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Residential long-term treatment is when someone spends more than 30 days in a facility where they are looked after 24 hours a day. In this way, residential treatment is different to outpatient treatment where the patients come and go. According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2005 only 38% of those who went in for long-term treatment completed the full process. However, according to a study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) into the benefits of therapeutic communities for drug rehabilitation, those who complete at least 90 days usually have better long-term outcomes than those who stay for fewer days. According to the Drug Abuse Treatment Outcomes Survey (DATOS) patients had less illicit drug abuse (cocaine and heroin) and less alcohol abuse after completing time in a therapeutic center. The NIDA study also indicated that those with more severe problems such as mental health disorders, or multiple addictions may benefit from longer stays in residential treatment.

In Florida, there are residential centers and therapeutic communities that can cater to longer stays. Working out what length of stay is best for a patient depends on a number of factors and is best discussed with a professional. To find a list of residential long-term facilities in Florida, please visit our website.
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