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How Long Do Free Rehab Facilities Allow You to Stay?

Free rehab facilities can be found all over the country, and patients who would otherwise not be able to afford inpatient rehab (or even outpatient rehab) can benefit from this treatment. There are also many facilities which do not offer completely free treatment but allow patients to pay either on a sliding scale or a lower price (called partial free treatment).

These facilities all have different policies on payment (or lack thereof), criteria patients must meet in order to be accepted, and the amount of time patients may attend treatment. When it comes to free inpatient rehab facilities though, you may be wondering how long they will allow you to stay.

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Successful Treatment Length

The first thing to be aware of is the amount of time it takes for treatment to generally be thought of adequate in its length. For different patients, different treatment lengths may be required for the most successful outcome possible, but there is a rule of the more acceptable length of time for treatment in general.

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According to the NIDA, “Generally, for residential or outpatient treatment, participation for less than 90 days is of limited effectiveness, and treatment lasting significantly longer is recommended for maintaining positive outcomes.” Treatment that lasts 90 days or longer is usually thought of as being more beneficial to patients and more likely to cause positive outcomes (including a better chance of finding a job and having better family security after getting out of treatment, being less likely to relapse, and generally experiencing a more successful recovery).

While this is usually thought of as the best treatment length, it is important to ask how long free rehab facilities will allow you to stay.

Free Rehab Treatment Length

According to SAMHSA, all free treatment only makes up four percent of the overall treatment facilities in the country. But partial free treatment centers make up somewhere around 48.3% of facilities. This means, if you can afford some kind of treatment payment even if it isn’t much, there may be more facilities that can help you. However, free treatment rehab facilities all run differently. Some are government operated while others are run by private, non-profit companies. Either way, each type of facility will likely have its own policies on everything from payment to treatment length.

Most free rehab facilities will allow patients to attend for around 30 days. There are also some facilities that allow patients to stay for six months or twelve while others will only allow patients to detox before they have to leave (meaning that free treatment will only last about a week or so). Different facilities offer different lengths of treatment based on what they can allow and how they are run, but there is no way of knowing what a facility can offer you unless you ask. That is why it is so important to do your research before you decide to stay at a certain free rehab facility without knowing the basics of their service. We can help you find the right treatment for your needs. Call 800-481-6320Who Answers? today.

How to Research Treatment Length at a Facility

If you’ve used the RehabCenters.com directory or another way to find a facility that interests you, take these precautions and research the particular rehab center in order to find out more about what they offer (and for how long they will offer it to you).

  • First call the facility. Most will have their numbers listed on the directory. Ask any questions you have about what the facility offers and make sure to ask how long free treatment is available for and how long patients are able to stay at the center for free.
    • You may need certain information for the individual on the phone to be able to answer these questions like:
      • Your insurance card and information
      • Your income amount
      • Other financial information
      • Records from your personal physician
  • If your questions are not answered by someone at the facility itself, do as much research as you can on the rehab center. Search the name of the facility online and see if anyone has given it a review.
  • Also if you know of any support groups or mutual-help groups who meet near the facility of your choice, ask if anyone has attended that treatment center before and if they know anything about treatment length.
  • Go to your local government office and ask about free rehab facilities in your area that are government operated. Ask if they have information on how long you can stay at the facility as a patient.

By this point, you should have some information about the treatment length of free rehab facilities in your area. Remember that, in most cases, 30 days is the standard treatment length for most facilities, but you will want to do as much research as possible so that you do not attend a facility and realize your time there will be much shorter than you thought.

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Why is It Hard to Be Sure How Long Patients Can Stay at Free Rehab Facilities?

Part of the reason it is hard to be sure at first is because the facilities all have different policies. They are not all run by the government or by the same company, so different facilities will provide different treatments at different prices for different lengths of time. According to the NIDA, “Treatment approaches and individual programs continue to evolve and diversify,” which is why not all centers share the same policies. In addition, some individuals may not even be able to attend free rehab at all because their incomes are too high and they would be taking a spot from someone who truly needs free treatment.

Another reason is that there is no one length of treatment that has been proven to be the best for every patient; that is because every patient is different. Yes, it is true that attending at least 90 days (and especially more) of treatment is more beneficial than fewer than this time, but there is no set amount of time that guarantees good recovery for every patient across the board.

Free rehab facilities will usually allow you to stay as long as is set by their center’s policy. In order to find out what that is, you should absolutely call the rehab center of your choice and ask.

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