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A Guide to Recovery Programs

A Guide to Recovery Programs

by Elliott Redwine

Ranging from hospitalization to recovery homes, the levels of substance abuse treatment may seem confusing. This guide provides some clarification on levels of care.

Substance abuse treatment offers the first step towards sobriety for many. If you aren’t familiar with addiction treatment, though, you may not understand the different levels of care. Learning about the different types of treatment helps you make a more informed decision when seeking treatment.

Are you looking for addiction treatment and confused about where to start? This guide will clear up your confusion and questions about the options available to you. Continue reading to learn more about the various types of substance abuse treatment.

Medical Detox

When someone uses drugs and alcohol heavily for many months or years, their body becomes dependent on these substances. If they stop using them suddenly, they experience physical and psychological symptoms in response. These symptoms, or withdrawal symptoms, range from mild to severe.

Some people require medical attention during the withdrawal, or detox, phase. Medical detox provides a safe environment to get through their withdrawal symptoms. Many facilities use medication to help ease the more painful or difficult symptoms.

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment takes place in a residential facility, oftentimes a hospital. You attend programming during the day with others in your group and spend the night in the facility. There are different lengths of programs depending on the treatment center you select. Most programs run in 30-, 60-, or 90-day increments.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

A partial hospitalization program, or PHP for short, is similar to an inpatient treatment program. The amount of time you spend programming, in both days and hours You receive much of the same education and counseling as you would during inpatient treatment. The main difference is that you are not required to spend the night at your treatment facility.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive outpatient programs, also known as IOP, offer a treatment option to those who can’t go to a full-time program. IOP generally meets 3 to 5 days per week for 2 to 3 hours per day. Many facilities offer programs in the evening for people who have work or school during the daytime. IOP also works as a step down from inpatient or PHP as part of an aftercare plan.

Drug and Alcohol Counseling

Drug and alcohol counseling takes place on an individual basis with a therapist or counselor who specializes in substance abuse. Usually you meet with your therapist once or twice per week. Drug and alcohol counseling works best when used after going through a more intensive level of care, such as inpatient, PHP, or IOP. Counseling provides a stable way to check in and stay accountable.

Residential Sober Living

Residential sober living isn’t a type of substance abuse treatment on its own. Many programs house their clients in sober livings as a part of treatment, though. Sober living also provides a sober environment to call home while still in early recovery. If you don’t feel comfortable or safe moving back home right away, renting a room in a sober residential facility is a great option..

Choosing an Addiction Treatment Center

Now that you have a better understanding of the difference between each level of care, you can make an informed decision about the treatment center you choose. Will you need medical assistance during the first week or two when you stop drinking or using? Would an inpatient program give you the space you need to keep away from substances?

Something to remember is that each treatment facility offers its own choice of care levels. Some provide treatment each step of the way while others specialize in one or two areas. Keep this in mind as you search for a treatment facility. Additionally, your insurance company may cover only certain types of treatment. If you have insurance, call your provider’s line to find out more about what your policy covers.

Are you struggling to get clean and stay sober? Make the choice to attend addiction treatment at Freedom Treatment Centers of California. It may provide the help you need to find a new way of life, free from the bondage of drugs and alcohol!