Consider the Pros and Cons of 90 Day Rehab for a Loved One

Research has been done that looks at the length of time people receive treatment. There are varying degrees of treatment times, depending on the individual. Many choose to attend 30, 60, or 90-day programs. Those who attend the 30-day programs can be successful if their addiction is less severe. For those with more severe addiction, long-term, chronic issues, and mental health disorders that are co-occurring, then those people often struggle in treatment programs with less than 90 days. There are many pros and cons to consider in all program length types. Find out why 90 days can be helpful for a loved one.


When people choose to focus on recovery, they often spend the first few weeks, even up to a month, detoxing. Their body is getting rid of all toxins in the body. After that, some may need additional time to transition and focus. Many people are distracted by what is going on and have to adjust to rehab, so they are not focusing fully on the immersive rehab experience until later in their program. Some other pros can include:

  • The rehab experience provides a space to breathe and get away from everything, where 30 days is not enough but longer periods of time can give someone more time to stretch recovery muscles
  • Richer learning experience that helps them recover and learn the deeper tools necessary to stay in recovery without so many triggers and cravings derailing it
  • An immersive experience that works to change habits and reset the brain and body. It works to engage different parts of the brain so the person can learn to reset their brain chemistry and not just their body
  • 90 days provides a better chance of rehab but research shows a longer stay in rehab supports better overall mental health and understanding of their own addiction process

There are some unique challenges and disadvantages to attending rehab for 90 plus days. This can include some of the following:

  • Expenses can pile up in the rehab setting
  • Being away from home can be disruptive. Two or three months off life, work, or school is a challenge for many people so it takes wrangling to figure out how to navigate it all while the person is away

There is no way to know how the treatment will be for any given person. Everyone responds differently to a treatment. Long-term treatment is often great for those with long-term addiction, those who have a history of treatment and relapse, or those who have severe drug or alcohol addiction. A longer rehab may mean more time and money, but it can be an investment into the person’s life, versus not finding healing for that individual. The goal is to sacrifice now to meet rehab goals and move forward with healing from addiction. If nothing else, it means going somewhere safe and finding hope for things to get better, for the sake of everyone who may be impacted by the addiction.

The Last Resort provides a safe, supportive environment for men in a retreat-like setting. We believe nature is healing and is a way to provide space to be vulnerable in rehab. Find out why we are the premier place to go for rehab and heal from addiction. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.