Definitions & Process

Definitions & Process

Drug & Alcohol Evaluation

A substance abuse evaluation is required whenever an individual has been arrested for a crime associated with drugs or alcohol such as possession, minor in possession (MIP), disorderly conduct or DUI. The evaluation is carried out by a certified/licensed professional specializing in addiction and substance abuse. The assessment determines the appropriate treatment or intervention.

During the evaluation, a complete review of substance abuse is conducted. This usually involves a face-to-face interview and analyzing any NEEDS Assessment outcomes from the DUI/Risk Reduction School, Lifetime Arrest Reports, 7-year Department of Driver Services reports and other relevant assessments. A drug and alcohol screen is performed if requested, indicated or required by the courts.

The whole interview process lasts 60-90 minutes. Within a week of the assessment, a written evaluation report is sent to either the individual or agency stated on the release of information form. From the evaluation, the appropriate level of care is determined. Any of the following may be recommended.

Hospitalization Detox Programs

Hospitalization programs provide comprehensive medical care during detoxification. Once stabilized, the client transitions to a less restrictive treatment setting, such as a residential treatment program or an intensive outpatient program. Hospitalization through an inpatient rehabilitation program is generally only considered for people presenting with severe withdrawal symptoms, particularly those that are complicated using multiple drugs or if the person has a history of delirium tremens (a withdrawal condition characterized by tremors, anxiety, disorientation and hallucinations). Typically, depending on the substance, a stay can be anywhere from 3-28 days.

PHP — Partial Hospitalization Program

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is also sometimes known as “day rehab.” This program provides the client with the intensity of a residential treatment program, but also allows the client to spend evenings at home, transitional community living or sober living. The PHP for alcohol or drug addiction has many of the same components as a full-time residential inpatient program and can be just as effective. Typically, 20 or more hours a week are spent at the facility.

IOP — Intensive Out Patient

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (also known as IOP for “Intensive Outpatient Program”) is a primary treatment program recommended in some circumstances by a clinical and medical assessment. IOP may be recommended for those who do not need medically-supervised detox. IOP can also enable people in recovery to continue their recovery therapies following successful detox, on a part-time yet intensive schedule, designed to accommodate work and family life.

Participants start rebuilding their personal lives and mending important family ties right away, when living at home and participating in Intensive Outpatient Treatment. With the Intensive Outpatient Treatment program, you can establish a foundation for long-term recovery support in your local community from the beginning of treatment, instead of waiting until you return from living in a rehab center. Intensive Outpatient Treatment typically requires nine or more hours a week at Kennedy Addiction Recovery Center.

OP — Outpatient Program

The Outpatient Program (OP) is the final phase of our recovery process. Kennedy Addiction Recovery Center’s Outpatient Program allows clients to obtain support as they continue their sobriety while attending school, work or other outside activities. This phase and last four months and heavily focus on relapse prevention. Outpatient Program treatment typically requires less than nine hours a week at the facility.

Halfway House

Halfway houses are residential treatment facilities that offer a semi-structured environment for individuals battling substance abuse, alcoholism, mental illness or other disorders. Halfway houses also serve as a stepping stone to society for recently released prison or jail inmates. (Months or years of highly-structured living can make autonomy a challenging concept to live with for some.)

Residency at a halfway house may be required by the court as a condition of probation or parole. These institutions ensure that an individual will be successful and productive without supervision once reintroduced to society. Halfway houses are staffed with trained supervisors and generally a higher-level treatment, as opposed to sober living where there is no paid staff.

Transitional Community Living

In Transitional Community Living, patients receive treatment a clinical campus, where they take part in holistic and comprehensive treatment in the form of individual, group, and family therapy, intensive case management and vocational/educational programs.

Each patient receives individualized treatment through an assigned Primary Therapist, along with additional individual and group treatment with a focus on trauma, gender specific issues, family dynamics, process addictions and spirituality. Patients also address medical and psychiatric issues through a Medical Director and medical staff, with a holistic focus on medical issues related to addiction and mental health. Family-focused treatment programs, vocational/educational programs, community-driven programs and structured living programs all combine in Transitional Community Living to offer a comprehensive treatment approach to the disease of addiction for every patient.

Sober Living / Recovery House

Sober living homes are typically located in residential neighborhoods, with easy access to transportation, shopping, and businesses. Many of these residential homes are affiliated with substance abuse treatment centers, which allows clients to move easily from inpatient treatment to a community-based setting when they have advanced to that stage in their recovery.

In this setting, clients can continue to practice their coping skills while participating in meetings, support groups, and other sober activities.

Sober living is NOT treatment. It is a place to go after formalized treatment and can be a place to stay while continuing Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) or Outpatient Programs (OP), but it provides no treatment for clients.

Here is a simple process to follow when treatment help is needed for a loved one.

Treatment Process

  1. Step 1 — Make the call, the BIGGEST step of all – the problem WILL NOT just go away. Research good facilities and treatment centers through people you know – not just web searches.
  2. Step 2 — Prepare for the evaluation by calling, asking questions and then GOING in to a facility where you can meet the staff. This is where you find out what level of treatment is needed. There are many different levels.
  3. Step 3 — If needed and recommended, ALWAYS go to inpatient detox first. In most cases, this is done in a hospital or residential facility.
  4. Step 4 — Follow a continuum of care through PHP/IOP step down treatment. This can be done living at home or in community living and going to facility all day.
  5. Step 5 — The next step is to enroll in a good Outpatient Program focused on relapse prevention and family counseling.
  6. Step 6 — Good, quality sober living is the goal.

Recover from addiction and lead a fulfilling life. It begins with a single step. Recovery is possible and attainable for people who want to recover. Begin your journey by contacting us today.