What is a Long Term Treatment Center?

Treatment centers are facilities, which provide therapy and rehabilitation for individuals addicted to or dependent upon drugs, alcohol, or a process disorders (such as eating, shopping, gaming, etc.). They employ a wide range of methodologies and procedures to help their patients or clients overcome their addictions or dependencies in order to be able to resume a normal life without the burden of these destructive habits. A long term treatment center offers programs of a greater length of time to ensure significantly more effective rehabilitation of its patients.


Types of Treatment Centers

Treatment centers can have a number of different approaches, from those that are equipped to address a range of addictions to those that specialize in a single issue. For the most part, addiction treatment centers will be either short term (up to thirty days) or long term (at least thirty days, but that last as long as is necessary). Treatment centers may also be identified by their treatment philosophies. Centers may utilize the 12-Step program exclusively, or combine it with other processes. Some treatment centers may be known for behavior modification methods, while others may dominated by medical treatment processes.

In addition, treatment centers may set their focus on treating a certain demographic. Among these are

  • Gender specific treatment
  • Youth and adolescent treatment
  • Theologically specific treatment

Because the combinations are seemingly limitless – type of addiction, method of treatment, treatment procedure, and length of stay – someone seeking help for dependency can find a treatment facility that perfectly matches their needs.

Common misconceptions about treatment centers

There are several misunderstandings about treatment centers, what they offer, and how they operate. Among the most common misunderstandings are:

Everyone admitted is cured – Unfortunately, this is not true. Success is based on several things: quality of treatment, length of stay, and strength of the aftercare program. In addition to treating the addiction, any underlying issues that contribute to it must also be addressed. If not, the chances of relapse are strong. If the patient is discharged from the facility at a predetermined time, regardless of how well the treatment is proceeding, or if he or she leaves a program and returns to his or her previous lifestyle with no adjustments being made, failure is likely.

Treatment centers are insurance scams – While there are some programs that fall into this category, there are a great many treatment facilities that are not simply looking to collect money and discharge its patients. However, it is important that someone seeking admission do his or her homework and research several facilities before making any commitment.

For treatment to work, it must be voluntary – Several recent studies have shown that, while voluntary admission provides a solid starting point, treatment and recovery can be successful even if the patient did not voluntarily enter the program. A high-quality, reputable program will be able to break through the reticence and skepticism and help the client understand the importance of confronting and treating his or her addiction.

Addiction treatment centers are only about hugs and feel good therapy – Reputable treatment centers focus on proven therapy measures that provide its clients with the best opportunity for recovery. While building self-esteem is important, because of the stigma placed on addiction, it is a small part of the recovery process.

Long term treatment is quickly becoming a hot topic amongst addiction professionals, and at the same time, has become muddled and confusing. Every treatment center seems to be equipped and/or tailored to long term treatment, throwing around another buzz word, chronic relapse.

Overcoming the ravages and devastation of addiction and alcoholism is an arduous process, and requires more than a handful of pat phrases and canned suggestions. It requires constant vigilance and awareness of the conditions that contribute to relapsing into old behaviors. Long-term treatment, as offered first in a residential long term rehab treatment facility and then through its extended care programs, is the most effective form of therapy for individuals struggling with substance abuse as it combines the best practices of all other forms of substance abuse therapy.

Defining Long Term Treatment

The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines long term treatment as 6 – 12+ months of inpatient treatment. Facilities, although they want to twist words, that are less than 6 months of inpatient are NOT long term treatment. Burning Tree Programs employs an indeterminate length of stay, due to their knowledge of working with chronic relapse. Clinicians at Burning Tree know that a true chronic relapser can “hold their breath” for as long as they need to if they know how long they will be in treatment. Anyone admitting into Burning Tree will stay a minimum of 7 months, and will not discharge until the clinical staff believes it is time to discharge them into the Transitional phase of Burning Tree’s step down approach.

Phases of Long Term Addiction Treatment

Long-term treatment for addiction or alcoholism from a substance abuse treatment center provides immediate and direct care for the individual. Once a treatment program has been completed and the individual is released, he or she is enrolled into a number of post-treatment programs. This two-pronged approach gives the recovering addict or alcoholic the opportunity to inculcate and practice the new skill sets acquired during rehab while being monitored and guided through the process of returning to life in society. While there may be many different components, the ones selected are those that will give the individual the best chance of remaining sober. Burning Tree’s Transitional phase is a yearlong program where Burning Tree clients transition from inpatient treatment into independent living. The Transitional phase includes coaching from Transitions Specialists, weekly meetings, budgeting and employment support, and 6 months living in a gender specific house owned and operated by Burning Tree.

Burning Tree Long Term Rehab has one program, long term treatment. Opened in 1999, Burning Tree has never had programs less than 6 months long. With facilities in Elgin, Texas and Kaufman, Texas, Burning Tree Programs has a unique program unlike any other facility in nation. If you or a loved one has lost all hope, allow Burning Tree to share some of theirs. A proven and trusted solution for the hopeless and helpless, since 1999.

Addiction and Drug Abuse

Drug abuse by an individual can produce a ripple effect throughout society, beginning with the drug abuser and moving through every part of society. At home, drug abuse can lead to violence, physical and mental abuse, separation of couples, financial disasters, and emotional and behavioral problems in children. At work, drug abuse can result in strained relationships with employers and coworkers, theft, and loss of a job. Drug abusers feeding an addiction may also steal money and property from local businesses and individuals in a desperate attempt to respond to their addiction or while in the midst of a drug use.


Convictions stemming from drug-related arrests can have far-reaching effects. The drug addict serving time may stop using while incarcerated but does not learn to properly manage an addiction. In fact, statistics show more than 80 percent of offenders do not receive treatment while behind bars. Once released from jail or prison, the untreated addict is more likely to repeat the criminal behavior. The child of a drug addict is also vulnerable to developing a substance abuse problem or other physical or behavioral issues.

Early Intervention

Early intervention is an essential element of reducing the risk of drug abuse in the child of an addict, while effective treatment provided to an addict can also positively impact family members by restoring an individual’s good physical health and mental well-being. Treatment also lowers the risk of chronic relapse and criminal behavior, and can reduces drug use dramatically, if not eliminating it all together.

Addicts and family members attempting to effectively respond to addiction and overcome its effects can benefit from a better understanding of a particular addiction and the function of treatment. Addiction affects an individual’s brain and body chemistry, often for a period long after drug use and abuse ends. Behavior may be uncontrollable if an addict does not learn how to manage it or does not undergo treatment. In addition, relapse is a normal part of any recovery process, especially if the process solely consists of detox or jail time.

Long Term Commitment

Once in treatment, the chance of achieving full recovery increases with a long-term commitment to ending the relationship with the drug of choice and carefully managing the behaviors that might lead one back to drug use, such as associating with known drug users. Treatment at a long-term facility allows an addict a sufficient amount of time to learn and incorporate new strategies and solutions in order to make healthy choices once treatment ends.

Ongoing Therapy

Following treatment for addiction alone or addiction and accompanying mental disorders, ongoing therapy is beneficial for the recovering addict. In addition, family counseling may be necessary to repair relationships damaged by previous drug abuse. Continuous family support during treatment and throughout the recovery process can also lead to positive results for the addict and his or her family.

If you have a loved one who has experienced a chronic relapse due to drug abuse and addiction, help is available today. Burning Tree provides drug and alcohol treatment at two long-term residential facilities in Texas, outside of Dallas and Austin, serving individuals from all 50 states. Contact an admissions representative at Burning Tree by calling 866-287-2877 or visit www.burningtree.com.

“When my family intervened, I stated that I was willing to go back to rehab, but it had to be different, as the traditional rehabs just don’t work for me. Burning Tree was that place. My time at Burning Tree was the hardest and yet most rewarding experience of my life…I have a peace and serenity that I was unable to imagine while using… Today I am whole.” –Patrick K.


There is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan. That’s why Burning Tree staff evaluates each client individually to design a long-term treatment plan that will be most beneficial to that person’s specific needs. We teach the life skills that recovering addicts need to make lifestyle changes and incorporate a variety of healing techniques into our curriculum. These life skills include stress-management and relaxation techniques. Our staff will help clients develop new goals and find positive activities to fill free time.

Your long term rehabilitation program is designed to help you create A Life of Excellence Beyond Sobriety™

“I am profoundly grateful to be living in a manner that I am able to write this today: happy, joyous and free.  I was not this way when I arrived at the gate of Burning Tree over three years ago…As a direct result of working the steps, I am able to look the world in the eye…My time at Burning Tree was the hardest and yet most rewarding experience of my life.”  –Keith


Burning Tree is a long-term residential rehab program with two facilities treating addicts and alcoholics who have relapsed following primary treatment and/or 12-step programs. Our curriculum is an innovative treatment approach to transform the lives of individuals and help them take control of their future. Our treatment is based on spiritual principles that treat the whole person, as well as proven medical and mental-health interventions, and includes:

  • An individually designed long-term Relapse Prevention Program for the addict & alcoholic—Long-term treatment provides time to heal
  • A custom-designed recovery program that gives you the best tools available to prevent relapse—individualized treatment planning
  • A safe community in which to learn and practice life skills and 12-step principles (Big Book lectures, active step work; sponsors; nightly 12-step meetings)
  • An integrated approach to your dual diagnosis
  • A powerful Family Program that prepares the entire family for ongoing recovery
  • Assistance in finding your own spiritual path
  • The opportunity to improve your health through nutritional guidance, physical exercise. and yoga
  • Individual and group therapy, including gender-specific groups
  • Individual care with a high staff-to-client ratio and 24/7 supervision
  • One of two facilities distinguished by size and community tailored to meet the needs for your individual recovery
  • Sessions with a psychiatrist*
  • Neurofeedback Therapy*
  • A motivational ropes course every two months to encourage personal achievements and self-confidence
  • A lifetime of support through Alumni, Aftercare, and Transition Programming

How Long Does Your Rehab Program Take?

The length of stay is determined by the client’s progress in treatment. Your curriculum will be developed as you enter, and you will receive verbal progress reports as you proceed through the relapse-prevention program.

Detox Prior to Rehab

Burning Tree does not provide detox. If detox is necessary, we coordinate this brief phase with one of our detox partners prior to admission to our treatment campus. Contact the admissions department at 866-287-2877 for more information.

Admissions to the Program

Referrals to the Burning Tree long term rehab program are accepted by telephone seven days a week. Admissions are conducted Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Admissions can be arranged over the weekend for an additional fee. Please feel free to contact us any time, day or night, for general information.

*Psychiatric services/medications and neurofeedback therapy are ancillary and billed separately. Contact admissions at 866-287-2877 for more information.