What Am I Looking At?

For the uninitiated drug and alcohol users, it can be very difficult to know what to expect from any given treatment program. The main reason behind this is because each level of care can vary greatly in both costs and services offered. Since our office provides Partial Hospitalize Programming, Intensive Outpatient Programming, and Outpatient Programming, we’re going to focus on the distinguishing factors of each level. Regardless of whether your looking into programs because of an intervention or you feel you’ve hit rock bottom, our program can help!


Types of Outpatient Services 

First, Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) allow you to live at home while working an intensive treatment program. They consist of 5 hours of group therapy per day for 5 days per week (usually Monday-Friday) and last for roughly 2-4 weeks. The clinical curriculums being taught will vary but most include standard therapeutic techniques like DBT, CBT, and family programs. PHP’s usually provide case management/recovery coaching, access to a medical doctor and individual therapy appointments. Some programs include amenities like gym access, hiking trips or community related outings. Secondly, there’s Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). This is considered a step down from PHP and usually provides 3 hours of group therapy for 3 days per week. IOP is best for people who have a full time job but still need a decent amount of recovery support. These programs typically provide individual therapy, case management, access to amenities and occasionally a medical doctor. They typically last for 90-180 days before someone goes to step down or step up level of care.

The last option is an Outpatient Program (OP). This option consists of less than 9 hours of group therapy per week and typically lasts from 3 months. OP is most suitable for people who have already completed IOP but want some additional recovery support.

All of these programs aim to provide you with clinical education, recovery support and to long term sobriety.


What to Consider When Finding Treatment

When determining what program is right for you, make sure you consider the following questions:

  • What, if any, amenities do you offer (i.e. gym access, community events, etc…)
  • Do you offer access to medical doctors? If so, at what level of care would you stop offering that service?
  • Do you provide case management or recovery coaching?
  • Does your program provide coffee or snacks?
  • Do you provide a handbook of information, notebook or pencils to write down the information being taught?


If you or your loved one are looking for some guidance for finding an addiction treatment program, please contact us today. Our team would love to help answer any questions or concerns you may have.