Understanding Different Levels of Treatment: Higher Levels of Care

Treatment centers often offer what is called a “continuum of care” which is inclusive of numerous levels of treatment. Transitioning through levels of care is recommended to create a long term treatment plan. Long term treatment, lasting anywhere from one to six months or longer, is proven to lead to a higher likelihood of long-term abstinence.



Detox can sometimes be part of the residential inpatient program. Most often it is a standalone period or treatment separating clients who are detoxing from clients who have started the therapeutic process of recovery. Provided medications for detox assistance, around the clock nursing supervision, and many comforts of home, clients who are detoxing are receiving a high level of care.

Detox can be the first phase of recovery for some clients. Not all clients will have to go through a medical detox period. Instead, they will experience symptoms of detox and withdrawal ongoing, on a less severe scale. Numerous health complications can arise during detox, which can potentially become fatal if there is not immediate attention from medical professionals. Detox is also the time where vulnerability for relapse is the highest, as well as the most dangerous. In a dedicated detox program, clients are able to experience the process of withdrawals as safely and as comfortably as possible. Once they have reached a sustainable level of health, they can transition into the residential inpatient program.


Residential Inpatient

Residential inpatient programs are considered the highest level of care for drug and alcohol addiction outside of a institutionalized or hospital setting. Typically, the clients seeking residential inpatient treatment are the clients who are unable to stay sober without 24/7 supervision. Living on the premises, clients in residential inpatient are supervised by a nurse or staff member every hour of the day.

Everything is taken care of at the residential treatment level. Medications, scheduling, transportation, doctor appointments, food, and activity are all done on site. Residential inpatient programming will include all of the mind, body, and spirit treatment modalities. Individual therapy, group therapy, specialized therapy sessions, psychoeducational lectures, holistic healing, physical fitness, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, 12-step meetings, outings, and more will be included.

Residential inpatient treatment typically lasts 4-6 weeks, or anywhere between 30-60 days. In a safe and structured environment, there is ample time to heal and begin to recover. 

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