Benefits of Ninety Day Rehab Programs

Learn how ninety day rehab programs can help you beat addiction

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has established that there are benefits to ninety day rehab programs, and anything less is regarded as less effective recovery treatment. The longer the duration of stay is at an inpatient drug rehab, the better the recovery outcome is. Because patients in drug rehab have to make many changes in their thinking and behavior, it is deemed beneficial to remove them from their usual daily habits and give them adequate time to make the necessary changes that will lead to sober living. The most successful rehab programs are ninety days or more of treatment in a structured environment.

By giving the patient the necessary time to make important changes in thinking and behavior, and allowing those changes to become set patterns of thought, the more beneficial will be the recovery outcome. Long-term residential treatment programs provide 24/7 structured living for the patient in a safe haven among his peers.  He will be attended to by medical and psychiatric personnel, counselors and others who will help him develop new ways of living for the future.

Ninety day rehab programs are also recommended for addicts who also struggle with co-occurring physical or mental health issues, because those issues will also have to be treated along with the addiction. The program gives the patient the time necessary to identify dysfunctional thought and behavior patterns that may have been a cause of his addiction. Identifying and undoing the negative mindset takes time to accomplish but it can be achieved. Once old negative patterns are erased they are replaced by new, healthy alternatives that will empower the patient to begin to make the right kind of choices for his life. It requires time and training to establish new patterns of thought, and the patient will have adequate time to establish him self in a long-term residential treatment program. This allotted time is used to focus on healing and making necessary changes that will benefit the patient after he leaves the ninety day rehab programs.

Once the patient has completed a successful detox process, he will begin a series of treatments and therapies that are outlined in his treatment plan. During this phase of treatment the patient will begin to transition and transform his dysfunctional mindset. Some of the programs that the patient may receive are:

  1. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which consists of psychological approaches for better problem solving, and removing dysfunctional thought and behavior patterns. The therapy helps the patient re-adjust his attitudes, thoughts, beliefs and images, which relate to how the patient behaves and copes with problems. The patient will begin to learn new strategies for problem solving, and adapt a new set of principles that can be applied to any situation that he may face in the future. Patients also learn how thoughts are directly tied to feelings that will pop up at any given time, even though many of these thoughts may not be based on reality. When a patient had to cope with overwhelming emotions or painful events in his past, his thinking may have been programmed to react negatively to the situation. This may have been a big motivation for using drugs or alcohol to escape the pain or stress. Cognitive behavioral therapy addresses all these issues.
  2. Contingency management therapy is a strategy that reinforces desirable behavior with rewards, and undesirable behavior is not rewarded. The patient is encouraged toward positive behavior goals to make the necessary changes in his life. Desirable behavior is rewarded with vouchers that are exchangeable for consumer goods. Undesirable behavior is not rewarded with vouchers. This type of therapy is based on the belief that behavior can be changed by presenting regular environmental consequences.
  3. Other therapies in long-term residential treatment programs may include: family counseling, individual and group therapy, relapse prevention therapy, support group meetings, alternative therapies and faith-based programs.

When looking for the best substance abuse treatment centers, look for those that offer 90 day rehab programs. The time you spend in rehab should be used to heal and focus on the changes that will be necessary to lead a sober and productive life.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.