Is someone you love looking for substance abuse treatment? If that is the case, you may be wondering what addiction treatment options are available to them and what types of treatment they need in order to be on the road to recovery. These types of treatment are called levels of care, and they include:

  • Detoxification
  • Residential Treatment
  • Partial Hospitalization
  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Outpatient


In this level of care, your loved one will reside in one of our comfortable detox homes that provide a homey and pleasant setting to start the recovery process. At the detox homes, your loved one will be attended to by experienced house managers and professional staff.

As withdrawing from alcohol and other drugs can be draining and potentially life-threatening, those in the detox level of care are monitored 24 hours a day for withdrawal symptoms. House managers are available to administer detox medications, and clinicians are available to provide therapy services within the comfort of a home environment. Additionally, your loved one will receive assistance in creating a plan for their treatment here and for their long-term recovery.

Residential Treatment

As in the detox level of care, your loved one will reside in a comfortable home environment where they will be attended to by house managers and professional staff members 24 hours a day. Clinicians will also be available for group and individual therapy services throughout the week and will assist your loved one in creating an individualized treatment plan tailored to their own needs. Housing accommodations and food are provided, allowing your loved one to concentrate exclusively on their sobriety.

Those in this level of care can also attend community support groups, which allows them to meet other people in the first stages of recovery, as well as those with many years of sobriety under their belts who can provide encouragement and motivation.

Partial Hospitalization

If your loved one is struggling with addiction, a consistent, structured and personalized treatment program is the best way to address this problem. People in this level of care will have the opportunity to participate in substance abuse treatment five days per week for five hours a day. During the rest of the time they are here they will be residing in a home environment with others in the same level of care or higher.

During treatment, your significant other can expect to be surrounded by caring, professional staff members, including experienced house managers and clinicians, as well as people who are in recovery as well. This level of care is for adults who do not require round-the-clock monitoring, as in the previous two levels of care. Those in this level of care will learn important coping skills to deal with their addiction and everyday struggles, including anxiety and depression.

Your loved one will be individually assessed so our treatment team can understand their history and triggers for using. After that, we can work with them on an individualized treatment plan, which includes individual, family and group therapy, as well as medication management and aftercare planning.

Intensive Outpatient

Intensive Outpatient trea tment is critical to your loved one’s recovery. They will participate in treatment for five days a week for three hours a day and learn life skills that will help them in the recovery process. Clients participate in group, individual and family therapy with clinicians and further hone their plans for aftercare. Your loved one will learn how to apply coping skills to their everyday struggles and discover how to break their substance use patterns before they spiral down into using.


If your loved one has made it this far, that is an exciting thing! That means they have successfully completed the higher levels of care, have been participating in support group meetings—AA, NA or SMART Recovery—remained compliant with medications and treatment guidelines and remained abstinent throughout treatment. This is a major accomplishment, which speaks to their high level of motivation to be in recovery.

In this level of care, clients are only expected to attend group therapy once per week for three hours at a time. If they desire, they can also continue to have individual and family therapy with their clinician. Clients in this level of care may choose to continue residing in the same home environment they lived in throughout partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient. They also work and go to meetings to continue their progress and remain sober.

Remember That Motivation Fluctuates

If your loved one is considering treatment—or you are considering treatment for them—know that many people’s motivation to change fluctuates over time; it can go from one end of the spectrum to the other. For example, one day your loved one is completely into the idea of going to treatment, then the next day comes and they have decided they do not need treatment at all.

This may occur for many reasons, and one of them may be fear of the unknown, which is usually dealt with through avoidance. It is important to recognize that you cannot fix them or make them change; the motivation for them to change must come from within.