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Levels Of Care Professionals Need To Understand: Part One

Levels Of Care Professionals Need To Understand: Part One


Not everyone who seeks treatment for an addiction will need to undergo detox. For professionals whose addiction has become moderate to severe, detox will be necessary. A clinical detox facility offers comforts to make the process of withdrawal easier while also offering the careful watch of trained clinical nurses. Little therapy occurs during the detox period as there is still a cognitive disconnect. Though some counseling may take place, it is extremely difficult to make any breakthroughs or real progress with a detoxing brain. Patients in detox may be taken to 12-step meetings to start growing their community. Overall, detox is focused on creating as comfortable an environment as possible for enduring the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal. After detox, many patients move onto residential treatment.

Residential Inpatient

Residential inpatient treatment is what most might refer to as “rehab”. Residential is recommended to individuals who still pose a threat to the safety of themselves or others. Though there are lower levels of care options available, many of them might include living at home or with some degree of independence. Depending on the severity of addiction, it is possible that there is no way for an individual to manage their own life safely without turning to drugs and/or alcohol. Residential offers room and boarding on the same premises as the treatment, including 24/7 nursing staff, onsite medication management, and more. From their bedroom in the morning to their bedroom at night, most activities take place in one area. Patients visit their therapists, doctors, and engage in group therapy onsite, as well as enjoy meals and fitness activities. Treatment providers may take patients offsite for recovery support meetings, outings, and special occasions.

Intensive Outpatient

In between residential inpatient and intensive outpatient is partial hospitalization where all of the scheduling and therapeutic activities of residential inpatient are included, but patients live at home, in transitional living, or sober living. A very common model for treatment is intensive outpatient with boarding, also called the Florida Model. Patients live in a treatment center or private owned home that is regulated for sobriety. During the day, patients commute typically to an office where intensive outpatient takes place. Not all of the therapeutic activities are included in intensive outpatient and the hours of the day are much less than higher levels of care. For some, this level of care is their primary experience. For others, it is a necessary part of a step down process.

The Center for Professional Recovery offers the Professional Treatment Program, designed specifically to address the unique needs of professionals, like first-responders. Our programs are designed to treat co-occurring disorders which might arise and restore first-responders in a way which allows them to return to work and continue taking care of their mental health. For information on our full continuum of care for professionals, call us today: (855) 422-4129

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