Also known as ‘rehab’, an inpatient experience may begin with a period of supervised detoxification (if needed), followed by an intensive period of therapy that often combines features of mutual help groups, individual and group counseling, and, sometimes, use of medication to achieve sobriety.  Some programs also include options such as meditation or other stress-management techniques.

How Long Will Treatment Take?

Patients are in residence at the facility for varying lengths of time—usually from several weeks to 30, 60 or 90 days, but sometimes for as long as 6 months—and have access to care around the clock. Follow-up visits are sometimes required.

Inpatient rehabilitation is recommended for people with long-term addictions who have developed a physical addiction to alcohol, addictions to multiple substances, or people with mental health dual diagnoses, or who have been to rehab before and relapsed. Inpatient treatment tends to be costly because it includes lodging, meals and activities in addition to therapy.

After an inpatient care experience, many find that their chances of long-term sobriety are increased by follow-up care in the form of a relapse prevention program or time in a sober living community. Learn more about aftercare>


People who wish to abstain from alcohol and who need a comprehensive approach to treatment that includes multiple techniques, including removal from one’s usual circumstances.

Some insurance plans will partially pay for rehab programs. Insurance coverages can vary widely, so it is important to check your insurance plan before you enroll in a program. Getting Started with Pharmaceutical Treatment or Counseling

If you don’t have insurance or if your insurance doesn’t cover inpatient treatment, some facilities offer payment plans, allow people to finance their stay, or may offer services on a sliding scale.

Finding an inpatient or outpatient program:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lists licensed, certified drug and alcohol treatment facilities and maintains a referral helpline:

  • 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)
  • 1-800-228-0427 (TDD)
  • 1-800-662-9832 (Español)

“The Fix,” a media site, offers reviews of rehab facilities from those who have attended programs. They can be sorted by price, location, and other factors.

Other resources: article Find the Best Residential Inpatient Rehab Center Helpline: 1-888-249-7292 article Find the Best Residential Inpatient Rehab Center articleThe Top Executive and CEO Rehab Centers Helpline provided by Promises Treatment Centers: 1-888-366-6341 – listings by location or type of treatment: 1-800-559-9503

Foundations Recovery Network – Helpline: 1-877-259-5634

Drug Rehab Center’s Recovery Placement Service – Helpline: 1-877-275-7054 – clinic listings and reviews

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