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How Long Does It Take To Break An Addiction?

Breaking an addiction is a unique journey for each person. Understanding the process and knowing what support is available can help those struggling with addiction take the right steps toward recovery. At Buckeye Recovery Network in Orange County, CA, we offer personalized treatment programs to meet individual needs, providing advanced options and exceptional care. Keep reading to learn how our treatment options can help you or your loved one break free from addiction.

Factors That Affect Recovery Time

Type of Substance

Different substances have different withdrawal symptoms and recovery processes. For example, recovering from opioid addiction often takes longer than recovering from alcohol addiction. Stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine may have intense psychological withdrawal symptoms, while substances like benzodiazepines require a gradual tapering process due to the risk of severe withdrawal symptoms, including seizures.

Duration and Intensity of Use

How long and how heavily someone has used a substance can affect how long recovery takes. Long-term and heavy users might need more time to recover. Chronic use can lead to significant changes in brain chemistry, making it harder for the brain to return to its normal state. Additionally, long-term use can lead to more severe withdrawal symptoms and a higher risk of relapse, necessitating a longer and more intensive treatment approach.

Personal Health

Physical and mental health conditions can impact recovery. For instance, having both addiction and a mental health issue (like depression) means needing treatment for both, which can take more time. Conditions such as chronic pain, diabetes, or heart disease can complicate the detox and recovery process, requiring specialized medical care. Mental health disorders like anxiety, PTSD, or bipolar disorder often necessitate integrated treatment plans that address both the addiction and the co-occurring mental health issues.

Environment and Support System

A supportive environment and a strong network of family and friends can significantly impact recovery time. Those with a positive support system are more likely to stay committed to their recovery journey, while a negative or stressful environment can hinder progress. Stable housing, employment, and a stress-free living situation contribute positively to recovery outcomes. Conversely, environments where substance use is prevalent or where there is significant stress can slow down or derail the recovery process.

Motivation and Commitment

The individual’s motivation to recover and their commitment to the treatment process play crucial roles in determining how long it takes to break an addiction. Those who are highly motivated and actively participate in their treatment tend to recover faster. Personal goals, a strong desire to improve one’s quality of life, and a sense of purpose can drive individuals to adhere to treatment protocols and maintain long-term sobriety.

Quality of Treatment

The quality of the treatment program, including the expertise of the staff and the comprehensiveness of the services offered, can also influence recovery time. High-quality programs like those at Buckeye Recovery Network provide personalized and effective treatment plans that cater to the specific needs of each individual. Access to a multidisciplinary team of professionals, evidence-based treatment modalities, and holistic care options enhances the recovery experience and can shorten the time needed for effective treatment.

Co-occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety, depression, or PTSD, can complicate the recovery process. Treating these conditions alongside addiction is essential for a successful recovery, but it can also extend the duration of treatment. Integrated treatment approaches that address both the addiction and the mental health conditions are necessary for holistic recovery and can improve overall outcomes, although they may require a longer commitment to treatment.

Genetic Factors

Genetic predispositions can affect how a person responds to addiction and recovery. Some individuals may have a higher risk of addiction and may find it more challenging to break free from substance use due to their genetic makeup. Family history of addiction can indicate a genetic vulnerability that requires more intensive and sustained treatment efforts.


Age can influence recovery time, with younger individuals often recovering faster than older adults. However, older adults might have more severe withdrawal symptoms and additional health issues that need to be addressed during treatment. Age-related factors such as slower metabolism, the presence of chronic illnesses, and social isolation can complicate the recovery process for older individuals.

Type of Treatment Program

Different treatment programs, such as inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization, offer varying levels of intensity and support. The type of program best suited for an individual can affect how quickly they progress in their recovery journey. Inpatient programs provide a highly structured environment that may accelerate early recovery, while outpatient programs offer flexibility that can support longer-term recovery efforts. The appropriateness of the program type to the individual’s needs and circumstances is crucial for effective and timely recovery.

Tips and Support for Breaking an Addiction

Seek Professional Help

Professional treatment is crucial for safely managing withdrawal and addressing the root causes of addiction. Buckeye Recovery Network has various programs to suit different needs.

Build a Support Network

Surrounding yourself with supportive people can make a big difference in recovery. Join support groups and attend therapy sessions for encouragement and accountability.

Focus on Health

A healthy lifestyle with good nutrition, regular exercise, and enough sleep can improve your physical and mental health, helping you cope with recovery challenges.

Stay Committed

Recovery takes time and patience. Celebrate small victories and remember that setbacks are part of the process.

Our Treatment Programs

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

We treat addiction and any underlying mental health issues at the same time. This approach helps improve overall recovery.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)

IOP allows patients to get intensive therapy while still living their daily lives. This program includes individual counseling, group therapy, and educational sessions.

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)

PHP offers structured care during the day without requiring 24-hour supervision. Patients participate in daily therapy sessions and return home or to a sober living facility in the evenings.

Aftercare Services

Recovery continues even after formal treatment ends. Our Aftercare services provide ongoing support through counseling, support groups, and relapse prevention strategies.

Advanced Treatment Options

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

MAT uses medications along with counseling and behavioral therapies to help manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings, making it easier to focus on recovery.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT helps patients identify and change negative thoughts and behaviors related to addiction.

Holistic Therapies

We offer holistic therapies like yoga, meditation, and art therapy to support overall well-being and reduce stress.


Breaking an addiction is a complex and personal journey. At Buckeye Recovery Network, we offer tailored treatment programs with advanced options to help you recover. Whether you need Dual Diagnosis Treatment, IOP, PHP, or Aftercare services, we are here to support you.

Call to Action: Share this blog with anyone who might benefit from understanding the recovery process, and contact our team at Buckeye Recovery Network to learn more about our comprehensive treatment programs.


The time varies for each person, depending on factors like the type of substance, how long it’s been used, and individual health conditions. It can take weeks, months, or even years.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment addresses both addiction and any co-occurring mental health issues at the same time.

IOP provides intensive treatment while allowing patients to live at home. It includes individual counseling, group therapy, and educational sessions.

We offer yoga, meditation, and art therapy to support overall well-being and complement traditional treatments.

Aftercare services provide ongoing support through counseling, support groups, and relapse prevention strategies to help individuals maintain sobriety.

Today is going to be the best day of your life.

Kelsey Gearhart

Director of Business Development

Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.

Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.

Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.