60-Day Rehab Programs

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If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, you may be looking at addiction treatment programs. There are a number of different types of treatment, including  30-day, 60-day, 90-day programs, or longer depending on your level of care. These programs often include a number of services such as detox, therapy, and aftercare planning.

Treatment length will vary depending on the person, but some people may specifically be looking for a 60-day rehab program. While 60-day programs have many advantages, you’ll want to consider what you can afford and how much time you are willing to spend away from home before choosing treatment.

This article will help you understand what to expect in a 60-day treatment program and how to find the right treatment for your needs.

What Is a 60-Day Rehab Program?

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Drug and alcohol recovery programs can last 30, 60, 90 days, or longer, if needed. A 60-day residential program can give you more time to work through the causes of your addiction and begin to build a life without drugs.

Sixty-day programs typically include the same services as 30-day or 90-day programs, such as intake, evaluation, detox and therapy.

As with any length of residential treatment, recovery doesn’t end at program completion. An effective 60-day inpatient rehab program should be part of a comprehensive treatment plan that also stresses aftercare services. Effective treatment plans should address all aspects of a person’s addiction and promote effective relapse prevention and long-lasting recovery.

What Happens During 60-Day Treatment Programs?

Month 1:

1. Intake and evaluation

You will meet with a team of providers and together determine the best course of action for your treatment. Most extended-stay programs involve inpatient services, but some programs also offer outpatient 30-, 60-, or 90-day treatment.

2. Detoxification


allows your body to rid itself of the substance before you begin work toward recovery. Withdrawal can be uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous, so many treatment centers will medically monitor you to ensure that you are as safe and comfortable as possible during this stage.

3. Make accommodations for dual diagnosis, if necessary

Dual diagnoses

, or when a person has co-occurring physical and/or mental health disorders, require an extra level of care and concern to effectively treat. An example of a common dual diagnosis is substance dependency and depression.

4. Begin to attend therapy sessions

Counseling is often a primary component for long-term drug treatment. At some point during the first month of a 60-day alcohol and drug rehab program, people will likely focus on addressing the specific issues that may have contributed to their addiction.

5. Active participation in 12-step meetings or other support groups

Engaging with support groups can help you develop a sober community to encourage abstinence and connection with others. Attendance in 12-step meetings is encouraged even beyond program completion, as participation in self-help groups is associated with lower drug use over the course of 30 months following treatment.1

6. Identify other issues that need to be addressed

These can include medical issues, living situation, and other social considerations that may have contributed to the substance abuse in the first place. Learning how to address certain social and personal situations may help you resist relapse.

Month 2:

1. Adjust to a stable, sober routine

During the second month, you will notice stabilization in your day-to-day treatment experience. Therapy sessions will become more regular and day plans will begin to follow predictable patterns. Many people find this stability comforting after the turmoil that substance abuse can cause.

2. Work on the causes of your addiction

As therapy sessions progress, you will begin to explore the causes of your substance abuse more in-depth. Your therapist will help you identify the roots of your addiction as well as any additional issues that may have contributed to your substance use, such as family problems or past trauma.

3. Practice relapse prevention

You will begin to build upon the first month’s progress toward sobriety by developing and practicing relapse prevention skills. This includes refusal skills, coping mechanisms and how to seek help if you are worried that you might relapse.

4. Plan for sober living, if necessary

With your doctor, you will assess the need for post-treatment living arrangements. These include therapeutic communities, halfway houses, and sober living houses. Many recovering substance users find that continuing to live in an abstinent environment after formal treatment encourages their sobriety.

5. Develop follow-up care

You will also arrange a comprehensive aftercare program with your doctor. Aftercare includes follow-up counseling appointments, ongoing support group attendance, sobriety monitoring and any other abstinence accountability measures you or your doctor believe are necessary.

Types of Counseling Found in 60-day Programs

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy – Examining your substance use (including why you started using), developing refusal skills for future temptations, and working on coping mechanisms.
  • Motivational interviewing – Developing your own motivations to change and focusing on taking personal responsibility for your choices.
  • Motivational incentives (or contingency management) – Earning positive rewards for sustaining sobriety and meeting treatment goals.
  • Multidimensional family therapy – Involving the family in the treatment of adolescents with a substance abuse problem, improving family communication and functioning, and teaching the adolescent user better decision-making skills.

Why Choose 60-Day Rehab Programs

Choosing to seek treatment for substance abuse is an important first step in recovery, regardless of the length of time. Treatment lengths vary depending on the level of care assessed. If you are looking to begin addiction, below are some of the reasons you may want to consider 60-day drug and alcohol rehab programs.

  • Spend more time in a sober environment. Longer time in a supportive, sober environment allows you to focus more on recovery and build a satisfying life without drugs.
  • Get perspective on your addiction. The extended period of time away from distractions and the original abuse environment lets you examine your former habits from a recovery standpoint.
  • Focus on making positive changes. A longer treatment program provides more time to receive therapeutic interventions and make the psychosocial and behavioral changes necessary to dedicate yourself to recovery.
  • Practice recovery skills. Building new habits prepares you for potential relapse scenarios. You learn refusal skills and how to get help if you’re afraid you might use again.
  • Build your support network. You can develop a supportive network of peers who can become a source of encouragement for you as you work on maintaining sobriety, just as you can provide support and encouragement for them.
  • Boost your chances of staying sober. The duration of participation in a drug recovery program may have a significant effect on a person’s recovery. Numerous studies have found that people who stay in treatment longer have better outcomes.2

What to Look for in 60-Day Treatment Programs

If the level of care warrants a 60-day rehab program, consider the following when choosing a treatment facility:

  • Location. Is the program in an area that would benefit your recovery? For some, this means staying closer to home. For others, it means escaping your everyday home life.
  • Staff. Are the staff members certified? What is the staff-to-patient ratio? A confident and supportive staff can put you at ease and make recovery a better experience.
  • Success rate. Is the program actually helping people? Do they know their abstinence rates following program completion? A program with a high success rate may be more helpful for you, too.
  • Cost. How much does the program cost? Does it offer payment plans, financing, or income-based pricing? Does it accept your insurance plan? Many programs offer grants for recovering users, and most insurance will cover at least part of your treatment. Find out more about how you can afford substance abuse treatment.
  • Aftercare. What type of aftercare, if any, does the program offer? The best programs will make detailed follow-up care arrangements, or offer some forms of aftercare themselves, whether it be therapy, counseling or self-help groups.

Finding 60-Day Drug and Alcohol Treatment 

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and want to know more about treatment and 60-day rehab programs, contact one of American Addiction Centers’ admissions navigators at 1-888-319-2606 Helpline Information to discuss your options.

  1. Kissin, W., McLeod, C., & McKay, J. (2003). The longitudinal relationship between self-help group attendance and course of recovery. Evaluation and Program Planning, 26. 311-323.
  2. Condelli, W. S., & Hubbard, R. L. (1994). Relationship between time spent in treatment and client outcomes from therapeutic communities. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 11 (1). 25-33.



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