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What Are the Different Levels of Care in Rehab?

Addiction treatment levels of care have been established to provide bespoke programs for the different stages of addiction. Therefore, being able to help each addict at their own level and by fulfilling their own unique needs.

Let’s take a look at the different addiction treatment levels of care and which one might be best suited for you or your loved one.

What Are The Levels of Care for Addiction Treatment

Level 0.5 – Early Intervention Services

The first level of addiction treatment care is also the one applied to those patients with the least severity. Usually, those who have problematic use or mild substance disorders.

The goal of early intervention is to reduce the potential harms that are associated with substance abuse and reduce the risk of severe addiction.

Early intervention services can be administered in the form of prevention education, therapy, or counseling. Primarily in places such as schools and hospitals.

Level I – Outpatient Services

Outpatient services are the next level of addiction treatment care. Outpatient care is given to patients in a non-residential setting. This means that recovering addicts will be able to go back home each day after receiving therapy or treatment.
This type of recovery service could be suited to patients who have less severe symptoms that might not pose a direct risk to their immediate well-being. 

Outpatient services could also be a good fit for more severe patients that have already completed an inpatient care program and need to continue with treatment.

Level II – Intensive Outpatient/Partial Hospitalization Services

Stepping up on the severity scale are intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization. An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is the same as regular outpatient treatment, except patients are required to attend more hours. In many cases, patients might have been stabilized in a hospital prior to attending an IOP.

Typically, IOPs require patients to attend treatment for a minimum of 9 hours per week, although most programs suggest anywhere between 6 and 30 hours per week.

Intensive outpatient treatment is better suited for patients that have co-occurring disorders or more complicated symptoms but don’t require inpatient treatment. Therefore, needing to spend more time with the care team.

Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) are best suited to severe cases that don’t require around-the-clock care. These programs usually last a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Level III – Residential/Inpatient Services

Residential services offer addicts a safe environment with around-the-clock care where they can live for the duration of their treatment. Inpatient is what usually comes to mind when one thinks of rehab.

An inpatient program could last anywhere from 30-90 days and it usually includes detox, therapy, 12-step programs, and other holistic treatments.

Inpatient services are best suited for patients that:

  • Have a high risk of relapse
  • Suffer from severe co-occurring disorders
  • Have tried and failed at outpatient or other forms of treatment before
  • Have severe withdrawal symptoms
  • Require around-the-clock attention due to delicate medical conditions
  • Suffer from severe addiction

Inpatient services tend to cost more due to the inclusion of housing, food, and around-the-clock professional services. However, evidence shows that inpatient treatment for substance use disorders is actually cost-effective when compared with no treatment at all. 

Substance abuse is not only a financial drain on addicts and their families, but it also hinders them from opportunities in the workplace. This keeps them from reaching their full earning potential.

Level 3.7WM – Withdrawal Management in a Residential Setting

Medically withdrawal management is commonly known as detox. Detoxification is a process by which addicts are provided with medications to help them stabilize as substances withdraw from their bodies.

Withdrawals occur when an addict has become dependent on their substance of choice and their body has gotten used to functioning with that substance. Once the substance is withdrawn, or the user detoxifies from it, the body could have adverse reactions.

These adverse reactions, or withdrawals, could be life-threatening depending on the severity of the addiction. The medication administered during detox can help addicts battle withdrawal symptoms, making the process less challenging, painful, and risky.

Pharmacology could also be implemented as a way to help addicts “taper down”.

Level 3.7WM is administered in a residential inpatient setting with the use of on-site medical staff and equipment.

Level IV – Medically Managed Intensive Inpatient (Withdrawal Management in a Hospital)

This level tends to be for the most severe cases of addiction with the most life-threatening withdrawal symptoms and delicate medical conditions.

Determining Your Level of Care

At 90210 Recovery our team of recovery experts is ready to help determine the level of care that is right for you. Contact 90210 Recovery today to get an assessment of addiction treatment levels of care


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