28-Day Alcohol Rehab

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When it is about choosing an effective residential rehab clinic treatment, an individual can choose among two options: outpatient and residential.  

Outpatient rehab treatment & residential treatment 

Outpatient treatment includes an individual living in a community or at home and attending treatment sessions at a rehab clinic.  

While on the other hand, residential treatment includes a patient residing at a place where drug and alcohol treatment is being given.

Although some people are successful with outpatient treatment, most of them find that residential treatment offers a solid base for a long-term recovery journey.  

There are ample pitfalls and hurdles with living in the same place and attempting to get sober and clean. The temptation to relapse and other symptoms can be overpowering.

Residential treatment provides a clean, supportive, and safer environment where patients can learn practical skills and coping mechanisms surrounded by like-minded people who are commencing the same journey.  

Nailing a 28-day addiction treatment programme delivers multiple benefits like 4-weeks of no substance abuse and a chance to stay back from the stressors of routine to genuinely focus on the well-being and getting better.  

Dozens of the rehab centres offer a 28-day alcohol rehab treatment programme. The programme has been helping many people successfully on their recovery journey.

It is crafted to help patients suffering from substance abuse or alcohol abuse establish a solid foundation in the recovery procedure.

The treatment approach depends on the belief that addiction is the main problem that impacts other areas of an individual’s life.

The counselling groups provide medical advice and work individually with each patient to help them achieve clarity and awareness of how substance abuse has affected their major life areas like family commitments, legal, financial, social, educational, and vocational.

Patients are under close observation and are regularly monitored during their stay. 

What is a 28-day alcohol rehab programme? 

A 28-day alcohol rehab programme is a sum of the most common forms of recovery programmes. 

 The process of joining this type of alcohol addiction treatment facility involves:  

  1. A detox-period 
  2. An intake evaluation 
  3. Individual & group therapies 
  4. Aftercare plan 

This one-month programme can help patients overcome obstacles to abuse treatment, let them detox completely from drugs and alcohol, and assist them to achieve clarity and mental well-being. 

This four week alcohol rehabilitation treatment programme may not provide enough care and support to those with more severe addictions or who have relapsed so it’s crucial to think about your personal circumstances while choosing a 28-day programme.  

Why is it a 28-day treatment programme? 

Although there isn’t a fixed limit of time for effective addiction treatment, 28-day alcohol rehab programmes can be effective in helping patients safely detox and start the struggle of achieving clarity. 

Based on the substance being misused, the root cause of addiction, and personal circumstances, rehabs as treatment providers may suggest other options other than a 29-day stay in rehab. 

How does it work? 

A 28-day programme allows many alcoholics residential stay which means living at the rehab facility while undergoing the treatment. These programmes offer confidential help to treat long term addiction and they normally involve: 

  • An initial assessment of your addiction and any other physical or mental health problems you may have. A team of treatment providers that can include doctors, staff, therapists, and psychiatrists will design a treatment plan for the patient based on their situation and personal needs. 
  • The detox period involves detoxification – the process of cleansing the body by getting rid of all the existing toxins while dealing with the withdrawal symptoms. Detox can involve medical assistance. 
  • Active addiction treatment: this stage of treatment will usually include individual and group therapy sessions as well as family support, addiction awareness, coping mechanism learning, training sessions, and aftercare treatment plans for quick recovery and long-term success.  

During this best course of 28 days, you will be given group and individual therapy sessions and you will have the opportunity to attend 12-step meetings that assist recovering addicts to achieve and maintain their sobriety and live a healthy life.

These therapy sessions and meetings by support groups or treatment providers give you the chance to interact with other people who are battling against alcohol or substance abuse.  

Why should you choose a 28-day treatment centre? 

A 28-day rehab programme is usually a beginning point for many alcoholics who are dealing with alcohol or drug addictions. Many people are hesitant about making long-term commitments to their alcohol use.

A short, 28-day programme may be helpful for reluctant individuals to get over their reluctance and be more interested with a firm foundation of will to try rehab and a quick recovery process.

A one-month rehabilitation treats long-form addictions can allow you time to cleanse your body and remove all toxic substances from your body and start developing healthier habits. 

A 28 days treatment plan with therapies designed to your needs with an aftercare process may help with a speedier recovery.  

“At the ending phase of your treatment programme, your treatment provider at the rehabilitation will assess you and may suggest more treatment time. You can keep staying at the same place or discuss with the team about shifting to another programme, if mandatory.” 

Why should you consider a long rehab programme? 

A 28-day rehab programme is a short form treatment for you because you may spend the first 2 weeks in detox. Long programmes offer a better opportunity to the patients for making real life changes and building new healthy habits.

Your treatment provider may recommend a lengthier stay at rehabilitation. If you have a history of long-term addictions, a longer programme would be more suitable for you to work through the root causes of the addiction.

Long programmes may be an ideal choice if you have had interrupted or unsuccessful recovery attempts after completing the previous 28-day programme.  

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What should you consider in a 28-day rehabilitation programme? 

Understanding what to consider while choosing a rehab centre near you can be helpful in finding a treatment facility that is suitable according to your needs and for the right treatment. 

Treatment cost 

The cost of a 28-day programme varies for many factors. But the chief factors are the time duration of the programme and the number of services offered.

28-day programmes are normally cheaper than the 2 months or 3 months long programmes and are more probable to be covered by health insurance. 

Aftercare services offered 

Evaluate whether the rehab offers any form of aftercare once the 28 day programme has ended.

Aftercare programmes can provide you significant focus, help, and encouragement to avoid a relapse in a supportive environment. 

These programmes offer: 

  • 12-step meetings 
  • Group and therapy sessions (including the cognitive therapy) 
  • Sober living environments 

Treatment process 

Take into consideration the treatment methods used in the rehab centres and whether those methods address every aspect of the patient.

As addiction usually stems from various factors, it is beneficial if the programme covers the apparent reasons for the addiction and other problems you may be dealing with like family, medical issues, interpersonal relationship issues or concurrent mental health problems. 

“Dual diagnosis is a term which is used for co-occurring mental health and drug/alcohol abuse problems.

A study conducted in 2015 confirmed that among the 19.6 million adults suffering from substance use disorder, 41.2% (8.1 million) were also suffering from mental illness." [1] 

Credentials and staff experience 

Joining a reputable rehabilitation centre near you must include checking the team and facility credentials, certifications, and licensing. This may give you an insight into how the treatment centre is managed and held answerable. 

  • Credentials of the whole team of the rehab. Do they have experience in treating drug and alcohol addiction? 
  • Staff numbers and mix. A 1:1 ratio of staff-to-patient shows that you will have more time to spend with the treatment providers. 
  • Whether the treatment centre has the treating or prescribing physicians. How do they make sure that a patient is receiving any medications that he genuinely needs and monitor you when you are taking them? 

Location of the rehab centre 

The location of rehab clinics is usually an important consideration for a lot of people and their families.

Travelling to a treatment centre that is free of distractions can be the best option for many patients who abuse drugs.

On the contrary, you may want to stay anywhere close to your home to stay connected to your friends and family, whose support can help you in quick recovery. 

6-month inpatient alcohol rehab 

A long-term treatment for alcohol addiction is the ideal option for an addicted person. Alcohol addiction affects a person’s physical and mental health negatively. This condition  is best treated with long-term evidence-based therapy and medication.

In a 6-month inpatient alcohol rehab, the addicted person benefits from an intensive care that’s designed according to cater to their unique needs.

This programme offers residential therapy options outside of a facility/rehab centre which lasts from 6 months to a year. 

Some facilities have a fixed time for the programme, while others only allow a client to graduate. The long-term treatment model provides its patients with support and care 24-hours a day. 

Many inpatient treatment programs create a therapeutic community altogether. This shows that the rehab’s whole focus is on building a safe and stable environment that helps in maintaining a sober living.

It also assists a person heel from social damage because of addiction. In this rehab model, fellow treatment participants and treatment staff increase a patient’s stay, while also providing support and accountability.  

These relationships are an important part of the recovery journey, and a 6-month inpatient programme allows people sufficient time to develop and enjoy the perks of these meaningful relationships. 

Emergency alcohol rehab 

Every addicted individual always has a point in time when they are ready to give up substance use.

That moment is usually a short window that you must never miss, if you are around them because they may feel different tomorrow. That is why the emergency alcohol rehab is always open. 

Another reason to use same-day alcohol rehab is if, for example, an addicted individual is showing tendencies of suicide, self-harm, or they got involved in a life-threatening condition such as alcohol poisoning.

Emergency alcohol rehab service in the rehab industry is provided in an emergency that requires immediate admission into a rehab programme.  

It can be split into two main categories: psychological and medical. A medical emergency is a situation that usually happens because of drug or alcohol use, and it can cause death.

For example, an alcoholic may consume enough liquor to poison him/her. This is an emergency case that requires immediate care.  

Emergency rehab is the best option to address their drug addiction rather than only sobering them up. You can’t predict medical emergencies, so you must not take these emergencies lightly.

For psychological emergencies, they are less dreadful. If an addict doesn’t think rationally about his/her circumstances and tries to self-harm or suicide, that person must be admitted into an emergency rehab programme before they carry out anything self-destructive. 

Long term alcohol rehabilitation 

Each person experiences alcohol addiction differently, requiring unique needs during rehab.

Addiction results in complex changes in the body’s chemical functions and brain’s structure Long-term alcohol rehabilitation is recommended if an individual has a history of relapsing or is suffering from multiple addictions.  


It is believed that a rehab stay of fewer than 90 days provides limited effectiveness, while staying in rehab for 120 to 180 days or more is proven to be effective in recovering from addiction. 

The changes in the body affect a person’s thoughts and behaviour patterns. Self-destructive behaviours happen because of unhealthy thought patterns and successful recovery relies on recognizing and replacing the negative patterns.

Not only that, but addiction also has some fundamental causes like a history of trauma, chronic stress, or a co-occurring mental illness.  

These issues need time to be addressed and resolved properly. The best way to do that is, joining a long-term alcohol rehabilitation as it gives a person enough time to get rid of addiction and end the need for drugs or alcohol.  

Patients who commit long-term to rehab benefit from an intensive care routine that also treats co-occurring mental issues like anxiety and depression.

Group and individual therapy sessions, maintaining high-quality nutrition, participating in sports and physical activities, etc., are examples of activities done in a long-term alcohol rehab to prepare patients for a whole new life. 

Low-cost alcohol rehab 

Alcohol addiction is a chronic disease that affects a person’s mental and physical health negatively. Therefore, giving up on treatment because you cannot afford rehab should never be an option. Low-cost alcohol rehab programmes cater to the needs of addicted individuals who cannot pay for inpatient facilities. 

A low-cost alcohol rehab centre offers high-quality services like private facilities too. However, this service is often sponsored by state or non-profit organisations.

If you are a person of faith and cannot finance care for your addiction, you will benefit from free or low-cost rehab programmes facilitated by faith-based organisations. 

For details, visit any nearby rehab centre to get details about the treatment programmes and their cost.  

Wrap Up! 

Several rehab centres provide 28 day programmes and 60- day programmes. They help patients reconstruct a happy and healthy life by examining all parts of it and re-joining their broken pieces.

Through this treatment, people get awareness and emerge from recovery as a sober person.

The programme provides people a chance to start a new chapter based upon good health, sobriety, wisdom, an open heart, and a positive mindset with peace of mind.  

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About the author

Peter Szczepanski

Peter has been on the GPhC register for 29 years. He holds a Clinical Diploma in Advanced Clinical Practice and he is a Clinical Lead in Alcohol and Substance Misuse for Abbeycare Gloucester and works as the Clinical Lead in Alcohol and Substance Use in Worcestershire. Find Peter on Respiratory Academy, Aston University graduates, University of Birmingham, Q, Pharmaceutical Journal, the Dudley Pharmaceutical Committee, Dudley Council, Twitter, and LinkedIn.