How Can a 60-Day Program Help?
Sixty-day rehab programs can provide someone struggling with an addiction with the support and treatment they need to obtain and maintain sobriety. Treatment interventions, such as individual counseling, group therapy, 12-step meetings, and family therapy equip patients with the coping skills necessary to avoid relapse.
Should I Choose Inpatient or Outpatient?
One of the first factors to consider when choosing a rehab program is whether it is primarily inpatient or outpatient. A major issue for many people looking to achieve sobriety is access to their drug of choice. Inpatient facilities remove the ease of access of drugs and provide a stable environment for people to intently focus on their recovery. An inpatient rehab may also be an ideal treatment setting for those who haven’t found long-term success with outpatient treatment.
Outpatient programs offer more flexibility and freedom for patients who cannot set aside their daily obligations for treatment. These programs work well for those who have strong support networks at home and those whose addictions are not as severe. They may also serve as a good step-down treatment for those whose inpatient rehab program is complete.
There are varying degrees of outpatient treatment to support the needs of varying individuals. Standard outpatient may involve only one or two visits to the facility per week for therapy, while intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization will require many more hours of treatment per week.1
If you or someone you love is struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, you may need to find an inpatient drug rehab center. Inpatient drug rehabilitation centers can give you the intensive therapy and tools you need to defeat alcohol and drug addiction so you can get back on the right path and live a successful, happy and productive life.
Outpatient centers provide a flexible way of getting treatment for addiction. You can attend therapy during the day and attend to your responsibilities at home in the evenings.
How Do I Know I Need Rehab?
If you think you might need rehab, there's a good chance that you do.
If you think you might need rehab, there's a good chance that you do. Addiction can be characterized as a compulsion to get and use drugs even when doing so results in physical or mental harm, damaged relationships, compromised finances, or other problems in your life. If your health is suffering or you're experiencing other adverse consequences of using drugs or alcohol, you may, in fact, need to investigate your treatment options.
Still unsure? Check out the following list of diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5.2
- Spending a great deal of your time obtaining or using drugs, or recovering from their intoxicating effects.
- Making unsuccessful attempts to quit or cut back on your use.
- You use more drugs or alcohol than you intended.
- You neglect to participate in activities you used to enjoy because of your drug or alcohol use.
- You're not keeping up with your professional or personal obligations due to your substance use.
- Your relationships are suffering due to your drug use.
- You crave drugs or alcohol strongly when unable to use.
- Your physical or mental health has been damaged by substance use, yet you continue to use.
- You get drunk or high when doing so can result in great physical harm, such as before operating machinery.
- You have developed a tolerance to the drug and need to keep increasing your dose to feel the effects.
- You go through withdrawal when you don't use.
Showing 2 or more of these signs could indicate some degree of a substance use disorder, with more signs indicating a higher level of severity.
Tolerance, Dependence, and Withdrawal
One common misconception people have about drug addiction is that developing tolerance to a drug is clear indication of addiction development. Tolerance is simply the body's natural mechanism for adjusting to a given dose. Subsequent doses after the initial one elicit diminishing responses, so an increase in dose is required to achieve the effects.3 Tolerance in isolation from the compulsive drug-seeking and using behaviors is not a good indication that someone has a substance use disorder.
Dependence, also commonly viewed as a phenomenon synonymous with addiction, occurs when the body starts needing the drug to function properly. Dependent individuals will go into withdrawal when they reduce their dose or attempt to stop using altogether.4 Dependence, like tolerance, is not alone indicative a problem with substance abuse.
Medical detox may be required for some individuals, especially those with significant alcohol, barbiturate, benzodiazepine, or opioid dependence.5 Speak to your physician or an addiction treatment specialist to determine the safest way to withdraw. Many inpatient rehabs will have medical detox onsite.
Is Rehab Private and Confidential?
When you receive any sort of professional medical treatment, including rehab for drug or alcohol abuse, you can trust that your personal health information will be protected. Your medical information or even the fact that you are a patient of the center will be private, unless you expressly give consent that the information be disclosed or if there is a case where the disclosure is necessary (such as in a medical emergency).6
In some cases, you may have your own room, allowing for increased privacy during your stay. This extra amenity may come at a higher cost, however. If a private room is important to you, be sure to ask any prospective facilities about whether this is an option and if it will increase the cost of treatment.
What Happens During Rehab?
During a 60-day rehab, you may partake in:
- Medical detox.
- Individual therapy.
- Group therapy.
- Support groups.
- Life skills training.
Therapy will be the main element of treatment and may be individual, group, or family-based. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is common to many programs and utilizes techniques to help you see how your thoughts and behaviors keep you stuck in a pattern of substance abuse. Through CBT, you'll learn to modify your thoughts, avoid high-risk situations, and develop coping skills to deal with your cravings and triggers.
Family therapy will help to heal your family unit and help you to get past the major conflicts that may have existed before you began abusing drugs or have arisen as a result. You will learn better ways to communicate and support each other.
Other therapeutic approaches may also be utilized. Any facilities you contact can discuss with you the types of therapy and other treatment approaches they use.
Paying for Rehab
A stay in a rehab center is rarely cheap; however, it may be what you need to save your own life. Because an inpatient rehab provides everything you need to live for 60 days, including your room and board, the cost can be substantial. A 60-day inpatient program may cost between $300 and $800 per day, totaling $24,000 to $45,000 for the entire program stay.7
Your insurance provider may cover the part or all of the cost of treatment, but you may have to pay your deductible up front. Subsequent treatment may not be covered so you will have to work out the details with your health insurance provider.
Many 60-day drug rehabilitation programs offer financing plans, which spread payments over a longer period in monthly installments. You may also find public rehab facilities, which are funded by taxes, though these tend to have waiting lists associated with them.
Should I Travel or Stay Near Home?
Both traveling for a treatment program and staying near home have potential benefits and drawbacks. If you want to stay near a loving family and a support network of friends, it is best to seek out a local facility. If you don't have much support at home and you want a fresh start somewhere new, traveling further away may be best. Travel is likely to add to the cost of treatment, but if it will help you get and stay sober, it may well be worth it.
What Happens After?
After you leave a 60-day rehab center, your recovery journey is not over. Addiction is a lifelong condition that often involves relapse. You won't be cured when you walk out the door of a 60-day rehab. Two months of intensive treatment is a great start to your recovery, but staying sober requires continual effort.
Rehab program staff will work closely with you as you progress through treatment to create an aftercare plan that is most likely to help you avoid falling back on substance use when faced with the triggers and cravings that may arise at home.
This aftercare plan may include steps such as:
- Regular visits to an outpatient center for therapy.
- Telephone counseling.
- Participation in recovery support groups/12-step programs.
- Transfer to a sober living facility.
Your plan will be unique to your needs, your supports, and your progress in recovery.
It's Not Too Late
Treatment helps people to stop abusing substances, reduce their criminal activity, and improve their psychosocial functioning.
No matter what stage of life you are in, addiction is treatable and you can get help to live a normal life again. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, treatment helps people to stop abusing substances, reduce their criminal activity, and improve their psychosocial functioning. You can live a better life in sobriety. Don't wait any longer to reach out.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2014). Treatment Settings.
- American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2007). 6. Definition of tolerance.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2007). 8. Definition of dependence.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 45. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 134131. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2006.
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (2013). Summary of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (Alcohol, Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Nicotine).
- American Addiction Centers. (2017).