How Long Will My Free Rehab Program Last?

Depending on the program and the needs of the individual patient, rehab may last a shorter or longer amount of time. There are certain guidelines for the length of treatment, however, and free rehab programs often have specific criteria for their treatment lengths as well. Call 800-934-7205 (Who Answers?) now to find out more about free rehab and to find a program that fits your needs.

General Rehab and Treatment Lengths

Most rehab programs last for specific amounts of time that have been used for decades to help patients. These include:

  • 30 days, the short-term course
  • 60 days
  • 90 days
  • 6 months
  • 12 months or longer

Some facilities do provide programs that focus care on weeks as well, usually 12 or 16. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, though, “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.” This is true for all types of treatment, although many rehab programs offer shorter options to patients.

How Long Is Free Rehab?

Free Rehab Program

Free rehab programs usually last a minimum of 30 days.

Free rehab programs may last as long as more expensive rehab options depending on the facility and the needs of the patient. It is important that an individual attending treatment is able to receive the length of care they need and that they do not leave treatment early. According to the NIDA, this is critical to a strong recovery.

Most free rehab programs receive money from the government to ensure that patients are able to receive the care and services they need when they would otherwise not be able to afford them. As a result, these facilities may offer shorter programs, but there are many that offer longer services as well.

  • Some short-term rehab programs are just used to stabilize the patient and ensure that they are no longer dependent on drugs. These programs are often geared to individuals who have strong support systems at home. In order to make up for the shorter treatment times, aftercare options are often arranged for patients so they can continue their recoveries and practicing the lessons they have learned after treatment.
  • This is not to say that every free rehab center provides care at minimal lengths. For example, methadone maintenance clinics usually require that patients make daily visits for at least 6 months and sometimes up to a year or longer. Many free and low-cost rehab programs offer methadone maintenance treatment (MMT), and patients are sometimes encouraged to stay on their medications indefinitely (National Institute of Justice).

How Long Should My Treatment Be?

It is important to remember that every individual needs their own treatment program that caters specifically to their needs. However, you will need to discuss these needs with your doctor and the other caregivers at your rehab program in order to ensure the length of your treatment. Some possible factors that can affect your need for longer-term care include

  • Polydrug addictions or abuse
  • Comorbid disorders
    • As comorbid disorders like depression and anxiety disorders that commonly occur with addiction must be treated simultaneously with one’s substance abuse, longer programs are often necessary in this case.
  • A history of alternating between recovery and relapse
  • A need to be maintained on medication
  • Severe and/or long-term withdrawal symptoms, like those associated with stimulant drugs

12 Reasons to Choose a Free Methadone Maintenance Rehab Center

Can I Find a Free Rehab Program Offering Long-term Care?

As stated above, there are free rehab programs that offer longer-term care, and if you require this option, it is best to seek it out. We can help you find rehab programs that suit your needs, and by discussing your requirements for care with our treatment advisors and the facilities themselves, you can determine whether or not they will be able to offer you the length of care that you require. It is important to be clear about the services you need from your rehab facility as well as the severity of your condition.

Let us help you find the best program for your current needs, including those associated with your financial situation. Call 800-934-7205 (Who Answers?) to find free and partially free rehab programs that can help you safely recover and start living your life anew without causing any additional monetary issues.

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