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ASAM Level 3.2: Clinically Managed Residential Withdrawal

A doctor shakes an older man’s hand as he reclines in his hospital bed.
There are many cases in which medical help is necessary to safely treat an addiction.

In some cases, it might be hard to decide whether inpatient or outpatient treatment is the best option.

But there are some circumstances in which the only safe option is inpatient treatment, especially when severe withdrawal is likely.

The fact is, there is no such thing as one kind of treatment that works for everyone. The goal is to discover the level of care that’s best for your specific situation.

ASAM Levels of Care

The way things used to be done, there was no one 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.

In this post, we’re going to talk about level 3.2

ASAM Level 3.2 D

ASAM Level 3.2 D is what’s called Clinically Managed Residential Withdrawal. It’s recommended for those with a moderate risk of withdrawal who require 24-hour support.

The benefits of this kind of rehab are numerous. Detoxing on your own from certain kinds of drugs, including alcohol, can be life-threatening.

But rehab isn’t just about detox. In fact, that can be the easy part in some ways.

The real purpose behind treatment is to understand why you began using in the first place—and then kept using. What co-occurring conditions—such as depression—might you be facing? How can you learn the coping skills needed to stay sober?

At the end of the day, the goal isn’t just to give up drugs or alcohol. It’s to build a new and—in so many ways—better life. Rehab is the time to lay the foundation for that new life.

Addiction Recovery at The Raleigh House

At The Raleigh House, based in Denver, we take a whole-person approach to treating addiction, including mental, physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual. 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.

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