Residential treatment programs involve living in the facility and attending groups, participating in individual counseling, and other activities. Long-term or extended programs usually last 90 days, and shorter programs require stays of 28 or 30 days.
Outpatient treatment programs offer a number of options, often treating individuals for several hours a day over the course of a few weeks.
Group support or therapy sessions can meet daily, weekly or at other intervals. This type of recovery program is offered by accredited facilities, volunteer organizations, churches and community centers.
Individual therapy with a Board Certified Substance Abuse Counselor can be the appropriate treatment for some patients and may also be part of an aftercare program following a stay in a residential treatment program.
Some substance use disorders may require medical intervention, especially during the early days when physical withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous for the person attempting to recover.