How We Help Patients & Loved Ones

Deciding to get treatment for a substance use disorder or related condition is a courageous step. Unfortunately, actually finding the right help can be a difficult, confusing, and frustrating process.

Treatment Placement Specialists (TPS) exist to make that second sentence a thing of the past, and to ensure that people who have demonstrated the courage to ask for help can get the assistance that they need as quickly and efficiently as possible.

If you have spent any time researching treatment options, then you already know what a daunting array of services are available. You may have also realized that this is clearly a case where more is not necessarily better. With so many options, so many programs, and so many types and levels of care, how can a person possibly find the program that best suits their individual needs.

The problem can be maddeningly complex, but the answer is wonderfully simple: Call a TPS.

TPS offer a free service that is designed to connect individuals in need with the treatment programs that are best suited to meeting their specific needs and goals. TPS representatives gather pertinent information about the individual who needs care, then conduct research to identify the programs that meet the following criteria:

  • Provide the type and level of care that the individual needs
  • Are within the individual’s desired geographic location
  • Accept the individual’s insurance or are otherwise within his or her means of paying for care
  • Offer the ancillary support services that the individual wants or needs
  • Possess all necessary licenses, certifications, and other indicators of program quality

Depending upon an individual’s unique needs and treatment objectives, 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

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.

Outpatient Care

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.

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