Partial Care, IOP, and Inpatient Rehab: What’s the Difference?

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Recovering from addiction takes work and dedication. If you are one of the millions of people in the United States living with substance abuse or addiction, a comprehensive addiction treatment program can help identify and treat the complex causes of addiction and give you the skills to avoid relapse in the future. 

Addiction treatment happens in various settings and levels of care. The type of treatment you need depends on many factors, including the severity of your addiction, your treatment history, your mental health or medical needs, and the type of substances you use.

The first step in getting treatment is an evaluation. A medical or addiction specialist will perform the assessment. They will ask you questions about your substance use, medical and mental health history, and more. The specialists will use this information to tailor a treatment program to meet your needs.

Understanding the different levels of care in addiction treatment can help you make informed choices about your care. For more information about starting a substance abuse treatment program, reach out to the staff at Moving Mountains Recovery today. 

What Is Inpatient Rehab?

Inpatient or residential rehab is the highest level of care available. In this type of program, people receive intensive, high-quality addiction treatment while living in the treatment facility. Inpatient rehab is considered the best choice for people who have not been successful in lower levels of care and those with severe addiction.

Inpatient rehab allows people to participate in a rigorous level of treatment in a comfortable, home-like environment. People in inpatient treatment programs can focus exclusively on their recovery without being expected to work or care for family members. 

In inpatient rehab programs, people spend several hours a day engaged in evidence-based and holistic treatments, including:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Education
  • Skill-building exercises
  • Medication management
  • Holistic therapies–art and music therapy, outdoor recreation, mindfulness practice, and other practices that support healing

Inpatient rehab programs can last 30, 60,90, or more days, depending on a person’s needs.

What is a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)?

A PHP, sometimes called day treatment or partial hospitalization, is a good option for people who live with a moderate to severe addiction but do not require inpatient treatment. 

In a PHP, people participate in several hours of treatment activities each day. These activities include therapy, group counseling, education, skills practice, and other therapies to support recovery. Partial care programs follow an intensive schedule similar to that of an inpatient program, but people return home at the end of the day instead of sleeping at the treatment facility. 

Some people may choose to participate in a PHP after completing inpatient rehab. Once a person has completed the partial hospitalization program, they may either follow an aftercare program or consider other lower levels of care, such as an outpatient program. 

What is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

People who live with substance abuse or addiction and who do not meet the criteria for a PHP or inpatient rehab may consider an IOP. Intensive outpatient programs offer high-quality, adaptable treatment in an outpatient setting. People in an IOP can often continue working, going to school, or caring for their families while receiving treatment. They may receive care for several hours a day on a few days per week.

Because people in an IOP have a great degree of freedom and flexibility, it is essential that they can manage their cravings well. This level of care is best for people with mild to moderate cravings. It is also necessary that people have stable housing and be able to distance themselves from others who may be using substances. Some people may choose to live in a sober community while participating in an IOP.

The frequency of sessions in an IOP can be adjusted to meet a person’s changing needs. As they improve, they may attend fewer sessions per week. Or, if they experience a setback, they can easily increase the frequency of their sessions.

IOP, PHP, or Inpatient Rehab: Choosing the Right Level of Care

Getting addiction treatment is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. It is important to choose the right level of care to meet your needs. Addiction is a complex condition that affects every aspect of your life, and there are many factors to consider when making this critical decision.

Most importantly, your doctor or addiction specialist will recommend a level of care to meet your needs. A higher level of care, like inpatient rehab, may be better for people who have intense cravings or require round-the-clock access to medical or mental health professionals. People with less severe addiction may appreciate the balance and flexibility of an IOP or PHP. 

Find the Treatment You Need

At Moving Mountains Recovery Center, we offer a full continuum of care that can support you once you’ve detoxed or completed residential treatment. If you or someone you love require substance abuse treatment or support during recovery from addiction, reach out to the specialists at Moving Mountains Recovery today to learn about our outpatient programs.

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