What Type of Addiction Treatment Do I Need?
If you’re here because of a drug or alcohol abuse problem for you or a loved one, it’s a good first step. For many in the journey to sobriety, the first action item is to decide what kind of addiction therapy is needed. Generally, there are Inpatient (where you live IN a treatment facility) and outpatient (where you live OUT of a facility and come in for therapy) programming options. Within Inpatient and outpatient programs, there’s varying levels of treatment ranging from intensive to less frequent therapy. At Lighthouse Recovery in Dallas, Texas we offer an IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program), a Sober Living Program, and Recovery Coaching.
Below we’ll break down some of the more common addiction therapy programs:
Acute / Inpatient Treatment
- Detox Centers
As the most intensive level of addiction treatment, a Detoxification unit is a 24/7 medically-supervised type of programming more akin to an ER. This is usually the best choice for those suffering severe addictions who need medical help going through detox, as detox can cause extreme or even fatal side effects. Detox centers might be standalone or within a hospital system, but all involve 24/7 supervision and are a first step to help wean the body off of drugs and/or alcohol and prevent fatal withdrawal issues, especially for those suffering from benzodiazepine or alcohol withdrawal.. They typically don’t offer the level of therapy needed to address the underlying causes of addiction and prevent relapse, so patients often choose to continue into an Inpatient or Outpatient Program after graduating. Most persons will stay in a detox center for 3-7 days depending on severity.
- Residential Treatment
Residential treatment centers are a step down from the 24/7 level of supervised support provided in a Detox unit. Instead of living in a hospital-like environment like during detox, a residential stay is… residential, and usually conducted in a home-like environment. A stay in a residential treatment center might be much longer than a detox stay, as it’ll depend on how you respond to addiction therapy and treatment. There are still medical professionals to oversee those living in the residential treatment centers, but they are not providing around-the-clock care and monitoring like during a detox stint.
- Sober living programs
Sober living programs offer 24/7 support in terms of housemates living together who can keep each other accountable and aren’t at home, but sober living houses aren’t always staffed by a trained substance abuse professional. At Lighthouse Recovery, our Sober Living Program does include a live-in house manager as well as required attendance at addiction therapy sessions and programming. At Lighthouse, our client to staff ratio is nearly 3 to 1, much lower than any other program in Dallas. Make sure that when you’re evaluating the many sober living houses near you, you figure out the level of support provided. All differ, and some houses bunk nearly 20 residents per home with huge resident-to-staff ratios; this can allow for some residents to fall through the cracks or for relapses to go unnoticed.
- Outpatient day programs (also called PHPs, or Partial Hospitalization Programs)
Day programs involve hours-long daytime drug and alcohol counseling and treatment in a facility, but allow the patient to return home after the therapy sessions. This is a very intensive type of outpatient programming, and is a good choice for those wanting to save money by living at home but who need all-day support and aren’t ready to return to their standard jobs or schooling. It is recommended that client attending PHP have a safe and supportive living environment, and if not, should strongly consider moving into a Sober Living Home while attending programming.
- IOP (Intensive Outpatient Programs)
An Intensive Outpatient Program, like the one we offer at Lighthouse Recovery, creates a compromise for those needing a high level of recovery support while also allowing individuals to live and work “normally”. Our IOP involves nine hours of group therapy sessions a week, as well as one hour of individual therapy. These groups are offered morning, afternoon, or night to accommodate most schedules and provide flexibility.
- Recovery Coaching
Recovery Coaching serves as a way to stay accountable to your sobriety and recovery journey while taking a step down from the frequency and intensity of day programs or IOPs. At Lighthouse Recovery, a Recovery Coach is provided during the IOP program and is there to keep you accountable as you step back into normal life and help you navigate triggers and emotions as they come up in real life. This also alleviates some of the burden from friends and family members to provide that level of support.To get help deciding which type of addiction therapy is right for you or a loved one, give our experienced team at Lighthouse Recovery a call. Even if one of our programs isn’t right for you, we can help guide you to next steps. Remember, recovery from substance abuse is a long journey and there are many steps in that journey. We always recommend a full continuum of care to ensure long-term sobriety and prevent relapse.