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If you or someone you love is having a hard time quitting drinking or abstaining from drug use, you might want to consider a 28-day or 30-day drug rehab. One-month rehab centers give you a chance to get and stay clean without requiring a long-term commitment. After you complete the program, you can consider a longer rehab program or transition into an outpatient program.

What Is a 30-Day Drug Rehabilitation Program?

This type of program requires that you live at the rehab center for a 30-day period. During those 30 days, you will attend individual and group therapy sessions and 12-step meetings to help you stay sober. You will also have the opportunity to live with other people who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction so you can make friends and feel less alone. Some month-long programs last 28 days rather than 30; these are another option for you.

Thirty-day programs may be lockdown programs, which means you must stay inside the rehab facility for the entire 30 days and might not be allowed to have visitors. Other programs let you come and go as you please. There are a wide variety of 30 day programs out there, so it can be helpful to check out several programs before deciding to commit to one.

Why Do a 30-Day Drug Rehab?

Thirty-day drug rehabilitation programs are often a good starting point for struggling addicts. Addicts may be reluctant to make a long-term commitment. Some might initially think they don't need help and they don't want to attend a program at all. Thirty days is a short enough period that people who are otherwise unwilling to try a program might be willing to commit to it.

One-month rehab centers also give you enough time to clear your head from your addiction. In 30 days, you can detox and begin to get used to being sober again. This allows you to think more clearly so you're more likely to make good decisions after the rehab period has ended. Many people choose to extend their stay after the 30-day program ends so they can get additional help staying sober.


Thirty-day drug rehabs are usually cheaper than longer-term programs because of their short duration. You have to pay for food, room and board in addition to therapy for the duration of the program; clearly, this will be cheaper for a 30-day drug rehabilitation program than for a 90-day or longer-term program. Due to their short duration, many 30-day programs are completely covered by insurance.

What to Look for in a 30-Day Drug Rehab

Not all 30-day drug rehabilitation programs are the same. Here are some of the factors to consider when evaluating one-month treatment centers:

Highly credentialed staff
interventionsThe people who work at your 30-day treatment program don't all have to have PhD or MD degrees. However, there should be at least one qualified medical practitioner and at least one psychologist on staff. Staff members should have expertise specifically with dealing with addictions rather than general mental health credentials, and it is particularly helpful if they are knowledgeable about the specific addiction you're dealing with.
High success rate
It's important for your 30-day drug rehab to be able to boast of a high success rate. It won't do you a lot of good to go into a 30-day drug rehabilitation program if most people who go through the program relapse shortly afterwards. You should also find out what techniques the program uses to help people successfully stay off drugs and alcohol.
Aftercare opportunities and flexible schedules
Even though the program itself may only be a 30-day drug rehab program, you may still need help afterwards. Some programs offer follow-up care such as outpatient therapy on a weekly basis. You should try to find a 30-day drug rehabilitation facility that offers this option so you can get some extra support after you leave rehab. Similarly, look for a program that will give you the option to extend your stay if necessary so you can make a longer-term commitment if you so choose after you finish your initial 30 days.

How to Find a 30-Day Drug Rehab

If you are interested in looking for a one-month rehab center, there are plenty of resources available to help you with your search. Start by calling us today at our toll-free number. We can provide you with plenty of options for 28- or 30-day drug rehabilitation programs.

Once you have found some 30-day drug rehabs, it'd be ideal if you could take the time to visit each one in person. Pay careful attention to how you feel about the surroundings and the staff. Talk to the intake person at each center about the program to find out what types of treatment you get and how much it will cost. If you can't visit in person, call and talk to staff so you can get a sense of how well you'll fit into the program.

It may seem like a lot of effort just to sign up with a 28-day or 30-day drug rehabilitation program, but you will be glad that you took the time to evaluate several programs. Although many 30-day drug rehabs provide a great service, not all programs work for all people, and if you take as much time as you need to find the program that is right for you, it will pay off in the end.

Admitting that you need help with a drug or alcohol problem can be scary, but making a short-term commitment to a one-month rehab center can help ease your fears. A short program lasting only 28 or 30 days isn't a long time, and you can get sober and see what kind of help is out there by entering this kind of treatment. If you want sobriety badly enough, you can defeat your addiction and build a productive life. You just need the right kind of help. Sometimes a 30-day drug rehab center is just what you need to get started on the path towards sobriety.

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22 thoughts on “Choosing a 28 or 30-Day Addiction Rehab Program”

  1. Dan (admin) Wagener

    How do I find a rehab near me?

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener

      Call the toll-free number at the bottom of the page to speak with a trained advisor about finding a rehab near you that fits your budget and your needs.

      You can also request an advisor to call you, or submit your treatment inquiry via our contact form.

  2. Dan (admin) Wagener

    What are the different types of 30-day programs?

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener

      The most common types of 30-day rehabilitation programs include:

      • Residential. You live at the facility while receiving treatment. These programs will usually include detox, individual and group therapy, 12-step support group participation and medical care.
      • Luxury. These rehab centers offer the same services as residential programs but include services you would usually find at a hotel or resort such as spa treatments, horseback riding, swimming and tennis.
      • Executive. CEO or executive rehabilitation programs are designed for working professionals who need to maintain contact with clients and tend to work responsibilities while in treatment.
  3. Dan (admin) Wagener

    What happens when I get to 30-day rehab?

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener

      A certified therapist or another staff member will do an intake evaluation with you. They will assess the severity of your addiction as well as any co-occurring mental health disorders that require treatment as well. When someone suffers from a substance abuse disorder and a co-morbid mental health condition, it is referred to as dual diagnosis.

      Should a dual diagnosis exist, it will be important that the treatment facility offer services to address both the substance abuse and mental health issues. When necessary, dual diagnosis treatment can maximize recovery progress and reduce the risk of relapse.

      Once you’re evaluated, the therapist will create an individualized treatment plan designed to address your specific needs and situation.

  4. Dan (admin) Wagener

    How do I know if a 30-day recovery center is right for me?

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener

      Many people choose a 30-day inpatient program because it isn’t a long-term commitment yet it allows them to escape the using environment of everyday life to focus solely on recovery.

      It is a great option for those who are unsure of what to expect out of drug rehab and don’t want to commit to a 60-day or 90-day residential program.

      To make sure that the 30-day treatment center is right for you, do research on:

      • What kind of treatment it provides.
      • What addictions it specializes in treating.
      • Whether it has credentialed staff members.
      • If it creates individualized treatment programs according to the patient.

      It’s important that you look for a 30-day residential program that yields a high success rate, as well as one that uses evidence-based treatment practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy and contingency management.

  5. Dan (admin) Wagener

    Will my insurance cover 30-day addiction treatment?

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener

      It’s likely that your insurance will provide partial or full coverage for substance addiction treatment at a 30-day rehab program.

      Call the number on this page to verify what your insurance will cover and get more information on treatment options.

      If you don’t have insurance, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s toll-free national helpline.

  6. Dan (admin) Wagener

    What happens if I want to stay longer?

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener

      Once you enroll in 30-day residential treatment, you aren’t locked into that length of time. If you realize that you need more time, you can always meet with your therapist and express your desire to extend your stay. In some cases, based on your recovery progress, the addiction treatment professionals may make the recommendation for prolonged treatment themselves.

      The rehab facility’s main priority is helping you on your path to recovery. You can always adjust your stay to 60 days, 90 days, or a customized duration that caters to you.

  7. Dan (admin) Wagener

    What happens when I leave?

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener

      Prior to completion of the program, your therapist will design an aftercare plan for post-rehab recovery. Aftercare is ongoing treatment to prevent relapse and get support. It is common for recovering addicts to relapse upon completing treatment, especially if they don’t receive the proper continuous care necessary to facilitate living a sober lifestyle.

      Make sure you follow your mental health professional’s aftercare plan closely. A few examples of aftercare options include the following:

      • Support groups.
      • 12-step programs.
      • Individual therapy.
      • Group counseling.

      These different aftercare options allow you to expand and build upon coping and communication skills that you learned in your inpatient treatment stay.

  8. Dan (admin) Wagener

    Are there drug rehabilitation programs based on age, gender, or religion?

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener

      Yes. Many people benefit from attending a rehab center with people who are the same age or gender or hold similar religious beliefs. These programs offer similar services to 30-day programs including detox, individual and group therapy, and relapse prevention planning.

      You can find more information on these types of programs below:

  9. Dan (admin) Wagener

    Are there programs for specific addictions?

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener

      Many 30-day recovery centers treat all types of substance abuse. But some may focus on certain types of addictions. This is important if you need to detox from a substance and require the proper medical care and support.

      When you are searching for a 30-day rehab center, ask whether the program can treat your addiction as well as any mental health or medical conditions you may have.

  10. Dan (admin) Wagener

    What other options are available besides inpatient rehab?

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener

      Outpatient rehab centers offer many of the same services as inpatient recovery centers. The difference is that you live at home and come to a treatment center to complete the program. Outpatient programs include intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization and therapy and counseling.

      Outpatient is not recommended for people who are experiencing severe addictions or who have relapsed before. But for people with less debilitating addictions, outpatient rehab centers provide an affordable and flexible option.

  11. Dan (admin) Wagener

    How do I get a loved one into treatment who doesn’t want to go?

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener

      If you think a loved one needs treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction but doesn’t want to go to treatment, you can try an intervention.

      Interventions are meetings between an addict and his or her family. The family confronts the person about his or her addiction and tries to convince them to seek treatment. Often, family members will tell the person how his or her addiction has hurt them.

      Interventionists are people who are trained at facilitating interventions. They can help deal with any problems that might arise during the course of an intervention and help mitigate the risks.

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