Why 90 Days

The Gold Standard of Treatment

We have been saying for years that the best friend a client has in treatment is time.

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We have been saying for years that the best friend a client has in treatment is time. Jason and Lauren Chane (owners) established Augustine Recovery to design a program that gives people the time necessary to treat their addiction and treat their underlying trauma. At our center in St. Augustine, we offer a 90 day program that transforms lives.

The 30-Day Myth

So why did 30 days in addiction treatment become the norm?

That timeline was set by the insurance industry, not from research based on effective levels of care. The 28-to-30-day window reflects the days that insurance companies would pay for many years ago. Some 70 years later, this trend continues – worse yet, according to research, this timeframe is not long enough to address the issues that matter to addicts in early recovery. On top of that, it’s certainly not long enough to address the underlying trauma.

Treatment programs with longer lengths of stay provide the necessary time for individuals to work with addiction professionals who can help identify triggers to drug use, address and treat trauma and learn practical techniques for coping with triggers for both. Programs with a minimum 90-day standard can provide you with a solid foundation for recovery.

Our 90 Day Program

Since the founding of Augustine Recovery, we have treated people through our famous 90 day stay. Many of our callers are actually seeking 90 day programs or even longer lengths of stay. Maybe this means that people are beginning to understand that more is better when it comes to treatment – the relapse rates are lower, and outcomes are better with this model.

Unfortunately, many of our callers are seeking help after several shorter attempts at treatment. They have learned the hard way they needed a more intensive program. Even more unfortunate are those who believe all will be well if they can just go through a detox program.

“Treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective.  Sanctions or enticements from family, employment settings, and/or the criminal justice system can significantly increase treatment entry, retention rates, and the ultimate success of drug treatment interventions.” – The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

People are finding out the simple truth – sometimes the hard way – that traditional treatment models are often not enough. There is now plenty of data that supports longer lengths of stay in treatment. The longer someone is engaged in a program, the better their chances are for a satisfying lifetime of sobriety. Some outdated research once claimed that once the brain damage occurs, there is no hope for recovering from that damage. Today, scientists have that the brain can and does recover depending on the extent of damage, but again, this takes time.

The Gold Standard of Treatment

In 1999, The National Institute of Drug Abuse issued this statement:

“The time depends on an individual’s needs. For most patients, the threshold of significant improvement is reached at about three months in treatment. Additional treatment can produce further progress. Programs should include strategies to prevent patients from leaving treatment prematurely that often leads back to relapse.”

NIDA refers to centers offering a true 90-day program as the new “gold standard” in treating alcoholism and addiction.

Continuing Care

Patients of Augustine Recovery also receive a recommendation to go to a quality sober living environment, therapy sessions, and other continued care providers after they leave us. 100% of clients leaving our program will get a referral for ongoing therapy, extended care, sober living, and other modalities along the continuum of care. This transitional plan allows clients, while in a sober living environment, to get the support needed in early recovery, coupled with different levels of accountability.

An Intervention for Youth

Some refer to what we do as “peeling the layers of an onion” until we get to some of the core issues needing to be addressed. The levels of acuity are going higher now than ever before. The younger population is becoming addicted at an even earlier age than in the past; the chemicals they use can cause extreme emotional and psychological damage.

This healing process usually cannot take place in a traditional 28-day program. While this window can be effective for some, we are seeing more clients with more trauma and psychological issues than ever before. If these issues go untreated or unidentified, the likelihood of relapse is greatly increased. Once again, the extended length of stay is greatly encouraged.

90 Days: It Worked for Me

For over 30 years, I have had people telling me, “I just can’t be away for 30 days, and I certainly cannot go to sober living for 6-12 months.” But when I ask them if they have really been present over the last five to twenty years of drinking and using, they get it. They understand even if they were physically present (and sometimes not that) they were not present emotionally, economically, spiritually, or in other ways.

These longer periods of treatment are the absolute necessity for many, and they are the building blocks to a new way of life without the use of alcohol or other drugs. Coming to grips with the fact that “I have the disease of alcoholism and/or addiction” is a great and often challenging feat! So now what am I willing to do to take responsibility and action to get better?

People and their families are becoming more educated about the disease of addiction and are also coming to grips with the fact that “We must make a commitment to taking the necessary actions to take care of ourselves”. This goes for everyone in the family! Over the time of these relationships the “entire family” has become sick and dysfunctional.

I would like for people entering treatment today to get much better care and longer periods of treatment than I received. I made it through a few short term programs and never could get (and stay) sober. Until I surrendered and went to a longer-term program, I, too, was unsuccessful. I truly believe if I had been given the opportunity for a quality, long term program I would have been able to achieve sobriety at a younger age.

Please contact me for more information about addiction treatment in St. Augustine, Florida.

David A. Cunningham LADACII, NCACI, CADC, QCS
The Augustine Recovery Center
Director of Development
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