Each teen’s stay in treatment is determined by a number of factors – from the problems they are addressing to the strengths they have for recovery. It’s difficult to know ahead of time how long treatment should last but what we do know from research is that treatment that lasts 90 days or more tends to be more effective. This could be in residential treatment, outpatient treatment or a combination. While it might seem overwhelming to think about your teen being in treatment for that long, it is around 90 days of sobriety when the brain begins to recover some of the functions it lost during active drug use.
Keep in mind that all of the Phoenix House Academies, our residential programs for teens, have classes that will allow your teen to keep up with school work. Some of our academic programs are delivered by teachers from the local school district; in others, we have education programs approved by the school system so teens will not fall behind in school while they are with us.
Other factors that can also influence how long your teen may stay in treatment include how long they have been using drugs, in what amounts, whether or not they need to physically detox from drugs first, their existing network of supportive family and friends, their motivation and willingness to make changes, and the existence of other medical or psychiatric issues.