Inpatient Rehab Treatment: Should I Stay 30, 60, or 90 Days in Treatment?


When struggling with substance abuse, attending a treatment program or facility can mean the difference between recovery and continued addiction. But there are a lot of programs out there, and it’s difficult to know what the right fit for you might be.

Often, treatment facilities will offer inpatient treatment in 30-, 60-, or 90-day increments, depending on the patient’s needs.

Read on to learn about:

  • What inpatient treatment is.
  • The difference between 30-, 60-, and 90-day inpatient rehab treatment durations.
  • Choosing the right rehab program for you.

What is Inpatient Rehab?

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Inpatient rehab allows patients to undergo treatment while staying in a supervised live-in environment. Staff are available 24 hours a day to help with physical and mental issues involving substance use as those issues arise, as well as to assist patients with living skills.

Compared to outpatient treatment, inpatient rehab is often more intensive.

Depending on the substance and the severity of addiction, there are a lot of benefits to attending an inpatient rehab program, some of which include:

  • Professional staff monitoring patients 24 hours a day.
  • A stable living environment.
  • A network of support at the facility for those at risk for relapse.
  • Attentive assistance for those with significant medical needs (social/psychiatric conditions, etc.).

What to Look for in an Inpatient Rehab Program

When you’re researching and considering going to an inpatient rehab program, make sure that you’re choosing a treatment facility focused on your best interests. Treatment that is individualized to you and your specific addictions and/or co-occurring disorder can often best help set you up on a path towards recovery, no matter what type of treatment you decide to engage in.

If you’re considering or have been referred to inpatient rehab, consider treatment programs that provide:

  • An intake process that involves medical and psychiatric evaluations.
  • An individualized treatment plan created by the physician based upon the assessment of the evaluation specifically for you.
  • Withdrawal management (medical detox), as needed.
  • Therapy (group and individual).
  • Aftercare plans.

Breakdown of Treatment Length

There are certain features and benefits that patients can expect within 30-, 60-, and 90-day programs, but know there are a lot of factors when determining how long treatment should last, including:

  • Severity of the person’s addiction.
  • If medical detox is required/recommended.
  • How quickly or well the patient adapts to treatment.

Before discussing each program offering, here is information that can often apply to different program lengths. Although individualized treatment plans guide much of the patient’s experience, there are aspects, such as the schedule, that are similar amongst individuals.

A general schedule for a patient at an inpatient program often includes:

  • Breakfast.
  • Psycho-education session or lecture.
  • Curriculum group.
  • Lunch.
  • Primary group therapy.
  • Individual counseling.
  • Recreational time.
  • Topic discussion.
  • 12-step meeting.
  • Reflection session.
  • Curfew/lights out.

Keep in mind that the above is simply an overview of a schedule. This may vary depending on the type of program, as well as other variables.

Additionally, be aware that the cost of each treatment program will vary as well. Cost will differ between facilities, length of stays, your insurance coverage, and what type of treatment you need.

When choosing a treatment facility for inpatient treatment, consider your unique needs, the physician’s assessment, co-occurring disorders (if any), health insurance coverage, work/personal schedule availability, out-of-pocket expenses, and any other factors you think are pertinent.

30-Day Rehab

The most common admissions to addiction treatment programs usually are between 28 and 30 days. This shorter stint in rehab should begin with an intake evaluation and a treatment plan.

Although a month seems like a long time, it really isn’t. Curriculum during 30-day treatment is usually limited to withdrawal management, therapy—both individual and group—and aftercare planning.

This is often the least expensive treatment option and can be a good fit depending on the patient’s needs. Dependent on medical need, and if time and/or money are obstacles, a 30-day treatment program may be a good fit.

60-Day Rehab

On the other hand, a shorter treatment duration may not be sufficient time for those struggling with more complicated medical issues and/or co-occurring disorders, and you may need a longer program.

The 60-day treatment program consists of the same general services that you would receive in a 30-day program. Longer stays in treatment can also include more detailed treatment plans with extensive goals looking into complicated withdrawal issues and the root of the addiction more comprehensively than shorter programs.

As you would expect, longer programs will cost more, so you’ll need to take that into consideration as well when choosing your program.

90-Day Rehab

Laguna_Treatment_Hospital group therapyNinety-day programs offer the essential features you will find in shorter programs, but with the added benefit of a longer timeframe to practice new learned skills and behaviors.

People who should look into longer treatment programs include those who have:

  • Relapsed more than once.
  • Medical health issues.
  • Co-occurring mental disorders.

Although 90-day programs tend to be the most comprehensive and provide the best results in terms of achieving long-term sobriety, they are significantly more expensive than shorter stays.

When considering what treatment plan is right for you, make sure to see if the facility offers:

  • A variety of approaches to address issues from different perspectives.
  • An individualized treatment plan.
  • Time to assess progress and make adjustments accordingly.
  • A measurement of sustained abstinence.

Longer stays in treatment help with long-term recovery efforts, which is a principle endorsed and recommended by every major mental health organization in the United States, including the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

If you’re interested in inpatient rehab, Laguna Treatment Hospital could be a good option. We offer a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches and are committed to creating an individualized treatment plan that works for you. We are also Orange County’s first chemical dependency recovery hospital (CDRH).

How to Choose the Right Inpatient Treatment Program for You

Recovery doesn’t end when an individual completes their treatment program. Recovery is an ongoing journey that often starts with a team of people to help the one in need. That foundation you receive in treatment can help sustain long-term sobriety, if you set yourself up for success.

Remember to consider if a facility offers individualized treatment plans. Look for ones that are willing to work with your specific situation—whether that’s substance abuse, other medical concerns, or co-occurring disorders—instead of trying to fit into an already existing treatment plan.

See if programs offer aftercare planning, so that you feel comfortable leaving treatment. And, because treatment can be expensive, make sure to consider cost. The inpatient facility should have staff members who can work with you to go over how your insurance works and financing options if your provider won’t cover treatment.

Even though you’ll learn the necessary skills to function successfully and productively while in treatment, it’s up to you and how you approach treatment participation where these tools are applied. With long-term treatment and support, you have an opportunity to achieve long-term sobriety.



About The Contributor

Laura Close
Laura Close

Senior Web Content Editor

Laura Close is a Senior Web Content Editor at American Addiction Centers and an addiction content expert for Laguna Treatment Hospital. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and nearly a decade in professional editing experience that includes... Read More


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