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Length of Addiction Treatment

Battling a substance use disorder or alcoholism is one of the most challenging things many people will face. But the recovery process is often perceived as having a significant amount of mystery to it. This can make getting help intimidating and can cause some people to put off their recovery journey.

We’re going to take a look at how long a treatment program may take, depending on the type of treatment program. Everyone’s recovery journey will be unique, but this may help demystify the process enough that more people seek help, making our New Jersey healthier.

Understanding the Length of Rehab

When trying to understand the length of rehab center programs, it’s important to understand that there are several different types of treatment programs available, and many of them will have different lengths. The basic types of treatment programs are:

  • 30-day programs
  • 60-day programs
  • 90-day programs
  • Extended treatment programs, like sober living homes and halfway houses

The length of the treatment program will often be dependent on the type and severity of substance abuse, and how committed to the recovery journey the individual is. It may also depend on their ability to devote time to it, as many people have school or work obligations that influence which treatment program is most effective for them. 

The Benefits of a 30-day Program

The 30-day programs are great for those getting started on their recovery journey, who may not know how long they’ll need. They offer enough time to get over withdrawal symptoms and begin building relapse prevention skills. They are also easier to commit to since they are shorter.

What Happens in a 60-day Program?

The 60-day program provides additional support and therapy, giving the individual more time to work through potential issues. This level is also better for those who may need more time to detox fully. 

90-day Addiction Treatment Programs

90 days is a significant commitment, but it also provides the most solid foundation for the recovery journey. If completed, they provide the highest chance of a successful recovery and the greatest exposure to helpful therapy techniques.

Extended Programs

If you have recently completed a 90-day program or a residential program, you may want additional care, guidance, and structure. Entering into an extended treatment program like the following will provide that chance. Both options will provide a more structured living arrangement where sobriety is supported and enforced, and both are affordable options that help bridge the gap between long-term treatment facilities and independent living. 

Sober Living Facilities

Sober living facilities are homes that are operated in a variety of different ways, so finding one that is a good match for your treatment is vital. They range from “level 1” facilities that are run by a council of peers, to a “level 4” home that is highly supervised and has a more institutional feel to them, often providing counseling on-site.

Halfway Houses

Halfway houses work very similarly to sober living facilities and are often confused with them. They are designed to serve as a solid “halfway” point between residential programs or even correctional programs, and independent living. They will have systems in place to ensure that the premises remain drug and alcohol-free, and are considered an essential part o the recovery process for many people

Types of Treatment Options

There are several types of treatment options for those seeking recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction. The most popular types are those that Absolute Awakenings specializes in, outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs or PHP. 

The outpatient program will be the least structured out of all the options, and will only require a commitment of a few hours each week. This often only needs one or two visits per week and allows the individual to maintain the highest degree of independent living and personal responsibility.

The intensive outpatient program will require more commitment, between 10 and 20 hours each week, providing a more attentive and intensive approach to the outpatient program. It often requires 3-4 visits each week, receiving counseling and therapy for several hours at a time.

The partial hospitalization program is one of the most intensive and highly-structured programs offered. It requires the patient to check in to the facility each day, staying for 6-8 hours each day for a full program of counseling and therapy activities. For those that are battling serious addictions or who have co-occurring disorders, partial care is often the most effective choice.

How to Get Started

If you or someone you know has a problem with addiction, whether it’s a substance use disorder or an alcohol use disorder, the best first step that can be taken is to speak with a professional. By reaching out to the admissions team at Absolute Awakenings, you can talk about your treatment needs in a confidential environment, and begin building a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.