How Long Should a Drug Treatment Be?



How long should a drug rehab take depends on the type of addiction a person has. If it is alcoholism, then it honestly depends on the person. The first thing a person goes through in treatment is detox, where the body rids itself of the toxins within it that the alcohol has caused. This is not a simple overnight process. Proper detox programs can take from three days to two weeks in some cases.

Nor is alcohol rehab a simple process. Honestly? A person can be in alcohol rehab anywhere from 30 days to a year. A person does not become an alcoholic overnight; recovery is not something that happens immediately, either.

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The length of drug treatment can also vary depending on the person and the type of drug the person is addicted to. Drug detox can take as little as three days or longer; some people can take six months to a year to get clean and break free. Even then, the addiction and recovery may require a halfway house following the inpatient treatment and going to support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous for the rest of his or her life to keep from relapsing.
The type of treatment sought also has a lot to do with how long it will take. Whether you choose a holistic approach, a natural approach, inpatient, outpatient, or on your own (which honestly is not recommended), it also has to be determined whether other conditions are involved. Sometimes a person has what is known as a dual diagnosis, two conditions, the addiction and something else going on simultaneously. A person should always seek the advice of a medical professional when beginning a treatment program. It is essential to have someone on hand when going through detox because withdrawal symptoms can be painful and even deadly depending on the drug and what other conditions may apply.

Treatment is also determined by whether a person chooses to do inpatient or outpatient rehab. Fortunately, drug treatment programs have come so far in the past two decades that a person has no excuse for not getting help. Whatever your individual situation, a perfect treatment center is available. Should you need confidential treatment, it is available all over. Should you require an inpatient, call the local drug rehab center. If you declare you would get clean if there were a way to do so without going in overnight, guess what? Outpatient services are available.

These treatment choices have medical personnel and professional counselors available to help you. The time it will take again varies depending on your addiction and how long you have been abusing the drug or alcohol in question. Either way, the sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you recover.


Nickolaus Hayes has been working with Drug Rehab Services for the past ten years. Over the past 15 years, he has remained connected to helping people who have been struggling with addiction. He first started working as an intake counselor at a drug rehabilitation center in 2005. During the five years as an intake counselor, he was able to help hundreds of people find treatment. Nickolaus was also fortunate to be able to work with professional interventionists, traveling across the country performing interventions.

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