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How Long Will I Have to Stay in an Inpatient Drug Rehab Center?

Chronic and long-term addictions produce long-term effects, many of which make it difficult to maintain abstinence on a continuous basis. Whether your drug of choice be opiates, stimulants or hallucinogens, a chronic addiction problem becomes increasingly difficult to treat the longer a person continues to engage in drug use.

Inpatient drug rehab centers specialize in treating the most severe forms of addiction and providing those in recovery with a solid foundation in the recovery process. The length of time spent in inpatient drug treatment will depend on a range of factors concerning your drug use and drug treatment history.

Inpatient Drug Rehab Treatment

If you’re considering inpatient drug rehab treatment, you’ve likely experienced the worst of what addiction has to offer. According to the New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services, inpatient programs are specifically designed to address the range of complications that chronic addiction can bring as well as the addiction itself. Inpatient rehab center program durations typically run from 30 to 60 to 90 days in length.

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Factors to Consider

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You’ll require a longer rehab stay if you have a co-occurring psychological disorder.

Addiction Severity

Addiction severity has to do with the degree of damage drugs (or alcohol) have had on brain functioning. It can also be determined by the degree of damage drugs have caused in your daily life in terms of how its affected your relationships, work and overall quality of life. As a general rule, the more damage done the longer your stay in inpatient drug rehab should be.

Physical Health

Chronic addiction takes a toll on the body, oftentimes leaving chronic medical problems, such as diabetes and heart disease in its wake. If you’re battling a chronic medical condition on top of an addiction problem, your inpatient drug rehab center stay should be long enough to ensure both conditions can be managed outside of the treatment setting on an ongoing basis.

Psychological Health

More often than not, the effects of long-term drug abuse on brain function create the types of conditions where full-blown psychological disorders, such as anxiety and depression can develop, according to Thomas Jefferson University Research. The presence of psychological disorder only works to aggravate an addiction problem. Under these conditions, a long-term inpatient drug rehab center stay should be seriously considered.

Drug Treatment History

It’s not uncommon for people struggling with chronic addiction to go through multiple rounds of drug treatment in their attempt to overcome an addiction problem. If you’ve gone in and out of drug treatment programs with little progress to show for your efforts, a longer stay in an inpatient drug rehab center offers the best chance of seeing ongoing success in recovery.

How Long Term Inpatient Drug Rehab Reduces the Risk of Relapse


Granted, inpatient drug rehab centers can be expensive regardless of the length of stay, but not getting the level of care most needed to address your treatment needs can be even more costly in the long run, on both a financial and emotional level. If you or someone you know is considering inpatient drug rehab center treatment and need help finding a program that meets your treatment needs, please feel free to call our toll-free helpline at 800-430-1407Who Answers? to speak with one of our addictions specialists.

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