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  • If you or a loved one struggles with compulsive substance abuse, a formal rehabilitation program offers the best possible option for long-term recovery and rehabilitation.

    Addiction treatment programs are typically offered in 30-, 60-, or 90-day terms, or longer if needed.

    When compared with 30-day treatment programs, 60-day residential inpatient treatment programs offer even more time to carefully and intentionally process the root causes of your substance use disorder.

    In a 60-day program, you’ll work to establish new behaviors, develop new coping strategies, and repair your relationships damaged by alcohol or drug use.  

    What To Expect During A 60-Day Treatment Program

    A 60-day recovery program is likely to involve services that include intake, detox, and therapy, followed by aftercare planning.


    Intake is the first stage of the addiction treatment process. It involves meeting with a team of healthcare providers to: 

    • go over personal and medical information
    • verify insurance
    • personalize your treatment plan moving forward

    Addiction treatment isn’t a one-size-fits-all system, and what works for one person may not work for someone else.  

    Your personalized treatment plan will likely be based on your personality, motivation level, the substance you struggle with, dual diagnoses (often including depression, anxiety disorders, or PTSD), and other factors.


    Medical detox is conducted before the later stages of treatment, giving your body time to safely work through the symptoms of withdrawal as it adjusts to you no longer taking the substance at the root of your use disorder.

    Medical detox is conducted in an inpatient rehab setting and typically takes between three to seven days to complete. However, cravings and other symptoms of withdrawal may linger for some time.

    A variety of medications may also be used to help make the withdrawal process as comfortable as possible.


    Once detox is complete, your rehabilitation will transition to scheduled counseling and therapy sessions designed to help you better understand your addiction and develop new behaviors and coping mechanisms for relapse prevention.

    Common rehabilitation therapies used in 60-day inpatient rehab programs include: 

    Counseling sessions will often be conducted one-on-one, in groups, and with family members.

    You may also be encouraged to attend 12-step program meetings or participate in alternative therapies ranging from exercise, to yoga, to art therapy.


    While still in the rehab facility, you will work with staff to develop an aftercare plan for the future.

    Aftercare programs can include follow-up counseling appointments, ongoing support group participation (often 12-step meetings), and sobriety monitoring. These services can all continue for an extended period of time to support you as you adapt to sober living.

    Advantages Of 60-Day Drug Rehab Programs

    Advantages of longer rehab programs include:

    • better recovery outcomes
    • more time to build deeper connections and relationships with peers and treatment providers
    • more time for in-depth individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy
    • more time to develop coping skills and change problematic behaviors
    • more time to gain perspective on your past behavior while in a safe, sober environment
    • more time to adjust to the schedule and structure provided by the treatment center, reinforcing productive habits

    Disadvantages Of 60-Day Rehab Programs

    Disadvantages of extended rehab programs include:

    • more time spent away from work, family, and other responsibilities and obligations
    • significantly higher cost
    • not all insurance providers provide coverage for extended rehabilitation stays

    30-Day Vs. 60-Day Rehab Programs

    Longer programs are ideal for those who need more care, attention, and structure to claim a lasting recovery. They are recommended for those approaching the end of a 30-day program who are thought to benefit from continued support, care, and structure.

    Drug addiction is a powerful condition that can consume years and decades of your life. Thirty days just isn’t all that much time to prepare someone to live differently once they leave the safety of the rehab center.

    During 60-day programs, time is likely used to help dig deep into your history of addiction. This includes uncovering specific issues that may have originally contributed to your substance use disorder, as well as other addictive or self-destructive behaviors or beliefs.

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    Based in Massachusetts, our addiction recovery centers provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment services including:

    To learn more about our treatment facilities, please 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.

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