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Choosing a 90-Day Drug and Alcohol Rehab Program

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Overview of 90-Day Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers

  • Longer stays in drug and alcohol rehab programs have been associated with longer-lasting sobriety, higher rates of employment and less criminal activity.
  • The treatment process for these programs includes intake and evaluation, detox, therapy, self-help groups and aftercare.
  • Longer treatment programs are a good choice if you’ve relapsed, if you have a long-standing addiction or if you feel that you need more time to practice your recovery skills in a sober environment.
  • Cost is a big concern with 90-day programs. Several insurance and financing options are available to help cover the price. Many insurers will pay for detoxification, but they may not pay for other kinds of treatment.

Considering a Longer Treatment Program

Rehab and recovery treatment programs have different lengths. In addition, every person is different, and every person will have different recovery needs. However, people often find the most recovery benefit from longer periods in treatment. If you’re able to attend a 90-day rehab program, your treatment outlook could improve substantially.  Treatment doesn’t have to be expensive; to better understand if your insurance will cover most or all of treatment, check your insurance coverage today.

These programs give you time to detox, to work with addiction treatment professionals on issues surrounding your drug use and to practice living a life without substances.

What Does a 90-Day Treatment Program Include?

Intake and Evaluation

You will meet with a professional to discuss treatment options and determine what approach will work best for you. If you have a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder (such as substance dependency and depression), you will discuss further treatment options, as treating multiple diagnoses requires extra care.


Detox is a period of time where your body is eliminating all the substances in your system. Withdrawal from substances can be uncomfortable and sometime dangerous, so medical supervision is important. Remember: Detox is not the same as treatment.


Therapy sessions may be conducted in a group or on an individual basis. You will work with your therapist on developing recovery skills, including practicing substance refusal, learning coping mechanisms and rehearsing relapse prevention strategies. Therapy is the main component of long-term substance abuse treatment, and there are multiple approaches found in rehabilitation programs for alcohol and drugs:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy – You will take an in-depth look at your substance use and practice behavioral changes that will help prevent relapse.
  • Motivational interviewing – You will develop internal motivations to quit using as well as take personal responsibility for your life choices.
  • Contingency management – You will earn rewards for meeting treatment goals and lose rewards for breaking sobriety.
  • Multidimensional family therapy – This type of therapy is mainly used for the treatment of adolescent substance abuse. It involves the family in the treatment process to improve family communication and improve the adolescent’s decision-making skills.

Self-help Groups (Including 12-step Meetings)

Self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous provide a supportive community of peers, where everyone is going through a similar struggle. Though many self-help groups are part of formal treatment programs, you are encouraged to attend these groups beyond completion of the program.


The best substance abuse treatment programs offer some sort of aftercare once you have completed formal treatment. Aftercare can include therapy (both individual and group), counseling, sobriety monitoring (urine tests, etc.), and self-help groups.

Why Attend a 3-Month Program?

  • Better chance at lasting recovery. Research has shown that longer stays in treatment programs are associated with greatly improved outcomes, 3 including longer-lasting sobriety,4 improved general functioning,5 higher rates of employment,4, 6 and less criminal activity.4, 6, 7
  • More time to get used to a life without drugs. Spending a longer time in drug and alcohol rehabilitation allows you to hone your relapse prevention skills and better prepare for future temptations.

  • Good for people who have relapsed. If you have attempted recovery before and relapsed, try again! Longer programs are associated with much more success for those who stick it out.8
  • Good for people who have a severe and long-term addiction. The more time you can fully commit to working toward recovery, the better your chances are of maintaining sobriety.

Cost of 90-Day Recovery Programs

Cost may be one of your main considerations when looking for a 3-month recovery program.

The cost of staying at a 90-day drug recovery facility varies depending on the:

Insurance Options

Under the Affordable Care Act, all government-sponsored health insurance plans must cover substance abuse treatment, and the coverage will vary by state. If you qualify, you can also choose a public rehab facility that offers services at little or no cost.

Private alcohol rehab programs, in contrast, may cost tens of thousands of dollars. But these costs may be offset by your insurance. Many insurers will pay for the cost of detoxification, but they may require you to pay for other types of treatment. You can also look into financing options.

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How to Choose a Program

Important points to consider when looking at a 90-day rehab program include:

  • Location. If you want to fully escape your home environment, select a program that is farther away from where you live. If you have home obligations or a close support network, you may want to enroll in a program closer to home.
  • Qualifications of the staff. Working with an experienced staff can make a big difference in your recovery. Staff certification represents a counselor’s level of qualification in substance abuse treatment. Certification varies from state to state; to find out what your state requires, visit the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network.
  • Treatment philosophy and types of treatment (evidence-based, 12-step, holistic). Recovery programs will offer different types of treatment based on their own recovery philosophies. Some may advocate a harm-reduction approach, while others may adhere to abstinence-based recovery. Additionally, many programs will offer medication-assisted treatment or medication-assisted recovery services.
  • Family involvement. Some programs require family involvement in the recovery process, which some people find addresses a number of issues that pertain to their substance use. If this is something that you don’t want, however, be sure to find a program that does not have this requirement.
  • Aftercare. The best rehab programs for alcohol or drugs will offer aftercare following completion of formal treatment. Before enrolling in a program, find out if they provide aftercare services. Participation in ongoing care can give you support when you leave treatment and help prevent relapse.
Looking for Treatment?

In 2016, Recovery Brands conducted a survey asking patients leaving a treatment program what they viewed as the most important things to consider when looking for treatment. They said the most important factor was the program’s financial policies, such as payment options, insurance accepted, and financial support. They also valued a facility’s offerings (amenities, food, recreational activities, etc.) significantly more compared to when they entered treatment.

New patients may want to examine facilities’ financial policies and amenities to help them make a decision.

Changes in Preferences Pre- and Post-Treatment

Get Started on Your Recovery

If you’re ready to explore 90-day treatment recovery options for yourself or a loved one, contact a treatment hotline today.

Are you ready to take the first step? is a subsidiary of American Addiction Centers (AAC) a leading provider of drug and alcohol addiction treatment nationwide. AAC is in network with many of the top insurance providers in the U.S. Verify your benefits now or call to speak with an admissions navigator at 1-888-319-2606

Who Answers? .

Before you call, have the following information handy:

  • Age of the person who needs help
  • City and state
  • Substances being abused
  • How long they’ve been using
  • How often they use/doses
  • Any medical conditions, mental health conditions, or physical disabilities
  • Health insurance information

Be as honest as possible when you speak to the representative. In addition, you may find it helpful to think of some questions you’d like to ask about drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.


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[2] Simpson, D.D., Joe, G.W., Rowan-Szal, G.A., & Greener, J.M. (1997). Drug abuse treatment process components that improve retention. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 14 (6). 565-572.

[3] 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.

[4] Simpson, D. D. (1981). Treatment for drug abuse. Follow-up outcomes and length of time spent. Archives of General Psychiatry, 38. 875-880.

[5] Sonesson, O., Arvidsson, H., & Tjus, T. (2013). Effectiveness of psychiatric inpatient care. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 27. 319-326.

[6] Hubbard, R. L., Craddock, S. G., Flynn, P. M., Anderson, J., & Etheridge, R. M. (1997). Overview of 1-year follow-up outcomes in the drug abuse treatment outcome study (DATOS). Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 11. 261-278.

[7] Etheridge, R. M., Craddock, S. G., Hubbard, R. L., & Rounds-Bryant, J. L. (1999). The relationship of counseling and self-help participation to patient outcomes in DATOS. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 57. 99-112.

[8] 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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