The Addiction Continuum of Care

Addiction recovery isn’t a one-size-fits-all process, and you have individual needs that need to be met – the continuum of care is a way to address those needs in a structured format.

Each stage of the continuum of care is beneficial to addiction treatment, but that does not mean you have to start at the beginning or complete every step to find recovery. Some people only need a few of these steps to get over a drug or alcohol addiction, and some people need all of these steps. The main goal, however, is to find whatever works best for you and build on that to help you find recovery.

While the continuum of care works in tandem to provide a path towards long-term recovery, it also is a map of the levels of care you are able to receive.

What are the steps in the addiction recovery continuum of care?

Continuum Care Infographic


Some can make the decision to seek treatment for addiction on their own, but others may find an intervention necessary to realize that they need help. An intervention involves planning, structure, and well-meaning intentions – it’s not just telling someone they need to get help!

Intervention assistance is available from professionals who are trained in both giving interventions and teaching how to give interventions.

Detox and Stabilization

Withdrawal is the most physically dangerous part of recovery, and medical detox is a controlled environment in which to allow the substance to leave your system. Medical detox can be a life-saving way to rid your body of the drugs or alcohol and take your first steps to a clean and sober life.

Residential Treatment

When you think of rehab, you are probably thinking of residential treatment. An extended stay facility that specializes in treating addiction, you will live, eat, sleep, and learn there as they equip you with the tools to live your life in recovery.

Partial Hospitalization

A Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a slight step down from residential treatment in that you are commuting to treatment rather than living on campus. This can mean that you are attending the same activities you would in residential treatment seven days a week but returning home at night, or that you attend only a select number of days throughout the week.

Outpatient Treatment

An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or outpatient facility differs from residential and partial hospitalization in that you do not stay there for more than a few hours while receiving treatment. These facilities offer classes, therapies, and other drug, alcohol, and mental health-related services for those who are exploring a life in recovery, hoping to maintain a life in recovery, or too busy to spend weeks in residential treatment or a Partial Hospitalization (PHP) program.

Sober Living

Sober Living can be a great way to get used to life after treatment while maintaining the practices you learned in residential rehab. A structured program that helps you adjust to living in recovery, a sober living home places you in a safe, clean environment with people like you with access to medical professionals and therapies that you still might need. Patients can combine sober living with a Partial Hospitalization Program or an Outpatient Program.


An aftercare program helps you stay in recovery by providing you with a roadmap to maintaining sobriety after your time in residential, outpatient, or partial hospitalization programs.

Recovery Fellowship

Whether this is attending alumni events and meetings, talking about your experiences with others in recovery, or even mentoring another person in recovery, one of the best ways to stay sober is to stay involved and help others through fellowship with groups like Alcoholics Anonymous.

So what are my first steps?

If you are looking for help for an addiction, we are here for you.

Or you can call us to talk to an admissions coordinator who can help determine what type of treatment you need, how you can get help, and where you can get help.

Feel free to reach out to us at 615-490-9376 and begin your journey to recovery.

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