Different Levels of Care In Substance Abuse Treatment

The most effective treatment for substance use disorders is following a  plan created by a medical professional. It is common for treatment plans to consist of several levels of care.

 We understand reviewing a treatment plan can be overwhelming.  Below you can find the levels of care commonly seen in treatment plans as well as how Stages of Recovery can help you every step of the way.

Detoxification (Detox)

Stages of Recovery does not currently offer Detox services. Contact us today to learn more about the detoxification process and recommendations for detox centers in your area. 

The first step of drug treatment’s continuum of care is allowing drugs and alcohol to leave the body. 

Depending on the substance(s) and duration of use, detox can result in withdrawal symptoms and last anywhere from 2 to 28 days. In many cases, patients will spend less than a week in a detox facility.  For substances like alcohol, benzodiazepines and opiates, detox requires medication for both safety and comfort management. For this reason, detox centers have at least one medical doctor on staff at all times. Patients are monitored by medical professionals throughout their stay to ensure no complications arise while the body is weened off drugs and alcohol. Once a patient is medically cleared from detox, they will be referred to either an Inpatient Treatment Program, a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), or an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Inpatient Residential Treatment

Stages of Recovery does not currently offer Inpatient Treatment Services. Contact us today to learn more about inpatient treatment as well as recommendations for – centers in your area.

Inpatient Treatment in the continuum of care refers to a Residential Treatment Program where medical professionals are on-site at all times. Inpatient treatment is what most people think of when they hear “rehab”. 

Factors including  severity of the addiction, insurance and resources will determine duration of treatment, – anywhere from 28 days to one year in length. Typically inpatient treatment lasts 28 to 90 days. 

During inpatient residential treatment, patients do not leave the facility unless escorted by staff. Days consist  of group and individual counseling, lecture and in some cases, education about the 12 Step Programs and medication-assisted therapy. 

Inpatient residential treatment provides a safe environment for patients to explore difficult subjects like past trauma and actions during active addiction, while implementing necessary coping skills without the ability to relapse. 

After inpatient treatment, individuals can continue treatment by transitioning into a Sober Living community while attending a PHP (partial hospitalization program) or IOP (intensive outpatient) program. 

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Stages of Recovery currently offers PHP in Lubbock and Waco. Contact us today to learn more about PHP and get started on your recovery journey today.

Partial Hospitalization Programs are one step down from residential inpatient treatments in the continuum of care. PHPs normally last 8 hours a day and will take anywhere from 14-28 days to complete. 

Partial Hospitalization Programs commonly follow the curriculum of residential treatment programs but allow patients to return home or to a sober living at the end of the day. 

PHPs are a great choice for individuals who are unable to attend inpatient treatment for any reason, as it allows patients to receive the same level of care as an inpatient facility while still being able to take care of outside responsibilities in the evening after the day of PHP ends. 

PHP is commonly recommended in addition to a sober living facility to help individuals easily transition back into society. This step down in care approach has proven to be the most effective model for creating long term recovery from substance use disorders. 

Intensive Outpatient Counseling (IOP)

Stages of Recovery currently offers IOP in Lubbock and Waco. Contact us today to learn more about IOP and get started on your recovery journey today.

After an individual completes PHP, they are stepped down to IOP in the continuum of care. IOP is commonly a group therapy session that is held for 3 hours in the evening, 3 to 5 times a week. 

These group sessions are led by a counselor and further go over coping skills as well as allow group members to process experiences they face as they reintegrate into the community. It is an added layer of support for those still early in recovery.  

IOP allows residents of sober living facilities to work jobs and attend 12-step meetings during the day or on evenings when they do not have IOP. 

Intensive Outpatient is normally the final level of care before an individual must begin managing their own recovery entirely within whichever support group they choose to join. 

IOP programs usually require individuals to complete 40 to 90 group therapy sessions to graduate successfully. 

Sober Living

Stages of Recovery currently offers sober living in Lubbock and Waco. Contact us today to learn more about sober living and get started on your recovery journey today.

Up until this point, the substance use disorder patient has been in medical facilities, removed from society and the community. While this time away gives the patient the opportunity to develop and practice coping skills without the temptation of drugs or alcohol, the patient needs to begin transitioning back into the community. Sober Living can last as long as residents want but normally people will live in a sober living environment for 6 to 12 months. 

There is a wide range of options when it comes to sober living facilities. Some programs are more structured than others and follow a step-down model where freedoms such as the use of a car and a later curfew are earned through good behavior. Other programs are less structured and allow residents total freedom, but require residents to take regular drug tests. 

In the continuum of care, Sober Living is when residents are able to return to their jobs or seek new employment opportunities. It is also commonly the first opportunity residents have to attend and get involved in a 12 step fellowship, find a sponsor and homegroup, as well as begin working the 12 steps. 

Sober Living lets residents reintegrate back into the community while having a supportive environment to return to at the end of the day where they can process their emotions with peers who are going through the same experiences. It is common for residents of sober living to attend PHP and IOP programs.