A 30-day rehab provides structured and intensive treatment for those with substance use disorder or alcohol use disorder.
While research suggests that longer periods of rehab are associated with improved treatment outcomes, many people find that 30-day rehab – often also offered in 28-day form – is more than sufficient to build a firm foundation for ongoing recovery.
For some milder addictions, a 30-day alcohol or drug rehab can be effective in its own right.
Sometimes, though, month-long rehab programs precede additional care, often stepping down from inpatient to outpatient treatment after a month.
What Happens in a 30-Day Rehab?
A trustworthy addiction treatment center will use a personalized array of evidence-based treatments, including both behavioral and medical interventions. This helps you to beat the physical and psychological aspects of addiction.
You find 30-day rehab programs in the following forms:
- 30-day residential rehab
- 30-day partial hospitalization program (PHP)
Both forms of treatment provide access to intensive therapy for drug addiction, alcoholism, and mental health conditions. With residential rehab, also known as inpatient rehab, you live at the treatment facility for the duration of the program. With a PHP, you return home or to a sober living community between treatment sessions.
30-day inpatient rehab is the most common form of month-long program. 30-day residential treatment involves counseling (individual and group), psychotherapy (CBT or DBT), and medication-assisted treatment, if appropriate.
A month-long inpatient rehab program connects you with a community-based environment. You will live, eat, engage with therapy, and relax among peers undergoing similar experiences. Most decent inpatient rehabs will provide holistic rehabs alongside the above research-backed therapies.
SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) reports that 30-day inpatient rehab accounts for almost 10% of all admissions to rehab in the United States, with a median stay of 26 days.
If you engage with a partial hospitalization program, you can access the same therapies and services as you find in inpatient rehab. The hospitalization component describes the weekday sessions you will attend at a rehab center. Unlike with inpatient rehab, you’ll head home between therapy sessions.
You can expect between 4 and 8 hours of treatment each day with a PHP, a similar schedule to inpatient rehab.
While a 30-day PHP is considered a 30-day rehab program, in practice many PHPs only last for 2 or 3 weeks due to the intense treatment.
The main difference between 30-day rehab and longer 60-day or 90-day programs is the length of time commitment and the intensity of the treatment provided. Shorter programs place less emphasis on recreation and more on therapy.
What can you expect from a short stint in residential rehab, then?
30-Day Inpatient Rehab
For those with moderate and severe addictions, inpatient rehab provides the ideal level of structure and support. Inpatient treatment is also often advisable in the case of co-occurring disorders (addiction and mental health disorders), and for those with an unsupportive home environment.
Although every addiction is unique and the best addiction treatment is personalized, several evidence-based treatments have gained primacy. These include:
- Counseling: Through individual counseling, you can take a deep dive into the specifics of your alcohol use disorder or substance use disorder. Counseling in a group setting is also beneficial, delivering a sense of community and peer support to help you combat addiction.
- Talk therapy: Talk therapy, formally known as psychotherapy is a behavioral intervention commonly used to treat both mental health conditions and addictions. Through sessions of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) or DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), you’ll learn what triggers you to use addictive substances. A therapist will help you formulate healthier coping mechanisms to use as you move forward into sober living.
- Medication-assisted treatment: MAT can be effective for the treatment of both opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder. Several medications approved by the FDA help to streamline withdrawal and reduce the intensity of cravings. Medication-assisted treatment is most effective in combination with psychotherapy.
- Family therapy: The effects of addiction ripple out beyond the family member using substances. Addiction also typically causes problems in close relationships. Family therapy allows you to begin the process of mending damaged family relationships with the expert guidance of a neutral third party.
The schedule at 30-day drug rehab or 30-day alcohol rehab will vary from center to center but you can expect to rise early and eat a healthy breakfast.
Morning therapy sessions are often group counseling sessions, followed by a nutritious lunch.
In the afternoon, you’ll continue with more intensive one-on-one therapy, before breaking for a communal dinner.
Evenings involve holistic therapy and time for reflection and relaxation before an early night.
Once you complete a 30-day inpatient rehab program, you should be ready either to transition back into daily living or to step down to a less intensive level on the continuum of care.
What to Bring to a 30-Day Drug and Alcohol Rehab
If you are heading to inpatient rehab and you have no idea what to pack, use this packing list as inspiration:
- ID and documentation
- Prescription medications
- Reading material and journal
1) ID and documentation
Ensure you take all the following documentation to rehab:
- Prescription card
- Pharmacy card
- Health insurance card
- Passport, driver’s license, or state-issued ID
You should always check the dress code of any rehab before admission. Most centers have strict codes in place.
You should consider packing a week of easy-care clothing for a month-long rehab program. You will have access to some form of laundry service. Consider the following as an essential framework:
- Shower slides
- Comfy shoes
- Smart outfit
3) Prescription medications
Take any of these medications as appropriate:
- Prescription medications
- OTC medications
- Sealed vitamins
- Liquid medications
Leave medications in the original packaging. All liquid medications must be sealed and unopened.
Take a list of all prescribed medications and dosages.
You will not be able to take any narcotic medications or any medications containing alcohol with you to rehab.
Do not take any toiletries that contain alcohol among the first three ingredients. Avoid aerosol products, too.
You should leave all toiletries and beauty products in the original packaging.
Think about taking the following basics with you to 30-day rehab:
- Shaving kit
- Hair products
- Feminine hygiene products
5) Reading materials and journal
You’ll spend the bulk of your time at 30-day rehab engaged with counseling, group activities, and various therapies. You will still have some downtime factored in, though.
Pack some good books so you can immerse yourself in another world rather than ruminating or stressing.
It can be highly therapeutic to express yourself in writing, so take a journal and adequate supplies of writing materials.
The District Recovery’s 30-Day Rehab
Here at TDRC, we specialize in the outpatient treatment of alcohol use disorder, substance use disorder, and co-occurring disorder, ideal if you have been searching for a 30-day rehab near me.
Both our intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) and partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) are ideal if you are looking to engage with 30-day rehab. These two programs differ only in terms of time commitment and intensity. Our IOP provides up to 15 hours of weekday therapy sessions, while our PHP involves up to 35 hours of therapy weekly.
Whichever form of 30-day rehab works best for you, you’ll have access to the same evidence-based array of therapies as you would find in inpatient rehab, including:
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Psychotherapy – CBT, and DBT
- Family therapy
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
When you complete your 30-day rehab program at The District, you can step down to a less intensive level of care or return to daily living. Your treatment team will ensure you have a robust aftercare and relapse management strategy in place to maximize your chances of ongoing sobriety.
Reach out to TDRC today to get started with 30-day rehab. Call 844.287.8506.