90-Day Addiction Treatment

Long-term treatment can often seem scary to those considering rehab treatment. Being away from family for that long may seem unsettling. Further, you may feel that you don’t need such a long treatment program. You also may worry about the cost of such extensive treatment. However, 90-day addiction treatment is the right choice for many people. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “Research indicates that most addicted individuals need at least 3 months in treatment to significantly reduce or stop their drug use and that the best outcomes occur with longer durations of treatment.” Treatment for three months is often more effective than shorter treatment programs. Therefore, the investment of 90-day treatment is worth the investment.

Although those with mild to moderate addictions can reach successful outcomes from shorter treatment programs, those with moderate to severe addictions should definitely seek out a 90-day program. In order for you to decide whether 90-day addiction treatment is right for you, we want to help you find out if you have a severe addiction.

Is 90-Day Addiction Treatment Right For Me?

There are many ways to tell if you have a severe addiction. Fortunately, NIDA provides a resource that helps people do just that. On their website, they have a list that contains signs of addiction. If you identify with six or more of the items on the list, you probably have a severe addiction. Here is the list:

  • A person uses the substance more often and in bigger quantities than intended.
  • Although the person tries to control the addiction, he or she is unsuccessful.
  • He or she spends a lot of time trying to find and use the substance.
  • The person experience strong cravings and desires.
  • He or she fails to fulfil familial, work, or school responsibilities.
  • Despite the social and emotional impacts, the person continues using the substance.
  • The person develops high tolerance to the substance. This means that he or she needs a higher quantity of the substance to have the same effect.
  • He or she experiences intense withdrawal symptoms when the substance isn’t available. Withdrawal symptoms include vomiting, shaking, irritability, depressive episodes, and other symptoms.

Although discovering you have a severe addiction can feel challenging and disheartening, there is hope. If you found yourself identifying with six or more of the items on this list, you likely have a severe addiction. We can help you find the type of treatment program that is right for you. If you live in Ohio and you have a severe addiction, you may want to consider a 90-day treatment program. Please call us at 614-502-6247 if you have questions about if a 90-day treatment plan is right for you.

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Types of Effective 90-Day Addiction Treatment Programs

As mentioned above, 90-day treatment plans are more effective than shorter programs for those who have moderate to severe addictions. However, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment program for each person enrolling in a 90-day treatment plan. For example, there are inpatient 90-day programs, outpatient 90-day programs, and residential 90-day programs. Here is a brief description of these types of treatment programs.


First, inpatient treatment programs work well for people with severe addictions. For example, those who are deeply reliant on alcohol will need an extensive detox process. When people detox from severe addictions, they need constant medical care and supervision to help them. Inpatient programs typically happen in hospitals or clinics. The intensive nature of inpatient treatments helps those with severe addictions to thoroughly recover and start fresh.


Outpatient programs are best for those on the moderate side of moderate-to-severe addictions. Patients in these programs live at home and come to the treatment center during the day. Additionally, outpatient programs help patients to remain engaged with their families and other obligations even during treatment.


Third, residential programs work well for those who care deeply about maintaining a sense of community during treatment. During long-term residential care, patients receive care 24 hours a day. Typically, treatment happens in a non-hospital setting. Although there are many treatment models, the most common model is the therapeutic (TC). Briefly, TCs focus on something called “resocialization.” Resocialization enables patients to create a community of people who have been through similar experiences. Each person involved in recovery, including other residents, staff, and medical professionals, engages in resocializing patients. Further, residential programs can provide instruction on employment training, support services, and social skills. These services help people prepare to re-enter their lives with new skills.

What Happens During a 90-Day Program and During After Care?

For the most part, 90-day programs follow a similar format that 30-day programs and 60-day programs do. The most substantial difference is the amount of time spent on each step. Because 90-day programs are designed to treat people with more severe addictions, these programs take every step in-depth. While there is plenty of variances depending on what type of treatment center you choose, here is a basic structure of 90-day treatment plans.


First, the 30-day program begins with an assessment. During an assessment, a recovery specialist examines the patient’s medical, substance abuse, and mental health history.

Individualized Treatment Plan

Second, a recovery specialist creates an individualized treatment plan for the patient. Using information from the assessment, the specialist determines the right type of treatment for the patient.


Third is the detox process. The patient withdraws from harmful substances. Recovery staff helps the patient manage withdrawal symptoms.


Fourth, patients participate in a variety of therapies and counseling. Some of the techniques used include behavior therapy, psychotherapy, and group therapy.

Personalized Aftercare Plan

Fifth, patients work with addiction recovery specialists to create a personalized aftercare plan. Ultimately, aftercare plans provide a positive view of what patients should expect when they leave the 30-day program.

Complete the 90-Day Program

Once patients have completed their personalized aftercare plans, the program discharges them. From there, patients rely on their aftercare plans to guide them in making decisions.

Daily Schedule

The day-to-day realities look different for everyone, depending on which treatment center you choose. However, many treatment centers follow a similar schedule. Here is what the type of hourly schedule you can expect from most treatment centers.

8:00 a.m. Wake Up

Keeping a consistent sleep schedule is very important to recovery.

8:30 a.m. Breakfast

Inpatient treatment centers provide meals throughout the day. Mealtimes are excellent opportunities to reflect on one’s journey and to get to know other patients.

9:30 a.m. Individual counseling

Then, depending on the treatment center, patients will participate in cognitive behavior therapy, psychotherapy, or emotion-focused therapy.

11:30 a.m. Group therapy

After individual therapy, patients often have the opportunity to participate in group therapy. At group therapy, patients can empathize and support each other. They can also report on their progress.

1 p.m. Lunch

Next, patients have their second meal of the day. Effective treatment centers offer balanced, nutritious meals that have options for different dietary restrictions.

2 p.m. Free Time

After lunch, patients have some time to themselves. They can use this time to write in their journals, take a walk, do arts and crafts, or socialize with other patients. Having some free time allows patients to relax and recharge before their next set of treatments.

3 p.m. Alternative therapies

Depending on the treatment center, the rehab might offer time to explore alternative therapies. For example, some treatment centers offer yoga, meditation, acupuncture, equine therapy, and other alternative therapies.

4 p.m. Exercise

Exercise is an important part of maintaining good mental and physical health. Depending on the treatment center, patients may participate in the following activities. They could participate in fitness classes, group sports, or individual physical activities.

6 p.m. Dinner

Next, patients have dinner. Meals not only provide nutritional strength to patients. They also give patients a chance to interact with others.

7 p.m. Group discussion

After dinner, recovery specialists lead a group discussion. Group discussions give patients the chance to process their emotions during what can be a challenging experience.

9 p.m. Free time

Patients have time to reflect on their day and wind down before going to sleep. During this time, they can read, watch T.V., and socialize with other patients.

10 p.m. Lights out

Because rest is such an important part of recovery, it is important that patients have a consistent sleep schedule.

Find the Right 90-Day Addiction Treatment Center

Each person’s path to recovery will be different. However, there are some elements everyone should look for when considering possible rehab options. For example, begin by setting goals for yourself. What do you want to get out of rehab? For instance, a possible goal could be, wanting to recover from addiction using holistic treatment styles. Then, seek out centers that are aligned to your personal goals. In this case, you would seek out programs that focus on alternative treatment options. Also, you would seek out a center that has grounds surrounded by natural elements such as trees, mountains, or the ocean.

Next, you should spend some time researching your treatment options. As discussed above, 90-day treatment is best for those who suffer from moderate to severe addictions. Further, treatment centers often offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment. Therefore, you should gauge your personal circumstances to determine whether inpatient or outpatient treatment is right for you.

Finally, you should consider speaking with a treatment professional. Although researching on your own is beneficial, speaking with someone directly is often helpful. A treatment professional can answer questions, help you discover treatment centers, and guide you to the right treatment for you. We are here to help those from Ohio find the treatment right for them. Please contact us today at 614-502-6247.