Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs – An Overview Ambrosia Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center
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Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs

Treating addiction requires more than a one-size-fits-all approach. We offer all levels of care for addiction rehab. Whether you’ve been struggling for years or just had a slip, it’s important to address the problem before it gets worse. No matter what your situation calls for, we’ve got you covered.

Before you read on, know that every individual is unique and requires different things from drug or alcohol treatment. Providers like Ambrosia use an individualized approach to treatment, which means that treatment is catered to the personal needs of the struggling individual

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Types of Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Inpatient Rehab

Inpatient rehab for addiction is the most comprehensive and intensive form of drug and alcohol treatment. Inpatient programs usually last for about 30 days, although some can last longer (60 days, 90 days or longer).

There are many advantages of enrolling in an inpatient treatment program compared to other levels of care.

More Intensive Treatment – By going to an inpatient facility, you’re fully immersing yourself in a therapeutic environment. Getting to a place mentally and physically that you can focus on your recovery and your health will help you break through the negative behaviors that aren’t serving you.

Time Away from Enablers – Often, loved ones that are trying to help addicts end up helping the addiction instead. Sometimes the people that love addicts and alcoholics the most are helping their addiction instead of their recovery. It’s much easier to establish boundaries and improve your relationships when you put distance between yourself and your loved ones for a few weeks.

Detox with 24/7 Medical Supervision – Drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be extremely dangerous during the first few days of sobriety. Addiction treatment at an inpatient facility can prevent relapse and protect you in the event of a medical emergency. Even when there are no physical symptoms, being in a detox facility can help minimize cravings, restlessness and discomfort.

An Escape from Your Old Environment – Finding an addiction treatment program that is local may feel more comfortable at first, but going a little further from home can actually increase your chances of success. In early recovery, the people and places that you associate with drinking or getting high can be a trigger. Without the proper coping mechanisms, they could prompt a dangerous relapse. Impatient treatment is the best way to escape triggers until you are stable enough to face them without picking up a drink or drug.

Develop and Practice Coping Skills – Techniques like mindfulness, meditation and emotional regulation are the ultimate tools to protect against relapse and addictive behaviors. Inpatient treatment is the best place to learn and practice these valuable skills. After a few weeks, these good practices will turn into healthy habits that can help fight cravings and enhance your overall mental wellness.

Community & Peer Support – Getting sober can be challenging, but in treatment, you’re surrounded by peers who can completely relate to what you’re going through. In fact, community support is vital to those recovering from addiction. Many people find that the friends they make in rehab become a reliable support network after they leave.

Get Acquainted with Support Group Options – Peer support is an essential part of recovery. Many recovering addicts and alcoholics find comfort, hope and camaraderie in 12-step meetings and other groups. During inpatient treatment, individuals are encouraged to attend meetings and begin establishing a support network. That way, they will already have a foundation and can continue growing and learning after treatment.

Time to reflect and process emotions – During addiction, feelings and emotions are pushed down and ignored, which can lead to a buildup of negative thoughts and destructive behaviors. In treatment, you’ll have the opportunity to slow down, assess and process these challenging emotions – and develop coping mechanisms to help you express yourself in a healthy way.

Exposure to more types of treatment, like art and music therapy – Enjoyable hobbies like art and music can become a meaningful part of recovery and aid in the healing process. In inpatient treatment, people are exposed to a wider variety of treatment modalities. The idea is that positive sober experiences will carry over after treatment and become a coping mechanism that you can revisit time and time again.

Other Features of Inpatient Addiction Treatment – Addiction treatment focuses on the mental and spiritual fitness, but it’s important to feel good physically as well. Whether its massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractor, or just hitting the gym and lifting some weights, treatment can help you feel better faster and maintain those healthy habits after you leave.

A typical day in inpatient treatment at Ambrosia starts with a morning routine of breakfast and a brief check-in with the rest of the community to get you up and ready for therapy, groups and other activities. Getting onto a consistent schedule is an essential part of recovery because it keeps you motivated and prepared for whatever lies ahead. Healthy morning habits are encouraged, like eating a balanced breakfast, taking a shower and dedicating some time to meditate or relax.

After that, you’ll head to a variety of groups and activities that help you discover the root causes of addiction and change your relationship with drugs and alcohol. Depending on the day, you’ll participate in art or music therapy, take a yoga class by the water or relax with a guided meditation. All programming is designed to keep you physically and mentally engaged with your recovery. In between groups, you’ll have lunch and a short break before heading back to therapy. With educational lectures, small group therapy and one-on-one sessions with your therapist, you’ll be challenged to practice using the coping skills that you’ve learned as protection against relapse.

During the evening, the community attends an outside 12-step meeting to get acquainted with how they work and develop the habit of attending one meeting per day. Addiction experts agree that 12-step support groups (like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous) help those in recovery stay sober, especially in conjunction with psychotherapy and medication-assisted treatment. For some people, support groups can be overwhelming at first. Getting on a routine while you’re in treatment will help you fully understand how these programs work by the time you leave. And, it will be easy to stick to a consistent attendance schedule once you become used to hitting a meeting every day.

Inpatient treatment is regimented, but it’s not boring or dull. Programs are highly individualized so that you can focus on the aspects of recovery that matter most to you. Everything you learn here will be useful to create and maintain a life free of drugs and alcohol.

Residential Addiction Treatment Program

Residential drug and alcohol programs include all of the perks of inpatient treatment but feature more comfortable living spaces and rely on support from others within the community. Types of housing vary depending on the program, but most residences are in the same building or nearby the addiction treatment facility.

Residential addiction programs promote a community environment where participants can make friends, get support and feel at home. Community-organized programs increase structure, accountability and responsibility both inside and outside of therapy. If an individual is planning to transition into a sober living environment after treatment, residential programs will get them acquainted to living with roommates. Maintaining cleanliness and respecting other’s personal space are all skills you can learn in residential treatment that will carry over into your next phase of recovery.

Residential treatment centers look, feel and function like inpatient rehabs. The only difference is that inpatient centers offer 24/7 medical care from qualified medical professionals. High-quality treatment centers combine the best of inpatient and residential rehabilitation to create an environment that is both comfortable and safe from start to finish.

Long Term Drug Rehab

While most residential or inpatient drug rehab programs last about a month, long-term programs extend the length of stay anywhere from a few months to a year. This may seem like an extreme measure, but long-term inpatient programs are helpful for people who require more time away from triggers or have failed to stay sober in traditional-length programs.

Staying in treatment longer means that you have more time to get to know your counselor and your peers and develop solid coping mechanisms and skills that you can use to stay sober when you leave. It also affords more time to plan for aftercare, including outpatient treatment, support meetings and living arrangements.

According to DrugAbuse.gov, spending enough time in treatment is one of the critical ingredients in successful rehabilitation. Further, studies indicate that at least three months in treatment is optimal. While the study doesn’t specify whether treatment is inpatient, outpatient or a combination of both, we can conclude that those who continue treatment for longer periods experience better outcomes.

Partial Hospitalization Program – PHP

Partial Hospitalization, also known as day treatment, offers the same level of therapy as inpatient rehab, but individuals return home after daily therapy or group sessions. Partial hospitalization programs do not house or feed their patients, nor do they offer 24/7 medical monitoring that is so important in the early stages of recovery. However, many treatment centers extend these services to clients whether they are receiving inpatient, residential or partial hospitalization drug treatment.

IOP – Intensive Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment is addiction therapy that happens while living in the “real world.” Intensive outpatient treatment usually consists of three-hour therapy sessions, three times per week. The length of the program largely depends on the treatment plan established by the individual and their therapist. Some people complete IOP after a few weeks, while others continue the program for months or even years in order to create a strong foundation for long-term sobriety.

Just like inpatient treatment, the discussion in group meetings revolves around relationships, coping skills and navigating the challenges of early sobriety. You’ll continue to focus on staying sober and rebuilding your life, but also deal with new challenges and opportunities that life throws at you. Most of the time, people in IOP programs are employed or are searching for employment.

Another benefit of outpatient and intensive outpatient programs is that they maintain the accountability of structured treatment but give you freedom after treatment hours. As you get to know your therapist and peers in the group, they can provide feedback and constructive criticism along the way. Usually, IOP programs administer drug tests to ensure treatment compliance and keep the community healthy.

Outpatient Rehab

The care you receive in outpatient treatment is similar to an Intensive Outpatient program, but groups meet less frequently- usually once per week. Outpatient treatment is an essential part of addiction recovery, serving as a step-down between IOP and aftercare. Because the time commitment is less, individuals have the opportunity to gain employment and attend support groups while enrolled.

While outpatient is typically less expensive, professionals recommend inpatient treatment before transitioning to outpatient services for those with severe addictions.

At the end of the day, the type of treatment that an individual will need depends on their specific circumstances. All levels and forms of addiction care serve a purpose. The most important thing is that you reach out for help when you need it. Things always get worse, never better.

Sober Living Facilities

Sober homes provide housing for individuals as they transition out of inpatient or residential addiction treatment. They are also known as sober living facilities, recovery homes, or halfway houses. Typically, residents are separated by gender and have to follow house rules, including abstaining from drugs and alcohol. Often, residents attend intensive outpatient or outpatient programs while simultaneously living in a sober community.

Living in a sober home is like living in an apartment or dormitory. You pay rent and are responsible for keeping your space clean. Residents can benefit from the camaraderie between fellow recovering addicts and alcoholics. Plus, it’s a clean and sober environment where you can get a fresh start and re-establish your independence.

Just like picking a treatment center, it’s important to do your research when selecting a sober home. While most have your best interests at heart, at the end of the day, sober homes are business, so the community will only be as good as the management. Make sure you tour the house, speak with house managers and talk to residents before you make a decision. Or, get a referral from a trusted inpatient addiction treatment provider.

Support Groups/12 Step Groups

While outside support groups don’t technically fall under the umbrella of substance abuse treatment programs, they are an integral part of the recovery process. Whether it’s Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or dozens of other nationwide support groups, attending meetings and staying active is an effective long-term strategy to staying sober. At meetings, you’ll make real friends that you can count on for support. Plus, 12-step groups are a great way to continually work through your core issues and triggers that you’ve discovered in treatment.

How Does Rehab Work?

Heal the Body & Mind

The first step of treating a substance abuse problem is to heal the mind and the body. Over time, drugs and alcohol cause physical and mental damage that requires intensive therapy and sometimes medication. Rehab is an opportunity to re-center your mind and body so you can focus on recovery.

People use drugs and alcohol because they provide an escape from reality. Working with therapists and in group and one-on-one counseling, you will uncover the source of pain that is prolonging your addiction and learn how to deal it in a healthy way.

Develop Healthy Behaviors

After you begin the healing process, the next step is to evaluate the thoughts and feelings that contribute to addiction. Anything from childhood trauma, to self-esteem issues to family and relationship problems, can keep individuals stuck in their addictive behaviors.

The best way to ditch old behaviors and adopt new, positive ones is to “practice” living without drugs and alcohol. This involves getting into a routine, creating healthy connections with your peers and using self-care to control your emotions. Techniques like relapse prevention and emotional regulation come in handy during treatment but also carry over into the real world when you get out. Once you learn how to keep yourself balanced, you’ll have a much better chance of making a complete, lasting change.

Finding the Best Drug Rehab Program

The best and most effective drug and alcohol rehabs go above and beyond the traditional 30-day program.



Several organizations review the legitimacy and safety of addiction treatment programs in the United States. Most states require special licensing to operate a treatment center, but organizations like the Joint Commission take those standards one step further. When selecting a treatment center, look for the Joint Commission’s seal of approval. It can help guide you to the best programs that passed the test, placing patient care first.

Reviews & Success Stories

Reviews & Success Stories

Pay close attention to treatment reviews and testimonials. They will help you find out more about the staff, facility and quality of care that you’ll be receiving. Quality facilities will have hundreds of positive reviews on websites across the internet. Unbiased experience from others is one of the best ways to find out if a treatment center is right for you.

Research & Partnerships

Research & Partnerships

Treatment standards are always improving. Effective treatment centers stay on the cutting-edge by keeping up with the latest research and modalities. Still, only the very best partner with universities to conduct research and implement the findings into their programs. Look for treatment centers that are always working to advance the science of addiction medicine and improve their care.

Leading Experts

Leading Experts

When the media is reporting a story about addiction, they look to the substance abuse experts at leading treatment centers. This is a great way to find out which centers are staffed with the highly credentialed doctors and therapists that journalists trust to tell the story.


While it might be tempting to skip past inpatient or residential treatment and go directly into an outpatient program, you’ll be missing critical steps in the healing process. Opting for inpatient or residential treatment will ensure that you’re safe during detox and keep you separated from alcohol and drugs until you can manage cravings on your own. Not only that, committing to inpatient treatment gives you time away from life’s distractions that can distract you from your treatment plan. Getting sober isn’t easy, so doesn’t it make sense to do it the right way the first time?

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating addiction; everyone has different needs and goals. Addiction professionals generally recommend attending some form of therapy or treatment program for three months. Usually, this is in the form of an inpatient program followed by outpatient options as the individual gets acquainted with living sober. However, some people might need more time, depending on their circumstances.

We can help you with that! Our dedicated staff members are here to guide you through the process. They’ve been in your shoes before and know that making the decision to get help isn’t always easy. Whether its financial issues, insurance questions or you just need to talk to someone about your options, we are only a phone call away.

Inpatient treatment requires a greater time commitment, but it offers more than other forms of substance abuse care. Addiction is a progressive, life-threatening disease that only gets worse when you don’t treat it properly. You wouldn’t second guess going to an inpatient care facility for other life-threatening illnesses, so why should addiction be any different?