Addiction is a disease that affects the brain. Addictive substances like drugs and alcohol interact with them and cause changes in how nerve cells send, receive, and process information. These changes can lead to all kinds of problems including health issues. Once an individual learns about these consequences it’s common for them to try quitting on their own or they might even be coerced by family members or friends into quitting.
However, most people don’t succeed because addiction is not just a bad habit but rather it’s a chronic disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite its harmful consequences. This means that quitting usually requires medical treatment such as behavioral therapy and medication as well as support from family members or friends. Unfortunately, many addicts who are trying to quit are incarcerated.
And conventional wisdom suggests that being locked up behind bars will prevent them from using drugs or alcohol. But the data doesn’t bear this out. One study found for instance that around half of people admitted to prison were drug users and roughly 1 in 5 had a history of alcohol abuse.
The Five Levels of Addiction Treatment
There are five levels of addiction treatment:
- Inpatient rehab centers
- Outpatient rehab centers with counseling programs available during the day while you work or go to school
- Intensive outpatient rehab programs where clients attend sessions two days per week for three hours at a time
- Standard outpatient therapy involves one hour-long session each week for six months; this is the most common mode of counseling
- 12-Step programs such as AA or NA where addicts can participate in self-help groups
Inpatient Rehab Centers: The first level is inpatient rehab centers where individuals live at the treatment center 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. These are options for people who have medical conditions that could be life-threatening if they don’t have access to proper medical care or if their withdrawal symptoms are too intense to manage on their own. People may also stay in an inpatient facility after other treatments like detox if they need multiple forms of therapy (medical, psychological, nutritional, etc.) and/or support like group therapy sessions to make sure they remain sober when returning home.
Outpatient Rehab Centers with Daytime Counseling Programs: Another level of treatment is outpatient rehab centers that offer therapy during the day while you’re able to be at work or home. This option appeals to people who want to continue working their usual job along with receiving addiction therapy since they already established a support system comprising friends, family, and colleagues before admission into rehab.
Intensive Outpatient Rehab Program (IOP): The third level of treatment is for people who may not need the amount of care provided by an inpatient program but are still looking for significantly more support than that available through standard outpatient therapy which involves one hour-long session each week for six months. This option appeals to many given its advantages over both conventional outpatient therapy and inpatient rehab centers.
Standard Outpatient Therapy: The fourth level of treatment is standard outpatient therapy which involves one hour-long session each week for six months; this is the most common mode of counseling offered through health insurance benefits payable (part C). This option appeals to those who want to address their addiction issues but aren’t at risk for medical complications associated with intense withdrawal symptoms and/or require significant support due to co-occurring psychological disorders like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, etc.
12-Step programs such as NA or AA where addicts can participate in self-help groups: This level of treatment is for those who want to address their addiction issues but don’t require intensive therapy or a formal diagnosis. In other words, this option appeals to people who’ve been through the yet aren’t at risk of medical complications associated with intense withdrawal symptoms and/or have co-occurring psychological disorders that could be exacerbated by additional counseling sessions. Completing treatment at any one of these levels patients may qualify for continuing care options which include transitional living facilities, sober homes, halfway houses, etc.
These types of houses are advantageous over transitional apartments because residents have people watching over them 24. In conclusion, the most effective rehab programs put addicts in intensive treatment for a period of 30 60 days.
However, once the initial rehabilitation phase is over, patients are still required to attend outpatient sessions at least two times per week in order to ensure that they remain sober and have all the support they need. If you are ready to begin your treatment, feel free to contact us at 833-610-1174.