60-Day Inpatient & Outpatient Addiction Treatment

The thought of starting treatment can be intimidating, but knowing more about what to expect in a 60-day rehab program can make it easier to face. This article will explain more about long-term rehab, what to expect after treatment ends, what the admissions process is like, and how to pay for a 60-90 day stay in rehab.

What to Expect in a 60- to 90-Day Inpatient & Outpatient Rehab Program

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A 2- to 3-month rehab program may take many forms. A common assumption is that a long-term rehab program means living in an inpatient rehab program for the duration of treatment. However, this is not necessarily true. A 60-90 day program may involve other levels rehab of care and often involves a progression through more than one level. From start to finish, you may encounter different elements of care as well as treatment settings, such as:1

  • Medical detox, where you are supervised and monitored by medical staff as you withdraw from drugs and/or alcohol. Medications may be provided to ease symptoms.
  • Inpatient or residential rehab, which occurs at a facility where you stay around the clock and receive intensive counseling and support.
  • Outpatient rehab, where you continue living at your own home and attend treatment during the day (the number of weekly sessions will vary by program type according to your needs).

Addiction treatment—whether inpatient or outpatient—typically involves different therapies that can be provided in both group and individual sessions.1 Therapy is utilized to change harmful patterns of thought and behavior, improve coping skills, strengthen the individual’s ability to communicate, increase their motivation toward staying sober, and help them cultivate healthy interests and activities that don’t involve substance use.1

Addiction therapies that are frequently used in treatment at our Orange County detox facility include:1,2

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which aims to help patients identify and change unhealthy behaviors as well as to better anticipate stressors and develop positive coping skills.
  • Motivational interviewing (MI), which helps patients resolve ambivalence toward recovery and grow their internal drive for positive change.
  • Family therapy, which helps to identify and repair harmful patterns in the family dynamics.

Are Medications Used in Long-Term Rehab?

For certain types of substance use disorders, rehab programs may utilize specific treatment medications in combination with behavioral therapies to support recovery. Medications for opioid or alcohol addiction (e.g., methadone, Suboxone, acamprosate) may be used long-term (for months, years, or a lifetime) to stabilize people in recovery and decrease relapse risks.3

The notion that medication use somehow forfeits a person’s sobriety is quickly becoming an outdated one. Evidence has shown over many years that medications for opioid and alcohol addiction are effective in helping people achieve lasting recovery.1,3

Is a Long Stay in Rehab Effective for Treating Addiction?

Long-term treatment may help build a strong foundation for recovery. The National Institute on Drug Abuse indicates that participation in outpatient or residential treatment for fewer than 90 days may limit treatment effectiveness, and recommends treatment for longer periods of time for maintaining positive outcomes.”1

At Laguna Treatment Hospital, an Orange County addiction treatment facility, we back our treatment with a 90-day promise, which states that if you’ve successfully completed 90 days of consecutive treatment with us and then experience a relapse, you can return for an additional 30 days of care at our facility—or one of our sister facilities—for no additional charge.

What Happens After a Long-Term Addiction Treatment Program?

Once you finish inpatient and/or outpatient rehab, it can be difficult or scary to adjust back to regular life without the structure of formal treatment. Continuing care can help you adapt more easily.

As part of a continuing care plan after you leave rehab, you may choose to attend regular outpatient therapy and/or support group meetings. Mutual support meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) can be a great way to build a sober support group and reinforce what you learned in treatment.1 Many facilities also offer alumni events for graduates. These can include regular gatherings, social events, or support groups.

Get Admitted to a 60+ Day Drug & Alcohol Rehab Program

The rehab admissions process typically begins once you’ve reached out to a facility about starting treatment. A staff member will work with you to conduct your intake and gather information about you to determine your needs so that they can tailor a treatment plan for you and recommend a level of care and length of stay they believe will give you the best chances of success.4

How to Pay for a 60-90 Day Stay in Rehab

While insurance coverage for rehab varies by plan, most plans do offer some level of coverage for treatment. Before starting treatment, it is important to ensure that the facility accepts your insurance plan and, specifically, that the facility is in your plan’s network. Laguna is in-network with many providers including:

Laguna offers many ways to pay for rehab without insurance and payment options for things your insurance may not cover. We can answer all of your questions about our programs, the cost, and how to apply your insurance when you call us at or start online below.