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At some point in the 1970s the length of addiction treatment programs was set at 30 days. Initially the template was created as a human resources tool by the U.S. Air Force, stipulating that it’s men and women would not be reassigned as long as they were absent from duty only 30 days. Over time, this 30-day treatment period became the industry norm, with health insurance providers then cemented this time frame for benefits into the policies.
Research in recent years has shown that it is erroneous to presume that addicts can recover in a 30-day program. Multiple studies at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have shown a wide variance of relapse rates comparing addiction treatment programs based on the length of addiction treatment, including 30-days versus a 90-days. Without exception, relapse rates for those who completed a 90-day program were on average half the rate of those who only completed a 30-day program.
With so many unique factors involved in the addiction—the drug being abused, how entrenched the addiction is, whether there are accompanying mental health conditions—the addiction and recovery industry is recently broadening its program options to include longer stays. Because cost may become an issue in the longer programs, many treatment providers are offering special financing options.
Why the Length of Addiction Treatment Matters
For too long drug and alcohol rehab programs have held to a cookie cutter template, based on faulty assumptions. A 30-day stay at an inpatient treatment program is fine for someone who is fairly new in his or her addiction, as that time frame will allow for detoxification and counseling, along with a structured program such as a 12-step or non 12-step. For these addicts, 30 days may provide enough of a break in the substance use to get them on a corrected life course.
However, for those who are deeply addicted—chemically dependent—a longer treatment duration will increase the odds of successful long-term recovery. This is due to many factors including:
Addiction Helplines Can Help Determine Length of Treatment
The team at Addiction Helplines believes that each individual has a unique story, and the length of addiction treatment should be determined on those specific conditions and needs. Addiction Helplines is a leading treatment network provider for detox, addiction, and dual diagnosis. Our specialists will assist you with a free confidential assessment, insurance verification, and placement assistance, making sure you are matched with the right treatment program length, be it 30, 60, or 90+ days. For more information, please call us today at (877) 228-3270.