How Long is Short-Term Rehab and What Can I Expect?

Not all addictions are the same. Some people might be addicted to heroin and find that they have lost everything as a result.

Jun 18

Not all addictions are the same. Some people might be addicted to heroin and find that they have lost everything as a result. Others might be addicted to Adderall but haven’t suffered any consequences of their abuse just yet. Since addictions can range in severity and consequence, not all treatment programs are the same. And while the disease of addiction presents itself the same throughout everyone, what happens after that is directly related to several other personal factors.

That’s why rehabs offer a multitude of different kinds of treatment programs. One of those programs is short-term rehab, which is a great fit for many addicts and alcoholics who are looking to recover from their active addictions.

How Do I Know If I Need Treatment?

Some addicts and alcoholics know, without a doubt, that they need treatment. They might even know that for years prior to actually reaching out and getting it. Others, however, might be unsure if their addiction “qualifies” as needing rehab, or they might be in denial about how serious their substance abuse is.

You might be one of those people who is not sure if you need treatment, and that is OK. Some of the most common indicators that treatment is right for you can include the following:

  • You are unable to control the amount of drugs and/or alcohol you consume
  • Your substance abuse has caused consequences within your life, however, you continue to use anyway
  • You consistently think about using substances, how to get more substances, and when you can use next
  • You experience symptoms of withdrawal when you lessen the amount that you use or stop altogether
  • You need more and more of your preferred substance in order to achieve the same effects (known as tolerance)

If any of these points apply to you, taking the time to get help is a good idea. While this can be scary and unpredictable, and even though you might feel guilty or shameful, getting treatment is the best thing you can do for yourself.

What is Short-Term Rehab?

Short-term rehab refers to the length of time that you spend in treatment. For some, short-term rehab lasts for a week (e.g., if they are just detoxing), while for others, it goes up to 28-30 days. You might be wondering how you can possibly stop your life for seven days, never mind 28-30 days. However, when it comes time to get help, it is most often necessary to put everything else on hold. While you are in short-term rehab, you will have access to several different forms of therapy to help you get sober and stay that way.

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What Can I Expect in Short-Term Rehab?

Some short-term rehab programs are conducted on an outpatient basis, while others are done within an inpatient setting.

  • Outpatient short-term rehab

If it is determined that outpatient short-term rehab is a good fit for you, there are few things that you can expect. To begin, since your treatment is being done in an outpatient setting, you are able to go to and from the treatment center, still, go to work or attend school, and uphold your responsibilities within your home. However, most short-term outpatient programs will require you to spend 10-12 hours each week at the center. For many, outpatient short-term rehab lasts anywhere from 4-8 weeks.

Through your outpatient program, you will partake in several different kinds of therapy sessions. You will have regular individual therapy sessions with a therapist who can help you identify and address the issues that are specific to you. You will also participate in group therapy, where you will work with others in treatment to build a strong foundation of recovery. You can expect your treatment program to be based on 12-Step principles, as most short-term programs utilize them to guide their services. And, when it comes time to complete your outpatient, short-term rehab, you can expect to be encouraged to continue following the 12-Steps by attending local Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings.

  • Inpatient short-term rehab

Inpatient short-term rehab can be a good choice if you need a more intense approach to your recovery than what can be offered through outpatient rehab. Here, you will reside at the facility and can expect a stay ranging from 28-30 days. Some individuals stay just a little longer (maybe a week or two more), however, this is still considered short-term rehab.

While you are in inpatient short-term rehab, you will do many of the same things that those in outpatient short-term rehab do. You will also go to individual therapy sessions where you will work through issues related to your own personal addiction and its origins. You will participate in group therapy sessions so that you can utilize others in a productive manner to affect positive change. You will attend classes on addiction education and maintain a structured schedule.

Throughout your inpatient short-term rehab, you will also incorporate the 12-Steps into your recovery. You and other patients will likely go to 12-Step meetings on campus and within the community. As you get to the end of your stay, you will work with your therapist and others who have aided in your treatment to develop an aftercare plan that supports your continued commitment to recovery.

Benefits of Short-Term Rehab

While you are in short-term rehab, regardless of if it’s inpatient or outpatient, you can obtain several benefits. Not only will you have access to experienced professionals who can provide you with top-of-the-line care, but you will also be given the time and space to actively focus on yourself with little to no distractions. You will also be able to connect with others who are also addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, and work to develop bonds and friendships that can be vital throughout your recovery. Depending on your situation, your family can participate in your recovery by attending family therapy sessions or spending a few days or a week doing intensive therapy with you. And, short-term rehab can also be beneficial as it does not cost nearly as much as long-term rehab and may be covered by insurance.

Get Help Now

If you are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, please get in touch with us right now. We know how hard it can be to make the decision to get help, which is why we are ready to support you through this process.

Do not waste one more second wrapped up in your addiction. Contact us right now to get started on rebuilding the happy, healthy, and sober life that you deserve. We can help.

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