Treatment

How to Access Services

Definition of Assessment
Drug and alcohol treatment assessments determine whether a person has a drug or alcohol problem and if so, what level of treatment would be most appropriate. Assessments can be conducted over the phone or in a face-to-face meeting.

Definition of Level of Care (from the PA Client Placement Criteria)
Outpatient (1A)
Organized, non-residential treatment that includes group, individual and family counseling. This is appropriate for individuals who recognize a need for assistance and are willing and able to attend scheduled activities, able to maintain abstinence between sessions, and have a sufficiently supportive recovery environment.

Intensive Outpatient (1B)
Organized, non-residential treatment that includes individual, group, and family counseling. This provides more structured psychotherapy and client stability through increased periods of staff intervention. Individuals in this level of care may acknowledge a problem but minimize its impact and have a limited understanding of the process of recovery. Services are in a planned regimen of regularly scheduled sessions at least 5, but less than 10, hours per week.

Partial Hospitalization (2A)
Non-residential service that includes individual, group, and family counseling as well as ancillary life skills services. Individuals in this level of care have high levels of addiction symptoms and there is a high likelihood of use without close monitoring and structured support. Treatment services are provided for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Halfway House (2B)
A live-in, work out environment that provides substance abuse treatment as well as the assistance in economic/social adjustment and the integration of life and recovery skills into daily life. Emphasizes protective and supportive elements of family living, and encourages and provides opportunities for independent growth and responsible community living. Clients entering this environment must have already had another type of drug and alcohol treatment.

Monitored Inpatient Detox (3A)
Medically Managed (4A)

Detoxification is the process whereby a drug- or alcohol-intoxicated or dependent client is assisted through the period of time required to eliminate the presence of the intoxicating substance. This process also includes efforts to motivate and support the client to seek treatment after detox. Detoxification can occur in a medically managed or medically monitored setting depending on the existing medical needs of the individual.

Medically Monitored Short-Term Residential (3B)
A service that includes 24-hour professionally directed evaluation, care and treatment for addicted clients in acute distress. Clients' addiction symptomatology is demonstrated by moderate impairment of social, occupational, or school functioning. Rehabilitation is a key treatment goal.

Medically Monitored Long-Term Residential (3C)
A service that includes 24-hour professionally directed evaluation, care and treatment for addicted clients in acute distress. These programs serve clients with chronic deficits in social, educational, and economic skills, impaired personality and interpersonal skills, and significant drug-abusing histories that often include criminal lifestyles and subcultures. Habilitation is the treatment goal.

Medically Managed Inpatient Residential (4B)

Treatment provides 24-hour medically directed evaluation, care and treatment for addicted clients with coexisting biomedical, psychiatric and/or behavioral conditions. Facilities for such services need to have, at a minimum, 24-hour nursing care, 24-hour access to specialized medical care and intensive medical care and 24-hour access to physician care.

Recovery Support Services
Recovery Houses

Helpful Links
There is a wealth of information on the internet about drug and alcohol problems. Not all the information on the web is based on facts, but here are a few sites that we consider to be very helpful:
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Narcotics Anonymous Meeting Schedule (NA)
Health and Human Services Agencies
Al-Anon
Al-a-Teen
Nar-Anon Family Groups
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs