Addiction Treatment Centers Tips

What is an addiction treatment center?

Addiction Treatment Centers are alcohol and drug treatment programs designed to help men and women who have a substance use disorder. Addiction Treatment Centers operate from different treatment modalities of care, and most are helpful to people who need to become free from alcohol addictions and drug addictions. Many addiction treatment centers focus on allowing a person time to heal from substance use disorders. There are different types of addiction treatment centers, and some are inpatient rehabs, residential rehabs, and intensive outpatient treatment programs.

How do you pick an addiction treatment center for yourself or a loved one?

When you begin looking for an addiction treatment center, it is important to consider what are your financial abilities to pay for addiction treatment. There are addiction treatment centers that accept primary healthcare insurances and those that are private pay facilities. Some accept both healthcare insurances and have private pay options. If you don’t have a healthcare insurance plan or the ability to pay for private treatment, then you will want to find addiction treatment centers that offer treatment that is covered by government assistance funding.

Once you have determined how you will pay for treatment, then you will want to call the addiction treatment centers to discuss what services a treatment center offers. Most treatment centers offer confidential phone screenings. These phone screenings are great because you can ask questions and find out all about the treatment centers approach to treating substance use disorders.

Addiction Treatment Centers Services:

When you are evaluating an addiction treatment center, it is helpful to have an idea of the time and commitment that you or a loved one can dedicate to an addiction treatment centers program. Each alcohol and drug treatment center offer different levels of services. The core program services are set up based on an expected length of time to complete the curriculum during a treatment stay at a treatment center.

Addiction Treatment Centers have different estimated lengths of stay for each program. The addiction treatment center will assess a persons addiction severity to help determine which treatment program is best for you or a loved one. Most treatment programs would like an individual to complete the entire program to get the most out of the addiction treatment centers services.

The level of severity of the addiction and the willingness of the individual to work hard in the treatment center to accomplish goals and plans all determine how long a person stays at a treatment center. During treatment, an individual’s motivation and medically necessary services are all determined daily.

Levels of Care of Addiction Treatment:

Alcohol and drug treatment programs offer different levels of care to people needing treatment. The levels of care are below:

Levels of Care:

Medical Detoxification

Inpatient Treatment

Residential Treatment

Partial Hospitalization

Intensive Outpatient Treatment


Medical Detoxification:

Medical Detoxification programs are designed to offer medically managed stabilization from an addictive substance. The focus is on helping those who are experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Since many addictive chemicals have dangerous withdrawal symptoms a treatment program that offers a medical detoxification program is ideal for those that experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking an addictive substance. The medical detoxification process helps keep an individual safe during the withdrawal process. Medical detox protocols are commonly used to help with the detox process. The medical team will provide oversight of the entire detox process. The medical team will monitor any health-related issues at a programs detox center. It is very common for severe addictions to go into a medical detoxification program. Some of the best addiction treatment centers offer onsite medical detoxification programs.

Inpatient Treatment:

Think of inpatient treatment as an extra level of monitoring for those that have additional medical issues that complicate the medical detoxification process. An example of someone who may need to enter an inpatient treatment program is someone one who has a co-existing disorder and alcohol disorder all at the same time. This person may have diabetes, liver issues, or gastric issues once they start the detox process. A treatment program that offers alcohol inpatient treatment will be able to help this person stabilize diabetes and withdrawal safely at the same time in an inpatient treatment level of care. There are of course hundreds of more examples of people that need an inpatient treatment service. Addiction treatment centers will need to be licensed to offer this level of care at their treatment center.

Residential Treatment:

Residential Treatment Programs offer different lengths of stay at each program. There are 30-Day Residential Treatment Programs, 90-Day Residential Treatment Programs, Short-Term Stabilization Programs, and Specialty Residential Treatment Programs. Examples of a Specialty Residential Program are programs that are Relapse Tracks or Christian Addiction Recovery Programs. There are of course many other residential treatment programs.

Partial Hospitalization Programs or PHP:

Partial Hospitalization Programs offer someone with a substance use disorder an opportunity for less intensity and frequency of addiction treatment programming. During a Partial Hospitalization Program, the therapy is less intense from the typical residential level of care. There is still medical oversight, but the number of services and the need for monitoring is slightly less than higher levels of care. Often someone in a residential treatment program is stepped down into a partial hospitalization program as part of the continuing care process of the treatment.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment:

Intensive outpatient treatment programs range from 6-weeks to 8-weeks depending on the addiction treatment centers curriculum. Often those in a Partial hospitalization program will transition into an intensive outpatient treatment program or someone one that does not need a more intensive level of services like medical detox may enter directly into an intensive outpatient treatment program. The assessment process will determine if this level of care is appropriate for this program.


If you are not sure the level of services, you or a loved one may need, then you can easily call and ask questions to an addiction treatment center. Most addiction treatment centers offer a free phone screening or onsite screenings at their treatment programs. The phone screening process is designed to help you determine if you are appropriate and eligible for admission into the program that you are interested in attending. Remember the phone screening is a free service, and there are no obligations or commitments when calling the treatment center. It is a confidential phone call, and most alcohol and drug treatment centers welcome the discussion about their treatment center services. Do not hesitate to call and ask questions from an alcohol or drug treatment center. Some offer 24-hour hotlines and admissions so calling the treatment center is the best way to learn about their services.


During the screening process, a confidential evaluation often follows the initial screening. This evaluation process will focus on the psychological, social and physiological signs and symptoms of alcohol and other drug use or misuse. This evaluation will help determine if you are appropriate for admission into the addiction treatment center or if the treatment center will need to refer you to a different program or another level of care not offered by the treatment provider. The eligibility and identification of any co-existing conditions related to medical, psychiatric and physical needs are reviewed with you during the evaluation. Additional professional assessments or services may be necessary for some individuals.

Get Help Today:

If you or a loved one needs alcohol or drug treatment? Summer Sky Treatment Center would love to help you or a loved one with your treatment needs. You can contact Summer Sky at our toll-free 24-hour admission line at 1-888-857-8857.

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