Here’s a look at how long it typically takes to complete each of the most common types of addiction recovery treatment programsRemember, everyone’s journey is different, and sobriety should be viewed as a lifelong process. 

Inpatient Treatment Programs

Inpatient Treatment is generally the most comprehensive and intensive form of addiction treatment. It’s available in a variety of settings, formats, and lengths. Common inpatient treatment program lengths include 30, 60, and 90 days (Addiction Center). The length of stay is often dependent on the severity of a person’s addiction, as well as the progress made during their stay. If you are traveling abroad to seek treatment or are seeking a specific program, these timelines can vary. Often, Inpatient Treatment is supplemented by Sober Living Programs.

Sober Living Programs

Sober Living is often utilized toward the latter end of the addiction recovery timeline, usually after Inpatient Treatment.  It offers a safe and structured environment and also allows for the reintegration back to normal life duties.  Sober Living offers a balance of real world acclimation and accountability. Whilst the recommended length of stay is usually 90 days, many individuals choose to stay longer. A recent study showed that often patients extend their stay beyond the recommended 90 days and stay an average of 150- 250 days (US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health).

Individual and Group Therapy

Individual and Group Therapy are fundamental in healing past and current issues that fall outside of the realm of 12-Step programs. Where there is considerable trauma or hurt, there should be considerable personal work done with a Licensed Professional. This intensive therapy, either group or individual, helps by focusing on specific issues that continue to cause negative outcomes in life and work towards a resolution. Therapy is a process that can last 6 months to 2 years depending on what is being addressed.  It is also common to be in therapy on more than one occasion as an adult that is overcoming addiction issues. There are almost always underlying issues that have caused a person to start abusing substances and in order to guarantee lifelong recovery, they must be addressed.

12-Step Programs

The 12-Step Program has become one of the most popular methods for addiction recovery. Many different groups and organizations have adapted the 12-Step Program, with slight variations to address participants’ individual needs. The sequential program features a recovery process that includes believing in a power greater than yourself, acknowledging your past mistakes, making amends with those you have harmed, and continuing your life with an emphasis on spiritual growth. Each step is meant to be addressed in order to dispel addictive behaviors and achieve wellness in life.

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