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How To Create A Long Term Treatment Plan

Long-term treatment is often confusing to people because “treatment” is synonymous with what is technically residential inpatient treatment. Treatment stems beyond the traditional 30-60 day inpatient program which most might call ‘rehab’. There are many options for treatment after the first one to two months of treatment, which can create a long term treatment program.

Here are the terms for treatment levels, in descending order:

  • Detox
  • Inpatient
  • Partial hospitalization
  • Intensive outpatient
  • Outpatient
  • Aftercare

One of the not commonly listed phases of treatment is transitional care or extended care programs. Typically these programs are multi-phase and last for 3-6 months after the initial treatment programs. For those who do not feel ready to fully transition into independence in recovery, transitional care programs are ideal for prolonging the treatment process while intermittently gaining back independence. Other forms of step down treatment like partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient don’t always offer residential options. Meaning, it is a partial treatment experience. The therapy and treatment is part of the day and there is still a large amount of independence around that small part of structure.



Transitional care and extended care programs offer a different approach to creating a long term treatment program. You want to choose a long term programs based on your needs and wants for continuing the treatment process. If you want adventure therapy, immersive learning, experiential learning, continuing cognitive behavioral therapy, life skills, vocational training, etc you know what you’re looking for. Programs like the transitional care program at LEAD Recovery Center offer a full range of services that help clients grow toward their autonomy in recovery.

A long term treatment program offers structure, support, and accountability while also offering priceless opportunities at learning. Life skills development, leadership training, adventure and experiential learning take the didactic information of other treatment levels and start putting them into practice. Recovery in treatment can only go so far through handouts, lectures and group processing. Eventually, recovery has to be lived. Transitional care and long term treatment plans help clients learn and practice living sober, creating a lifestyle, friendships, network, and community of like-minded recovery peers.


Enlightened Recovery Solutions offers partial care programs for after residential inpatient treatment. Our solution to addiction harmoniously blends a mind, body, spirit approach by combining the best of clinical, holistic, and 12 step therapies. Call us today for information on our healing and transformational programs of treatment: 888-234-LIVE.

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