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What Is a 30-Day Rehab Program?


How Do I Pick a Rehab?

Choosing a 30-day addiction rehab program isn’t a quick decision. You’ll want to take the time to consider various factors that will influence your treatment process and outcome. For instance, would you prefer an inpatient or outpatient treatment program? Some people benefit from an inpatient 30-day rehab due to the structured environment accompanied by around-the-clock care, while others prefer the flexibility of an outpatient program.

”WomanIf you or someone you know is having a hard time quitting drinking alcohol or abstaining from drug use, you might want to consider a 30-day addiction rehabilitation (rehab) program. One-month rehab centers provide a chance to get and stay clean without requiring long-term commitment. At the end of the rehab program, some individuals may continue on with a longer rehab program, transition into an outpatient program, or participate in ongoing aftercare to help maintain their new sobriety.

Rehab Considerations

Differences in Preferences before and after TreatmentIn 2016, Recovery Brands conducted a survey asking individuals leaving an addiction recovery facility what clinic characteristics they had come to view as valuable things to take into account when considering treatment. The top priority was the facility’s monetary policies, like insurance accepted, payment options, and financial support. They also valued facility offerings (quality of food, quality of housing, room quality, etc.) a lot more after finishing treatment. Individuals new to treatment will want to examine a center’s financial policies as well as the clinic’s offerings to assist them in their final treatment decision. View Larger Image

What Is a 30-Day Program?

This type of program requires that you live at the rehab center for a 30-day period (some programs may actually be 28-day programs). During those 30 days, you will attend individual and group therapy sessions, participate in 12-step or other support group meetings, and learn relapse prevention techniques to help you stay sober. Residential rehab settings also provide you with the opportunity to live with other people who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction so you will feel less isolated and can start building a sober support network of friends and peers.

Thirty-day programs may be “lockdown” programs—which means that, while enrolled, you reside at the rehab facility for the entire 30 days and might not be allowed to have visitors in that time. Some programs may have an initial restricted period, but may grant you more flexibility as your recovery progresses, while others let you come and go as you please or have approved visitors from the start. 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 Choose This Option?

”WomanThirty-day drug rehab programs are often a good starting point for people struggling with addiction. Addicted individuals 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 time period that people who are otherwise unwilling to try a program might be willing to commit to it.

A 30-day rehab program is also enough time for a person to clear their head from their addiction. In 30 days, you can detox and begin to get used to living a sober lifestyle. This allows you to think more clearly so you’re more likely to make good decisions and apply what’s been learned after the rehab period has ended. Many programs will be able to extend the duration of treatment as needed, based on the progress made during the first 30 days, or can make arrangements to transfer individuals to a longer program.

If you or a loved one is struggling with the decision to choose a 30-day addiction rehab, please call our confidential helpline. Our rehab placement specialists can help you make the right decision and find the best 30-day rehab to meet the needs of you or your loved one.

How Much Does a 30-Day Program Cost?

Thirty-day drug rehabs are, on average, going to be cheaper than longer-term programs because of their short duration. 30-day inpatient treatment programs can range between $400 and $900 per day, totaling $14,000 to $27,000 depending on the level of care needed and the luxury level of the facility. The costs of rehab covers food, room and board, in addition to the intensive therapy for the duration of the program—so it makes sense that a 30-day drug rehabilitation program will cost less than a 90-day or longer-term program. It is more likely that insurance companies will cover the costs of a 30-day addiction rehab program than their longer-term counterparts.

What to Look for in a 30-Day 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. The people who work at a 30-day treatment program don’t all have PhD or MD degrees. However, there should be at least one qualified medical practitioner and at least one licensed psychologist on staff. Staff members should have expertise specifically with dealing with addictions, and it is particularly helpful if they are knowledgeable about the specific addiction you or your loved one is dealing with.
  • Treatment techniques. It is important to make sure that a 30-day addiction rehab uses techniques that have been extensively studied and shown to be effective at treating addiction. These are known as evidence-based practices that are tailored to the specific substance that is abused; treatment facilities that utilize evidenced-based treatment techniques are most likely to help addicted people achieve long-term sobriety. Some of these treatment strategies may include medication-assisted treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management, the Matrix Model, the community reinforcement approach, and motivational enhancement therapy.
  • Aftercare opportunities and flexible schedules. Although the program itself may only be a 30-day addiction rehab, individuals who complete the program may still need ongoing help afterwards. Aftercare plans are developed throughout the treatment process and are tailored to each person’s needs. Some programs offer their own follow-up care such as on-site outpatient therapy, while others may refer graduates to private therapy or 12-step meetings. Most 30-day rehab programs will provide solid aftercare planning prior to program completion to set their graduates off on the right foot—allowing them to receive extra support after leaving the rehab facility. It’s best to ask about affiliated aftercare programs and in-treatment aftercare planning prior to selecting a program. Similarly, look for a program that offers the option to extend treatment if necessary so a longer-term commitment can be made if needed after the initial 30 days of rehab.

How to Find a 30-Day Treatment Program

Finding the right addiction rehab can be overwhelming, but help is available. If you are interested in looking for a 30-day rehab program, there are plenty of resources available to help you with your search. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the facility, the treatment methods used, and the rehab center’s policies.  This will help you find the right 30-day addiction rehab for you or your loved one.

If you have the time, and if the rehabs that you are considering are local, it would be ideal 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 are offered and how much it will cost. It is not always feasible to do a site visit prior to entering treatment. If you can’t visit in person, call and talk to staff so you can get a sense of how well you or your loved one will fit into the program and what to expect during treatment.

It may seem like a lot of effort just to sign up with a 28-day or 30-day addiction rehab program, but it can be very helpful to take the time to evaluate several different programs. Although many 30-day rehabs provide great service, recovery is not a one-size-fits-all thing. Not all rehab programs are a good fit for all people, and if you take the time to find the program that is right for you or your loved one, it will pay off in the end. Addiction rehab programs are also available that tailor the therapy for individuals from specific demographic groups or with additional treatment needs, such as adolescents, people with co-occurring mental or physical illnesses, or people with gender-specific preferences, such as in a female-only rehab.

Gathering Information for the Helpline

Before calling our hotline, there is some information you’ll want to compile. You will provide this info to the admissions consultant that answers the phone, and they may be able to use your individual report to guide the rehab search. You should know the following, whether you’re calling for yourself or a loved one:

  • Medical concerns, such as pregnancy, or psychiatric conditions, such as depression
  • Special population information, such as LGBTQ or veterans
  • Insurance company, plan type, and policy number
  • What substance or substances are being abused
  • Duration of substance abuse
  • Plans to travel to the treatment center

Getting Help for Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Admitting that you need help with a drug or alcohol problem can be scary, but making a short-term commitment to a 30-day addiction rehab program can help ease your fears. A short rehab program lasting only 28 or 30 days is a relatively short time commitment, but the rewards of sobriety can be lifelong. Sometimes a 30-day addiction rehab program is just what a person needs to get started on the path to sobriety.

Finding the right addiction rehab can be overwhelming, but help is available. Recovery is possible and can start with a simple phone call.


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  3. Yang, Y, Perkins, D.R., & Stearns, A.E. (2018). Barriers and Facilitators to Treatment Engagement Among Clients in Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment. Qualitative Health Research, 28(9).


Last updated on July 15 2019
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22 thoughts on “What Is a 30-Day Rehab Program?”

  1. Dan (admin) Wagener says:

    How do I find a rehab near me?

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener says:

      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 says:

    What are the different types of 30-day programs?

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener says:

      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 says:

    What happens when I get to 30-day rehab?

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener says:

      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 says:

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

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener says:

      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 says:

    Will my insurance cover 30-day addiction treatment?

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener says:

      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 says:

    What happens if I want to stay longer?

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener says:

      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 says:

    What happens when I leave?

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener says:

      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 says:

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

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener says:

      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 says:

    Are there programs for specific addictions?

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener says:

      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 says:

    What other options are available besides inpatient rehab?

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener says:

      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 says:

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

    1. Dan (admin) Wagener says:

      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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