Levels of Care
ASAM Levels of Care
When it comes to the types addiction treatment, there are several levels of care one may expect to receive. The highest form of care is level 4, often referred to as a detox program. Detoxes provide medical stabilization for individuals experiencing severe substance withdrawal symptoms. Someone with opioid or alcohol addiction may need detox because fatal withdrawal symptoms can occur.
Level 3 care refers to a residential treatment center (RTC) and is your standard 14 – 30 day substance abuse program. These programs include medication management, 24/7 supervision, structured activities and clinical therapy. Additionally, this includes sober living facilities, which vary in cost, types of services and amount of supervision provided.
From here, there is Level 2, which refers to intensive outpatient programs (IOP) and partial hospitalization programs (PHP). This level of treatment is non residential and provides the opportunity to live at home while engaging with clinical services. The clinical component and activities can vary greatly from program to program but the time structure remains the same. For IOP, you can expect 3-5 days per week with 3 hours of group therapy. On the other hand, PHP typically includes 5 days per week with 5 hours of group therapy. This level of care also usually includes an individual therapy session once per week and medication management.
The next step down from here is level 1, which is referred to as an outpatient program (OP). This service provides less than 9 hours of group therapy per week, an individual therapy session and if needed, medication management. People are often placed in this level of care if they have less severe symptoms and/or have adequately completed level 2 or level 3 care.
Peer To Peer Support
Lastly, the final step down is level 0.5 and focuses on early intervention services and recovery coaching. For individuals who may be at risk for substance use disorder, this step can be essential in providing education and early recognition for individuals at risk. There are many different types of addiction treatment in the industry to consider. Please contact us to learn more about what would be appropriate for you or your loved one.