How Long Does Inpatient Rehab Last?

Drug or alcohol addiction can take a toll on people’s lives. Seeking treatment may feel difficult because it is hard to admit a problem exists. Even if it is the ‘right’ choice, fear of the unknown takes over and the question of what will happen starts. One of the questions lingering in people’s minds is how long rehab actually lasts. There is no set amount of time with a one-size-fits-all treatment because each case of addiction is different. Find out more about inpatient rehab and how to know if it is the right fit.

Choosing a Program

The length of a program may be a determining factor in how long a person stays in rehab, but when rehab is chosen, the focus should not remain on length of time initially. Quite often, people take it into consideration as a financial element, as well as time away from work and family commitments. It is important to receive adequate care to heal from addiction. Most people with addiction need 45-90 days of rehab because they must go through detox. This takes time for the body to adjust, around two weeks or more. Most residential and outpatient centers are able to provide some support, but inpatient treatment is desirable for people with co-occurring disorders, those struggling with longer-term addictions or those who have relapsed. There may be a detox period that lasts a few weeks prior to treatment, making it more effective in getting drugs out of the system and recalibrating the person’s head and heart for recovery.

Stepping Into a Program

A 30-day residential program is the best first step in healing. At this stage, it is difficult to know how long a person will remain in treatment or what the needs may be. After 30 days, a treatment provider can recommend staying longer to continue treatment. That initial 30 day is often not long enough to find the best support. Getting into a 90-day program provides sufficient time to address detox, support mental health, and find physical ways of incorporating healing. While some programs focus on 30 days, 45-90 days is often only the tip of the iceberg in receiving care. Insurance does not usually cover 45-90-day programs, but there are payment options available. In a 45-90 day program, people learn:

  • Coping skills in recovery
  • Learning to say ‘no’ and having good boundaries
  • Adjusting to life without drugs or alcohol
  • Coping with work-life balance
  • Embrace a recovery lifestyle that functions best for the individual

In addition to rehab programs, there are extended-care options, like a sober living, which extends beyond 90 days into living inside a facility with others who are sober. This is overseen by a house manager who works with the people in sober living to adjust to life being drug and alcohol-free. The options that are best for people are not necessarily right for someone else. It is an individual choice, with many different layers, but the key is to find healing, get well, and start the journey of recovery as soon as possible.

The Last Resort focuses on healing from addiction in whatever way looks best for people on their individual journey. We provide space to navigate addiction recovery and mental health issues with trained therapists and counselors. If you are ready to commit to healing, contact us. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.