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How long does rehab last?

How Long Does Rehab Last?

Prior to starting any form of rehab program, it is understandable to have questions. The duration, location and cost of the treatment are among the most commonly asked questions. Ultimately the patient’s goals (whether they are yours or those of a loved one seeking help) for recovery play a significant part in the treatment period.

Of course, there are other factors that can contribute to the length and cost of a drug or alcohol rehab program, such as:

  • The space, staff and other resources the treatment facility has
  • The patient’s individual needs while in rehab
  • The strength of the drug and the severity of the addiction
  • Outside factors in the patient’s life

Residential Rehab Addiction Treatment and Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Residential rehab, also known as inpatient treatment, is one of the most commonly adopted options for drug addiction rehab. Residential rehab treatment is an overnight, in-depth program that gives patients the time to recover both physically and mentally from their drug addictions. Being in a residential rehab program allows the patient the chance to examine any stressors which led to their addictions. Inpatient (residential) rehab begins usually with a three to seven day detox period, and lasts normally a minimum of 30 days. Commonly, residential treatment concludes after 90 days but the doctors and staff treating the patient ultimately decide if they are ready for release.

Outpatient treatment often acts as a halfway point between residential rehab programs and returning home by allowing the patient to seek treatment during the day and apply what therapies they’ve discussed at night. In contrast to residential rehab, outpatient treatment lasts anywhere from six weeks to three months and may last up to a year depending on the situation.

The patient must remember that recovery from drug addiction is a continuous battle. Many residential drug treatment facilities, as well as outpatient facilities will continue to help their patients by recommending outside therapy after rehab.

What if I Cannot Afford to Stay in Rehab for Long?

One of the most common concerns when entering a drug rehab facility is the cost. Most rehab facilities are willing to work with a patient, their family and their insurance company to ease the financial difficulties of seeking treatment for a drug addiction. Regardless of cost, facilities are committed to a patient’s rehab success.

Help Finding a Reliable, Reputable Rehabilitation Program

If you or a loved one are currently considering entering a residential drug addiction treatment facility and need to talk, we can help. Our trained professionals answer questions about the following and more:

  • How to determine the benefits of outpatient versus residential rehab
  • How to determine the most affordable, effective drug rehab
  • How to work with insurance companies regarding treatment
  • Provide more information about luxury drug rehab facilities and holistic, Dual Diagnosis centers
  • Help patients and their families

Counselors are standing by at our toll-free, 24-hour drug addiction helpline to address any questions or concerns you may have. You are not alone.

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