LEVELS OF CARE
Recovering from drug and alcohol addiction usually involves five distinct steps. Each step is designed to address specific needs during the journey to recovery.
The Forge Recovery Center’s staff will walk with you through each phase of addiction recovery, starting with detox.
During detoxification, harmful substances are allowed to leave the body in a safe, monitored manner. For best results, detox is best done with trained professionals.
All drugs work by altering our bodies’ chemistry. Prolonged substance abuse rewires our nervous system to believe it needs addictive substances to function normally. Also, addictive substances tend to lose their effectiveness over time, which is known as tolerance. Building up a tolerance to a substance – like needing to drink more to feel drunk – is a major warning sign of addiction.
When substance abuse stops it throws the body into chaos as it tries to restore homeostasis, its sense of balance.
This causes withdrawal symptoms, the fear of which is often a major stumbling block to entering addiction treatment. Withdrawal symptoms can be as minor as disturbed sleep … or be as dangerous as seizures.
The process of detoxification is much safer when done professionally. A person’s vital signs are closely monitored for complications, and staff can make sure the person is as comfortable as possible until they’re stabilized.
Ultimately, detox is a strong foundation for successful recovery.
Note: Detoxing alone should never be attempted. Medical complications from substances such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, and opioids can be complex and potentially dangerous. Detox and withdrawal must always be managed in a clinical environment.
Inpatient care provides an ideal transition from detox. The second level of care most experience as they recover, inpatient care provides a closely monitored environment ideal for recovering from the detoxification process. It also helps with managing cravings and stabilizing prescription medication.
Finally, inpatient care is an environment free from addiction triggers, harmful social connections, and distractions, allowing for real recovery to begin.
At this level of care, a person transitions away from an inpatient environment to one which combines close monitoring with growing independence. They live at home or in a sober living environment while traveling to an addiction center for treatment and counseling. It’s the best of both worlds: a wellness program combined with a strongly structured and safe environment.
In a PHP, addiction centers make use of several different therapies aimed at helping people work on early recovery while beginning to enter an independent life.
Close monitoring of physical and psychological health
Group and individual therapies
Best recovery practices
Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) provide a bridge to independent living. Individual and group therapies still play a role, but IOP is a stage where the long view of recovery comes into play. IOP teaches relationship skills, independent living, and relapse prevention.
People in IOPs tend to spend only part of the day in treatment, which provides time to look for work, attend school, and the other obligations of life.
Less intensive than IOP, outpatient programs (OPs) act as more of a sober companion for people ready to enter daily life. Typically, people spend only a couple of hours at an addiction center, working on long-term goals and strategies for avoiding old habits.
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