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Once you decide to seek treatment for substance use, it can feel overwhelming to choose a treatment program. With thousands of treatment facilities and options to choose from, it is challenging to know what program will be the best fit for you. You might not know what to look for in a program, or even where to begin. But once you learn about the best practices of a quality addiction recovery program, you can begin your recovery journey with confidence.

What Type of Treatment Program Is Right for Me?

It might seem like there are a never-ending number of programs in your area that all specialize in different modalities of treatment. It can also seem like a daunting task to try to find the right treatment center that is a perfect fit for you. The good news is that you can easily break down the different types of treatment program options once you are able to recognize what level of care you need. 

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment Programs

Inpatient programs, also known as residential programs, are the most intensive and structured substance abuse programs. They are residential facilities that offer around-the-clock access to doctors and other medical professionals during treatment. Inpatient programs often include a detoxification component where you undergo medically-assisted detox before beginning treatment. This type of treatment program might be best suited for you if you have a severe addiction and symptoms that require additional support and recovery resources 24/7.

Outpatient programs, on the other hand, are there for you if you have already completed an inpatient program or if you have a less severe addiction. They require attendance in therapy sessions several times throughout the week through flexible scheduling that works with school, work, and other schedule conflicts. Outpatient programs are ideal if you are unable to commit to a residential program due to personal responsibilities or if you are working to maintain lifelong sobriety. 


Quality addiction treatment programs also include partial hospitalization programs (PHP) and intensive outpatient programs (IOP). IOP is a higher structured, more intensive treatment option compared to regular outpatient care. These two tracks are often used together as part of a larger, comprehensive program, like the extended care program at Lighthouse Recovery Texas. 

PHPs are designed in such a way to give you a lot of structure throughout your day, typically meeting for six to eight hours a day, plus individual therapy sessions, psychiatric care, family sessions, life skills training, and more throughout the week. At Lighthouse Recovery Texas, you might partake in the PHP while in the sober living program.

Group Therapy & Individualized Care

All quality addiction treatment programs will offer various therapy modalities that work to strengthen relationships and help you find true support as you go through your recovery journey.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is one of the most popular forms of support in a substance abuse treatment program. Nearly 93% of substance use disorder treatment facilities across different settings provide group counseling. Group therapy has several therapeutic advantages, such as promoting social support, reducing isolation and stigma, developing effective communication and interpersonal skills, and practicing recovery-oriented coping strategies with group members. A quality substance abuse treatment program should offer group therapy in small groups that allow your unique voice to be heard. Lighthouse Recovery Texas utilizes this type of therapy in groups no larger than eight people.

Individualized Care

Quality treatment programs should focus on individualized care, which is tailored to your specific needs. Addiction knows no bounds, and when you participate in an addiction treatment program, you come into the program with a unique set of circumstances and background. Individualized care and support are necessary to get the most out of your treatment program in order to pave the way for long-term sobriety, success, health, and happiness.

Holistic Treatment

Holistic treatment and practices are other big components to look out for when choosing a quality addiction recovery program. Holistic methods that utilize practices like mindfulness, meditation, physical workouts, self-love, and more have been found to be highly effective in the healing process from addiction. Certain holistic approaches to drug and alcohol treatment can help patients develop a stronger sense of self-identity, self-esteem, and self-confidence.

Recovery Coaching

When you have successfully completed a substance use treatment program, you may often wonder what the next step will be. Recovery coaching can be a wonderful tool to assist you in your journey beyond a treatment program and guide you as you re-engage in daily activities and responsibilities. 

A quality addiction treatment facility should have an option for extended care and accountability after you complete your program. At Lighthouse Recovery Texas, recovery coaching is the last structured aftercare program for you as you go through this transitional period. You will be matched with a Recovery Coach who can provide support outside of clinical programming and will help you with the following:

  • set goals, 
  • build engagement and relationships outside of recovery groups, 
  • help with job placement
  • resume-building
  • time management
  • nutrition
  • diet 

Your journey does not end after you successfully complete your recovery program. With the help of a recovery coach, you can set yourself up for long-term success and sobriety.