The goal of Acadia Healthcare’s national team of Treatment Placement Specialists is to assist professionals in the effort to ensure that patients or clients who need more intensive services. Patients or clients are matched with the program or programs that provide the type and level of care that is best suited to their specific strengths, needs, and treatment goals.
When a referring professional contacts TPS, our representatives will be able to provide information on programs that offer the following levels of care:
Detoxification can be an essential service for individuals who have been incapable of ridding their bodies of substances of abuse prior to entering treatment. With the supervision of experienced personnel, detox allows individuals to withdraw from the substances upon which they have become dependent with maximum safety and minimum discomfort.
Many detox programs also allow participants to engage in individual therapy, group therapy, or other recovery-based activities while still in detox. Depending upon the individual’s treatment plan and objectives, he or she will typically be able to transition directly into the next level of care immediately upon completing detox.
The many benefits of residential treatment include comprehensive care, around-the-clock supervision, the elimination of negative external influences such as work- or school-related stresses and pressures, and an opportunity for the individual in treatment to focus solely on his or her health and progress.
Depending upon the parameters of the program and the needs of the individual, residential treatment may include medication management, individual therapy, group therapy, experiential therapy, family therapy, education and related support, as well as a wide range additional ancillary services.
Outdoor Adventure-Based Treatment
An innovative and effective opportunity for adolescents and young adults, outdoor adventure-based treatment features a holistic approach to care that incorporates traditional therapeutic principles and the transformational power of the wilderness. Participants may engage in individual and group therapy, 12-Step support meetings, educational sessions, and other beneficial activities while immersed in a wilderness environment.
Outdoor adventure-based therapy makes great use of ceremony, metaphor, rites of passage, and research-supported therapeutic interventions to empower adolescents and young adults to overcome the obstacles that have been preventing them from realizing their greatest potential.
Medication Assisted Treatment
Adults who have developed opioid use disorder, including those who have been abusing illicit drugs such as heroin and those who have become dependent upon prescription painkillers, may benefit from medication assisted treatment. Typically provided on an outpatient basis, this form of care involves the use of certain prescription medications, most commonly methadone or buprenorphine, along with individual therapy, group therapy, and a range of additional services.
The medications that are used in a medication assisted treatment program allow the individuals to stop their opioid abuse without experiencing powerful cravings or other withdrawal symptoms, while the therapeutic elements of treatment prepare the participants to make the lifestyle changes that will support lifelong abstinence.
Eating Disorder Treatment
Comprehensive eating disorder treatment can occur within a variety of levels of care, including residential treatment, intensive outpatient programming (IOP), partial hospitalization programming (PHP), and community-based outpatient care.
Typically, individuals engaged in treatment services for an eating disorder will have access to a variety of mental health supports such as individual, group, and family therapies. In addition, they will also work with several health and wellness professionals, such as nutritionists, dietitians, exercise physiologists, and medical staff members.
This multifaceted approach promotes simultaneous healing of the mind and body, and also encourages patients to develop the healthy habits and coping skills that will assist them in managing their symptoms throughout the rest of their lives.
The following levels of outpatient care may be optimal options for individuals whose needs do not require the intensity of inpatient services, or who can benefit from a step-down level of support following the completion of a residential program:
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP): In PHP, which is the most intensive outpatient level, participants typically attend treatment during the day and return to their homes or places of residence in the evenings. Group therapy is often an integral component of PHP care. Depending upon the parameters and structure of the program, individual and family therapy may be available on a limited or as-needed basis, as may a range of additional support services.
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP): IOP treatment is structured in a similar manner to PHP, with participants receiving care at the IOP center and returning to their homes or residences in the evenings. The main difference between IOP and PHP care is that IOP participants usually attend treatment for fewer hours each day and/or for fewer days per week. Some IOPs offer morning and evening options to accommodate the work/school schedules of those who are receiving care.
- Traditional outpatient services: Examples of traditional outpatient services include individual and/or group therapy sessions that are conducted on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis. Some residential programs may offer ongoing traditional outpatient services to alumni and family members, while others may open such services to those who are stepping down from PHP or IOP.
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 us at your convenience.