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Levels of Care in Addiction Treatment

If you have landed on this page, you likely already understand you or someone you love needs help and are trying to understand what treatment actually consists of.

Addiction treatment usually consists of four levels of care. While some facilities may specialize in different types of therapy within these levels of care, you will find most offer detox, inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, and some form of aftercare or counseling.

Listed below you you will find a brief outline of each level of care preceded by a link to a page that discusses it more in-depth.

Detox: Stabilization & Safety

Detox is the first step in achieving sobriety. The purpose of detox is to safely remove any levels of the substance in the body. The focus of detox is to ensure medical stabilization and overall safety.

In some cases, particularly detoxing from benzodiazepines like Xanax, Klonopin, or Ativan, a medically supervised detox may be recommended. Similarly, depending on the severity of your dependence to alcohol, a medically supervised detox may be recommended as well.

Inpatient & Residential Treatment

Inpatient and residential treatment programs come after detox. In terms of therapy, you will multiple therapy sessions each day and have access to professional care around the clock.

These facilities provide a safe, supportive environment for individuals who desperately need to end their drug habit. Residential treatment facilities generally have staff physicians, addiction counselors and detoxification specialists available to assist patients.

Inpatient and residential treatment can very in length from anywhere to 28 days to a year depending on which type of facility you choose.

Most commonly, you will find inpatient programs that that have offer from 28-90 days and then transition to lower levels of care. Residential facilities are for extended care.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment allows you to attend treatment without living at the facility. There are different types of outpatient treatment such as Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization, and traditional outpatient. The major difference between these types of programs is the number of hours you commit to therapy each week.

The focus of outpatient treatment is to help transition individuals from highly structured inpatient environments back to regular life while maintaining the skills learned in treatment to stay sober.

Aftercare & Counseling

Aftercare and counseling are both methods used to maintain sobriety. They are tools used to help maintain sobriety. Counseling generally involves seeing a licensed clinician on a regular basis.

Attending support groups is also another popular and effective way for people to maintain their sobriety after treatment.

Often times people may try to access these forms of care to avoid attending treatment. Though it’s not impossible to use these types of care to achieve sobriety, they are most effective after attending higher levels of care.

Therapy Types

There are several different core therapy types used in addiction treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management, motivational interviewing, and dual diagnosis are some of the most popular. Additionally, many programs also have supplemental therapy offerings like yoga, wilderness therapy, equine therapy, exercise, and meditation.

Finding Treatment That Works for You

Though stepping down through the levels of care listed above are uniform across facilities for the most part, the type of therapy used and specializations will likely vary from facility to facility.

When selecting a program you should consider some of the following questions:

  1. Is it a dual diagnosis facility? If yes, the facility also treats existing mental health conditions as part of addiction treatment.
  2. What is the recommended length of their treatment program?
  3. Are there visitation opportunities for your family?
  4. Does the facility create a unique treatment program for your needs specifically?

These are all important questions that can help you find the right facility for you.

American Addiction Centers Can Help

At American Addiction Centers, we are committed to providing the best addiction treatment to our clients regardless of the level of care. We know how challenging it can be to make the first step in getting help, but we also understand that reaching out is a sign of strength and an indication that you are ready to start taking control of your life.

We have facilities across the nation so no matter where you are, there’s a local option available for you. You can learn more about our facilities here.

Call us today to see what addiction treatment program would be best for you, whether you’re just taking the first step in recovery or you’re seeking an appropriate aftercare program.  

We can be reached at 1-888-439-3435 Who Answers? .

Still Unsure About Seeking Treatment?

If you are still unsure about how treatment works, how to ask for help, or how to get treatment, we understand and are here to help. The guides below are great for answering common questions about the treatment seeking process: