Levels of Care/Who We Treat

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The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. You may not know what the specific problem is, but recognizing the existence of a problem and the need for treatment can be life-changing. That’s where Sovereign Health comes in. With a thorough series of medical, psychosocial, biopsychosocial and substance abuse assessments, we thoroughly examine and diagnose co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, so that we can customize a tailor-made treatment plan that addresses the unique needs of each patient.

Sovereign Health offers treatment for mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental health diagnoses. In addition, Sovereign offers treatment for addiction to and dependence on substances, including opioids, cocaine, hallucinogens and alcohol. To provide all of our patients with the best care that addresses each mental health disorder, substance use disorder and dual diagnosis, after a thorough assessment we align our patients’ needs with a specific level of care. Sovereign offers different levels of care, depending on the gravity of the disorder. Below is a description of each level of care we offer.

Acute Detoxification

Sovereign Health of Arizona does not provide detoxification services, but this is the initial and most acute step in the healing process for substance abuse. Detoxification refers to eliminating the toxin, or substance, from the body. Depending on the pharmacokinetics of the particular substance, the liver and kidneys are the primary organs responsible for eliminating toxins from the body. The liver is known as first-pass metabolism, since it is the initial step in the elimination process. The kidneys are known as the second-pass metabolism, since they are the final step in the elimination process.

Depending on the specific substance of abuse, alternate medications can be administered to alleviate the withdrawal effects. An example is delivering opioid partial agonists to alleviate the painful withdrawal effects of opioid detoxification, which can include nausea, vomiting, muscle pains, headaches, diarrhea, sweating and anxiety. These intense withdrawal effects are often the main reason why people with opioid addiction relapse.

Many substances do not require additional medication for relapse prevention, and the detoxification process occurs over time with proper nutrition and fluids. Most substances are eliminated from the body within 24 to 72 hours.

Residential Treatment Center (RTC)

Once individuals have completed the detoxification stage, they can be further assessed as to the level of care they will further need. Residential treatment or in-hospitalization care is the highest and most acute level of treatment offered at Sovereign and consists of individuals being monitored around the clock in a residential home or an acute center in a psychiatric hospital. During this level of care, patients may be administered medications and will have multiple psychological evaluations and assessments in addition to psychotherapy sessions with a counselor.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Partial hospitalization is a combination of inpatient and outpatient care for those who do not require around-the-clock monitoring but need a higher level of care than outpatient treatment. PHP patients may be required to stay at a residential facility during the day and may be allowed to go back to their own home at night and on weekends.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

This form of outpatient treatment is for patients who do not qualify for inpatient treatment but do require frequent counseling and intervention on a regular basis for their mental health or co-occurring substance use disorder. Intensive outpatient therapy usually consists of four to five outpatient sessions per week, totaling approximately 10 to 15 hours of therapy per week. Patients undergoing this level of care still have enough time to hold a part-time job while in treatment.

Outpatient Program (OP)

Regular outpatient care is the lowest level of care, meaning that it requires the least amount of time and commitment and can be viewed as maintenance therapy for those who are in recovery. Many professionals believe that recovery is a lifelong process, whether an individual is recovering from a mental health diagnosis or a substance abuse diagnosis. Regular outpatient care consists of once-weekly or biweekly sessions, totaling one to two hours of therapy per week. This schedule allows for individuals to work full-time and attend to their households and families if necessary.

We accept most private insurances at each level of care. As a general rule, insurances can cover anywhere from 30 to 90 days, depending on the individual, the insurance plan, diagnosis and the intensity of the diagnosis. For more information about the levels of care we offer for our mental health, substance abuse and dual diagnosis programs, please call our 24/7 helpline.

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