How Long is a Drug Rehab Program?


Deciding to seek help is a difficult decision, but also an important one. It is through a patient admitting they need help that they can begin their journey to sobriety. Once the decision to get help is made, a patient can decide on the right rehab facility to meet their needs, as well as the right drug rehab program.


RECO offers different levels of care for patients with varying needs. What all of our levels of care have in common is the focus we have on our patients and their success. We will ensure that you are enrolled in a program that will increase your likelihood of success and long-term sobriety. We will then provide you with every resource at our disposal to help you to overcome your addiction and get the help you deserve.

How Long is a Drug Rehab Program?

The length of your specific drug rehabilitation will depend on a few different factors. The main factor will be the level of care you require. There are two main types of care that we provide at RECO: Residential Care and Outpatient Care.

Below is a little more information about both of these forms of care, and about how long the programs are:


Residential (Inpatient) Care

Residential (inpatient) care is for patients that require a higher level of care. With inpatient care, a patient will reside at the facility until the end of their program. This form of care generally lasts around 30 to 90 days. With residential care, patients are able to receive care 24 hours a day. If they are ever in need, a professional is never too far away.

During residential care, patients are better able to focus on their recovery without distractions. While family visits are encouraged (on designated days), it is our goal that our residential patients focus primarily on their recovery during their time at our facility. During their stay, residential patients are able to connect with other patients and form strong bonds. This sense of community helps to increase the likelihood of success for the patient.

During inpatient care, patients learn many skills to help them to regulate their emotions, accept the past, and focus on a brighter tomorrow. Many facilities provide residential patients with CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), one-on-one therapy sessions, trauma therapy, and more.

For more information about the inpatient care services RECO provides, reach out today. We’d be happy to discuss residential care with you and answer any questions you may have.


Outpatient Care

For patients with outside obligations (like work and/or family) that require a lower level of care, outpatient treatment may be a good option. With outpatient care, patients visit RECO multiple times throughout the week for treatment. While they are at the facility, they are provided with similar services to those in residential treatment. This includes group therapy, family counseling, individual therapy, and more.

While receiving outpatient care, patients are also encouraged to attend outside support groups. This helps to build a network of other sober people and become part of a community. In turn, this allows for better accountability and a feeling of solidarity.

The length of the outpatient treatment program is TK. Speak with our team at RECO to see if outpatient is the right level of care to meet your needs.

Drug and Alcohol Detox


Depending on different factors, the detoxification (detox) process can be anywhere from difficult to life-threatening. Because of this, it’s extremely important for an addict to be under medical supervision during their detoxification.

Detox is the first step for drug addicts and alcoholics. During detox, the body of the addict is cleared of drugs and/or alcohol. While this is a necessary step, it can also be dangerous. There are a lot of withdrawals symptoms, which include:

  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Tremors
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • And more

While some of these symptoms are mild, others can be very dangerous and even deadly. When you decide to seek help to overcome your addiction, make sure you check into a medical facility where you can detox safely. Once you’ve finished the detoxification phase, you can either move into an inpatient treatment center or begin outpatient treatment.


Once a patient has graduated from one of our treatment programs, we encourage them to consider aftercare. Sobriety is a journey, and it doesn’t end with rehab. It’s important for a patient to continue to attend therapy and recovery meetings to ensure their ongoing, long-term success.


At RECO, we offer alumni services like our Alumni Buddy program that encourage our patients to stay sober and stick to their program after they have graduated. We also host weekly alumni meetings, where our current and former patients are able to meet, connect, and share their experiences.

With aftercare, patients are able to continue along their journey with the support of a caring and loving community that is rooting for their success!


During these difficult times, it can be extremely tough to get the support you need. COVID has made in-person therapy much more difficult for a lot of patients. Whether it is due to COVID or any other issue that makes it difficult to attend in-person therapy, you can still benefit from our services through teletherapy.

Our teletherapy sessions are convenient, secure, effective, and flexible. We offer both individual and group therapy sessions. We guarantee that you will receive the same level of support with our teletherapy services as you would with our in-person therapy services. Reach out to RECO to learn more about teletherapy and see if it is the right choice for you.



If your loved one or you are struggling with addiction, contact Ethan Crossing Columbus today. We’d be happy to discuss the services we provide, along with the levels of care that are available. Everyone deserves to be sober, happy, and healthy. We want to help your loved one or you to live the life you’ve always dreamt of—clean and sober.

We look forward to speaking with you!

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