If you have started thinking about going to addiction treatment or alcohol treatment, you have begun a journey that is often very difficult, and you will likely waver back and forth. We know that taking this step is the start of a wonderful new life and only those who are brave and committed will see it through. Below are some tips from those who have considered this step in their life.
When thinking about drug rehab or alcohol rehab it is important to first understand what the options are that exist. Below is the basic continuum of care provided for substance abuse treatment, if you or someone you know is thinking about rehab, the first step is to speak to someone who can assess you for which level of care is the best fit (note, there does exist other types of treatment, but below are the ASAM levels of care):
- Detoxification, otherwise known as detox:
- Detox is usually a 3-7 day medical process that can be done in a hospital setting or in a house setting.
- Detox is always overseen by a licensed medical doctor and registered nurses.
- Detox is designed to help someone become physically free and clear of the drugs and/or alcohol.
- Detox generally will have some type of group therapy and case management designed to help figure out next steps and aftercare.
- RTC or Primary Residential Treatment:
- RTC is the general type of rehab we think of when we think of treatment.
- RTC usually lasts between 30 and 90 days.
- Generally RTC has a medical provider onsite and includes group and individual therapy.
- RTC is designed to continue stabilizing, educating and preparing the person for aftercare.
- RTC can include many holistic therapies such as equine, yoga, nutrition, etc.
- Although the majority of Americans believe that RTC is the main type of treatment, there is no evidence anywhere that 30 days of treatment can fix or solve what for most people is a multi-year, sometimes multi-decade condition.
- PHP (Partial Hospitalization Program) or Day Treatment:
- PHP Is generally the next stepdown level from RTC and it includes a person living at home and attending 5 days per week, 5 hours per day or outpatient treatment.
- PHP includes medical services, case management, group therapy and individual addiction therapy.
- This can be done for those that cannot leave their job or home for 30-90 days.
- This also can be done as a stepdown for those coming from RTC and re-integrating.
- PHP Generally last 2-4 weeks.
- IOP (Intensive Outpatient):
- IOP consists of 3 days per week for 3 hours per day.
- This level of care can be completed for most without having to sacrifice their jobs or families.
- IOP generally can be found both mornings and evenings.
- IOP can be completed at a rate of 5 days per week in certain situations.
- IOP generally includes individual therapy, group therapy, case management and urine drug testing.
- IOP generally lasts a minimum of 90 days.
- IOP generally does not include medical or nursing services.
- OP (Outpatient):
- Outpatient care can be anything that is less than 9 hours (IOP) level of care.
- OP generally consists of 1-2 group therapy sessions, ongoing urine drug testing, case management and individual therapy.
At The Redpoint Center, located in Longmont Colorado, we believe that people come to us needing specific treatment planning and services for their lives. Although we offer “PHP” and “IOP” levels of care, we believe that we are much more than an IOP. During treatment with us each participant will receive the above outlined PHP/IOP services as well as individualized nutrition, fitness, recovery coaching, family and medical services. We believe that as each person comes with unique needs, creating a compelling vision for each person’s future begins with individualized, high quality, recovery-oriented services.
If you or someone you know is thinking about rehab in Colorado or drug rehab near me, or anywhere in the country, call us at (888) 509-3153 to speak with a highly trained admissions coordinator. If our services don’t fit, we will personally help you find resources that do.