When you or a loved one are ready to get help for addiction, substance abuse, or a mental disorder, it’s important to understand the wide range of options available to you. Your recovery will likely begin with detox. Then you’ll have the choice between various forms of inpatient and outpatient programs, working your way towards greater independence, and ultimately transition into aftercare services while returning to your life at home.
Detox is the necessary first step for any path of recovery. It involves ridding your body of addictive substances, resetting your mind, and preparing yourself to start treatment from a vantage point of cleanliness. Depending on the substance, detox can take from a from a matter of hours to a week. Between intense cravings and bodily discomfort, detox can be a highly uncomfortable process, which is why it’s important to have access to resources and professional assistance through this vital first step.
Detox also includes managing withdrawal symptoms as they appear, using a combination of medication, therapy, and personal assistance. One of the most clear benefits to getting professional help with detox is the ability to rely on staff members to prevent your withdrawal from taking a dangerous or lasting toll on your body and mind. Withdrawal symptoms will vary depending on the substance(s) used, how much is in your system, and how much tolerance has built up. These symptoms can include:
Medical assistance during detox is always available if your symptoms are severe or if there’s a risk that they’ll become life-threatening. While almost everyone struggling with addiction will experience withdrawal symptoms, they are rarely fatal. However, Warner Park takes withdrawal seriously and offers 24-hour medical monitoring in order to manage your progress and prevent rare, dangerous side effects like seizures and heart attacks.
Residential treatment, also referred to as an inpatient program or IP, is the bread and butter for helping patients to overcome substance abuse and gain the skills to become functioning members of society. Staying at a recovery facility immerses you in your healing process and removes you from outside distractions or negative influences. Your residency will begin with detox and connecting with your personalized staff, meeting your peers in sobriety, and go on to develop and follow a structured plan for getting you sober, keeping you sober, and repairing your life.
Warner Park and other treatment centers also offer sober living programs, which involve residing on-site for a short time while developing your relationships with your peers in sobriety and getting ready for the transition back to your life on the outside.
Medical Detoxification is the first place to start when abusing any addictive form of substance. From Alcohol, meth, heroin to methadone, coming off of substances is no easy task and can be a hard challenge for the toughest people. Having a capable Dr. on staff to monitor and prescribe medications that help is a vital part of the equation.
After detox comes residential inpatient, this is a crucial step in the recovery process. Residential is typically anywhere between 30 days and 90 days with stays lasting longer than that depending on what the client needs. Residential Inpatient is a time where you get to work on yourself and start therapy with your family.loved ones in a controlled environment.
Partial Hospitalization Program PHP serves as a transitional phase of treatment. PHP is primarily designed to help bridge the gap between the inpatient and outpatient phases of treatment. PHP treatment provides a level of therapeutic support which is similar in scope to the inpatient setting.
IOP treatment is the most frequently utilized level of care in an outpatient setting. IOP can be regarded as a step down from PHP, or as an independent level of care. Similar to PHP treatment in clinical and therapeutic services, IOP treatment provides clients with a less rigorous schedule.
OP treatment is the final phase in an outpatient setting. OP can be regarded as a step down from IOP treatment and is often utilized to help clients fully transition into complete independence from the outpatient treatment setting.
A partial hospitalization program, or PHP, is a transitional phase of treatment which bridges the gap between inpatient and outpatient programs. As the name implies, you’ll spend part of your time receiving treatment on-site and part of your time taking advantage of resources like peer groups while living off-site. It’s therapy-heavy, maintaining much of the personal support of your inpatient program while giving you the chance to return to living outside of the facility. A PHP will offer medication management, regular contact with your staff to gauge your progress, and a tapering treatment schedule that focuses on achieving lasting changes in your behavior to avoid relapse.
An Intensive Outpatient Program, or IOP, is an independent level of care that allows you to maintain a less rigorous schedule while still meeting your sobriety benchmarks. A comprehensive IOP will include regular assessments with staff and specialists to guide your progress with therapy, medications, and personal improvement.
Intensive Outpatient is the most frequent choice for patients looking to get comprehensive help without living on-site. A typical treatment plan at Warner Park includes 3 hours of treatment, 3-5 days a week, depending on your specific needs. Like an inpatient program, this approach combines individualized attention from medical professionals and therapists with group meetings and peer support. Clients meet with personal counselors 2-3 times per week and participate in group therapy sessions 6-7 times per week, which forms a key component of your growth in an IOP. The prevalence of group sessions helps you readjust to social circles, form important positive influences, and develop your personality again.
Although an Outpatient Program, or OP, might sound like another version of an IOP, it represents an entirely different step in the progression of your recovery. Outpatient treatment is the final stage of treatment, in which you’ll transition back into your “normal” life while still maintaining regular contact with your staff, sponsor, and peers. OP is a step down from IOP treatment in terms of intensity and time commitment and is followed by a return to independent self-monitoring.
Remember that no matter how much time has passed since you finished treatment, our doors are always open to you and our staff is always available. Even after completing the outpatient phase, you can still avail yourself of the numerous resources at your treatment facility, including career counseling, family therapy, individual life planning, and other forms of aftercare which can positively impact the rest of your life.
There are several factors which determine the type of care that will help you most. Each person’s case will be a unique combination of these factors, including which specific substances they’re working to overcome, what their home environment is like, and how much assistance is required to transition into a sober lifestyle. Depending on the substances involved, you may go through an intensive medical detox to clean your system. This can also include treatment of post-acute withdrawal syndrome in cases dealing with intense withdrawal, such as opiates and alcohol.
When you discuss your intake with our coordinators, we’ll complete a thorough assessment to make sure we’re fully informed of your unique circumstances. If your situation would be best addressed by removing yourself from the outside world and its influences to better yourself, you may want to choose inpatient treatment. For others, outpatient provides the flexibility that may allow you to do what you need to do without compromising your recovery.
Finally, it’s important to remember that recovery doesn’t end at detox. Whether you choose an inpatient or outpatient program, part of your healing process will be the transition into aftercare and the repositioning of your resources as you pivot to a more independent approach. No matter where you go from here, our staff has your back and Warner Park will open its doors to you at any time.
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