Terms You Should Know – Levels of Care

When starting any type of care plan for addiction rehab treatment, appreciating the various levels of care that may be offered is an essential step on the path back to success. 

At Peaks Recovery, our experts will ensure that you receive the correct type of care. In the meantime, though, this insight into levels of care should help you know what to expect from the road ahead.

What is ASAM?

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is a medical society representing thousands of professionals and businesses working in the addiction medicine arena. The organization was founded in 1954 by Ruth Fox and is known for its guidelines on the “placement, continued to stay, transfer, or discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions”, which are used by specialists across the land.

It uses multidimensional assessments to ensure that individuals are sufficiently supported. By having defined ‘levels of care’ (LOCs), the ASAM Criteria guidelines help experts in this field identify and implement the right treatments.

Understanding ASAM Levels of Care

The levels of care actually start at level 0.5, which is defined as “prevention and early intervention”. When booking yourself or a loved one into a treatment center, though, knowledge of the following LOCs will be key.

Inpatient care (level 3.7)

At this level of care, patients required 24-hour inpatient care services. It often starts with detoxification and stabilization before moving onto personalized treatment plans focusing on recognizing trauma and managing emotions effectively. The medically-managed services are considered high-intensity.

In severe cases, a 4.0 level of care that includes the most acute care, which Peaks Recovery Centers is not licensed for.

Residential treatment (levels 3.5, 3.3, and 3.1)

Level 3.1-3.5 care covers residential treatments but can be broken into three distinct sections. Low-level treatments (level 3.1) only require five hours of sessions but the client will live at the home. At level 3.3, there is high intensity but a slower pace of progress that heavily focuses on cognitive functions.

Clients at level 3.5 will experience clinically managed support that pays attention to psychological issues.

Outpatient care (levels 2.5, 2.1, and 1.0) 

Outpatient care can be used by clients who may not require such a high level of care. A 1.0 level of care provides up to nine hours of outpatient care. Level 2.1 covers intensive outpatient services for 9-20 hours each week. For level 2.5 outpatient care, clients will encounter partial hospitalization.

In this case, clients receive at least 20 hours of support each week but do not need 24-hour residential care.

Find the right level of care at Peaks Recovery

As an addiction treatment center that can provide both inpatient and outpatient services to overcome a range of addictions, people suffering from substance abuse disorders can be sure that they’ll receive the right level of care at our facilities.

To find out more on behalf of yourself or a loved one, contact Peaks Recovery for a full consultation now.