Not all forms of treatment for addiction are going to meet everyone needs. Certain levels of treatment might meet some of your needs. But likely you will have to find other sources of support. For instance, if you were staying at a sober living home, you might find that you need more support for your sobriety. And in this case, you might find yourself needing to get a sponsor, a mentor, or a therapist in order to have additional support.

There are various forms of treatment for addiction. Some of these include:

Inpatient  – Those at this level have been admitted to a hospital in order to address severe symptoms. They might be suicidal, experiencing psychosis, or in need of 24 hour care in a safe and secure environment. Those who are admitted at this level require medical and psychological stabilization.

Residential Treatment Facility – Those at this level of care are participating in treatment all day, every day. However, typically, there is not 24-hour monitoring. Instead, nurses and staff are on-staff to ensure safety. Recovering addicts live at a treatment center so that their symptoms can be monitored where their daily activities are highly structured. Recovering addicts need to be medically stable in order to be admitted to this level of care.

Intensive Outpatient – At this level of care, an individual receives treatment while living at home. The amount of time working with mental health professionals may be anywhere from 20 to 40 hours per week.

Outpatient – Those at this level may need support with his or her addiction, but it is not severe enough to require admittance to a hospital or treatment center. He or she may attend recovery groups and occasionally meet with health providers to address any physical and psychological needs as they arise. However, a recovering addict receives these services while living at home.

To determine the best form of treatment, it’s important to work with a professional who can inform your decision. Of course, if you are in crisis, or if you are harmful to yourself or others, hospitalization will be strongly recommendation. Depending upon the circumstances, hospitalization might be required. However, at other levels of care, there is usually an opportunity to choose which might be best for you. Involving a mental health worker in this decision making is the best way to ensure your well being.

However, it’s important to know that regardless of the level of treatment, all your needs may not get met all the time. Depending on the level of care you’re in , you might need to get your own therapist. You might need to seek out your own support network. You might need to request more time for self-care, if you know that you need it for your sobriety.

If you’re about to enter addiction treatment, you might want to write out what you need to stay sober. You may want to write out your needs at each level of care. For instance, if you’re starting out in a residential treatment facility and then moving to a sober living home and then you’re transitioning back home, there are various needs you might have at each of these stages. Knowing the limitations of treatment compared to what you need can help you prepare for the journey ahead.

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