Addiction Treatment Center
By BrightView
Published: October 26, 2023
Updated: February 9, 2024

Whether it’s inpatient, intensive outpatient (IOP), outpatient, or virtual, one size does not fit all patients when it comes to addiction treatment programs


The answer to “which treatment program is right for my patient?” is not always a clear one.  In this virtual forum, hosted by BrightView’s Dr. Cheryl McClain and Rhonda Roper, all the bases were covered including outpatient, intensive outpatient, inpatient, and virtual therapy.

Key Takeaways

  • There is no single approach to recovery.
  • Program placement has a lot of factors that change from patient to patient.
  • ALL of the patient’s symptoms, etc. regarding program placement need to be carefully considered.
  • People do succeed in sobriety even after being transferred through different program levels.

There is no single approach to recovery and understanding the different types of addiction treatment programs makes it easier to choose one that best meets each patient’s needs and circumstances.  Dr. McClain and Rhonda discussed the type of patient that would be a good fit for all four of these types of programs – including taking into consideration more than just the severity of the patient’s addiction.

Factors that Matter

Inpatient treatment is the most intense and structured type of treatment, while outpatient programs allow a bit more freedom for a patient to come and go from meetings and appointments.  However, many factors need to be considered such as the history of unsuccessful outpatient treatment attempts, risk of relapse, co-occurring mental health issues – which can all play a part in a patient being more suited for inpatient rather than outpatient.  Outpatient candidates are more likely to have outside obligations such as full-time jobs or a family commitment, where they are unable to oblige to round the clock care – unless the severity of their addiction overrides this.

A Counselors View

This forum featured a guest speaker, Shanda Tallant, a counselor at BrightView’s London, Kentucky site. She spoke about firsthand accounts of placing patients in the various outpatient programs at BrightView, and how their cumulative symptoms were the deciding factor.  She talked about real life success stories as well as walking through simulated patient scenarios to determine the best level of care for each one.

You can check out these different scenarios and the entire webinar in the video below.

Learn Even More

Please join us next month, November 16th from 12-1pm, as BrightView subject matter experts discuss Methadone: Understanding the Science and Stigma. Click here to register.

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