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Independent Research Correlates Length or Stay with Positive Outcomes

Extensive studies consistently demonstrate that longer stays are more beneficial for teens, allowing for deeper therapeutic engagement, comprehensive skill development, sustainable change, and development of relapse prevention strategies.

By providing longer stays at our facilities, we aim to create an environment where teens can fully immerse themselves in treatment and experience meaningful, lasting change, reducing the risk of relapse.

If you’re considering residential treatment for your teen, we’re here to shed light on the numerous benefits of long-term care at Muir Wood—backed by industry-leading research.

Unlocking the Power of Extended Residential Treatment for Teens

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it’s essential for adolescents struggling with substance use issues to stay in treatment for an adequate period and continue care afterward.

Research suggests that the ideal length of treatment varies depending on the severity of the adolescent’s problems. However, studies consistently show better outcomes when individuals stay in treatment for three months or longer. This longer time allows for more thorough therapeutic interventions and better long-term results.

Additionally, because relapses are common, multiple treatment episodes may be necessary. Many adolescents also benefit from ongoing care post-treatment, including drug use monitoring, follow-up visits at home, and connecting the family with other needed services.

At Muir Wood, studies like these help guide our thinking. That’s why our residential treatment programs are tailored toward longer treatment stays that result in better outcomes.

Through a comprehensive blend of therapy, skill development, community support, and relapse prevention strategies, our extended stays offer a holistic approach to recovery that empowers teens to overcome obstacles, rebuild their lives, and embrace a brighter future.

Here are the top benefits of long-term treatment for both male and female adolescents, aged 12 to 17:

Deepening Therapeutic Engagement

Extended stays, lasting 30 to 90 days or more, allow residents ample time to engage in intensive individual and group therapy sessions. This extended duration fosters stronger therapeutic alliances, promotes trust, and enables residents to delve into the underlying causes of their challenges, shaping personalized recovery plans with long-term goals.

Fostering Comprehensive Skill Development

With an extended residency at Muir Wood, adolescents can hone essential life skills in a supportive environment. From communication and conflict resolution to emotional regulation and relapse prevention techniques, residents develop the tools for sustainable recovery and successful social reintegration.

Cultivating a Supportive Community

Extended stays at Muir Wood allow residents to forge deep connections within our community.

Through positive peer interactions and role modeling, residents develop a sense of belonging and access a robust support network, mitigating feelings of isolation and fostering lasting friendships.

The Vista Research Group found that specific actions significantly increased the likelihood of sobriety six months post-treatment.

For instance, 67% of patients who regularly attended recovery support meetings for at least a month after leaving treatment remained abstinent, compared to only 34% of those who did not.

Similarly, 27% of patients who lived in a sober group home for at least their first-month post-treatment maintained sobriety, while only 8% of those who did not live in such an environment remained abstinent. Additionally, the treatment center’s involvement in alum programs or aftercare monitoring programs was associated with increased sobriety rates.

These findings highlight the importance of building community and continued support in maintaining sobriety after completing initial treatment.

Nurturing Sustainable Change and Relapse Prevention

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, monitoring drug use during treatment is crucial for adolescents recovering from substance use disorders. Relapse, or a return to drug use, is a common challenge during recovery. Triggers for relapse can range from mental stress to social situations associated with past drug use.

Detecting a return to drug use early is critical to preventing relapse from progressing to more severe consequences. When a relapse occurs, it indicates the need for additional treatment or adjustments to the individual’s current treatment plan to address their needs better.

By gradually reintroducing residents to external triggers in a controlled setting, Muir Wood’s extended stays facilitate the practice of new coping skills and strategies.

According to a study conducted by Vista Research Group, nearly one-quarter of patients who experienced relapse within the first year post-treatment reported doing so within the initial days after leaving treatment. Additionally, half of the participants reported relapsing within the first month following treatment.

These findings underscore the importance of long-term stays in treatment facilities, as extended periods allow for more comprehensive support and skill development, which can significantly aid in relapse prevention efforts.

With a focus on identifying early warning signs of relapse and creating robust aftercare plans, residents at Muir Wood are empowered to sustain their progress beyond our residential program.

Take the Next Step in Your Teen’s Healing Journey Now

At Muir Wood, we understand that concerns about cost, social stigma, and academic continuity may arise when considering longer-term residential treatment.

Rest assured, our team is here to provide reassurance and support every step of the way. With accredited programs, in-network provider status, and an in-house utilization review staff, we ensure accessibility to quality care for all families in need.

Discover how our team can provide transformative care for your teenager, backed by extensive experience and research-based findings. Call 866-705-0828 to learn more about our teen residential programs and take your next big step toward a brighter future for your family.