(512) 605-2955 Drug and Alcohol Detox Rehab Centers in Austin and Houston, TX

inpatient rehab sessionThe decision to go to rehab is an important one and it requires a lot of thought and consideration. Along with considering the cost of rehab and the location, one of many factors most people consider when choosing a rehab program is the duration of treatment. So, how long is drug rehab?

At Nova Recovery Center, our drug rehab is a 90-day program and we offer a complete continuum of care that provides individualized treatment throughout each step of the recovery process. However, it’s also important to know that there are other options out there. Ultimately, the best type of program is the one that most effectively meets your needs.

Common Types of Drug Rehab Programs

Most often, the addiction treatment process occurs in several different episodes, such as detox, rehab, sober living, and aftercare services. The most common types of drug rehab programs are:

There are pros and cons to all three, but the official recommendation from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is that addiction treatment should last at least 90 days, and anything less is of limited effectiveness.1 In short, the longer the treatment, the higher the chance of sustained long-term sobriety.

That’s not to say that a 30-day or 60-day drug rehab program won’t work, but research shows good outcomes are contingent on adequate treatment length. Most people need at least 90 days of continuous treatment to maintain positive outcomes.2

Establishing Realistic Expectations for Drug Rehab

If you or a loved one is enrolling in a drug rehab program, it’s essential that you have realistic expectations for drug rehab and the treatment process. Here are three important things to keep in mind.

  • Recovery from addiction is a highly individualized process. Your treatment results are largely based on what you put into it and long-term sobriety is never guaranteed, regardless of treatment length. As a result, the duration of drug rehab varies on a case-by-case basis and you may even end up needing treatment for longer than you anticipated.
  • The treatment process is fluid. This means your addiction treatment program will change with your ongoing needs. Consequently, it is essential that you and your loved ones remain open to the process, keeping in mind that things won’t always be black and white.
  • Recognizing your limitations will help you make wise treatment decisions. If you are considering several different drug rehab options, you may also want to recognize any limitations you have, such as financial ability, health insurance benefits, time, or the type of drug rehab programs available in your area if you are unable to travel for treatment.

With these things in mind, here are some of the pros and cons of 30, 60, and 90-day drug rehab programs.

Pros and Cons of a 90-day Rehab Program

  • Has a higher success rate than 30 or 60-day programs3
  • Is ideal for people with severe or long-term addictions
  • Provides a deeper and more comprehensive learning experience
  • Offers a longer getaway from the stressors of daily life
  • Provides more time to address psychological issues and co-occurring disorders
  • Gives clients more time to change unhealthy habits, practice relapse prevention skills, and identify triggers
  • Offers medical and clinical supervision for post-acute withdrawal syndrome
  • Can be a more difficult commitment with work or home responsibilities
  • Is typically more expensive than 30 or 60-day programs

Pros and Cons of 30-day and 60-Day Rehab Programs

  • Takes less time to complete (quicker return to work, school, family responsibilities, etc.)
  • Treatment is shorter so it is also less expensive
  • Insurance providers may be more likely to cover the full 30-day treatment
  • Many people still need more help and support to stay sober after 30 days of treatment
  • It may not provide enough time for clients to recover from post-acute withdrawal syndrome
  • The overall relapse rate is higher3
  • Clients have less time to address psychological issues and co-occurring disorders

Addiction is a complex disease and the treatment process may take several months or years. However, investing the time and financial resources required to complete a 90-day program may be more beneficial for you in the long-run.

If you’d like to learn more about Nova Recovery Center’s 90-day drug rehab program and individualized continuum of care, please call (512) 605-2955 to speak with our admissions team today.



  1. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/teaching-packets/understanding-drug-abuse-addiction/section-iii/6-duration-treatment
  2. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/frequently-asked-questions/how-long-does-drug-addiction-treatment
  3. http://articles.latimes.com/2008/nov/10/health/he-addiction10
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