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To understand if 90-day rehab is right for you, it’s important to understand the basics of 90-day treatment, the difference between 90-day and other treatment lengths, and the rehabilitation process in general.
Rehabs of any length follow the same basic steps, which you learn about in depth in our guide to the rehabilitation process. Those steps are:
Rehab programs provide different treatments to patients based on the level and type of addiction, as well as the needs of the patient. Most rehabs offer both evidence-based medical and behavioral therapies to address the physical and psychological aspects of the addiction. They include:
For more information on the various types of therapy, read our guide on The Addiction Rehabilitation Process
90-day rehab programs that offer these types of behavioral and medical therapy are offered in two different service settings: inpatient residential treatment and outpatient intensive day treatment.
The most common type of 90-day program is inpatient residential treatment. During the program, patients live at the facility and receive intensive treatment 24 hours per day from experienced professionals. Patients experience the typical steps of detox and rehabilitation, therapy, engage in both group and individual therapy, transition to a sober lifestyle, and form an aftercare plan to prevent future relapses.
According to the SAMHSA, long-term inpatient treatments (any treatment longer than 30 days) account for 7% of all rehab admissions nationwide.
This type of treatment offers more flexibility and a reduced cost, while providing the same therapy options as full-time residential treatment. However, the lack of a sober living environment that inpatient care offers can be a pitfall for those with severe addictions.
Typically, outpatient intensive day treatment patients check in for 2 to 4 hours a day, 3 days a week, though each facility and your circumstance may require more time in therapy. In addition to 90-day programs, these treatments can be extended to four or more months and often transitions into less intensive treatment or aftercare upon completion.
|Short-Term Residential||Outpatient Intensive Day Treatment|
|Definition||Intensive treatment in a non-hospital setting, most often a therapeutic community with other patients.||Patients receive the extensive services of an inpatient program but return home after. After completion, patients often transition to less intensive counseling.|
|Days Per Week||7||3|
|Hours Per Day||24||2-4|
Programs that are a minimum of 90 days have been found to be the most successful in rehabilitation. All of the therapy options offered in 90-day treatment are the same offered at 30 and 60-day options, but leaves more time for the patient to stay in a positive sober environment and recondition their lives to living without the substance.
The main difference between the rehab lengths is what the care will focus on. 30-day treatments concentrate mostly on detoxing and treating the immediate symptoms of the addiction, while 90-day and longer treatments have the time to both properly detox and encourage permanent lifestyle changes, including promoting dietary changes and daily exercise to naturally improve mood and avoid a backslide. 60-day treatment offers some of the upsides of both options, but it doesn’t have the same record of success as 90-day programs.
Every person and their situation requires a unique approach to rehabilitation. To decide if 90-day treatment is the best option for you. receive a full assessment by a trained medical or psychological professional. Generally speaking, 90-day treatment is best for those who have moderate to severe addiction levels and feel they need an extended time to adjust to life after rehabilitation.
|Best for severe addictions||✕||✕||✓||✓|
|Best for mild addictions||✓||✓||✕||✕|
|Best for people with limited time off from work||✓||✕||✕||✕|
|Best for people with unbreakable personal obligations (i.e. child care)||✓||✕||✕||✕|
|Best for people with limited finances||✓||✕||✕||✕|
|Covered by most insurance||✓||✕||✕||✕|
Choosing a program requires a careful review of every available facility, looking at things like quality of staff, available treatments, cost, and location.
Here are some of the most important factors to consider:
For more information, read our full guide, “Choosing the Right Rehab”
While inpatient treatment is almost always inconvenient, if an assessment of your history with addiction and your current living environment determines that inpatient is the best option for you, it’s wise to make the necessary sacrifices to follow through with your counselor’s recommendation.
For those who have a supportive, sober environment to return to, outpatient intensive day may be a great option. It allows for consistent, long-term treatment with a much reduced cost and weekly time commitment.
For more help on deciding which service setting is best for you and what’s involved with each, read our guides on inpatient rehabs and outpatient rehabs
The cost of treatment varies by facility, especially among residential programs. In addition to professional treatment, the price of residential rehab also includes room and board, food, and amenities. Therefore, factors like location, the level of luxury, and treatment services offered can increase the cost.
The cost of rehab is generally between $15,000 and $60,000 for 90 days of treatment. Your actual out-of-pocket expense will depend greatly on what type of insurance you have (or if you have it at all), whether you qualify for payment assistance, or if you are able to secure a rehab scholarship.
Since outpatient programs don’t include the cost of room and board, they tend to be a lot more affordable. Additionally, insurance companies are more likely to cover outpatient programs.
To find a 90-day rehab facility in your area, use our searchable directory that includes thousands of treatment centers nationwide. Click your state from the list below, and input your zip code or address in the directory tool on your state’s page.
Our treatment finder tool offers many filters to help you narrow your search down to the perfect facility. To find 90-day residential programs, simply apply the “Long-Term Residential” filter under the category ‘Service Settings.” To find outpatient intensive day treatment, apply the “Intensive Outpatient Treatment” filter.
The end of the rehab program isn’t the end of addiction recovery. Studies show that aftercare is one of the most important steps to a successful rehabilitation and helps prevent a relapse.
For some, recovery may take longer than expected. For patients who need more than 90 days to fully recover from addiction, transitioning into an outpatient aftercare program can be the difference between a successful rehabilitation and a relapse. Most treatment facilities will work with the patient to arrange an aftercare program that works best for the patient. Common aftercare options include:
If you’ve decided that a 90-day rehab program is the best option for you, use our directory (above) to find a treatment facility. If you’re suffering from an addiction, get started with your search today.
If you’ve decided that a 90-day program is not appropriate for your situation, we can help you choose which program is. For more information on long-term rehab options, read our guide to 60-Day Rehab Programs. If you believe your addiction would be best treated in a short-term treatment program, check out our guide to 30-Day Rehab Programs.
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