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Continuum of Care: Elements of Multidimensional Treatment
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If you’ve done any research on addiction treatment or been in the addiction treatment field, you’ve probably heard the term “continuum of care.” This term refers to the various components of the addiction treatment process. In fact, the continuum of care concept promotes an integrated system of care that guides and tracks patients over time through a comprehensive variety of health services spanning all levels of intensity of care.
For those who aren’t familiar with the concept applied to addiction treatment, it generally goes like this:
- Patients are usually admitted and interviewed at an inpatient treatment facility, where they begin to detox (also known as medically assisted withdrawal stabilization).
- Following detox, they can begin inpatient or outpatient treatment which is determined from the severity of problems identified during the comprehensive assessment.
- While in detox, individuals are provided with medications to ease the symptoms of withdrawal.
- Following detox, the addition of medically-assisted treatment (MAT) can improve success in recovery by reducing cravings and lessening the risk of relapse on illicit substances.
- After their stay at inpatient, they transition either back to their home or to a sober-living house, where they continue with their treatment through an outpatient facility.
- There are four outpatient levels of care available for patients. These include:
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Drug detox is the first step in overcoming a drug or alcohol use disorder. Substance and alcohol use can change a person’s brain, making it hard for them to function normally without using the substance or alcohol. Drug detoxification is the process where a person is weaned off of a drug so that it is no longer in their system.
Drug detox programs aid people who want to overcome their substance use disorder, safely and effectively. Detoxification, especially when guided by medical professionals through a medical detox program, is the first step toward recovery from any substance use disorder.
Our detoxification program is focused on treating the withdrawal symptoms of addiction. Our trained and experienced specialists know how to identify and alleviate severe withdrawal symptoms. During this step, any serious medical conditions are addressed.
MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates, but it can also be used for other substances such as alcohol. The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative and euphoric effects of the substance used.
When it comes to evidence-based care, medication-assisted treatment is one of the most useful — and unfortunately, underutilized — methods available today. When compared to non-drug approaches, research suggests that medication-assisted treatment’s effectiveness is significant, improving a client’s chances of sticking with treatment and reducing illicit opioid consumption.
Partial hospitalization programs are the most rigorous of outpatient programs. Treatment at facilities offering partial hospitalization outpatient level of care services lasts for at least 20 hours per week. Counseling in the form forms of individual, group, and family therapy are major components of treatment, as is psychoeducation. Participants can often also utilize services like yoga and acupuncture during the day. Frequent contact with medical and therapeutic staff is expected and integrated into the partial hospitalization services model of treatment.
Intensive outpatient programs have proven to be a successful part of the outpatient level of care. IOP is designed to provide psychological, behavioral, and social support therapies to people while they continue to live at home.
The care received via an intensive outpatient program will vary from facility to facility and from provider to provider, but it generally consists of 10-12 hours of group and individual therapy each week, plus participants are encouraged to participate in a 12-step program. These sessions usually occur on-site at a medical or therapeutic facility.
Clients in IOPs usually visit a facility three to five times per week, often for three hours at a time. Again, the specifics will vary from program to program, but according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), most programs require 9 to 20 hours of participation per week.
Outpatient level of care (OP) treatment requires patients to attend regularly scheduled group and individual counseling services, as well as continue to maintain medical compliance. However, the frequency of the required appointments is less intense than the PHP or IOP outpatient level of care. This level of treatment allows patients to carry on with their routine while receiving face-to-face services with addiction or mental health professionals. It is ideal for people who have jobs or a strong support system at home, and it typically costs less than other levels of treatment.
According to ASAM criteria, outpatient treatment is less than 9 hours per week for adults and less than 6 hours per week for adolescents.
This level of care may be for someone with less severe symptoms of a substance use disorder. It may also be a lower level of care for someone who has completed inpatient treatment.
Aftercare is a process that allows addicts to continue to benefit from a support group led by a counselor or other longer-sober member of a treatment program. This can be provided by the program that the addict attended for treatment or another agency closer to home.
Most aftercare programs allow for weekly attendance in support groups for at least a year, some have an open-ended time frame, allowing addicts to attend until they decide to stop or move to another type of aftercare.
There are general rules for members in the group, such as requirements for maintaining recovery or abstinence from drugs, alcohol, and other addictions (i.e., gambling), depending on the program. Many groups require concurrent attendance at 12-step program meetings and have a minimum number of meetings required for attendance by the recovering addict.