treatment option is right for you yet—we’re happy to help you figure out what’s best for you.


At Still Detox, the first step is learning more about you. We’re dedicated to learning exactly who you are and what you need before the recovery process begins.


This process allows us to make your road to recovery as easy and long-lasting as possible. Plus, learning more about you helps us create an individualized treatment plan.

With your foot in the door and that vital first step out of the way, we’ll offer a variety of treatment plans:

  • Detoxification – The most important—and often the most difficult—step in the recovery process. Our staff ensures this process is exceptionally comfortable and safe from start to finish
  • Impatient Treatment – From our luxury treatment center in Boca Raton, FL, our residents can focus on resting and recovering without distractions. We work with all of our residents to ensure dedicated treatment on a daily basis
  • Dual Diagnosis – We take an integrated approach to dual-diagnosis treatment, so substance use disorders and mental health disorders can be treated effectively and simultaneously
  • 12-Step Programs – From substance use to behavioral treatments, our 12-step program is an improvement on this time-tested method
  • Non-12 Step Programs – We recognize that 12-step treatment isn’t always the best option. That’s why we offer a variety of alternative recovery programs and holistic treatments as well


Our experienced doctors, nurses, and therapists are prepared to help you along every step of the recovery process, from start to finish.


If you’d like to learn more about long-term residential treatment, inpatient treatment, or our other treatment options, feel free to give us a call! We’re here to help.

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“Still Detox deserves more than five stars. You are treated with the utmost respect and kindness from the nurses and techs. The facility is so comfortable and clean. If you or a loved one need a detox facility this is the best place to go”

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Florida, USA

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