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How Long Does Heroin Rehab Last?

When people begin to recognize a need for addiction treatment, they understandably have many questions. One of the logical questions is how long a rehab program might be expected to last. Unfortunately, that isn’t an easy question to answer. There are a number of variables that affect the duration of a treatment program for addiction to a substance like heroin.

Factors that Affect the Length of Heroin Addiction Treatment

Detox is the first stage of heroin rehab. Although times may vary, a medically managed detox from heroin can be expected to last about a week. After detox, patients receive treatment from either residential or outpatient rehab programs. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) notes that treatment effectiveness is tied to adequate treatment length, and they recommend programs of at least 90 days. To ensure maintenance of positive outcomes they recommend even longer treatment times.

Finances are a concern for many people seeking heroin addiction treatment. Often, treatment length is tied to what insurance will cover. Although insurance plans vary, it is common for many plans to cover about a month of residential treatment. The amount of outpatient treatment covered may vary. Sometimes people will find alternative funding for residential treatment or will begin with a residential program and then continue with outpatient services.

Quality rehab programs generally like to maintain some flexibility in the length of patients’ treatment services, tailoring them to meet individual needs and responsiveness. In the best-case scenario, rehab lasts as long as it takes for each patient to be treated effectively and thoroughly. Short-term residential rehab facilities typically have programs lasting from one to three months. Long-term residential programs may last up to a year or more.

Outpatient treatment programs vary considerably in length depending in part on whether patients are coming from a residential program and on how many hours a day or week treatment is given. Programs may last a month or up to a year.

Many people addicted to heroin use methadone maintenance therapy as part of their treatment protocol. NIDA states that 12 months is considered a minimum amount of time for methadone maintenance and that for many patients it may be beneficial to continue it for many years.

Some rehab programs incorporate attendance at 12-step programs, which may provide support and strength after rehab has ended. Most 12-step programs believe that recovery is a life-long process and recommend continuing attendance.

Take the First Step on the Journey of Heroin Addiction Recovery Today

No matter how long rehab programs last, the sooner treatment is found and a program is begun, the sooner a former heroin user can begin reclaiming his or her life. Take the first step today. Call our 24 hour toll-free helpline and let us help you decide on your next move. We can check your insurance coverage and provide you with other information you may need to make a decision about heroin rehab. There is an option that is right for you. Let us help you find it.