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  • Writer's pictureTyler Zuccarelli

How Long Is Inpatient Treatment?

The length of inpatient treatment programs depends on the person and where they seek treatment. The most common is a 30-day treatment plan. Inpatient treatment usually starts with a medical detoxification process that could last up to 7 days, followed by a 30-60-90 day stay at the treatment center.

Inpatient Rehab is beneficial for many reasons; you get a chance to get away from the environment that has fed your addiction, you get time to work on yourself with the help of professionals, and you will learn the tools and knowledge necessary to rebuild your life in recovery.

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What Is Inpatient Rehab?

Inpatient Rehab is when someone stays for a time in a treatment center or a secure hospital setting for help with their substance abuse disorder. Inpatient rehabs are medically supervised programs that have 24-hour staffing available.

What Programs Or Treatment Options Are Available For Inpatient Rehab?

There are many programs and treatment options available for inpatient rehab. The most important thing in searching for help with your addiction is to make the call and learn what your best option is.

There are standard treatment options that go with most inpatient programs.

Detoxification (Detox)

This is the first stage of any inpatient treatment program. A short definition of detoxification is a medically supervised withdrawal process from substance abuse. The detox process allows the patient to get safely through their withdrawal symptoms.

Detoxing off substances varies in length and severity. It depends on several factors, such as:

  • last time of use

  • how much did you use

  • how long you have used

  • what type of substance(s) were used

  • Other reasons (mental health, health problems, etc.)

This information provides the medical professionals that supervise your detox with all the information they need to get you comfortably through the withdrawal process.

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Residential Inpatient Care

This type of inpatient is where you stay at a house in a residential area specifically designed to care for people struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction.

Learn more about LA Valley Recovery residential inpatient treatment program.

Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Or Dual Diagnosis

These programs allow patients to address their mental health and substance abuse issues together. Mental health often becomes a significant factor in the recovery process due to the emotional toll that our addictions have caused. Getting help for both can be tremendously beneficial.

For more information on Dual-Diagnosis treatment options, check out our page here.

Aftercare Planning

The goal of any treatment program is to provide the patient with long-lasting knowledge and skills to maintain sobriety once leaving the program. As part of your inpatient treatment, you can craft an aftercare plan that best suits your situation. It is often said that “The real work starts when you leave treatment.”

Standard Aftercare plans include:

  • Sober Living Arrangements/Continue Care

  • Alumni Treatment Program

  • List of Local AA/NA meetings

  • Relapse prevention plan

  • Doctor Appointments

  • Individual/Group counseling sessions

At LA Valley Recovery, we believe that recovery is a life-long process that doesn’t end when you leave our program. It needs to be worked at every day to achieve long-lasting sobriety through our rehab aftercare programs.

How Long Does Inpatient Treatment Last?

Most inpatient treatment centers' stay is at a minimum of 28 days and a maximum of 90. The average stay is 30 days. With 5-7 days for detox, depending on the individual, and 25-30 days of inpatient treatment care.

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What Does Inpatient Treatment Look Like?

Most commonly, inpatient treatment programs follow a strict schedule to keep patients busy and focused on their well-being for the entirety of their stay.

While getting treatment for a substance abuse problem is a severe matter, this does not mean inpatient treatment can’t be fun! Things like games, outdoor sports, walks, hikes, local events, and sometimes even concerts or museums can help fill the day and show you how you can still enjoy life without drugs and alcohol.

A typical daily routine includes group activities with resource materials guided by a staff member on topics such as; grief, sobriety, coping skills, and PTSD, to name a few. Other activities would include local AA/NA/12-step meetings, one-on-one counseling, group therapy sessions, workouts, yoga, games, and often some free time between these activities for personal phone calls, relaxation, meals, and other tasks.

The overall routine of an inpatient treatment program depends on the facility you will go to. Some are more strict on the routine, while others have a more open-minded approach. If a residential inpatient treatment program sounds right for you, check out our page on residential inpatient treatment here and give us a call at 844-777-5287

or send us an email


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