The Difference Between a 30-Day and 60-Day Alcohol & Drug Rehab Program

30-day rehab programs are short-term treatment programs, with most being 28 days long. They are intensive programs that utilize a broad range of medical and behavioral therapies to treat all forms of addiction. Short-term programs are offered at inpatient residential facilities or hospitals and are recommended for users with mild addictions.

60-day rehab programs, also referred to as two-month programs, are treatment options that bridge the gap between short 30-day programs and extended 90-day and 120-180 day long-term rehab programs. 60-day programs incorporate a wide range of medical and behavioral therapies, utilizing techniques employed in both short-term and long-term therapies.

Now let's look at the difference between 30-day and 60-day through several sets of tables.

30-Day Treatment Options

  Short-Term Residential Partial Hospitalization
Definition Intensive treatment, in a live-in facility. Usually, a community setting where patients interact with other recovering users. Intensive treatment in a hospital setting. Patients do not stay overnight. Referred to as “inpatient” due to the hospital setting, extensive services provided, and the near full-time commitment every week.
Therapies Offered
  • Detox Services
  • Medical Treatments (if applicable)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Contingency Management Interventions
  • Matrix Model
  • 12-Step Facilitation
  • Detox Services
  • Medical Treatments (if applicable)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Days Per Week 7 5-7
Hours Per Day 24 4-6
Average Length of Stay 26 Days 20 Days

60-Day Treatment Options

  Short-Term Residential Outpatient Intensive Day Treatment
Definition Intensive treatment in a non-hospital setting, most often a therapeutic community with other patients. Patients receive the extensive services of an inpatient program but return home after. After completion, patients often transition to less intensive counseling.
Therapies Offered
  • Detox Services
  • Medical treatments (if applicable)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Contingency Management Interventions
  • Matrix Model
  • 12-Step Facilitation
  • Medical treatments (if applicable)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Contingency Management Interventions
  • Community Reinforcement
  • Matrix Model
  • 12-Step Facilitation
  • Family Behavior Therapy
Days Per Week 7 3
Hours Per Day 24 2-4

Who Should Enroll in 30-Day Rehab Programs?

  30-day 60-day 90-day 120-day
Best for severe addictions
Best for mild addictions
Best for people with limited time off from work
Best for people with unbreakable personal obligations (i.e. child care)
Best for people with limited finances
Covered by most insurance

Who Should Enroll in 60-Day Rehab Programs?

  30-day 60-day 90-day 120-day
Best for severe addictions
Best for mild addictions
Best for people with limited time off from work
Best for people with unbreakable personal obligations (i.e. child care)
Best for people with limited finances
Covered by most insurance

It can be extremely difficult to know where to turn when you’re struggling with an addiction. You may understand that a recovery program is what you need, but which program is right for you? Many addictions require one important step before the actual counseling and therapy began. Before you can start working one-on-one with an addiction specialist to uncover why you became addicted in the first place, you might need to undergo medical detox. But remember that not all drug rehab programs offer medical detox. In addition, you’ll naturally need to know whether you want to go through a 30-day or 60-day rehab program. You need a knowledgeable middleman to help you connect with the right program.

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