Treatment Placement Specialists (TPS) exist to lighten the load of finding appropriate treatment for individuals and families. TPS offer a free service that is designed to connect individuals seeking recovery with the treatment programs that are best suited to meeting their specific needs and goals. A TPS representative gathers pertinent information about the individual who needs care, then conducts research to identify the programs that meet individual needs, geographical concerns, insurance, and treatment modality requests.
Depending upon the choice of the patient, TPS representatives can connect him or her with programs that offer the following levels of care.
In order to fully engage in therapy for a substance use disorder, individuals must have stopped abusing the substance or substances upon which they had become dependent. Detox programs provide safe, comfortable, and closely supervised environments in which men and women can complete the withdrawal process.
Many programs also allow individuals to participate in certain therapeutic activities while they are in the process of completing detox, which can give them an essential head start on their post-detox treatment experience. Most programs also provide participants with the ability to transition directly into residential or outpatient care immediately after they complete detox.
Residential treatment programs offer a myriad of benefits, including round-the-clock care, immersion in a recovery-based community, and respite from negative influences such as work-related pressures and stresses.
Depending upon the policies and procedures of the particular program, an individual’s residential treatment experience may include individual, group, and experiential therapy, medication management, family therapy, education, and related support, and a variety of ancillary services. Residential programs provide age-appropriate treatment for adolescents and adults, and many also offer specialized services such as gender-specific care and faith-based treatment, as well as treatment tracks for Native Americans, older adults, and military members.
Outdoor Adventure-Based Treatment
Outdoor adventure-based treatment programs offer innovative healing opportunities for adolescents and young adults. Conducted within the inspirational and transformational environment of the wilderness, these programs feature an array of dynamic activities and therapeutic opportunities, including but not limited to individual and group therapy, experiential therapy, 12-Step support meetings, educational sessions, and rites of passage.
Medication Assisted Treatment
Adults aged 18 and above who have become dependent upon prescription painkillers, heroin, or other opioids may benefit from medication assisted treatment. This type of care usually involves the use of prescription medications such as methadone or buprenorphine, which allow opioid-dependent individuals to end their opioid abuse without experiencing the intense cravings and other distressing symptoms that would otherwise occur.
With their minds and bodies free from opioid abuse but not negatively impacted by withdrawal symptoms, men and women who participate in medication assisted treatment can engage in individual therapy, group therapy, and a range of additional services that will help them to develop the skills and strategies that will empower them to achieve long-term recovery.
People whose needs do not require the intensity of residential care, or those who have completed a residential program but need step-down support, may be best served by the following outpatient treatment options:
- Partial hospitalization program: The most intensive outpatient level, PHP typically includes treatment during the day, after which the participants return to their homes, to residences that are affiliated with the PHP, or to other living arrangements. Group therapy is a primary form of care in PHP, with individual therapy, family therapy, and other services often available on a limited or as-needed basis.
- Intensive outpatient program: IOP participants usually receive care during mornings or evenings on certain weekdays, which allows them to also attend school, go to work, or otherwise meet their personal and professional responsibilities. IOP is usually conducted for fewer hours at a time and on fewer days of the week than is PHP. Groups are often a fundamental element of care in IOP, with individual therapy, family therapy, and other services scheduled less frequently or provided when needed.
- Traditional outpatient services: Some residential programs within the TPS referral network may offer ongoing traditional outpatient services such as weekly, biweekly, or monthly therapy or psychoeducational classes. At some programs, these services may be limited to program alumni and family members or to those who are stepping down from a residential, IOP, or PHP environment, while at other programs they may be open to anyone who needs such care.
For more information about programs that provide any of these levels of care, or for answers to any questions that you may have about any aspect of the TPS service, please feel free to contact Acadia’s Treatment Placement Specialists at your convenience.