Evidence is building to support the 90-day rehabilitation model, which was stumbled upon by Alcoholics Anonymous where it is suggested that new members attend at least one meeting a day for the first 90 days of recovery. Research indicates that the 90-day time frame is approximately how long it takes the brain to recover from the immediate effects of drug or alcohol abuse.
Researchers at Yale have documented what they call The Sleeper Effect, a gradual re-engaging of proper decision-making and analytical functions in the brain’s pre-frontal cortex after an addict has sustained from use for at least 90 days. Although 90-days has become widely accepted as the typical duration of an initial stay in a rehabilitation center, it is by no means a concrete time frame for everyone seeking treatment. We understand that each case is different and includes various factors that will affect the duration of treatment required, however, we do support the 90-day treatment model as a solid starting point.
Balboa Horizons’ 90-Day Extended Care Treatment is the core of our holistic healing program for women. Overwhelming evidence shows that 90 days sober marks the beginning of both the physical and mental benefits of sobriety. However, our program is designed to do much more that simply give our clients 90 days of sobriety. It is about giving them the appropriate amount of care to foster a continued recovery. We believe that our 90-Day Extended Care Program provides a solid foundation for lasting sobriety.
In a study released in April 2007, the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs stated the following:
Women differ from men in many aspects, including: their reasons for initiating substance abuse, the consequences they experience, the barriers and motivations for entering treatment, treatment services needed, relapse risks and recovery support needs. The report suggests gender-specific treatment as the most successful method of rehabilitation, and goes on to conclude that effective gender-specific programs possess the following characteristics.