There are many people who are not sure about the different levels of drug alcohol rehab and treatment. The intent of this blog is to clarify the different types of drug treatment and rehabilitation. Generally speaking, there are 5 basic types if drug alcohol treatment. The first is Intensive Outpatient (IOP). The second, is Partial Hospitalization (PHP), third is Inpatient, fourth is residential and fifth is detox.
Here is a good example of an inpatient drug alcohol rehab treatment center.
This article is designed to address the 3rd level of drug alcohol rehab treatment, Inpatient. Inpatient is technically any care when the person stays there full-time, 24/7. There is some confusion about inpatient being only stays in a hospital setting. Inpatient drug alcohol treatment includes a level of care where the person is receiving full-time rehabilitation for drug and or alcohol abuse. In an inpatient program, the person cannot leave the premises, but is not “locked down” either. In other words the person cannot go outside the facility, without permission. If someone leaves the facility, without consent, then it is considered “against Medical Advice” (AMA).
Inpatient rehab and drug alcohol treatment is meant to first get the person stable, through detox and medical attention. The next step is to teach them about the disease of addiction and or alcoholism. And third, inpatient treatment helps a client to stay away from the “using environment” so they are removed from the temptations of using drugs and or alcohol.
It can be rather confusing, sometimes inpatient and residential are used interchangeably. So, stick the simple rule of thumb, if they stay there full-time then it is always inpatient.