Our Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) is suitable for individuals who live in the area (Chicago, IL) or can arrange nearby accommodations as well as maintain sobriety in their own living environment.

If you are looking into drug and alcohol rehab for yourself or someone else, it may be confusing to hear terms like inpatient rehab (or residential), outpatient rehab (or IOP) and partial hospitalization (or PHP).

What Are The Differences Between Inpatient Rehab, Outpatient Rehab And Partial Hospitalization?

Inpatient Rehab or Residential Treatment These programs involve completely removing the addict from the environment and the individuals that enabled or reinforced their addiction.  With inpatient rehab, the recovering addict can focus intensely on their addictive behavior instead of their drug or alcohol use.  Residential Treatment, sometimes known as an In-Patient Program, is often 28 days or longer, depending on the severity of the addiction. Inpatient rehab removes the addicted person from the current triggers in their environment and social circles.  The addiction rehab facility provides a safe place to temporarily live while dealing with addiction and any underlying issues the addict is facing.

Most inpatient rehab programs have restrictions on visitation, the use of electronics and cell phones and leaving the treatment facility.  These programs are staffed 24 hours a day. They combine a sober living environment with intensive group counseling and individual drug counseling.

Outpatient Rehab or IOP (Intensive Outpatient) – IOP involves attending treatment for a portion of the day while living in a location other than the treatment center.  The living environment needs to be safe and sober for the best possible outcome.  Generally, recovering addicts are allowed to leave the treatment center before and after treatment.  IOP is best for those who have a safe and sober environment to live, who are able to focus on treatment and who are able to handle the temptations and triggers that may arise when not at the rehab center.

Partial Hospitalization (PHP) - Partial Hospitalization involves full day treatment with living arrangements in a sober living facility or in a safe home environment.  It has fewer restrictions than inpatient rehab, but allows for more intensive treatment than IOP.

Similarities Between Inpatient Rehab, Outpatient Rehab and Partial Hospitalization – The goal of Addiction Rehab programs is to help the addict recover from drug/alcohol addiction by addressing the addiction and underlying issues that contribute to the addiction. Although drug rehab and alcohol rehab treatment options are somewhat unique, top quality addiction treatment programs contain certain core areas. Here are several aspects that the best drug and alcohol addiction programs have in common:

Group Therapy - Group therapy teaches the value of reaching out and relying on others, including other people in recovery who have similar experiences and challenges. Group therapy provides a sense of belonging.  There are other recovering people who believe in you and will identify and understand what you are going through. Group therapy also gives a chance to receive and offer feedback to specific issues that are being addressed in treatment.  This allows for a deeper understanding of your situation.

Individual Therapy/Drug Counseling - Individual therapy involves private meetings between you and your counselor.  It allows you to work through specific issues which you may have difficulty addressing in a group setting. It also allows you the benefit of direct confidential input from your counselor.  While group sessions are designed to teach you to receive support from, and lend support to, others, individual session allows you to work privately with a counselor.

Self Discovery - One of the most important benefits of the best addiction rehab programs is the amount of time and the tools provided to learn about yourself.  Learning includes discovery of your limitations, boundaries, assets, liabilities, strengths, weaknesses, losses in life and what is gained from ending addiction.

Family Involvement - Family programming is an essential part of any treatment program. Addiction is truly a family disease and impacts your family and friends.   Also, there are behaviors in the family dynamics that are wrapped up in the disease of addiction. Ideally these are addressed with the family members while the addict is being helped.  The success of any addiction rehab program depends on including family members and close friends.  Research suggests that including family and friends in the education and participation in the addiction treatment process improves the outcome.

In the family program, your family members and friends will learn about the disease of addiction and learn to identify strengths and resources to help themselves and to encourage you in your recovery. Some addiction treatment programs require family members and friends to attend Al-Anon meetings.

Which Is The Best Addiction Treatment?  The answer depends on your situation.  Some people are self-motivated and able to integrate addiction treatment into their current living environment and daily life.  The home environment is safe and sober and the person is able to resist temptations and triggers met during the normal day.  For these people IOP/Intensive Outpatient may be a good option.  Some people need a new environment, closer guidance and monitored surroundings in order to achieve sobriety.  For these people, inpatient rehab is likely the best option.  When inpatient rehab is completed, a transition to Intensive Outpatient is generally recommended.  The goals is to help transition the person back into their life with as many tools and supports as possible.

New Hope Recovery Center offers Partial Hospitalization Treatment, Intensive Outpatient Rehab in Chicago.

Written By: New Hope Recovery Center

insurance billing chicago rehab alcoholThe reason for having health insurance is to alleviate the large financial burden when dealing with any type of illness.  However, insurance providers are not forthcoming with all the information related to an individual with chemical dependency or substance abuse treatment needs. Insurance providers claim there are no “limits” on benefits for rehab, but all benefits are based on medical necessity. What often goes unstated, is the insurance provider is the sole entity determining what constitutes to be medically necessary.

With the onset of managed care, insurance providers are less willing to cover the costs of the traditional 28-day inpatient rehab.  Insurance providers operate with the belief that if substance abuse or alcoholism can be detected in the early stages, it’s better for all parties - the client doesn't get into the late stages of addiction and the insurance provider doesn't have to pay out for medical consequences and potentially long stays in rehab.  Instead, insurance providers are opting to pay for other levels of care including brief interventions, outpatient treatment, educational sessions and individual therapy sessions.

The length of stay for someone seeking chemical dependency or substance abuse treatment is now averaging approximately 10-18 days of inpatient rehab before requiring the client to “step-down” to a lower level of care.  Often, Intensive Outpatient treatment benefits are easier to obtain, but may also be restricted by the insurance provider based on medical necessity. Unfortunately, this is forcing clients to fast forward through crucial steps in the recovery process in order to avoid accruing large medical bills.  We understand this is not fair.

Since these changes with managed care, New Hope Recovery Center and many other treatment programs have had to alter its method of billing and treatment planning.  New Hope Recovery Center bills for Partial Hospitalization 5 days a week for as long as the managed care/insurance company will allow, which is generally 10-18 days.  We then step the client down to our Intensive Outpatient Program which is 4 to 5 days per week.  Once the client has successfully completed Intensive Outpatient treatment, they transition into our Aftercare program. Aftercare meets once per week for an hour.  Aftercare usually doesn't need pre-certification and most insurance providers will continue to pay for Aftercare for approximately 5 months.

Evidence based practices have confirmed that the longer a client is in treatment and connected to the sober community, the better their chances at achieving long term sobriety. Even though insurance companies won’t provide 28 days of inpatient rehab, there are many treatment centers that will work with their clients to use their benefits effectively and make sure they get the most out of their experience.

The best way to approach the financial responsibility of treatment is to be informed. Helpful tips:

  1. Call your insurance company prior to calling a treatment center
  2. Ask about your substance abuse/chemical dependency coverage (often it is coupled with "mental health" benefits)
  3. Inquire about whether pre-certification is required
  4. Find out what treatment centers in your area are in-network with your insurance company
  5. Call the in-network treatment centers and talk to the finance/billing department and ask them what they do when coverage is no longer approved and how much the treatment center bills per day for inpatient

There are many different treatment centers and substance abuse professionals, being informed will help you decide which treatment center is right for you. If you or a loved one is suffering from alcoholism or other addictions, call New Hope Recovery Center (773.883.3916) and we will help guide you as you take your first steps towards recovery.

Written By: New Hope Recovery Center

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