Go to treatment. It’s the most clear and succinct part of a recovery checklist. When you or a loved one are struggling with addiction or a mental health disorder, the plan you create for immediate healing primarily includes go to treatment. For the inexperienced family, the task holds many challenges and questions. What does treatment mean? What should treatment look like? How will treatment help? How long should treatment last?
Levels of Care
Each facility in the New Vista family offers what is called a continuum of care. A continuum of care includes many levels of care from detox to sober living. In descending order of intensity, the levels of care a treatment center can provide can include:
- Residential inpatient
- Partial hospitalization
- Intensive outpatient
- Transitional living/Extended care
- Sober living
- Alumni/After care
Each treatment program will include forms of traditional, evidence-based therapy and complementary therapy in addition to holistic healing modalities.
Choosing A Level Of Care
Families looking for treatment for a loved one struggling with addiction will need to consider detox. Detox is the first phase of recovery if someone necessitates detox. Depending on the substance of choice, recency of use, and severity of use, detox time or need will vary. Medical support, 24/7 supervision, and comforting accommodations help clients navigate what can be troubling symptoms of withdrawal. For the case of primary mental health, there are stabilization services, keeping a loved one safe as they adjust to psychiatric medication.
Residential inpatient is the only level of care aside from detox in which a client will live on the same premises as the treatment being provided. All other levels of care will include sober living or transitional living options. Often, accommodations for transport are made available. Loved ones who have an addiction which threatens their own safety or the safety of others should consider residential inpatient care. The simplest question to ask is whether or not a loved one can stay sober on their own accord. If the honest answer is no, higher levels of care should be considered.
Choosing To Continue Treatment
Transitioning through levels of care prolongs the treatment experience and the amount of time a loved one spends in a rehabilitative environment. Lower levels of care slowly introduce an increasing amount of freedom and independence. Learning to ride on training wheels, loved ones are better prepared to ride the autonomous bike of recovery when they graduate through a continuum of care. At whatever level a loved one begins treatment, their treatment can conclude with outpatient or after-care services which act as maintenance programs during the first stages of independent living.
New Vista Behavioral Health is committed to helping you on your road to long term recovery. Begin our partnership today by calling 888-316-3665.