Addiction is a complex, chronic illness and we know that a long-term continuum of care that includes comprehensive clinical addiction treatment services, monitoring, and engagement in on-going community recovery support as well as a stand-alone detox is vital to achieving long-term, sustainable recovery.

However, we also know that addiction, substance use disorder, and co-occurring disorders are different for everyone, based on a number of factors. Genetic disposition, family of origin, family systems and family dynamics, attitudes and beliefs, trauma, environment, life station, and any other co-occurring disorders are just some of the pieces that make up the puzzle that impacts an individual’s addiction. We also know that while two people may meet the criteria for the same substance use disorder, the clinical approach and support that may work for one may not actually work for the other. The complexity of addiction makes it impossible to offer a one-size-fits-all approach to each patient. As an example, two 22-year-old female Caucasian patients with a history of trauma may need different approaches, services, and support to achieve lifelong recovery. One may need detox, 30-day rehab, and support in the 12 Step rooms, while the other may need over a year of clinical work with a trauma focus, ongoing EMDR sessions, and ongoing engagement with SMART Recovery meetings. While the desired end result is the same, how a patient receives help and support to achieve that destination can vary person-by-person. This is the reason that, while we understand a long-term continuum of care to overcome addiction is vital, we also know that the continuum of care can vary and look different patient-to-patient based on the many complexities of that individual and their life.

Because of this, a stand-alone detox facility that offers medical stabilization is increasingly important and beneficial to patients as their first step in the ongoing continuum of care.

There are many pieces of a continuum of care for addiction treatment. They can include detox, medical stabilization, inpatient rehab, residential treatment, extended care, partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (PHP), outpatient treatment, recovery houses or sober homes, individual therapy, individual or outpatient psychiatry, outpatient group therapy, specialized individual therapy or counseling, ongoing drug testing or monitoring, case management, sober coaching, sober companionship, and community recovery support systems like 12-Step Fellowships, SMART Recovery, Refuge Recovery, or Celebrate Recovery. And for many patients, their personal continuum of care, person-centered by directed by addiction treatment professionals, can look different, include different pieces or steps within the continuum, and, like many relapsing diseases, may include increasing or decreasing the intensity or amount of each service based on individual patient need.

However, regardless of what that continuum of care looks like for a patient, detox and medical stabilization are often the initial access points of care for someone with addiction and substance use disorder. Many patients require a detox from substances, and most patients require some short period of medical stabilization before they engage in clinical treatment services, to make sure they are physically stable and mentally cleared enough so that the needed treatment can take effect. Therefore, as mentioned before, many sufferers of addiction will need a detox, but not necessarily a traditional residential or inpatient rehab stay. Also, a short-term stand-alone detox can help for those individuals that need a detox and quick stabilization after a very short relapse, but who can then continue to engage in lesser levels of clinical intensity (such as an intensive outpatient program or individual therapy.) Many sober homes and recovery houses mandate that if a client relapses, they need to stabilize and offer a drug-free toxicology test or drug test free of substances before being allowed to reenter and live that the recovery residence. Many inpatient or residential treatment facilities, who have had an alumnus or patient with an extensive treatment history call up for treatment recognize that some individuals don’t actually need inpatient rehab but have clinical needs and financial restrictions where an extended care facility might be a better fit, and many of those individuals still are in need of a short-term five-to-ten day stay at a detox before engaging in long-term care.

The importance and flexibility of a stand-alone detox facility cannot be understated, regardless of what a continuum of care might look like for an individual based on their specific situation. Detox is often the first step of an individual’s journey of recovery and the front door through which they initially enter clinical services that provide life-saving treatment. Detox and medical stabilization as a stand-alone service is able to work with other treatment centers and treatment providers throughout the continuum, to ensure that a patient is medically stable and able to then engage in the therapeutic process and engage in recovery support.

Drug Detox in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania

If you or someone you know needs help for addiction or co-occurring disorders, please give us a call. Innovo Detox offers the latest in evidence-based medical, psychiatric, and clinical care for those in need of detox and medical stabilization in Pennsylvania and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic area. If we aren’t the best fit for you or a loved one, we will take the necessary time to work with you to find a detox, rehab, treatment center or provider that better fits your needs. Please give us a call at (717) 619-3260 or email our team at For more information on our company or services, please visit our website at