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Rehab Program Timeline

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The term “rehab” can be an elusive one: how long does recovery take, and what types of treatment require what time commitment? From residential facilities to outpatient programs, here are some timelines to consider for your rehab activities and treatment.

An important thing to remember that, while we’re giving some brief outlines of treatment, each person is unique and some stages may take longer or shorter than others.

How Long Does Rehab Last?

The first step of rehab is the detox period, where patients are watched carefully while withdrawing from the drug. This can last anywhere from 5 to 14 days, although for a drug like cocaine, symptoms can last for weeks.

The next steps depend on the type of facility. Residential treatment is measured in months, while outpatient treatment is generally shorter. This also depends on the severity of your addiction and your social support system.

Residential Rehab Programs

Residential treatment requires a stay at their facility, where you’ll meet with specialists, learn coping techniques, and engage in therapeutic activities like art and yoga. These programs typically run 30 to 90 days.

Most insurance providers provide for 28 days of treatment, though that often isn’t enough time to heal completely.

Partial Hospitalization Rehab Programs

Unlike residential programs, partial hospitalization programs are best suited for those with additional medical conditions, but they have a safe living situation. Instead of staying overnight at the hospital, patients check in for about 4 to 6 hours per day, 3 to 5 days per week.

Intensive Outpatient Rehab Programs

Although this doesn’t require staying overnight, intensive outpatient programs require a large time commitment, because the focus is relapse prevention. This is best suited for those with a stable home life that want to stay involved with work or school, with a time commitment of 2 to 4 hours a day, about 3 days a week.

Sober Living Rehab Programs

The last step of recovery treatment involves a sober living house, which is ideal for those not ready to go home or don’t have a stable home life to return to. Recovering addicts support each other and learn ways to create a drug-free life.

Studies have shown that after 12 months, those in recovery are more likely to succeed, as long as they are still involved in treatment, like meetings and other Aftercare services. Once you reach five years you have a 98% chance of sustaining your recovery and preventing relapse, and it’s possible through dedication and hard work.

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Are you ready to take the next step towards recovery? Call today to discuss your unique treatment plan with an admissions representative.


National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition).” Updated January 2018. Accessed September 30, 2019.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition).” Updated January 2018. Accessed September 30, 2019.