How Do I Know What Level Of Treatment I Need?

Every individual has a unique set of needs when it comes to addiction treatment. The level of treatment a patient needs depends on various factors, including the length of addiction, the frequency of substance usage, past attempts at recovery, and home environment. There are five primary treatment levels to help patients get the help to start the road to recovery.

The Five Levels of Addiction Treatment

Level 0.5: Early Intervention Services

Early intervention services are meant to start when a person is at risk of a substance abuse disorder but has not yet developed an addiction. During this stage, it’s essential to educate the individual on the perils of substance abuse.

Most commonly, this stage is used for adolescents who:

  • Show signs of aggressive behavior as a child
  • Develop social relationships with risky individuals who abuse substances themselves
  • Have zero-to-minimal parental supervision
  • Are in a community or environment where substances are easily acquired

Level I: Outpatient Services

Level one is the first level of actual addiction treatment. Outpatient services include evaluation, treatment, and recovery-follow up sessions. The patient comes in for a few hours per week to a facility to receive their treatment. This level is most appropriate for people who want to continue with their daily lives while receiving treatment. Or for individuals who aren’t quite ready to commit to more extensive levels of treatment yet.

Level II: Intensive Outpatient/ Patient Hospitalization Services

Level two is actually broken into two categories:

  • 2.1: Intensive outpatient services
  • 2.2: Patient hospitalization services

Intensive outpatient services require a more substantial weekly time commitment than regular outpatient services. While an individual in level one may come in for nine hours a week, a patient in level 2.1 might be coming in for 12 hours or more. An intensive outpatient program typically lasts a minimum of 90 days and may include medication management, therapy, and substance addiction education. These types of programs are often scheduled on evenings and weekends so the patient can continue to work.

Level 2.2 typically requires more than 20 hours of treatment services per week as well as partial hospitalization for as long as needed.\

Level III: Residential/ Inpatient Services

Level three requires the patient to stay onsite 24/7 while receiving their treatment. This helps to provide the individual with a stable environment as they make progress towards recovery.

Typically, level three is necessary for:

  • Patients who have tried outpatient services and were unsuccessful
  • Patients who don’t have a stable home environment
  • Patients with significant functional impairments

Level IV: Medically Managed Intensive Inpatient Services

Level four treatment provides 24/7 supervision, including access to counselors for the majority of the day. This treatment level also offers medication management services if withdrawal symptoms are expected to be severe.

This level of treatment is appropriate for patients:

  • With medical, emotional, behavioral, or cognitive issues
  • With withdrawal risks
  • Co-occurring disorders

When patients seek addiction treatment, they are evaluated to get a better understanding of their situation. Treatment should always be individualized to increase the chance of success. Depending on the individual’s circumstances, they’ll be encouraged to start at one of the five treatment levels. From there, they can naturally progress to learning recovery skills, education on preventing relapse, and tips on improving emotional functions.

You might have an idea of what level of treatment is best for you after reviewing the five options. If you’re uncertain, a medical professional can give you their recommendation after a consultation.

At Altignis Health, we believe in providing you with the treatment program that fits your needs and ensures your highest chance of recovery. During your consultation, our physicians will have an open discussion with you on your options. You’ll always walk away feeling you’re getting the exact type of help you need. Contact us today to book a consultation.

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