How Long is Rehab for Alcohol, and Which Program is Best for Me?

Alcohol use disorder is a progressive disease that requires treatment. Unfortunately, alcohol use disorder is not one of those diseases where you can take a pill and be cured; it requires changing your ways of thinking and behaving to create a new life for yourself. Alcohol rehab helps you achieve this. If you have never had any experience with alcohol rehab, choosing a program can be overwhelming. Rest assured that there is a diverse range of programs regarding how long your stay in rehab for alcohol will be, whether or not you have to live there while you are in treatment, and the type of treatment you will receive.

The length of stays of inpatient alcohol rehab is typically 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, and extended program. If you are paying for alcohol rehab with your health insurance, only 30 days is typically covered. However, experts agree that this is not enough time to reap the full benefits of inpatient rehab. Thirty days only allows you enough time to go through physical detox and scratch the surface on restructuring your thinking and life. Sixty days gives you an extra month to completely go through the physical detox, have enough therapy sessions to address the root causes of the addiction, and teach you techniques to change your life. While 90 days can sound daunting, experts say that it is the best amount of time to stay in treatment because you have been sober for a longer period of time and have enough time to learn how to live life without your substance or addictive behavior of choice. The general rule in the longer you stay, the more likely you will be able to maintain successful recovery upon release.

Different Programs Available

Effective addiction treatment centers will use the same evidence-based techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and addressing the mind, body, and spirit. However, programs that are specific to a certain population may include therapy techniques that will benefit that specific population.

These include:
• Faith-Based
While the vast majority of faith-based rehab centers will use evidence-based therapy methods since they are legally considered rehab centers, they will incorporate faith-based principles such readings from a religious text, reliance on a specific Higher Power, and incorporating religious concepts and rituals into counseling.
• LGBTQ+
Sexual minorities suffer a lot due to being mistreated and misunderstood by their families and societies. LGBTQ+ rehab centers will have bathrooms and sleeping arrangements that are accommodating to those who are in the process of gender transition. The counselors and staff are aware and affirming of sexual minorities and issues such as “coming out,” coping with family, and discrimination in society will be dealt with.
• Gender-Specific
Women and men experience addiction differently. For example, women tend to bear more of the childrearing and housekeeping responsibilities along with having to maintain a full-time job. Gender-specific addiction treatment for women can address these issues.

Aftercare

Many people opt for extended-stay programs after they finish their stay in inpatient treatment. Sober-living facilities and halfway houses are excellent options to gradually transition back into living in society as a sober person. You will live in an environment among other people who are also making the transition so you can help each other with the tasks of new recovery. A sober-living facility is privately-owned, and a halfway house is usually publicly-funded.

A saying once said, “Addiction grows in isolation and is arrested in community.” Regardless of the path that you choose, connection to other individuals is your best friend. Outpatient treatment is best used after inpatient treatment to continue working on the issues that you started working on in treatment and to learn relapse prevention techniques. These sessions will consist of both group therapy and individual therapy. There are different outpatient options: partial-hospitalization, intensive-outpatient, and outpatient. In addition to outpatient therapy, support groups (e.g. Alcoholics’ Anonymous, Narcotics’ Anonymous, SMART Recovery,

Lifering Secular Recovery, etc.) is an excellent way to make connections with other recovering individuals. Other options include established religion or a spiritual movement.

Rehabs in Columbus, Ohio are skilled in treating alcohol use disorder. They have a highly-trained staff and offer a variety of treatment options that are right for the individual. Call one 440-252-3565 today to learn more.

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