Most people think treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders is a single experience. A person is in active addiction and either comes to terms with the fact that they need help or are confronted by family or loved ones and asked to get help. Then they go to treatment or rehab. However, addiction is a chronic illness, meaning that best recovery outcomes come from a long-term continuum of care. Therefore, detox and traditional 28-day treatment episodes are simply the first step in what should be a long-term continuum of care that addresses not just addiction, but all areas of a patient’s life so that they learn and apply the skillset to find success in long-term recovery and achieve a high quality of life.


Here at Innovo Detox, we are the acute phase of that long-term continuum. Providing comprehensive, quality medical and clinical services, we offer the very highest level of care for patients in the acute phase of treatment, but also know that it is as vitally important to help patients move on to the next phase or step in their addiction treatment process as it is to deliver medical detoxification, withdrawal management, and medical stabilization services to patients while they are with us.


Patients and family members should realize that when someone begins their addiction treatment journey, their best chances of sustained recovery come from long-term care.


There are numerous steps in the addiction treatment continuum, and not every patient needs the exact same treatment plan. However, all patients should engage in a long-term addiction treatment plan that includes many, if not all, of these steps and treatment options.



Detox is where a patient is supported 24/7 with medical care and are detoxed in a safe, comfortable environment from substances.


Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment can typically include detox and often lasts for about a month. Inpatient is typically associated with traditional addiction treatment or rehab but occurs in a more hospital-based setting.


Residential Treatment

Like inpatient treatment, residential treatment can include detox and also is what people think of when they think of rehab or treatment: a 28-day model of care where patients live on a campus setting or in a home.


Extended Care Treatment

Extended care treatment is often the next step for someone leaving a detox-only facility, inpatient treatment, or residential rehab. While often considered for patients that have been to 28-day treatment multiple times or have been labeled as “chronic relapsers”, extended care is where a patient lives as a treatment facility that is less restrictive or intensive than inpatient treatment or residential rehab. Most extended care addiction treatment facilities last a minimum of 90 days, while others can last up to a year. Ideally, an extended care treatment facility is a community reintegration model of care, where patients not only receive treatment, but also engage in life skills development, educational and academic goals, and career or vocational skills.


Partial Hospitalization (PHP)

A partial hospitalization program (otherwise known as PHP or sometimes as day treatment) is an outpatient level of care where patients live at home or in a sober home or recovery house, while attending treatment during the day. Most PHP programs operate from Monday through Friday for about 5-6 hours a day, that includes group therapy sessions, individual therapy sessions, psychiatry and medication management, family sessions, and case management sessions.


Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Like a PHP program, an intensive outpatient program (or IOP) is also an outpatient level of care where patients live at home or in a recovery residence or sober home. IOP is similar to PHP in the types of treatment that occur but is less weekly clinical hours than a PHP. Many IOPs operate either in the daytime or in the early evening and are between 3 and 5 days/evenings per week.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment is step down in clinical intensity than an IOP. Outpatient treatment can include things like individual therapy, psychiatry and/or med management, or specific outpatient group therapy. Some patients do several types of outpatient treatment options at the same time, like seeing an individual therapist or counselor, seeing a psychiatrist for medication management, and attending one or two types of groups.


Sober Living

Sober living, which can also be called a recovery house, sober house, or recovery residence, is a safe, sober environment where patients live. This can be after treatment, or patients can live in a sober living while attending different outpatient levels of treatment like a PHP or IOP. On the basic level, a sober house is a group home where people in early recovery life to ensure that they are living in a sober environment that has rules to support recovery. Houses will have at minimum a house manager, with some having higher levels of staffing, and patients (clients of the recovery house) have curfews, mandatory meetings to attend, be drug tested, and show that they are engaging in recovery related meetings and activities. Some recovery houses offer higher levels of recovery support, like case management services.


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