Find Local Treatment Options
Call 800-481-6320 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

Short-term vs. Long-term Rehab

The decision to seek the help of a rehab center is already courageous and difficult for most addicts to make. Then comes the process of choosing between long-term rehab and short-term rehab options.

Of course the initial desire to consider short-term treatment is usually what pops up. Generally, nobody wants to consider spending months in treatment. Likewise, close and careful considering should be taken prior to making a decision to seek a short-term program rather than a long-term program.

Why Choose Short Term Rehab?

Short-term programs provide “intensive but relatively brief treatment” and are usually followed by a less intensive aftercare program. For example, if the individual is in an inpatient facility, they may be recommended to attend outpatient care afterward. If they are already attending outpatient rehab, they may be recommended to transition into a support group after the program is over. Short-term rehab, whether residential or outpatient, usually lasts from around 6 to 12 weeks, but patients almost always require continued treatment afterward.

Why Choose Long Term Rehab?

Short-term vs. Long-term

Short-term rehab generally lasts between 6 and 12 weeks.

Long-term programs often try to help patients adjust to the change in lifestyle by asking everyone involved in their treatment––doctors, nurses, counselors, volunteers, and other patients–––to work as active components in their recoveries. It can take longer for a patient to begin to create long-term, positive changes in this type of rehab, and the program usually lasts somewhere from 6 months to a year. However, it is often very effective for those who have intense physical and psychological dependence on drugs and who may not receive enough help through short-term care.

What if I Can’t Decide?

If you’re having trouble deciding, we can help—call our helpline toll-free at 800-481-6320. Support specialists can assist you in determining your individual needs in terms of whether a short term rehab center that offers up to 12 weeks of treatment can be beneficial or if you may be better off choosing a longer duration program of care.

Regardless of whether you choose short-term rehab or a long-term rehab program, some help—any help—is better than not getting help at all. Don’t let a fear of how long treatment will take prevent you from seeking help in the first place. Once you begin the journey to recovery, you’ll quickly realize that effective care, no matter how long it takes, is the answer to your problems.

Can You Really Get Sober in 28 Days? Importance of Long Term Rehab Centers

More Rehab Centers Resources

Do I Need Aftercare?


Whether or not a patient is in need of aftercare depends strongly on their state of recovery when their treatment program at a rehab center ends. However, there are many different types of aftercare available, and attending another type of treatment after one’s time in a rehab center is over is often helpful. What Options….

Continue reading

How to Get Help for Alcohol Addiction

Let us help you overcome your alcohol addiction!

Alcohol addiction is a common problem that affects many more people than one may think. When you are addicted to alcohol you may feel like there’s no possible way for you to stop drinking but if you are willing to try then there is support available to help even those who have been addicted to….

Continue reading

Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome You Shouldn’t Ignore


It’s normal to experience a certain degree of fatigue after long periods of physical activity or mental exertion. Under normal circumstances, the body recharges and resumes normal functioning. Someone suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome feels tired much of time with little to no reprieve, even after periods of rest. According to the University of Maryland….

Continue reading

28 Days: Is it Really Long Enough?


Drug rehab programs differ in many ways in terms of length of stay, treatment approach and level or intensity of treatment. While most all programs work to accomplish the same ends, “cookie-cutter” approaches to drug rehab can’t address the range of needs individuals bring to the treatment process. The 28 day drug rehab model provides….

Continue reading

Common Challenges Faced in Rehab


Everybody faces challenges in their lifetime, but, what’s important is how they face those challenges and overcome them to the best of their ability. Although treatment, support, strategic coping skills, and behavioral changes are needed to overcome drug abuse and addiction, in many cases, the stigma or fear of changes attached to rehab far outweigh….

Continue reading

Christian Alcohol Rehab Heals the Spirit

Christian alcohol rehab can help you overcome your addiction on a spiritual level.

For individuals who are addicted to alcohol, Christian alcohol rehab may provide the most hopeful chance for a full recovery. Christian alcohol rehab centers heal the spirit of those suffering from addiction by providing a rounded approach to recovery that includes a foundation built on the principles of the bible. Christian alcohol rehab centers consider….

Continue reading

Nearly 25% of all High-School Seniors have Smoked Pot

Get help for your teen who is addicted to smoking pot!

A recent survey of high-school students has found than nearly a quarter of the nation’s twelfth graders have smoked pot in the past 30 days and nearly 40% of them report having smoked marijuana in the past year. The survey also found that nearly 10% of high school seniors report smoking pot regularly—on a daily….

Continue reading

Drug Rehab and Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis treatment maybe the ticket to your recovery!

Dual diagnosis is a term used to describe a situation in which an individual suffers from two distinct medical conditions at the same time. In most cases, when it comes to drug rehab a dual diagnosis is the result of an individual suffering from drug or alcohol addiction as well as a co-occurring mental disorder….

Continue reading

5 Key Signs of Teen Substance Abuse


Substance abuse, be it alcohol or drugs, exerts a tremendous toll on individuals, families and communities. Teen substance abuse in particular has the ability to change a young person’s life in ways that affect him or her for years to come. For these reasons, it’s important to be able to spot signs of teen substance….

Continue reading

Avoiding the Rehab Center Pitfalls


According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is a chronic illness that has a relapse rate that is about the same as any other chronic illness. Even though you go to a rehab and try your best, the possibility of relapse still exists. Since every drug addict responds to treatment in a different….

Continue reading

Still can't find the help you are looking for?Get Started Now
Accepted Insurances / View the full list
For inquiries call800-481-6320

Accepted Insurances Does My Insurance
Cover This?

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This