It’s not easy for someone to admit they are struggling with a substance or alcohol use disorder. It takes a lot of courage to ask for help. Deciding to enter a treatment program for help with alcoholism or addiction takes tremendous strength. One of the most difficult challenges in the entire addiction recovery journey is taking that first step to getting help. But what happens next? How does a person start the path to recovery and achieve a sober, happy, healthy lifestyle?

While it may seem like a substance abuse treatment plan would be the same for everyone, the truth is that each individual requires a specific, customized treatment plan. There are several treatment levels, and it is essential to know what each addiction treatment service is for an individual to decide what makes sense for their needs and life. At Cardinal Recovery, we are serious about helping you regain control of your life. We are the best in the Midwest, and even though we are based in Franklin, Indiana, we serve patients from all over America.

How Will We Determine the Levels of Care for Substance Abuse Recovery?

For addiction treatment, the Levels of Care for Drug & Alcohol Recovery will be determined during the needs assessment process. During the assessment, our professionals will gather information that will help us understand your substance use disorder and make an informed decision about a treatment plan. Questions we might ask during the assessment include:

  • Have you taken part in a treatment program before?
  • How often are you using? How much are you using?
  • Do you have an official mental health diagnosis?
  • Does your family have a history of mental health issues?
  • Do you have any medical issues? Do you take any medications?

The above questions are only meant to be used as a reference to help guide our professionals as they create a treatment plan. Even though the needs assessment is comprehensive, there are various factors that ultimately influence treatment recommendations.

Once an assessment has been completed, we can start the process of helping you achieve a healthy, happy, and sober life. To schedule an appointment, fill out this form or call us any time day or night at (855) 928-1987. Our clinical assessments are free, you are under no obligation to enter treatment, and you’ll have the opportunity to talk with a dedicated Admissions Coordinator.

Levels of Care for Substance Abuse Recovery

Once you’ve completed a free clinical assessment, our staff will be able to help you decide the Levels of Care for Substance Abuse Recovery you need.

The goal of the levels of care is to ensure that each person receives the appropriate care immediately upon admission and then smoothly transitions to the next levels in the treatment process. It is important to note that an individual may be moved to a higher or lower level of care dependent upon their recovery development. The only want we will know what level of care you need is if you schedule an appointment. After our caring staff completes an evaluation, we can decide what level of care you need. Our staff is available any time day or night to assist you; our free 24/7 hotline phone number is (844) 714-0947.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)1 created a specific continuum of care that aims to guide one through the recovery process as smoothly and successfully as possible. The five core levels of care include:

  1. Level 0.5: Early Intervention Services
  2. Level 1: Outpatient Services
  3. Level 2: Intensive Outpatient/Partial Hospitalization Services
  4. Level 3: Residential/Inpatient Services
  5. Level 4: Medical Managed Intensive Inpatient Services

The first level of care is “Level 0.5”. This level aims to provide preventive care and services to individuals at risk of developing a substance-related issue.

Level 0.5: Early Intervention Services

As we mentioned before, the first level in the continuum of care focuses on intervention by targeting individuals at risk of developing a substance dependence. In addition, Level 0.5 aims to target those who show symptoms and signs of a substance addiction but may not meet the specific criteria to diagnose.

Early intervention identifies specific risk factors that may lead to a substance use disorder. The following are the most common risk factors to look out for:

  • Minimal to no parental supervision
  • Poor social supports and relationships
  • Aggressive childhood behavior
  • Access to substances such as drugs or alcohol

Early intervention can prevent a full-blown addiction from developing later on down the road. If you are interested in learning more about this service, please give us a call at (855) 928-1987 or fill out this form to schedule an appointment at Cardinal Recovery. We are based in Franklin, Indiana, but we have helped patients from across the United States.

If we identify a substance use disorder during the early intervention services, there are several paths to take to recover. Each level of care below marks an option for receiving recovery treatment.

Level 1: Outpatient Services

When a person struggling with drug or alcohol use can maintain their day-to-day lives but still requires treatment, outpatient rehab may best suit their needs.

Outpatient services typically require 9 hours per week (6 hours per week for adolescents) of treatment. The treatment will include meeting regularly with addiction professionals and doctors for recovery treatment. A person can attend therapy, receive medication, and engage in additional addiction treatment programs. Outpatient rehab provides treatment at one of the lowest level of intensity. Cardinal Recovery’s program offers comprehensive Level 1.0 Outpatient Services.

We know that sometimes our patients who can hold down a job or keep their family together need more help than they realize. They often suffer in silence because they can convince those around them that they are fine. Taking the first step to get help takes courage. Our compassionate and knowledgeable staff are here to help you every step of your path to recovery.

Fill out this form or call us anytime day or night at (855) 928-1987 to schedule an appointment.

Level 2: Intensive Outpatient/Partial Hospitalization Services

Intensive outpatient programs and partial hospitalization programs (PHP) offer more intensive services than other outpatient programs. Often one will spend more time in a therapeutic setting. With more intense treatment and additional resources available, IOP and PHP are a better option for individuals who need a higher level of treatment and still opt to live at home.

Cardinal Recovery offers the following levels of IOP and PHP services:

  • Level 2.1: Intensive Outpatient Services
  • IOP offers treatment from nine to 20 hours of treatment per week while providing services such as therapy, psychiatry, and group sessions. Since treatment is provided at times during the day and on weeknights or weekends, many in IOP can maintain their work or school schedules.
  • Level 2.5: Partial Hospitalization Services
  • PHP offers patients about 20 hours of treatment per week and is the most intense outpatient rehab program available. A person attending PHP will benefit from therapists, psychiatrists, doctors, and laboratory services. PHP offers patients rigorous treatment that tackles addiction and co-occurring disorders. PHP will also provide the option of living in housing provided by the treatment center.

Level 3: Residential/Inpatient Services

Residential addiction treatment programs or inpatient addiction treatment programs provide around-the-clock treatment at an inpatient facility. A person will typically live on-site or very close to the treatment facility.

Level 3.1: Clinically Managed Low-Intensity Residential Services

Recovery skills are the primary focus of Level 3.1, including managing emotions and relapse prevention skills. At this level, a treatment center will provide at least five hours of clinical services each week. Some of the most common treatment services in Level 3.1 include:

  • Structured recovery atmosphere
  • Staff available 24 hours a day
  • Outpatient addiction recovery services
  • Encouragement of life skills
  • House meetings

Level 3.3: Clinically Managed Population-Specific High-Intensity Residential Services

The Level 3.3 treatment program is also referred to as long-term care or extended care and offers a structured atmosphere with medium-intensity clinical services. This type of recovery treatment is for individuals with substance or alcohol use disorders whose lives have been severely impacted by substance abuse. Level 3.3 offers treatment at a slower pace, focusing on repetition to guide a person back into a healthier, drug, and alcohol-free lifestyle. This level offers ongoing case management, housing, transportation, vocational needs, and access to self-help meetings.

Level 3.5: Clinically Managed High-Intensity Residential Services

The Level 3.5 treatment program for individuals with multiple needs such as a severe functional impairment, co-occurring disorders, or are struggling to adjust to a healthy routine.

Level 3.7: Medically Monitored Intensive Inpatient Services

The Level 3.7 treatment program is the highest intensity Level 3 service. This recovery treatment is for people with substance use disorders and medical and/or emotional issues, or withdrawal risks that serve as roadblocks in their recovery progression.

Level 4: Medically Managed Intensive Inpatient Services

Level 4 is the most comprehensive and highest treatment level, incorporating 24-hour medical care, treatment, and evaluation, including meeting with a doctor daily. Typically, facilities that offer Level 4 treatment may be psychiatric hospitals, which all will provide substance abuse treatment and co-occurring disorders treatment. This stage of the continuum focuses on ensuring a person will be ready to enter a less intensive care level in their journey toward recovery.


Once we determine the Levels of Care for Substance Abuse Recovery, you’ll can either be placed in a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), or another level of care. If you still have lingering questions about PHP or IOP, we’ve got you covered with the following descriptions:

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Our PHP, sometimes known as day treatment, has an intensive level of treatment that will provide a sound foundation for your recovery while allowing you to still live at home. A PHP program can be a good step when someone once they leave a residential program. It’s also a good option for people who can keep up with their day-to-day life but are still struggling. Our Partial Hospitalization Program provides access to our top-notch medical staff and a safe environment while allowing you to keep your independence. The program also reinforces skill sets and strategies for helping patients deal with real-world scenarios during recovery.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our intensive outpatient program, located in Franklin, Indiana, is a good option for anyone who still requires treatment but also has familial, professional, and financial obligations to uphold. The IOP will help you build a sense of accountability with education and therapy. There will be a focus on teaching and reinforcing the necessary skills to avoid relapse and recognize and deal with triggers.

Continuum of Care for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

Though the continuum of care is a guideline for recovery treatment to help address that neither addiction nor recovery is linear, meaning they don’t follow a straight line, it does help inform treatment that is best suited to each person. It allows the focus to be on someone’s changing needs, which is vital to creating a path to recovery. With evidence-based treatment, addiction professionals can utilize proven methods in their treatment and thus improve long-term recovery chances.

Cardinal Recovery is here to help if you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse disorder or a co-occurring condition. At Cardinal Recovery, we are deeply committed to providing comprehensive, customized addiction recovery treatment plans for each and every one of our patients. We are located in Franklin, Indiana, in the Midwest, but we have served patients from across the United States.

Our addiction team is waiting for your call to schedule an appointment. Our staff is available any time, day or night, to answer your questions. You can fill out this form or call us at (855) 928-1987 to get started on changing your life today. We offer a free clinical assessment, there’s no obligation to enter treatment, and you’ll be able to talk with one of our dedicated Admissions Coordinators.

Cardinal Recovery offers partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient treatment services.


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