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What’s the Average Length of Stay in Trauma and Addiction Recovery Programs?

What’s the Average Length of Stay in Trauma and Addiction Recovery Programs?There is such a wide variety in the circumstances of addiction and treatment that it is extremely difficult to determine a single average length of stay in treatment. The federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has gathered statistics regarding multiple averages based on different types of services offered. SAMHSA also provides statistics concerning factors that contribute to the success of treatment.

Government Statistics Regarding Average Lengths of Stay in Addiction Treatment

According to SAMHSA’s Office of Applied Studies, Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), the average length of stay for all non-methadone treatment is as follows:

  • Outpatient treatment: 102 days
  • Long-term residential treatment: 70 days
  • Intensive outpatient treatment: 69 days
  • Short-term residential treatment: 31 days
  • Hospital residential treatment: 26 days
  • Detox only programs: 13 days

Again, these statistics are for all individuals enrolled in treatment. The average lengths of stay for those who actually complete treatment vary somewhat, and are as follows:

  • Outpatient treatment: 132 days
  • Long-term residential treatment: 95 days
  • Intensive outpatient treatment: 82 days
  • Short-term residential treatment: 33 days
  • Hospital residential treatment: 27 days
  • Detox only programs: 13 days

If you are suffering from trauma and addiction, a mental health or addiction professional can recommend treatment types and lengths of stay depending on your needs.

Factors That Contribute to Addiction Treatment Completion

The same TEDS also contains statistics regarding factors that contribute to an increased probability of completing treatment. The actual statistics vary widely depending on a complex calculation of variables. For instance, males in general are more likely than females to complete treatment; non-Caucasians are less likely to complete treatment; therefore a person who is measured statistically simply by being male has a greater chance of completing treatment; however, when his non-Caucasian ethnicity is factored in his chances drop.

Generally speaking, however, factors that increase the odds that a person will complete treatment include the following:

  • Alcohol vs. other drugs as primary substance of abuse; alcoholics are more likely than other drug addicts to complete treatment.
  • Education; persons with 12 or more years of schooling are more likely to complete treatment.
  • Caucasian ethnicity.
  • Age; those 40 years or older are more likely to complete treatment.
  • Employment status; those who are gainfully employed are more likely to complete treatment.
  • Those who are referred to treatment through the criminal justice system are more likely to complete treatment.
  • Males are more likely than females to complete treatment.
  • Age at first use of drug of choice; those who were 15 years of age or older at the time of their first use are more likely to complete treatment.
  • Frequency of use; those who had not used in the month prior to treatment are more likely to complete treatment.
  • Prior treatment; those who have never been in treatment before are more likely to complete treatment.

Stay the Course, Finish Addiction and Trauma Rehabilitation Treatment

Wading through government statistics and determining their true meaning can be a daunting proposition. However, those whose job it is to extrapolate patterns and trends from the seemingly endless well of data have reached solid conclusions regarding length of stay in treatment as it relates to successful recovery. On its website, SAMHSA states the case quite simply: “increased length of stay in substance abuse treatment has been associated with improved outcomes.” In other words, finish your course of treatment and take advantage of all follow-up treatment and long-term support that is available to you.

If you would like help finding treatment for trauma and addiction or support for long-term recovery, please call our toll-free 24 hour helpline today. Our counselors can help you find treatment programs and rehabilitation options that are right for you.