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If you suffer from drug and/or alcohol addiction, at some point, you will probably think about visiting a rehabilitation facility. There are several different treatment programs that are available at rehabilitation facilities. To decide which one will be the right fit for you, you first need to understand the different treatment programs that are available.

Residential treatment programs (also called inpatient treatment programs) are for patients with the most severe addictions. So if you need heroin rehab or rehabilitation from a severe alcohol addiction, this may be a good fit for you. In this program, patients have already been through any necessary detox. Patients will have access to medical supervision 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and they will participate in therapy, classes, and healing activities like recreation and meditation.

Partial hospitalization programs (also called PHPs or “dayhab”) are the programs for patients who have already completed inpatient programs or for patients who have less severe addictions. Like residential treatment programs, patients will have access to medical care, though not as intensive, and they will be required to participate in therapy, classes, and other healing activities. Patients will go home at night if they have access to a stable living environment.

Outpatient treatment programs are the most flexible option that offers patients the most freedom. This is for patients who have a milder addiction or for patients who have progressed through inpatient treatment and/or a PHP. In this program, patients have access to less medical care, but they are still required to participate in the same rehabilitation curriculum.

So how will you know which program you need? You will need to ask yourself a series of questions. What substance(s) are you addicted to? What has been your history with addiction? What is your current living situation? These will all help you determine what type of treatment program you need.

When it comes to addiction treatment, there is a multitude of options. The most important thing is that you become well educated on all of them and understand your needs.