What Options Does My Loved One Have for Addiction Recovery?

Sep 18, 2019 10:22:15 AM / by Providence Recovery Services

Research finds that when people take advantage of aftercare services, rates of relapse decrease. You need a personalized treatment plan for your loved one’s specific desires for their journey through recovery.  

Some standard components of a typical aftercare treatment plan include outpatient treatment, counseling, recovery support groups, sober living homes and support from friends and family. 

At Providence Recovery, we accommodate patients who seek treatment options through various treatment services that are customized to fit their needs. We pride ourselves on providing patient-centered addiction treatment, including:

  • Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Partial Hospitalization Program
  • Intensive Outpatient Program
  • Sober Living Home

Continue reading below to learn which treatment option is best for your loved one. 

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Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders, withdrawal symptoms and to reduce the chance of overdose. Providence Recovery offers MAT to individuals in our intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization programs.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognize that substance use disorder (SUD) classifies as a mental health disorder. These disorders affect thinking, mood, behavior and how we make choices. 

In 2014, 20.2 million adults in the United States had a substance use disorder, and 7.9 million had a SUD and another mental illness. Patients with mental health disorders can receive treatment through proper medication. Medications are an essential part of treatment when combined with behavioral therapy. 

Research proves that the combination of MAT and counseling prevents relapse and reinforces recovery. MAT can help heal the physical changes in the brain, block the euphoric effects of substances and relieve cravings - a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. 

MAT provides the following benefits:

  • Improve an individual’s success
  • Increase retention in treatment sessions
  • Increase an individual’s chance of receiving and maintaining employment
  • Decrease an individual’s substance use
  • Decrease the likelihood of relapse
  • Heal physical changes in the brain
  • Block the euphoric effects of substances
  • Relieve cravings

Providence Recovery only uses FDA-approved medications, such as Suboxone and Vivitrol.

Our medications will act on the receptors in your brain, reduce cravings, prevent withdrawal symptoms, and/or block the effects of a substance.

Suboxone is a partial opiate agonist that prevents cravings and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Without uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, a person can focus on other aspects of recovery. There is a 75 percent to 80 percent relapse rate for those that stop taking suboxone compared to those that choose to use it as one of the tools to fight addiction. 

Vivitrol is once a month medication, another safe and effective tool to help patients who are opiate dependent or alcohol dependent. 


In a partial hospitalization program (PHP) individuals enter after completing a medical detox or residential treatment program. These programs are clinician-led with measurable, behavioral and functional goals.

Providence Recovery’s PHP occurs five to six days a week, six hours a day. PHPs provide critical and intensive care without a full residential stay. PHPs usually lasts three months and work best for people with a stable and supportive home environment.

Partial hospitalization can be helpful for those experiencing destructive behavior due to medication imbalances, suicidal thoughts or actions, behavioral issues (depression, anxiety, personality disorders, etc.) and addiction. 

Benefits of PHPs include: 

  • Offers flexibility to deal with a wide range of conditions
  • Regular interactions with medical and behavioral health professionals
  • Personalized behavioral health care
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Affordable treatment without costly overnight hospital stays
  • A smoother transition back into daily life and independence

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is the next level of care following the completion of a PHP. It is coordinated with many clinical options to monitor and maintain stability. This treatment program focuses on group participation and interaction. Our IOP meets three days a week for three hours a day. We provide a part-time schedule that allows individuals to continue on-going therapy while working and living at home or in a structured living environment. 

IOPs typically last from two months to one year. Participants in an IOP attend regular counseling services and have a reliable support system.

An IOP can help those who are struggling with eating disorders, depression, self-harm, cognitive issues with behavior, physical or mental health challenges, or substance use. 

Benefits of IOPs include: 

  • Provides structure and discipline
  • Opportunities for clients to develop communication and socialization skills
  • Integration into community life 
  • Flexibility to deal with conditions while surrounded by loved ones

Core components of Providence Recovery’s IOP/PHP behavioral therapies include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): A psychological treatment that encourages individuals to change maladaptive thoughts to change their behaviors. Individuals learn about coping skills, which helps them acknowledge and change those maladaptive behavior patterns.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): A psychological therapy that focuses on interpersonal effectiveness, mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation.
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCBT): A modified form of CBT that incorporates mindfulness practices like meditation and breathing. Individuals are encouraged to break away from the negative thought patterns that can cause them to relapse.
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI): A form of counseling that helps individuals think and talk through any insecurities they may be feeling.
  • Trauma-Informed Care (EMDR): Individuals going through treatment may have experienced trauma. Trauma-informed care focuses on increasing adaptive behaviors, coping mechanisms and tools for healing in a non-threatening environment.
  • Individual Therapy: Individuals who are in treatment will receive two one-on-one therapy sessions a week.
  • Group Therapy: A trained counselor will guide interactions in a group setting that will encourage reflection, accountability, empathy and developing positive communication skills.
  • Family Therapy: Addiction can affect everyone. Family therapy allows family members to learn about addiction, signs of relapse and how best to support themselves and their loved ones in recovery.
  • Equine Therapy: A form of experiential therapy that involves interactions between patients and horses. Activities such as grooming, feeding, haltering, and leading a horse are supervised by a mental health professional with the support of a horse expert. The goal of equine therapy is to help the patient develop needed skills and attributes like emotional awareness and stress tolerance.

During treatment, our team will also employ experiential and adventure therapies, encourage individuals to attend other support groups and counseling, and offer relapse prevention education.


A sober living home helps prepare individuals for life outside of treatment. Providence Recovery is in the process of developing a sober living home that is mindfully suited for individuals who are in early recovery. Residents who stay in our home will go through healing together, share life experiences and work through life’s issues. In this environment, residents will develop skills that will help them build a productive life within their community.

While in our sober living home, residents will maintain accountability, build a community of peers, and find hope and fulfillment. Residents will also:

  • Find a job that is conducive to their recovery.
  • Locate housing once their treatment period is over.
  • Mend broken relationships with family and friends.
  • Work on transitioning into an unstructured environment after treatment.

Sober living homes are group residences for people who are recovering from addiction. Living in an environment with house rules and responsibilities can promote lasting recovery to help people maintain their sobriety.

Our residents are encouraged to join a support group of their choice and to attend regular treatment sessions. In our SLH, residents perform the following:

  • Maintain accountability
  • Build a community of peers
  • Find hope and fulfillment
  • Find a job that is conducive to their recovery
  • Locate housing once their treatment period is over
  • Mend broken relationships with family and friends
  • Work on transitioning into an unstructured environment after treatment

In our facility, residents will be expected to:

  • Remain abstinent from drugs and alcohol
  • Have a strong desire to be in recovery
  • Commit to their personalized care plan
  • Agree to random drug testing
  • Meet curfew hours
  • Participate in productive activities
  • Maintain a weekly schedule (community house meetings, work, treatment sessions, group, house chores)
  • Maintain the home and personal space (personal and group chores)
  • Practice accountability in their personal life and treatment
  • Pay program fees on time

A sober living home is ideal for an individual who wants to transition back into life with the help of a structured environment.

At Providence Recovery, we want to ensure that individuals who come into our care are currently in a positive home environment. If they are not, we encourage them to apply to our sober living home.

Our intake process is simple:

  • Inform our addiction professional that you are interested in sober living.
  • Complete a pre-screening interview with the house manager.
  • Meet with current residents of the house. During this time, you may ask current residents any questions you have about sober living.

Once accepted, the house manager will coordinate a move-in time. Items that individuals are permitted to bring include bed and bathroom linens, toiletries, cell phones, cars (if applicable), any prescribed medications (approved by house manager), insurance cards, clothing (formal and informal), as well as initial groceries.


Our approach to recovery spans the continuum of care, treating the whole person. Our coordination with other healthcare professionals and our extensive background in the medical field positions us to make the recovery experience simple, comprehensive and easy as possible.

Finding information about types of programs, lengths of stay and the best course of treatment for your loved one’s addiction is crucial when choosing a plan. At Providence Recovery, our programs are designed to encourage positive and lasting recovery. We are positioned to treat the whole individual across a full continuum of care, through multiple treatment therapies and personalized to your loved one’s needs.

We understand that every individual is different, meaning a customized patient-centered treatment plan is necessary.


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At Providence Recovery, we are a patient-centered addiction treatment facility located in Craig, Colorado striving to make an effort to empower our patients.