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  • 30-day alcohol & drug rehab programs are short-term treatment plans for patients struggling with many forms of substance use disorders, including illicit drug use, prescription drug addiction, and alcohol addiction.

    Compared to 90-day programs, 30-day treatment programs may include faster detoxification timelines, intense daily schedules, and more flexibility for aftercare plans. 30-day treatments can include an inpatient residential treatment plan or an outpatient plan.

    When deciding between short-term and long-term treatment providers for yourself or a loved one, you may need to think about factors such as cost, discipline, and past history of substance abuse treatment.

    Benefits Of A 30-Day Rehab Program

    There are many benefits to choosing a short-term drug or alcohol rehab program.

    Lower Costs

    Less time spent in a rehab center likely means less money spent. Different health insurance plans cover different services, which may vary between different treatment centers. 

    If your insurance does not fully cover a treatment program, you will likely pay less out-of-pocket if your treatment plan is shorter. Finding out the terms of your insurance first can help you focus on looking for effective treatment.

    Aggressive Treatment Plans

    Longer programs might take longer to introduce patients to various treatment methods, such as cognitive behavioral therapy. While this may work for some patients, others may benefit from going through the recovery process faster.

    Some patients may be able to get through an aggressive medical detox plan, which often includes more intense withdrawal symptoms.

    Flexibility & Aftercare Programs

    Unlike 90-day treatment programs, a 30-day drug rehab plan has more flexibility after the first month. Once the month is over, there is a chance you have been sober for at least a couple of weeks, and can make your own decisions on how to keep going with your treatment.

    Some patients may move to an outpatient treatment plan, so they can practice sober living in their daily lives while still getting help. Others may look into an aftercare plan, which may include finding a support group. Still, others may decide to continue with inpatient treatment.

    Potential Downsides To 30-Day Rehab Programs

    Despite their potential benefits, short-term rehab programs also come with unique risks.

    Risk Of Relapse

    An aggressive plan for substance abuse treatment may not work for everyone. Some patients may find the shorter recovery timeline too overwhelming, and end up relapsing. They may struggle with withdrawal symptoms, or the timeline may be hard on their mental health.

    Patients in a 30-day outpatient program may have a hard time following the treatment plan and completing their assignments without constant medical supervision. 

    While many treatment facilities have relapse prevention plans in place, they may not help if the patient is unable to cooperate with the medical staff there.

    Difficulty Changing Lifestyle/Habits

    Patients in a long-term treatment program can practice lifestyle changes and coping skills over several months. 

    Consistently attending individual or group therapy sessions, participating in wellness exercises, and completing assignments over many months can help patients keep up their good habits even after they leave the rehab facility.

    A 30-day inpatient rehab plan may not have enough time to teach these habits to patients. Some may only see the treatment services as short-term, and not be able to apply the skills they’ve learned to the outside world.

    Is A Short-Term Drug Addiction Treatment Program For Me?

    Everyone has their own specific needs when picking out a drug or alcohol treatment program. Your needs may depend on your history of drug abuse and success with treatment options you have tried before.

    Choosing a treatment program may be a decision between you and your healthcare provider. Costs may also affect your decision, so seeing which drug treatment programs are covered by your health insurance provider may also help you make your decision.

    To find a treatment plan that best fits your needs, talk to your healthcare provider or contact us today.

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2023 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.

    National Institute on Drug Abuse - Preface

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