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A Guide to Drug Addiction Rehab

Those of us who have experience with, work in, or have been through drug addiction rehab in some form understand much of the terminology that is thrown around regarding different aspects of the process.  So much so that all of the different drug addiction rehab programs can be confusing to those who have little to no experience in these areas.  Hopefully this article will be of some benefit for those who are confused about what different drug addiction rehab programs entail, and clear up any existing questions about who they can benefit.


Drug addiction detox is typically the first step that anyone might take when they make the decision to get clean and sober.  Addictive substances are nearly impossible to safely withdrawal from at home, and a drug addiction detox monitors the detoxification process.  Generally lasting for around a week (sometimes more, sometimes less – depending upon the person) a detox program is simply a medically supervised taper to help detoxify individuals from drugs and alcohol.  Drug addiction detox facilities are highly clinically managed, providing clients with 24/7 medical supervision due to the dangerous after effects that can occur from withdrawal.  Some detoxes offer counseling services for patients who are more medically stable than others, but they place a high importance on immediate medical care and stabilization.  Drug addiction detox programs are most effective when immediately followed with an aftercare plan, and are suitable for anyone who has become physically and mentally dependent upon mood or mind altering substances.


PHP, or Partial Hospitalization Program, is perhaps the most misunderstood level on the complete continuum of care.  Sometimes referred to as inpatient drug treatment or residential treatment, PHP is most simply put: your standard 28-30 day inpatient drug treatment program.  Partial Hospitalization means that patients who enter into PHP are also monitored by addiction professionals and clinical staff.  Addiction and behavioral health staff function under clinical supervision, and clients are monitored 24 hours a day.  The daily activities of PHP residential treatment clients are highly structured, focusing around recovery based therapeutic groups for the majority of their stay.  Some PHP services allow clients to attend facilitated outside 12-step meetings, but it depends upon the level of care that is provided to the patients.

“Level IV” treatment

All drug addiction rehab programs are required to classify themselves by levels, based upon the level of clinical supervision and security of the program.  Level IV (4) drug addiction rehab programs are the most structured of all addiction facilities, commonly known as “lock down” treatment facilities.  Clients who attend Level 4 lock down drug addiction rehab generally require intense medical supervision, or have severe behavioral problems.  Clients are unable to attend outside 12-step meetings, and are secured on-site for 30 (or more) days.


IOP, or Intensive Out Patient drug addiction rehab is a less structured option for recovering from drugs and alcohol addiction.  Participants either live in sober living facilities or at home, and are required to engage in at least 9 hours of addiction counseling per week.  IOP is designed as a segue after PHP, or for those who require flexibility in their schedules.  To qualify for an IOP program, patients must be medically stable and able to meet the minimum amount of therapeutic group requirements.


A step down from IOP, outpatient is a scheduled weekly or bi-weekly addiction therapy session.  Outpatient is most beneficial to those who have completed the other levels of addiction treatment, and have been able to continuously stay sober in that time period.

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