Detox programs offer a form of short-term treatment to patients. These programs are designed specifically to treat acute withdrawal symptoms appear at first.
Most detox programs last only 3 to 10 days. During this time, patients receive around-the-clock psychiatric and medical care and supervision. Their vitals are monitored, and the staff is constantly checking in to make sure that they’re comfortable. Detox programs are quite effective in preventing intense withdrawals.
Short-term detox programs are great for those looking to quit marijuana use. This is because 80% to 90% of the psychoactive chemical properties of marijuana are excreted within 5 days from your body. This coincides with the length of the program. In short, you’ll usually curb all your cravings by the time that you’re discharged.
Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)
Those who need more support than what detox programs have to offer might want to take a look at Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs).
With IOPs, you’ll receive treatment from the comfort of your own home or at a sober living facility. You’ll have more freedom and won’t be under constant supervision. This type of treatment is ideal for those who want less interruption to their usual routines. They can complete errands and chores while getting treated.
The amount of appointments you’ll need to attend will depend on your treatment plan. The plan is tailored to your needs and expectations. The length of the treatment can be as short as a couple of weeks, and as long as a couple of months.
If you choose IOPs, you will need to also take part in individual therapy sessions or group therapy. This will make it much easier to stay sober. You’ll get the support that you need from others.
Partial Hospitalization Programs
Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) are often paired with IOPs. In addition to getting treatments from the comfort of your own home, you’ll also need to go to the hospital for some of the more intensive treatments. This is perfect for those who experience more serious and severe withdrawal symptoms.
Basically, you’ll get more medical supervision than if you were to only rely on IOPs. Partial hospitalization programs also include a wide array of therapies.
Inpatient Treatment Programs
Inpatient treatment programs are the most intensive options available. They are ideal for those who:
- Have difficulties quitting, and have already attempted to quit unsuccessfully many times
- Have never undergone any type of addiction treatment program before
- Have serious substance abuse issues
These types of treatment combine both medical and psychiatric care with many types of therapies. Popular choices include individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy and couple therapy. Nutritional therapy and recreational therapy are also getting more and more popular.
The length of inpatient treatments will vary. It is usually based on the amount of progress each patient makes during his or her stay at the facility. In general, these programs have a minimum length of 28 days although they can continue on for months. Inpatient treatment programs tend to also be the most expensive treatment option.