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Levels of Care

Desert Hope Levels of Care
Levels of Care

Upon arrival at Desert Hope, you or your loved one will go through a comprehensive medical and psychological evaluation to determine the appropriate level of care. Care level is determined by factors such as physical dependence, co-occurring disorders, potential for withdrawal symptoms, psychosocial history, and any ongoing health problems.

Our continuum of care includes treatment range from structured programs of Medical Detox, Inpatient Rehabilitation (IR), and Residential Treatment (RT) to less restrictive outpatient programs that allow you to live in the community, at home, or in a Sober Living environment.

Desert Hope offers a continuum of care levels for addiction treatment:

  • Medical Detox
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation (IR)
  • Residential Treatment (RT)
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Desert Hope will consider any person for admission, regardless of race, religion, gender identity or expression, sex, age (must be 18 years or older), sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental handicap or referral source. To ensure that an individual requesting admission receives the most appropriate level and type of care the individual must meet the DSM-5 and ASAM placement criteria.

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Medical Detox

If you or your loved one requires medical supervision while your body adjusts to decreasing substance levels, a supervised stay in Medical Detox may be necessary. This level of care allows us to manage your withdrawal symptoms in a safe and quiet withdrawal environment during the detox experience which usually lasts about 5-7 days. In detox, you’ll be medically monitored 24/7 by a licensed medical team of physicians, nurses, and support staff knowledgeable on detox and withdrawal from different drugs.

The necessity for detox will depend on your current substance use, addiction severity, co-occurring mental health disorders, and anticipated physical withdrawal symptoms. Once the harmful substances are out of your system and your body doesn’t “need” them, your appropriate, individualized course of addiction treatment may begin.

Inpatient Rehabilitation (IR)

If you arrive for treatment with an acute or unstable medical condition that needs increased medical supervision, then you may be assigned to our inpatient rehabilitation program. This ensures that you will receive 24/7 medical supervision, medically stabilize, and participate in a customized treatment plan of individual therapy and group sessions. If you have a co-occurring disorder such as anxiety or depression, your treatment will be individualized to address the substance use and mental health issue.

Residential Treatment (RT)

The client appropriate for our RT program resides at Desert Hope and receives 24/7 medical monitoring. Our staff ensures client is safe and actively participating in individual therapy and treatment groups. 

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

The PHP client attends highly structured treatment at least five (5) days a week for individual therapy, group programs, and structured activities. Daily treatment sessions are a minimum of six (6) hours of programming. The PHP client begins re-integration into the community by connecting with outside addiction support groups, experiential therapeutic activities, and sober recreation. The PHP program moves the client into “real-life” experience phases of newly found recovery.

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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

This program is less restrictive than PHP, with the IOP client residing offsite but committing to a structured treatment schedule that requires attending treatment three (3) days a week at Desert Hope. Treatment blocks are a minimum of three (3) hours, and at this level of care, the client objective is reintegration into society, refining aftercare plans, and beginning the transition to wellness and recovery.


Following treatment at one or more levels of care, the client will reintegrate back into community, employment, and home life. For a successful recovery following treatment, we encourage the client to continue practicing the recovery skills and alternative behaviors developed in therapy and groups. We strongly encourage involvement with 12-Step groups and involvement with our alumni network.