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What Does Continuum of Care Mean When it Comes to Rehab?

Addiction is a very complex condition in a number of different ways.  For one, it varies greatly between each afflicted person, which means the same type of treatment is not going to work for everyone.  There is also the factor of severity, meaning that everyone can have varying levels of extent and severity of their addiction.  Fortunately, there are inpatient treatment centers that will take these types of factors into consideration, which allows them to better treatment the individual.  But, the reality is that there are often further steps that need to be taken after inpatient rehab, as it does not always handle the addiction by itself.  There can be a lot to recovery, and it can require several levels for the individual to finally overcome their addiction.  Each of these steps is different in certain ways, being that as the individual progresses in handling their addiction, treatment often becomes less intensive. This progression through different levels of treatment is called the continuum of care, and following it can help in preventing relapse.

Inpatient Treatment in Rehab – Continuum of Care

Typically, the best first step on the path to recovery is to attend an inpatient drug rehab center.  This is where an individual will receive the bulk of their intensive treatment.  This will include the initial step of detox to rid the substance(s) from their system, and then a full continuum of care program to begin addressing the mental and emotional factors of their addiction.

Partial Hospitalization

One of the best steps in the continuum of care process, after inpatient rehab is a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).  These programs offer treatment that is similar to that of inpatient, but it is typically only during the week for a portion of each day.  This allows a person to begin slowly adjusting back into their daily life while still receiving treatment and associating with the recovery community. This is important, as integrating back into day to day life can be one of the most difficult aspects of recovery.

Intensive Outpatient

Another step further, the person can transition into Intensive Outpatient (IOP) treatment, where they are no longer attending a facility for as much time.  With intensive outpatient, the person will continue to receive support from professionals a few days a week, for a couple hours each visit.  This allows the person to further integrate back into day to day life as they spend less time in treatment.

Regular Outpatient

Then, as the person’s sobriety becomes more stable, they can once again transition into a lower level of treatment, namely General Outpatient.  At this level, the person will attend therapy sessions about once a week, which may be individual or group settings.  This helps the individual to continue to address and handle recurring or persistent difficulties in their life and recovery.

How Best Drug Rehabilitation Can Help Find the Path to Recovery

As mentioned above, each person’s case of addiction is unique.  There is a multitude of factors that need to be taken into consideration when treating each individual.  Here at Best Drug Rehabilitation, we can help you find a customized program for to treat your addiction.  We look for a wide array of modalities to create programs that adhere to all of the person’s needs and wants in their treatment.  Give us a call today and let us help you or your loved one begin the road to recovery.

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