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What Are The Different Levels Of Addiction Care?

May 20, 2024

Substance use disorders are typically as unique as the patients impacted by them. As a result, the degree of your addiction and the symptoms you face will vary from others. But to help you understand the sorts of treatment you can find, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has documented five different levels of addiction care and beyond. Discover what you will find at each level and why a continuum of care for substance use recovery is important.

Levels Of Addiction Treatment

There are five levels of addiction treatment. Even so, some levels are classified further into subsets, as detailed on this page. We’ll investigate these levels by going from the most urgent| type of care to the least.

Level 4: Medically-managed Intensive Inpatient

IndividualsPatients at his level have serious substance use disorders requiring immediate medical attention. For many, recovery starts here with a medically guided detox. People stay at the center for 24-hour care for withdrawal symptoms and to advance their physical and mental stability. Your physical safety is the overriding priority. Medicine is given to manage symptoms, and counseling often begins at this phase to explore the psychological facets of addiction.

Level 3: Inpatient / Residential Services

Inpatient rehab, often called residential treatment, is found at Level 3. Most patients will enter these programs following detox. You will live on the premises and have access to the following:

  • 24-7 supervision
  • Group therapy, peer support, and individual therapy to develop beneficial coping devices and dig into the underlying causes of addiction
  • Treatment for co-occurring disorders
  • Medication management to mitigate withdrawal
  • A structured environment free of triggers of substance use
  • Planning for aftercare

Level 3 may be broken down further into the following four types:

  • 3.1 Clinically Managed Low-Intensity Residential Services: Incorporates at least five hours of clinical services every week. Relapse prevention, recovery skills, and managing emotions are prioritized.
  • 3.3 Clinically Managed Population-Specific High-Intensity Residential Services: This level of treatment is intended for patients who could encounter memory or other ailments typically found with substance use disorders. Services might proceed at a slower pace with added reinforcement. Providers must be able to discern when an individual should be admitted at this tier by considering withdrawal, co-occurring disorders, or additional factors.
  • 3.5 Clinically Managed High-Intensity Residential Services: Treatment advances at a normal pace but is planned to assist those with at least two active conditions. Patients might have needs including a co-occurring disorder, problems adapting to healthy behaviors, or a functional limitation.
  • 3.7 Medically Monitored High-Intensity Inpatient Services: Patients at this highest level 3 tier need careful psychological or medical monitoring in a 24-7 setting but not assistance from a medical doctor every day.

Level 2: Partial Hospitalization / Intensive Outpatient

At this phase, individuals are balanced and clear to reside at home while getting frequent therapy at an authorized facility. Patients will require a rigorous 3-5 days per week schedule of treatment, but Level 2 is a level down from inpatient services and may be categorized further into the following:

  • Level 2.1, Intensive Outpatient: Patients in intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) get between 9 to 19 hours of substance use disorder therapy each week. There are different types of therapy with a priority on recognizing the triggers and reasons behind substance use.
  • Level 2.5, Partial Hospitalization: Similar to IOP, partial hospitalization is more involved, with at least 20 hours of substance use treatment per week.

Level 1: Outpatient Services

This level of addiction care consists of outpatient treatment of fewer than nine hours every week and may be appropriate for individuals who have been through inpatient rehab. While living at home, participants obtain substance use and mental health care to stay on the road to recovery.

Level 0.5: Early Intervention

Before a substance use disorder is diagnosed, at-risk individuals may benefit from this first level of addiction treatment. Early intervention strives to assess people and supply educational support to keep an addiction from starting. For instance, classes for a person jailed for drunk driving might help avoid an alcohol use disorder. Programs like DARE, which guide at-risk youth, also fall into this level of care.

Praesum Healthcare Provides A Continuum Of Care

Praesum Healthcare is a leading source for addiction treatment and offers a complete continuum of care to help you wherever you are on your recovery path. We can lead you through all stages of treatment, from detox to outpatient assistance. Contact 866-850-5001 today and get on your way to a successful recovery.