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What are the Different Levels of Recovery?

Addiction is a disease that affects people differently. Some people will show the same symptoms or behaviors as others, while different individuals will have symptoms that aren’t similar in any way.

In the U.S., we’ve been working to help people overcome their addictions since the late 1800s. In all this time, we’ve learned that just as no two battles with addiction are the same, no two recoveries will be identical. There is no one size fits all treatment plan.

By applying what we’ve learned, different levels of treatment have been developed. They help guide patients, family members and medical professionals to make informed choices when it comes to options for getting someone the help they need.

There are five general levels commonly used among addiction specialists to help guide patients towards the right treatment for them:

  1. Outpatient – The patient is normally required to attend regular meetings. They’re able to continue their day to day lives while receiving structured assessment and treatment. This is often a stepping stone for those who may need to transition to a more in depth program for their addiction. This level is ideal for people with a strong support system at home.
  2. Intensive outpatient – This type of program exposes patients to a more rigid educational program about the effects substance abuse has on mental health, It also provides counseling, and if an addiction specialist sees a need, access to medical services through referrals.
  3. Partial hospitalization – This kind of treatment plan is similar to the intensive outpatient treatment. Rather than refer the patient to outside services for medical or psychiatric professionals, the have access to the care they need. This is available through partial hospitalization, including 24 hour crisis services.
  4. Inpatient – Patients who need a secure, stable living environment are often referred to an inpatient treatment program. Facilities for this type of treatment plan are manned 24 hours a day, which ensures treatment and assistance are available to patients at all hours. These types of program range from lower intensity to medically monitored programs. Patients who need to detox from a substance or are at risk due to withdrawal symptoms are prime candidates for an inpatient program.

With more understanding of the types of treatments available, and the advantages each kind could have for different individuals, patients and their families have more options for beginning and continuing their recovery. Treatments better suited to each of those fighting an addiction have a high rate of success, and better enables people in recovery to continue moving forward.

The first step in the treatment process is detox. Start your detox today by calling The Serenity Recovery Center for information on our clinical detox program at the Encino Hospital Medical Center: 866.294.9401