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For most people, the phrase “inpatient rehab” conjures up the image of a monthlong stay in a treatment center. But that’s not the only way you can start healing. Short-term rehab programs can help you jump-start the healing process. Sometimes lasting only a few days, these programs offer intensive treatment for people in early addiction recovery.
There are a few key differences between short-term treatment and more traditional rehab.
If this type of treatment sounds like a good fit, you can compare short-term programs based on several different criteria:
Medical detox can fall under the umbrella of short-term rehab. However, these terms mean different things.
Some short-term programs require you to complete drug detox before you arrive, so you can focus more on mental health recovery. And some offer alternative treatments, which treat clients after detox but before longer-term rehab.
Like any other type of rehab, your length of stay depends on your specific rehab, your health, and your goals for recovery. Inpatient detox, for example, typically lasts a few days or up to a week. Clients with more severe physical symptoms may take longer to recover.
It’s important to note that very short programs are often not sufficient to heal symptoms, work through underlying issues and establish habits that support long-term recovery. After short-term inpatient rehab, clients have the option to continue treatment in an outpatient program (or choose a long-term inpatient rehab if necessary).
Short-term drug addiction programs can be a good fit for people with clear goals. These programs can help you take the first step on your recovery journey. Treatment can set you up for success as you move on to the next phase of healing. However, it’s rare for people to recover completely after just a few days. You’ll also need a strong support network to help you transition out of treatment. That could include loved ones, healthcare professionals, and other people in the process of recovery.
This approach is a powerful way to address acute or highly specific symptoms. However, short-term treatment is rarely enough on its own. Healing is a complex process, and it can take a long time. Even years after successful treatment, many people consider themselves to still be in recovery. If you’re still trying to define what you need from treatment, a longer program might be a better option.
It’s important to weigh the pros and cons of any inpatient rehab program before deciding where you’ll go. Short-term rehab has some unique benefits and disadvantages.
There are several different types of short-term rehab. It’s important to choose a program that aligns with your needs, goals, and values.
Inpatient detox is one form of short-term rehab. This type of treatment isn’t strictly necessary for everyone, but many clients find it helpful. Most inpatient detox programs last 5-14 days (14-day inpatient rehab), although that varies depending on your physical symptoms.
If you’re healing from an opioid, benzodiazepine, or alcohol addiction, medical detox is essential. Detoxing from these substances can cause life-threatening symptoms, including delirium tremens.2 To see whether you’ll need medical care during withdrawal, you can learn more about detoxing in rehab.
Some rehab programs offer intensive treatment in the form of a luxury retreat. You may even be able to bring family members, so all of you can start healing together. The lengths of these programs vary widely, ranging from days to weeks.
While many clients benefit from traditional medical care, some prefer a more holistic approach. Treatments like ibogaine therapy use alternative methods to help you recover. This psychedelic treatment lasts up to 72 hours, and can have a long-lasting impact on your mental health. Most programs include a few days of counseling before and after your actual ibogaine experience. It’s also important to note that the effects of ibogaine are not permanent. Most clients benefit from additional treatment after they complete one of these programs.
Ibogaine therapy is just one type of short-term alternative addiction treatment. This approach is only available in certain countries, and it’s not appropriate for everyone. If you’re interested in trying an alternative therapy, talk to your doctor about whether this type of treatment could work for you.
In most rehab programs, your length of stay determines the total cost. So if you’re paying out of pocket, short-term inpatient rehab can be much less expensive than a longer program. Alternatively, you can narrow your search to rehab centers that accept insurance.
The exact cost of short-term rehab varies widely depending on the type of treatment you receive and the location of your program. But many luxury rehabs cost approximately $1,000/day.
Short-term rehab centers don’t always accept insurance. That’s most often true for recovery retreats and alternative treatment programs. When you’re choosing between rehab programs, you can ask their admissions teams for more specific information. You can also browse our list of insurance providers to find a program that can accommodate your plan.
Compare addiction treatment centers and ask about available lengths of stay to find the program that meets your needs.
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