Different Types of Treatment

Before we get into the nuts and bolts of different types of treatment, let’s first discuss the process. If you’re a family member or friend trying to get your loved one into treatment, you’re probably going to contact a few different places that claim to be addiction treatment centers. Upon calling them, they’ll go through an intake process. Among other things, the admissions team will want to know who’s calling, if they are clinically appropriate for this treatment center and what type of insurance they have. After completing this process, the clinical team will either recommend you for their program or hopefully suggest an alternative option that meets your needs. In any case, you or your loved one will experience one or more of the following types of treatment below.


Things To Expect In Addiction Treatment

Rather than dive into the nuanced distinctions of each level of treatment, we’re going to provide a brief overview with some trade secrets for the different types of treatment. To start, detox programs are the highest level of care. Unless you’re ultra rich or have high level connections, you should probably expect the minimal level of care. This typically includes medication management, a place to sleep, and nursing staff to check in on you. If you’re considering detox, make sure you ask the facility about their sleeping arrangements and staff to client ratio.

The next type of treatment are residential treatment centers. This is your standard 30-90 day facility with round the clock supervision and support. They’ll provide lodging, food, medical stabilization, psychoeducation and relapse prevention planning. The amenities provided will vary greatly from program to program. Some important questions to consider for this level of care are: how long is your treatment program, will I have my own room, what amenities do you have?

From here, there’s outpatient treatment in the form of partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP) and outpatient (OP). The programs vary in length and services offered. At minimum, they should each provide group therapy, individual therapy, and random drug and alcohol screening. When contacting facilities about this type of treatment, you should consider asking them: what do I need to bring with me, what type of amenities do you provide, what type of insurance you do accept, and will I receive recovery coaching? 

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance use disorder, don’t wait to get help. Contact one of our qualified team members to learn how we can help support your sobriety today!