What Kind of Treatment Is Right for Me?

Substance use disorder (SUD) requires comprehensive and specialized treatment to help patients rebuild their lives and maintain ongoing sobriety. While the first step toward lasting recovery is professional care, this can look very different depending upon the scope, severity and history of patients’ substance abuse. Over the course of the past few decades, there have been tremendous innovations in the area of addiction care and mental health treatment, including the development of targeted and specialized treatment programs that targeted patients’ individual care needs. Part of entering treatment is determining which treatment program is right for ourselves or our loved ones.

There are many different types of treatment programs from which patients can choose, depending upon the extent of their care needs. Inpatient treatment allows patients to spend an extended period of time (28 days of more) in a residential facility. This is might be the best option for patients that have had previous outpatient treatment or find it necessary to remove themselves from their dysfunctional surroundings. Outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) and partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) allow patients to get targeted, in-depth care in daily treatment sessions while maintaining their lives, careers and families. These types of treatment programs can be beneficial for first-time patients and those with an abbreviated history of substance abuse.

Long-term treatment or sober-living models allow patients an extended period of time, beyond the traditional inpatient model, to rebuild their lives and address the lifestyle issues that they may have sustained during recovery, including financial struggles, familial dysfunction, job loss and more. These programs are ordinarily reserved for those who have sustained serious damage in the wake of their active substance abuse. Whatever type of treatment you or your loved one may require, it’s imperative that you seek help ASAP to avoid the onset of anything further damage.