The Addiction Recovery Timeline


Here’s a look at how long it typically takes to complete each of the most common types of addiction recovery treatment programs. Remember, 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. 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 Institutes of Health).

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.


It is never too early or too late to seek treatment. At Lighthouse Recovery, we’re happy to work to find the Treatment Solution that is best for you, whether or not that may be at one of our Sober Living Homes. Every call is handled on a case-by-case basis and we do not charge for consultations. Please contact us today to find out more how Lighthouse can help you on your road to recovery.

John Bowden