Short-Term Detox & Addiction Treatment in New Jersey

Professional addiction treatment is often needed to help someone recover from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Addiction is a complex illness, and the right course of treatment varies between individuals.1 But there are many forms of treatment that can be customized to best serve the client.

This page will explain the details of short-term addiction treatment.

What Is Short-Term Rehab?

Short-term residential rehab is an intensive but brief program used to treat a variety of substance use disorders (SUD). Traditionally, these programs last 3–6 weeks and take an approach similar to 12-Step programs.2

When someone refers to weeklong rehab, 7-day rehab, or weekend rehab, they are likely referring to detox. Detox is a vital part of the treatment process for many people but does not encompass the entirety of addiction treatment.1

Following detox, patients go through rehabilitation, which is crucial for patients to build the skills needed for long-term recovery. Detox without continued treatment has very limited success.

Rehabilitation can be performed in several settings (i.e., inpatient, outpatient). It typically involves therapy methods proven to break unhealthy thought and behavior patterns and replace them with positive ways to avoid and overcome triggers that lead to substance use.3, 4

Rehab involves a combination of evidence-based therapy methods and, if needed, medication for addiction treatment (MAT). It is common for someone’s path to recovery to be re-evaluated and adjusted as they go through treatment.1

Recovery is a lifelong process, and short-term addiction treatment alone is seldom enough for someone to remain sober after their residential stay ends.1 This is why it is crucial that patients transfer from short-term rehab into some form of aftercare following treatment. Aftercare may range from participation in a 12-Step program like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), to staying at a sober-living facility, to transferring to an outpatient treatment program.5

How Effective Is Short-Term Rehab?

Research shows that long-term addiction treatment (3 months or longer) is much more effective than a short-term program, when it comes to helping someone achieve lasting recovery.1 However, treatment does not have to end once someone completes short-term rehab program.

Case managers at quality rehab centers will facilitate entry into rehab aftercare programs. For example, Sunrise House hosts free weekly 12-Step meetings at its facility, and offers a robust aftercare program, with free features for alumni. You may benefit from a hybrid long-term recovery approach, which could include a month-long inpatient rehab stay followed by outpatient care.

What Does a Short-Term Rehab Program Entail?

New patient undergoing evaluation upon entry into rehab.When someone begins addiction treatment, either for a short- or long-term rehab program, they are evaluated by addiction specialists who will ask about the following:6

  • The substances being used and to what extent (usually through some form of drug screening).
  • The patient’s physical and mental health.
  • The patient’s history of substance use.
  • The patient’s homelife and social situation.

Following evaluation, patients may need to go through detox. The severity of withdrawal depends largely on some of the factors listed above. Withdrawal without medical supervision can be dangerous for certain substances (e.g., benzodiazepines and alcohol).6

At Sunrise House, medical detox involves 24/7 supervision from medical staff trained to make the process as safe and comfortable as possible.

Once someone completes formal addiction treatment, it’s important they maintain focus and build a positive network conducive to their sobriety. One way to achieve this is through aftercare programs, like the one offered at Sunrise House.

Will Health Insurance Cover Short-Term Inpatient Rehab & Detox?

Most insurers are required by law to cover addiction treatment. However, the extent of insurance coverage for addiction rehab varies according to each individual insurance policy. Information about this coverage can be found in the summary of benefits and coverage for the specific insurance plan.7

In many cases, insurance will not cover the entire cost of treatment. Out-of-pocket costs may include deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance percentages. To keep these costs down,  find a rehab facility within the insurance company’s care network. These facilities contract directly with the insurer, reducing costs that are then passed to the customer.8 Oftentimes, insurers will only cover treatment provided at rehab centers within their network.

Sunrise House is in-network with many major insurers, including the following:

Prospective patients can check whether their insurer covers treatment at Sunrise House by filling out this confidential .

If someone lacks insurance, or the coverage provided is insufficient to cover costs, it can be useful to review other ways to pay for rehab.

Get Admitted & Start Your Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder (SUD), it’s not too late to get help. Admissions navigators at Sunrise House are standing by 24/7 at ready to answer questions about what to expect in addiction treatment and verify your insurance benefits.

You can also find out within minutes whether your insurer covers treatment at Sunrise House by filling out the quick and secure form below.


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