There are many levels of care when it comes to treatment for
alcohol and addiction. The major types of treatment are
described below, as is treatment for special populations. Our staff is familiar with the guidelines for
each level of care and will guide you accordingly.
Treatment Levels of Care:
Detox can take place in a hospital setting (medically
detoxification) or in a treatment center, which is generally
social model (subacute detoxification). This means clients are
monitored but are in a peer-oriented environment and may
attend individual and group counseling sessions.
Detoxification is for those who are incapacitated by
substances or who are at risk of severe, moderate or mild withdrawal symptoms.
There are also various
outpatient detoxification programs offered. These are
discussed below, in the outpatient section.
Intensive residential treatment usually consists of living
on-site24 hours a day at a treatment facility.
Residential programs are for those who require the structure
that lesser levels of care do not provide. Lengths of stay
depend on individual needs, but are typically 28+ days.
During residential treatment, clients work on individualized
treatment plan goals, meet with a counselor and attend
treatment is also available for those who require structure
for greater lengths of time.
Some rehab programs
have educational groups and support for family members. Family
involvement in treatment is often crucial for those in rehab.
Day treatment is a slightly less structured level of care
than day treatment. Typically, clients attend a treatment
program during the day, but are able to return home (or to a
sober living environment) at night. Some programs offer
flexible days and hours of treatment, others require
attendance 5 days per week, all day.
Outpatient treatment comes in several different
intensities and is for those who either have completed a more
intensive program or who do not require significant structure,
such as residential treatment. Intensive Outpatient
Programs (IOP) usually offer groups three days per week. These
groups are typically educational in nature, led by a
counselor. Groups are usually 2-3 hours long. Individual
counseling also occurs in IOP but at greater intervals
than in the above levels of care. Lower intensities of
outpatient treatment provide fewer group sessions and
individual counseling may not occur --or happens only
periodically -- once a month, for example.
Sober Living Environments
(Sober Living Houses/SLEs)
plays a critical role in the process of recovering from drug
and alcohol abuse. Generally sober living environments (SLEs)
are available for those who want to live in a safe,
supportive, drug-free environment for ongoing recovery
support. Others in recovery live in the houses and they are
usually monitored by a house parent. SLE residents
usually work during the day, then must return to the SLE in
the evening. They must follow the rules of the
house and attend 12-step meetings, participate in
recover-related activities and house activities. Clients
can live in an SLE for 6 months, 1 year, or longer, as needed.
Ongoing Support -- i.e.
Research shows that ongoing support
is crucial to maintaining sobriety. Many rehab centers
offer Aftercare to program graduates. Typically, an Aftercare
group is facilitated by a program staff and meets regularly.
Aftercare is a forum in which clients may explore successes,
obstacles, and day to day issues that confront them, receiving
feedback and support from the group facilitator and other
participants. Aftercare is generally low-cost or free,
Treatment for Special Populations:
There are a variety of drug and
alcohol rehab programs available for teens struggling with
chemical dependency. Please call us and we will help you find
a program that fits your needs.
Drug and Alcohol Rehab for
Very few treatment programs specialize in drug and alcohol
rehab for the elderly. However, California Rehab can help
point you to programs that are medically monitored, familiar
with the needs of older individuals, and have welcoming
While it may seem difficult to find a rehab program that
accepts pregnant women, do not lose hope! There are programs
in California that can help pregnant women with their
Women With Children
Finding a treatment program that accepts women with
children may seem daunting, but we have referrals for you!
Please give us a call for further information on residential
and sober living programs that accept women with children.