If you are struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction and considering attending rehab for treatment, you may be curious about the length of time that you can expect to spend in the rehab centre during your treatment.

In reality, it can be difficult to determine the exact length of treatment as the recovery timescales are different from person to person. The timescales can depend on the severity of your addiction and your personal circumstances.

Below, we will take a look at the length of time that you may expect to stay in rehab. Read on to find out everything you need to know about rehab timescales.

Understanding The Length of Rehab Treatment Plans

If you are struggling with an addiction, it can be quite intimidating to seek treatment. You may wonder what your loved ones will think, how much the treatment will cost, and the length of time that your rehab recovery programme will be.

There is no single formula for determining the length of residential drug and alcohol rehab as every addiction is unique, and every addict responds in a different way and requires different treatments.

It is important to understand that the way you recover from addiction will differ from other people’s recovery journeys. There are a few basic treatment options to choose from based on your circumstances. In general, the lengths of rehab programmes are the following:

  • 7-day treatment plan.
  • 10-day treatment plan.
  • 14-day treatment plan.
  • 21-day treatment plan.
  • 28-day treatment plan.
  • 6-week treatment plan.
  • 8-week treatment plan.
  • Extended treatment plan.

When you choose a rehab treatment plan, you should focus on what will give you the highest chances of achieving long-term sobriety. For example, 7-day treatment plans typically only involve the detox stage, so if you require a more comprehensive approach, we would strongly recommend extending your length of stay.

Research suggests that better outcomes are achieved with longer treatment durations, although we acknowledge that the idea of extended therapy might seem overwhelming at first. Generally, a 28-day period is considered ideal for individuals who have reservations, but the specific duration may vary based on the person and the treatment recommendations given by experts.

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What Can Affect The Duration of Rehab?

If you are concerned about the length of time that rehab can take, you may be curious about what can affect the overall timescales of the treatment.

However, it’s important to always remember that getting better is more important than any timescales that you may be up against.

If you are suffering from an alcohol or drug addiction, your main priority should be getting better.

When considering the timescales for rehab, there are several things that can affect the overall length of a treatment plan. These include the following:

  • The type of substance you’re addicted to.
  • The length of time that you’ve been addicted to the substance.
  • The severity of your substance abuse or addiction problem.
  • The types of therapies that would be most beneficial to you.

If you want to find out more about addiction treatments and the timescales that you may expect when you go through a rehab programme, get in touch with us today.

We will ask you a few questions about yourself and your addiction and give you an estimate of the time that you can expect to spend in rehab for treatment, as recommended, based on your answers to our questions.


No Two Treatments Are The Same

When starting the journey of recovery, it’s important to acknowledge the unique nature of individual recovery processes. Each person’s journey through rehab is deeply personal, as no two people will have the same experience with addiction. It’s tempting to draw parallels between your own rehabilitation experience and someone else’s, but doing so may detract from your progress.

The factors influencing the pace and process of recovery are multifaceted. From physiological attributes such as age, height, and weight to psychological determinants and the nature of the addiction itself, numerous aspects come into play. This combination of factors creates a unique recovery trajectory that may differ significantly from others.

In addiction recovery, comparing oneself to others is not only unproductive but can also be detrimental. Genetic variations and diverse life circumstances contribute to the singularity of each person’s rehabilitation journey. This can translate into disparate timelines of recovery, making any form of comparison meaningless and potentially demotivating.

No two rehabilitation treatments can be precisely alike, just as no two individuals are identical. Different addictions impact individuals in unique ways, influencing the recovery process accordingly. It’s vital to understand that variability in recovery timelines is the norm rather than an exception.

Instead of comparing your recovery journey to someone else’s, strive to focus on the path that lies ahead of you. Concentrate on your individual treatment plan, taking one step at a time. Ensuring you follow through with your personalized treatment plan with diligence and patience is critical in sustaining long-term sobriety.

Ultimately, remember that your journey to sobriety is a marathon, not a sprint. It is about getting it right for you, not about getting ahead of others. And as you traverse this path, remember to celebrate every small victory and every single day that you are moving forward, no matter the pace.


Aftercare When You Leave Rehab

It would be wrong to think that you will have completely recovered by the time you leave the treatment centre. There is no magic cure for addiction, and it requires a lifelong commitment to maintain sobriety. So, it’s best to think of your time in rehab as the beginning of your recovery journey, where you learn to understand your addictive behaviours, build new strategies to deal with stress, and gradually develop a healthier, more positive relationship with yourself and the world around you.

In the weeks and months after your treatment plan, you will go through an aftercare plan where you will have further treatments designed just for you. At Asana Lodge, we provide this secondary treatment for a full year, free of charge.

A typical aftercare programme tends to involve some or all of the following:

  • Individual counselling with a professional.
  • Attending support group meetings.
  • Access to the clinic where you received inpatient treatment for regular sessions.
  • Participating in a 12-step programme.
  • Participation in some additional programmes, such as life skills training.

When going through aftercare, you are continuing your recovery process even though you are not residing in the residential facility anymore. This means that you will continue your recovery as you go back to your normal life after drug or alcohol rehab.

Once your aftercare programme is complete, you may still want to continue going to some community services, such as AA or NA meetings, to help you continue with your recovery in the long term and avoid relapsing.

Please note, it’s not a good idea to enrol in a rehab recovery programme that rushes the process, as this is unlikely to be in your best interest, making it unlikely to help you break the cycle of addiction.

If you want to find out more about rehab treatments or if you have any questions about rehab or the expected duration of rehab, get in touch with us today at 01908 489 421. We are here to provide you with free, confidential advice whenever you need it, and we can answer any questions that you may have about rehab.


John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 17 July 2023

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.