What’s Involved in Addiction Rehab?


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Addiction treatment focuses on helping chemically and psychologically dependent individuals stop using drugs. Total abstinence from drugs and a new lifestyle is the goal of rehab. The specific type of treatment or combination of treatments vary depending on the person’s individual needs or type of drugs used. Learn more about what’s involved in addiction rehab.

What Rehab Looks Like

Treatment may occur in a variety of settings, take lots of different forms and last varying lengths of time. Drug rehab is divided into short and long term stay. Short term is typically 90 days or less, long term rehab can last anywhere from 90 days to a year or longer. Drug addiction is a chronic disorder that results quite often in relapse for certain individuals so a one-time treatment option is generally not enough to help overcome the power of addiction. Treatment is generally a long-term process which involves multiple interventions and regular monitoring.


Costs of rehab typically depend on the type of treatment and services needed. Addiction rehab centers provide a range of services from less expensive outpatient programs to residential settings where people live for 4 to 6 weeks or longer to get the necessary help.

Outpatient programs: typical costs range anywhere around $10,000

Residential programs: residential alcohol and drug rehab ranges anywhere between $20,000 to $32,000 depending on the level of services needed.

Low Cost Options

For some people, lack of financial resources can create a barrier to addiction treatment. Many low cost options are available. State vouchers for treatment can be investigated by contacting the State’s Department of Health and Social Services. An individual may also reach out to rehabs to ask about sliding scale or payment plans on offer.

Stages of Rehab

A person starting treatment must first complete a diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan. The evaluation and treatment plan are used to determine the types, level and intensity of services received. The plan is also then used to manage the course of treatment over time. Stages may include:

  • Detox and withdrawal
  • Pharmacological therapy (medication)
  • Individual or group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Ongoing drug testing
  • Case management
  • Support services

Some help may be offered with case management services to support needs such as court advocacy, housing, child care or welfare issues and transportation. Supplemental services may be provided for STD treatment as well as vocational or job skills training.

Addiction is a complex but treatable disease which impacts the brain and body. No one treatment is a cure for any person. Counseling is an effective and commonly used form of therapeutic support. Effective treatment focuses on multiple needs. Medications are also quite effective when combined with other therapeutic support. Co-occurring mental health conditions will require additional support and monitoring throughout the rehab process.

Sustain Recovery provides an individualized approach to adolescent care for addiction recovery. Call us to find out about our treatment programs and to learn about how we support young adults through the journey of addiction to recovery.