The Importance of Continuing Care
The Continuing Care Model of addiction recovery is widely recognized and has been repeatedly proven effective in the maintenance of long-term sobriety. Generally speaking, it has been discovered that a multi-phased continuum of clinical care lasting between three and six months is the most effective. However, when the substance abuse disorder is especially severe, individuals benefit more from a continuing treatment program over a period of up to 12 months (one full year). This might seem like an excessive amount of time to participate in clinical addiction treatment, but it is important to note that the individual has an increasing amount of personal freedom as his or her treatment program progresses. During inpatient detox and inpatient drug and alcohol rehab, the individual is closely monitored in a structured environment around the clock. Once he or she enters into an intensive outpatient program, returning home every evening (or returning to a sober living house) becomes an option.