It can sometimes be difficult to determine what is the best treatment option for a substance use disorder. The following levels of care can help you identify what may be the best option for you.

Residential Treatment

Residential treatment allows you to get away from your home environment and life stressors so that you can focus on yourself and sobriety in a therapeutic and safe atmosphere. Many programs do NOT allow cell phones and have limited WIFI access. This type of treatment requires you to live in a facility for typically 30 days; however, the amount of time spent is mostly determined by your insurance provider and medical necessity.

Detox Facility

The goal of a detox facility is to have licensed medical staff professionals supervise your vital signs, distribute medications, provide nourishing food and give you space to allow physical healing and detox from drugs and alcohol.l. Depending on the substances that are detoxing your body, the typical length of stay in a detox program is from 5-14 days. Not all insurance providers cover a detox facility.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

This is an outpatient program that meets five days a week for five to six hours a day. The program is often attached to a residential treatment provider or to a hospital-based program. Most attendees are not working because of the time commitment involved. This is covered by most insurance plans.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

An IOP is ideal for clients that are leaving a residential program and looking for a transition back into their everyday routine. It is also flexible enough for working professionals who recognize that they have a substance use issue and are seeking treatment on an outpatient basis. The clients attend group meetings for a minimum of three days a week for three hours a day. Therapy, psychiatry and group sessions are provided. This is covered by most insurance plans.

Sober Living Environment (SLE)

For many clients seeking recovery, returning back to their previous living environment is not ideal for sobriety. Instead, they may opt to live in a group home that is free of substances while providing communal support. Drug testing and house chores are expected. This is not covered by insurance.

Visit the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) website to learn more about the continuum of care: Our call center can help with referrals to these resources.

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