30-day drug treatment programs are an intensive level of care for people battling severe issues with substance abuse. Studies show that longer stays at treatment facilities may be associated with more positive outcomes. That being said, shorter residential stays, such as 30-day rehab programs, prove to be an effective start to many people’s long-term recovery.

Month-long addiction treatment programs often precede other levels of care, such as outpatient care. In many cases, addiction specialists work to help each person decide which form and length of care will work best for their particular circumstance. With the help of a professional, you will have a better idea if a 30, 60, or 90-day program will give you the best opportunity for long-term recovery.

What is a 30-Day Rehab Program?

30-day rehab programs are a somewhat short form of drug and alcohol treatment. The exact amount of time for each person in a month-long treatment may vary slightly. One month treatment programs generally last between three to six weeks. Treatment components in a 30-day rehab program include medical care, behavioral therapies, and other treatments. Our comprehensive care strategy is evidence-based and proven to be effective for many of our clients.

These treatments all take place at the treatment facility, since one month programs require patients to live at the facility for the duration of their treatment. This form of treatment is typically called residential, or inpatient treatment. BRC offers several amenities to make your stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Your time in our treatment center is extremely valuable and it is important to us that you receive the highest level of care possible.

30-Day Alcohol and Drug Rehab Program

Our 30-day alcohol rehab program works the same way as our 30-day drug rehab program. We focus on each person’s mental, emotional and physical health. Addiction is often believed to be a mainly physical issue. At BRC Healthcare, we understand how important it is to attend to the mental and emotional aspects of addiction. Whether it is drugs, alcohol, or both, our programs work to unravel the core aspects of your addiction. We do not simply focus on healing the symptoms of addiction. Our treatment process involves treating the whole individual and coming to an understanding of how the addiction functions and how it developed.

What to Expect in a 30-Day Rehab Program

Inpatient treatment is very structured and disciplined. All rehab centers work around a relatively standard framework of therapies and activities. The structured residential treatment environment helps residents feel calm and supported during their time of treatment and recovery.

A Typical Day in Treatment

Expect to wake up early to enjoy a healthy breakfast. Treatment programs start early, which helps people quickly adapt to a healthy and productive schedule. Some mornings may involve early meetings following breakfast, while others may include morning classes such as meditation or yoga.

The recovery process at BRC is not only designed to get you to stop using substances but it is meant to help you develop a routine that will help you live a fulfilling and fun life. Sometimes shifting behaviors and daily routines can start a significant shift in your life.

After the day gets started, your schedule will be filled with different forms of treatments and therapies. There is free time during the day too, where patients are free to participate in some of our amenities.

30-Day Drug Treatment Programs

The following treatment programs play a significant role in everyone’s road to recovery. These programs help begin your personal development and help you start building tools to fight relapse. Before that, though, individual and group therapy sessions will help you understand addiction, mental issues, and substance abuse.

In many cases, addiction develops in relation to personal struggles or mental illness. Daily programs will help you gain control over your life and your decision-making.


Detox is generally the first step of recovery. Before beginning treatment, most clients participate in a detox program to ensure they start treatment with a completely sober body and mind. Detoxification programs help people initially stop using substances while offering a safe environment for clients.

Detox sets the foundation for a sustained recovery. To ensure a safe detox, we have medical professionals guide patients through each stage of withdrawal. Detox programs are essential since withdrawal symptoms from certain substances can be extremely dangerous and even life-threatening in some cases.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is at the heart of substance abuse treatment. While in a 30-day rehab program, expect to participate in some form of individual therapy every day. During these sessions, you will be working one-on-one with a substance abuse counselor. Counselors will work with you to discuss challenges, emotions, and much more while in treatment.

Addiction treatment therapists use several methods of therapy to help you with each aspect of your recovery. Since substance abuse and mental health go hand in hand, we find all forms of behavioral therapy to be essential in drug and alcohol rehab.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of psychotherapy that helps people reflect on their thoughts and behavior patterns. CBT has been proven to be effective for addiction, depression, anxiety disorders, and more. In these sessions, you’ll work with your therapist in changing destructive behaviors as well as breaking bad cognitive habits. While dealing with substance use, frequent negative thinking or manifestations of addiction is not uncommon. CBT, in conjunction with other therapies, is proven to be effective for essentially everyone in recovery.

Contingency Management (CM)

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Contingency management is another individual therapy used in 30-day inpatient rehab programs. While it is often used alongside CBT, CM helps clients control their own behavior by offering them something in return for their positive behavior change. Contingency management may be used to help people recover from addictions to substances such as:

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)

Similar to motivational interviewing, MET emphasizes feedback, personalized assessment, and plans for change. Both motivational interviewing and motivational enhancement therapy help to enhance motivation for behavioral change. The goal of both of these treatments is to encourage the client to become invested in seeking solutions. By doing so, clients build self-efficacy and an overall positive improvement in listening and maintaining positive behavior.

Group Counseling

Another crucial aspect of a 30-day treatment program is group therapy.

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These daily sessions generally include a group of clients guided through a therapy

session by one or more addiction counselors. These sessions are beneficial since it puts people in a group environment where they can give and receive support from their peers. Group environments replicate real-life situations that people may face after they leave treatment.

Therefore, they help people learn to continue developing their interpersonal communication skills. Studies continuously show positive outcomes related to a combination of group and individual therapy during drug and alcohol addiction treatment.

Family Therapy

Having a positive support system is overwhelmingly essential during substance abuse treatment. Family therapy helps people rebuild damaged relationships following substance use. Since substance use disorders can cause severe issues within the family dynamic, family therapy provides an environment where family members can speak to their loved one in a therapeutic setting.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

As mentioned, withdrawal symptoms can range from uncomfortable to dangerous. Medications can help curb cravings and reduce the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal, allowing you to focus entirely on your recovery. Upon beginning treatment at BRC, our medical professionals will determine if medication-assisted treatment is right for you.

Rehab centers that utilize MAT offer opioid agonist medications such as methadone and buprenorphine. This form of therapy is often used with antagonist therapy which involves a medication called naltrexone. The mentioned medications help patients that are battling an addiction to opioids.

For those in alcohol rehab or needing alcohol treatment, medications like acamprosate, naltrexone, and disulfiram can help reduce alcohol cravings.

Alternative Therapies

Traditional methods of addiction treatment are at the core of recovery. When used in conjunction with alternative forms of therapy, it creates an even better opportunity for long-term recovery. Alternative treatments often refer to holistic methods. Holistic methods focus on the whole person instead of their particular symptoms. This may include diet change, sleeping patterns, and overall well-being.

The following alternative methods help with stress management, effective symptom management, and more:

Exercise therapy

Physical activity helps to reduce stress levels naturally. Research shows that exercise also helps reduce uncomfortable emotions. Having a healthy body can help with weight loss, self-esteem, and other variables that play a role in addiction.


Simply learning how to breathe and relax could play a major role in a person’s recovery. We offer various forms of yoga that have proven to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and ease stress and tension.

Experiential therapy

Experiential therapy refers to art, music, adventure, animal-assisted therapy, and more. For many, experiential therapy encourages individuals to experience their emotions on an organic level. This may help people reconceptualize their emotions and come to a new understanding of what they want out of their life.

Massage and acupuncture

During your 30-day rehab stay, you can expect to experience relaxation through massage and acupuncture. At BRC, we encourage self-care. By committing to self-care without realizing it, people are committing to building their self-esteem.

Massage can also help people deal with some of the symptoms of withdrawal during and after detox.

12-Step Meetings

12-step program participation is highly recommended during and after your inpatient stay. These meetings are safe and anonymous environments in which long-term recovery is the major focus. Social involvement after treatment helps many people prevent relapse. Support groups including Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are located all over the United States and offer meetings all throughout the day.

Could I Benefit From a 30-Day Rehab Program?

Joining a 30-day drug and alcohol program is ultimately a personal decision. That being said, there are warning signs that can determine determine if you or your loved one’s behavior has become uncontrollable. A main sign is compulsive drug or alcohol use. If you feel you can’t control your substance use, a professional treatment center can help.

Other warning signs that professionals use to diagnose a substance use disorder include:

  • Continuing alcohol and drug abuse after substances worsened or caused issues with loved ones.
  • Continuing alcohol and drug abuse after substances worsened or caused mental health issues.
  • Stopping activities or hobbies to make more time to use substances.
  • Using substances in physically dangerous situations, such as operating machinery or driving.
  • Getting in trouble with the law due to substance use.
  • Constantly “blacking out” from substance abuse.
  • Inability to control urges from substances.
  • Inability to manage work or school responsibilities because of drugs or alcohol.
  • Needing to use more of the substance to reach your desired high due to tolerance increase.
  • Constantly craving substances or the use of substances.
  • Inability to quit using drugs or alcohol.
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using drugs or alcohol.

Are There Longer Rehab Programs?

In the event that a 30-day rehab program may not be a long enough treatment, BRC Healthcare offers longer treatments such as 60 or 90-day programs.

Statistics of 30-Day Rehab Programs

There are many variables when it comes to determining the success rates of addiction treatment. Some of these variables include the quality of the individual’s relationships, the level of commitment the individual has to the program, and how much the individual participates in aftercare programs.

Studies show that between 40-60% of people who attend treatment continue their sobriety following completion of their program. Most people who undergo treatment develop or improve their ability to function in many aspects of their life. This could range from reduced criminal activity to overall better function in social relationships.

Get Help With BRC Healthcare

While many aspects of recovery depend on each given individual, BRC Healthcare strives to put clients in the best possible situation to overcome addiction. With our combined traditional and alternative treatments, you can break free from addiction. If you are dealing with substance abuse, considering a treatment program, or have any questions, please give us a call today. Our addiction specialists are available and eager to help.