You wouldn’t treat a severe cut with a bandage.
It’s the same way with addiction. But many people have the mistaken belief that all it takes to treat addiction is a quick detox. After that, it’s just a matter of choosing not to use.
The truth is that addiction is a complex disease that changes the brain. The more advanced the addiction is, the higher level of care that’s needed.
ASAM Levels of Care
The way things used to be done, there was no standardized way of determining what level of treatment was right for those battling addiction.
That all changed in the 1980s when a national set of guidelines for care went into effect. The goal? To be able to provide each person with individualized, results-oriented treatment, based on his or her specific set of circumstances, including the likelihood of withdrawal, health history, possible mental health issues, readiness to change and living environment.
The result is the ASAM Criteria. (ASAM stands for American Society of Addiction Medicine.)
The Criteria consists of five broad levels of care, with 0.5 (early intervention) being the least intense and 4 (medically managed intensive inpatient services) being the most.
Here, we’re going to talk about level 3.3
ASAM Level 3.3
ASAM Level 3.3 is what’s called Clinically Managed Medium Intensity Residential Services. It offers a range of services in a 24-hour treatment setting.
The kind of treatment offers daily clinical services, including counseling and clinical monitoring.
You won’t just be detoxing from drugs or alcohol (although that is an important component). You’ll also be learning how to manage life without substance abuse.
The ultimate goal of rehab, after all, is to reclaim your life and to go forward with the skills and tools you need to face the future—both the good and the bad.
Addiction Recovery at The Raleigh House
At The Raleigh House, based in Denver, we offer both inpatient and outpatient services. We don’t just treat the addiction; we treat the whole person, including the mental, physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of addiction. Not sure what kind of treatment is right for you? Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about the treatment programs at The Raleigh House.