Inpatient is the highest level of care, which provides mental and physical stabilization during an acute episode. This level of care is usually hospital-based and is for emergencies. Examples include withdrawal from drugs or alcohol, extreme nutritional deficits, and suicidality.
Though the length of stay varies, it typically runs 3-7 days, as inpatient care is only meant for stabilization. It does not typically include in-depth therapy or making progress towards long-term goals.
Most people have been familiarized with this level of care. Typically outpatient care takes place as a 50-minute session once per week. During these sessions, we will put a focus on past and present issues that could be responsible for any mild to moderate distress you’re experiencing that isn’t necessarily interfering with your ability to function on a daily basis. If these efforts aren’t as effective as we hope, a higher level of care may need to be considered.
Most often an IOP takes place three days per week, lasting three hours per day; however, each program can vary in frequency and duration. A key component of IOP is individual therapy with programs that offer specialty-based skill-building opportunities, addressing issues on a deeper level. As an example, trauma survivors can expect to receive a trauma-specific IOP. This level of care is most appropriate for individuals who struggle to attend school and/or work, who have significant relationship issues, or those who frequently experience interference on a day-to-day basis as a result of their symptoms. IOP clients can safely maintain basic daily activities such as eating and showering so long as no severe self-harm or suicidal thoughts are present. If these concerns do exist, a higher level of care will be necessary.
Day treatment programs through Innova Grace occur 5-7 days per week and last around 6-9 hours per day. This course of intervention can include any of the following treatments, as is appropriate: medication management, individual therapy, or group therapy. It is at this point in a client’s journey that self-care and recovery are critical. Together with their family and provider, patients will identify that treatment needs to become their sole focus and that outside distractions such as family responsibilities or work will need to take a back seat.
Considered by many to be “rehab,” residential therapy helps with concerns that reach beyond substance abuse. A few examples of these include trauma, depression, and eating disorders. A candidate for this type of therapy would be someone who regularly struggles to maintain their own safety, hold onto key relationships, and take care of daily responsibilities. However, for individuals who are motivated to get their recovery started strong with intense intervention, residential treatment is an excellent option. This treatment gives the client an opportunity to remove themselves from the distractions of life’s everyday demands, allowing them the focus and relief that’s needed to reach their personal goals.