According to the National Institutes of Health, the continuum of care definition is an integrated system of care that guides and tracks patients over time through a comprehensive array of health services spanning all levels of intensity of care. There are many different models referred to for addiction treatment continuum of care. The ASAM “continuum of care” model refers to a flexible treatment system in which clients with the condition can enter the level most suitable to their needs, and if necessary, step up or move down in treatment intensity. Not every client's continuum of care will be the same and that continuum may not always be linear.
Detox-initial treatment level for those who are currently under the influence and need to rid their body of drugs.
Residential/Inpatient-clinically-managed residential care for those who need around the clock, intensive inpatient monitoring by professionals.
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)-is more intensive than IOP (intensive outpatient) but less so than full inpatient or residential rehab. PHP is the most restrictive level of the three outpatient program options.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)- is a flexible treatment program that allows patients to work, go to school, or care for children during the day and sleep at home at night.
Outpatient Program (OP)-blends individual counseling and group counseling in an environment with the flexibility similar to IOP but with less commitment in time.