Recovery Programs: Why They're Important and How to Choose

Every year, thousands of addicts check into rehabs to try and treat their addiction and lead a healthy, normal life. Finding the right rehab program for you is key in the journey towards recovery.

Once you have taken that first step and decided it is time to get help, or if you are helping your loved one check in somewhere, you need to know some basic facts. Common questions include the following.

Why Attend a Rehab Program?

60-day programs have proven to be very successful for a variety of reasons. During rehab, you go through a 7-10 day "detox" which fills up a large portion of your stay if you are going to a 30-day inpatient program. Staying an extra 30 days will give you a longer period of time away from your triggers and enable you to think clearly and remember information throughout your program.

How to Choose a Rehab Program

This is going to be a personal decision, but make sure they are in line with your treatment goals. Some people choose to leave the state, attend a dual-diagnosis facility, or aim for a 12-step based program. When choosing a rehab program, it's important to consider the cost of the program since that can tend to dissuade people from making the right decision. It's recommended to ask your insurance company about what kind of coverage you could get for rehab treatments, as some insurance companies can offer their customers full coverage. Thus, a no cost rehab program becomes possible. No cost rehab programs are a great option for those who are unable to afford the basic rehab treatment, but who are still looking for some help. 

What is Included in Rehab Programs?

As with most rehab programs, the 60-day program has a set schedule and amenities. At the most basic level, inpatient rehab includes a room, bathroom, 3 meals a day, individual counseling sessions, and group counseling sessions. You also have access to various activities provided by the facility.

Inpatient vs Outpatient Rehab

There are a few differences between these two types of programs. Inpatient is much more in depth, removing you from your triggers and old lifestyle while helping you overcome your addiction. Outpatient is great for those who do not have the time to be away from school or work for long periods of time. It can last anywhere from 30-120 days and includes group and individual counseling sessions multiple times per week.

Any type of treatment is better than no treatment at all, but you should do plenty of research before you settle on a rehab facility. Outpatient, inpatient, 30-day stays, and 60-day stays are some of the most common rehab options available.

Lifestyle Choices

Whatever the reason, many users eventually want to become clean so they can get their lives back on track and there are many options available to them when they are ready. Drug and alcohol addiction is something that can hit anyone at any time.  People become addicted for many reasons.  It could have started when they were young and wanted to fit in with other kids who were doing it or it could have started due to depression with substances being used to temporarily escape hard times.  In the case of drug addiction, this can easily start after a stint in a hospital after being prescribed strong drugs for pain. 

Websites such as provide you with multiple tools to find rehab centers near you, as well as a "state funded" treatment guide. For more immediate help you can contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) hotline, which is available 24/7 365 days a year: SAMHSA.