60+ Day Rehab: Inpatient & Outpatient Addiction Treatment

It’s normal when you’re seeking drug or alcohol rehab to wonder how long you should plan to stay in treatment, what a longer program might look like, and how to begin. You may also have questions about starting the admissions process, paying for treatment, and more. Here, we’ll help you gain some insight into what to expect during 60 to 90 days of rehab.

What to Expect in a 60+ Day Rehab Program

Committing to a long-term treatment program is an excellent way to begin your path to recovery. The National Institute on Drug Abuse emphasizes the importance of remaining in treatment for an adequate amount of time and states that most people struggling with addiction need at least 90 days of treatment to stop or substantially reduce their substance use. 1 By spending 60–90 days in treatment, you’ll have the time to learn and practice healthy coping skills, build supportive relationships with other people in recovery, and develop relapse prevention techniques.1

Over the course of a long-term rehab program, you may progress through several stages of treatment.1,2 Prior to beginning your program, you will complete an initial assessment, where the facility’s medical and clinical team will learn more about your substance use, general health, and whether you struggle with any co-occurring mental health disorders.

Counselor with patient

Your treatment team will then work with you to determine the appropriate level(s) of rehab care. A rehab program of 60+ days may include one or more of the following:2,3

  • Drug & alcohol detoxification: During this time, your treatment team will monitor you as your body detoxes from any drugs of dependence. They may also give you medications to ease painful withdrawal symptoms or address other medical issues.
  • Inpatient/residential addiction rehab. This level of care involves around-the-clock supervision combined with full days of treatment programming.
  • Outpatient addiction treatment. At this stage of treatment, services are often less restrictive (allowing patients to live at home) but may vary in type and intensity. Listed from most intensive to least, outpatient programs include:
    • Partial hospitalization programs (PHP).
    • Intensive outpatient programs (IOP).
    • Outpatient therapy.

Whether you spend your 60+ days of treatment in an inpatient rehab, outpatient program, or both, you’ll participate in therapy. This is how you’ll learn to recognize and cope with the issues that lead you to misuse drugs or alcohol. In rehab, therapy is often used in both individual and group formats:

  • Individual therapy. This may include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), or other approaches depending on your needs and personalized plan. Individual therapy may be used to drive a person’s motivation to change and help them learn healthy coping skills to abstain from substance use.4
  • Group therapy. Engagement in peer support programs and discussions can be helpful both during treatment and aftercare. Group therapy can socially reinforce positive behaviors and lifestyles that promote recovery.4

Desert Hope uses many types of addiction therapy in our inpatient and outpatient programs to help change negative thinking and behaviors, learn positive ways to manage triggers and emotional distress, and repair ruptured relationships.

In addition to therapy, Desert Hope offers FDA-approved treatment medications for opioid and alcohol addiction. While medication for addiction treatment may not be appropriate for everyone, it can be very useful in helping many patients stop their substance use and sustain their recovery.5

Does Insurance Cover 60+ Days of Drug & Alcohol Rehab?

The Affordable Care Act made mental health and substance abuse treatment essential health benefits. Subsequently, the majority of insurance plans began covering addiction treatment in some capacity.6

However, it is also important to note that the extent of coverage may vary based on the services covered by your insurance provider as well as the type of care you need. To ensure you have the most up-to-date information, it can be helpful to call your insurance provider or check your Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) to find out what types of services are covered under your plan.7

Currently, Desert Hope is in-network with many insurance providers. A few of these include:

You can also check your coverage today by completing our confidential and free . In addition to using insurance to cover treatment, Desert Hope also offers other ways to pay for addiction rehab.

Getting Into a Long-Term Inpatient Rehab Program

If you or your loved one is ready to begin the journey to recovery, Desert Hope Treatment Center is here to help. Our admissions navigators are available around the clock to guide you through the rehab admissions process and answer any questions you may have regarding services, insurance coverage, and out-of-pocket expenses.

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