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Short-Term Drug Rehab

Addiction is a major problem in the United States. In 2019, 20.4 million people 12 and older had a substance use disorder (SUD). Of that 20.4 million people, 4.2 million (1.5%) obtained substance use treatment.1 In order to live a sober life, people need to seek treatment that will allow them to detox, address the roots of their addiction problem, and learn coping strategies so that they can avoid relapse once the return to their regular lives.

Addiction rehab comes in various forms and lengths of time. With varying treatment lengths, there isn’t a set amount of time for treatment, but there are both inpatient and outpatient programs that may offer short-term rehab to help you address your addiction.


What to Expect from Short-Term Rehab?

While treatment lengths vary, there are shorter treatment options available. For some, short-term rehab can mean 28-30 days of inpatient treatment. For others, it might mean anything less than 3 months of treatment. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), short-term rehab originally consisted of 3-6 weeks of inpatient treatment followed by an e outpatient therapy program.2

Rehab may include detox, management of withdrawal symptoms, individual and group therapy, participation in support groups, and learning substance abuse triggers and coping strategies for situations that may lead to substance use.

It’s important to remember that, while inpatient rehab may last for a shorter amount of time (often 28-30 days), it is not the end of your treatment. Instead, it is only one of the steps that you will need to take as you work on your recovery. So, while you can find a short-term drug rehab or a short-term alcohol rehab, your recovery will be anything but short term.


Checking Your Insurance Benefits

If you are looking for addiction treatment and aren’t sure if you should go to short-term or long-term rehab, there are various options available for you. Many facilities offer various several types of treatment, and your program should create an individualized plan for your treatment.

While you consider your options, knowing exactly what your insurance plan covers can give you peace of mind while you or your loved one is in rehab. You can do the work of getting and staying sober without worrying about unexpected costs or financial struggles. For more information on what your insurance plan covers, call AAC at , click here, or fill out the form below.


What About Long-Term Rehab?

Recovery takes time, and even 4 weeks of treatment are not sufficient for you to achieve and maintain your sobriety. In fact, research reveals that people struggling with addiction require at least 3 months of treatment to greatly reduce or stop their substance abuse. Young populations typically benefit from continued care following their treatment, including follow-up visits, drug use monitoring, and attending support groups. The best outcomes result from longer durations of treatment.3

Long-term rehab centers may last for 90 to 120 days, with intensive substance abuse therapy and aftercare planning. This type of rehab facility works well for individuals with long-standing or severe addictions, as well as patients with co-occurring disorders. According to NIDA, highly structured long-term rehab programs can last from 6-12 months.2


Benefits of Short-Term Rehab?

While there are arguments that can be made for and against short-term rehab, the main goal of anyone dealing with an SUD should be to obtain treatment. Treatment of any length will help you being working toward recovery.

However, there are advantages and disadvantages to all forms of treatment—from inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization to support groups and alternative therapies. Short-term rehab may offer various benefits, including:

  • A reduced time commitment for those who cannot be away from their responsibilities for an extended time.
  • Less of a disruption to your life.
  • Focused time where you can detox your body and adjust to living a cleaner, healthier life.
  • Concentrated attention on your recovery while reducing costs associated with long-term rehab.
  • With inpatient treatment, the opportunity to be prepared for the continuation of treatment in an outpatient setting with a more firmly established sobriety.
  • Development of an enduring, committed community of peers.

Ultimately, though, short-term rehab should be considered one step, not the last step, in your treatment program. Extended treatment will provide you with a greater chance at a maintained recovery.


Benefits of Long-Term Rehab?

The main goal of long-term rehab is to help patients reinstate themselves in their everyday environments and become productive citizens. It also helps addicted individuals regain self-respect, confidence, and a sense of responsibility. Long-term rehab often provides individuals with a greater chance at continued sobriety.

Additional benefits include:

  • Learning coping skills to help the individual avoid using again.
  • Treatment of co-occurring disorders, including behavioral and psychological issues that exist alongside the SUD.
  • Learning relapse warning signs and relapse prevention strategies so the individual can have a greater chance at staying off drugs or alcohol after leaving rehab.
  • Relapse is less likely.

Where to Find Short-Term & Long-Term Rehab Options?

Addiction recovery is a long-term process, and it may require several treatment efforts. That is why recovery should be viewed as a long-term process, and so should rehab. There are various options throughout the country, offering both short and long-term treatment.

If you are unsure about where to start, contact one of our admission navigators , and they will help you find the type of program that will best meet your needs. You can also look at some of the facilities listed below to see if they provide the program you are looking for:


Sources

  1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. PEP20-07-01-001, NSDUH Series H-55). Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition): Types of Treatment Programs.
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition): Principles of Effective Treatment.

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