Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition) states that, “Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical. The appropriate duration for an individual depends on the type and degree of the patient’s problems and needs. Research indicates that most addicted individuals need at least 3 months in treatment to significantly reduce or stop their drug use and that the best outcomes occur with longer durations of treatment. Recovery from drug addiction is a long-term process and frequently requires multiple episodes of treatment. As with other chronic illnesses, relapses to drug abuse can occur and should signal a need for treatment to be reinstated or adjusted. Because individuals often leave treatment prematurely, programs should include strategies to engage and keep patients in treatment.”

This means, especially for families looking to get help for a loved one afflicted with drug addiction and/or alcoholism, that to offer the best chance for a life free from addiction, long-term treatment is the way to go. It is difficult, though not at all impossible, for a 30-day program to break the cycle of addiction. But the habits formed over years of substance abuse tend to require longer stays in residential recovery facilities.  It is best to transition slowly into life, rather than all-at-once, and a long-term program generally facilitates this type of transition.Often, men and women who leave 30-day residential programsand return home are setting themselves up for failure. The first problem rests in their biochemical makeup. The body takes a long time to heal from years of drug and alcohol abuse. 30-days of sobriety is a step in the right direction, but medically speaking, post-acute withdrawal symptoms can last as long as three years (as little as one).

Second, men and women who return home usually associate with the same “playmates, playgrounds and playthings.” These individuals invariably relapse because they are exposed to the same environment that nurtured, supported and developed addictive behaviors.Finally, “30 and go” individuals fail to cement the principles, exercises and behaviors necessary for recovery. They return home with few, if any, recovery contacts. Recovery relationships, vital to sustained sobriety, must be initiated and cultivated again. All of the aforementioned factors stack the deck against “30 and go” individuals.

My experience with treatment programs followed a similar pattern. I had been to treatment twice, each time for 30 days, and returned home upon graduation. I associated with the same people. I visited the same places. And I always relapsed.

Drug addiction and alcoholism kept me in this excruciating cycle until I made the decision to get help. It was also encouraging to discover that relapse did not mean treatment failed. That was certainly my first thought, but I managed to stay sober 6 months both times. This hope, mixed with a strong willingness, help construct a backbone for reintroduction to sober-living and recovery.While at Discovery Place, staff encouraged me to stay more than 30 days. They reminded me I had tried 30-day programs before, and if I wanted a different result, I must do something different.

I was blessed to have parents who refused to enable my addictive behavior anymore. Mom and Dad resolved to say “no” to my pleas to return home. I faced two options: go out on my own or enroll in a long-term recovery program. After carefully weighing my options, I made the decision to go to a long-term recovery program

About 100 days after checking into Discovery Place, I ventured into the world outside of treatment. I practiced what I was taught, and today, life is pretty good.

One year later, I am still sober. I have a full-time job, a close relationship with my family and just bought my first home. Looking back, I can’t believe I ran around bound to the chains of drug addiction and alcoholism as long as I did. But it takes what it takes to develop a willingness to “do something different.”

Today I have that willingness, and I hope for the perseverance to continue on the path of recovery. There’s no doubt in my mind that if I persist, remarkable things will follow.



  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

    Creed McClellan
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
  • I can never say enough good things about Discovery Place and the people who work there. Before checking in to DP, I was out of options and out of answers. Fortunately, Discovery Place has a solution. Taking suggestions from the staff at DP saved my life, and as a result, I’m now more content and hopeful about life. I’m grateful for Discovery Place showing me how to live a healthy life so that I can become a better man and help the next guy.”

    Tyler Buckingham

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