How Long Does Drug Addiction Treatment Usually Last?

Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on February 20, 2019.

When you consider entering an inpatient drug treatment program, you probably have plenty of questions running through your mind. What should you pack? How will your care team treat you? Will you have a roommate? Then, you ask the most important question — how long will you stay? The answer depends on the client and program, but we can give you an idea.

How Long Does Addiction Treatment Last at Diamond House Detox?

At Diamond House Detox, we treat every client as an individual with unique needs. That means everyone who enters our program has an individualized treatment plan that considers the person — not the diagnosis. Most of our clients stay for a period between one week and one month. During intake, we will work together to discover the right treatment length.

What Is the Typical Inpatient Treatment Time in the Industry?

The length of stay for an inpatient substance abuse treatment program depends on a variety of factors:

  • Type of program: Inpatient recovery programs come in many forms. Therapeutic communities require residents to stay for around six to 12 months. Meanwhile, a short-term residential program offers treatment for a few weeks or months.
  • Individual needs: Some clients journey through multiple inpatient treatment programs before transitioning to outpatient therapy. Everyone has a different experience with substance abuse and needs a level of care that works for them.
  • The recovery experience: A client and their care team may decide that they can shift to outpatient care sooner than expected. In other cases, the client might need more time than discussed in their care plan.

Recovery Is a Lifelong Journey

While inpatient care ends after a period, recovery never stops for someone trying to overcome substance abuse. As a chronic disease, addiction will always impact a person's life to some degree. It changes the mind and body in ways that go beyond the treatment period. Also, many cases of substance abuse have underlying causes that have lifelong effects. Mental illness, trauma and life circumstances can all change the path to recovery.

Once you leave inpatient treatment, you have an entire life of healing ahead of you. Committed treatment services like Diamond House will follow up with you and assist you on your post-inpatient recovery.

Everyone Has a Unique Path to Sobriety

Becoming sober involves an ongoing process. Some clients can complete one inpatient program and stay in the maintenance phase of recovery. Meanwhile, others need to go through multiple programs before they can get by with outpatient treatment. Relapse happens to many people trying to get better, and it doesn't make them weak or a moral failure. It means that they have a different path to recovery and specific needs along the way.

We Can Help

Diamond House Detox provides inpatient treatment in a warm, home-like setting. We want you to feel loved and accepted during your time with us, and our team will follow up with you after we part ways. Call us at (888) 205-9455 or contact a representative online to begin the journey to recovery. Call today for same day admittance at (800) 205-6107.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Diamond House Detox
Vicky is a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She began her nursing career in healthcare by working in the intensive care unit, and then an inpatient psychiatric hospital. After realizing the mental health needs of both the patients and the families she served, she became a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Throughout her experience working with clients, she has developed a passion for those with dual diagnoses and specializes in helping individuals recognize the issues driving their substance use. This recognition has been crucial to the individual’s success in treatment. Vicky opened Diamond House Detox so that she can address these issues early on in a therapeutic environment to allow clients to transition to the next level in their recovery.
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