Recovery is not a one-step process, but rather a continuum of care, comprising several parts. Some clients begin their recovery journey with detox and progress into the most intensive residential treatment program, while others can succeed in a less intensive setting.

Treatment is dynamic, and for it to be genuinely effective, it has to be designed to suit a person’s circumstances. To help you gain a better understanding of recovery and the phases of treatment, here is an overview of addiction recovery services:


Detoxification is often the first step for many people who have decided to recover from substance use disorder. The detoxification process uses a combination of medication and counseling to ease the transition as toxins are cleansed from the body.

It’s a physically and mentally strenuous process. Withdrawal symptoms vary, and duration of detox can last anywhere from 3 to 10 days, depending on the substance used and the length of use. Detox programs address withdrawal symptoms for a range of substances, including:

Clients receive 24/7 medical and clinical care, as well as the support and encouragement necessary to work through this first phase of recovery. Once detox concludes, clients are ready to transition into the next phase of treatment.

Residential Treatment

Recovery requires a lifestyle change, so residential treatment aims to shift a client’s mindset over the course of long-term treatment, lasting 30, 60 or 90 days. In residential treatment, clients can focus 100% of their attention and energy on their recovery while residing onsite at a treatment facility. Without the distractions and temptations of everyday life, residents can fully immerse themselves in recovery and take advantage of recovery services, from traditional therapeutic modalities to alternative, holistic therapies.

Residential treatment is community-driven and focuses on the “resocialization” of the individual, and programming reflects that: the entire community, including other residents and clinical and medical staff, are often incorporated into treatment. Treatment focuses on developing accountability and responsibility, including life skills that aid in the eventual transition out of treatment, such as employment training and career services, educational support, and financial planning.

Programming is highly structured and introspective, designed to make residents look inward and examine their beliefs, self-concepts, behavioral patterns and thought cycles, and replace them with more positive, productive behaviors. Residential recovery services include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • 12-step support groups
  • Fitness therapy
  • Experiential therapy, such as wilderness therapy or art therapy
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Life skills training
  • Medication management
  • Relapse prevention training

Partial Hospitalization

When a client is progressing in their recovery and showing signs of growth, they may be ready to enter a partial hospitalization program, or PHP, where they receive treatment in a less rigorous setting. PHP clients often continue to live in a residential treatment facility and participate in programming.

PHP is structured to prepare clients to rejoin “the real world” through a sober living home or outpatient program while continuing to participate in recovery services, including:

  • Evidence-based therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Experiential therapy
  • Life skills training
  • Medication management
  • Relapse prevention training

Intensive Outpatient Program

By this stage of treatment, clients have progressed through the earlier stages and are ready to make the next transition into an outpatient or intensive outpatient program (IOP).

An IOP is an appropriate level of treatment for clients with jobs, families, extensive support networks or safe, sober living arrangements. IOPs offer significantly more flexibility and autonomy for clients who have graduated from a residential program. Clients participate in daytime programming and retreat to a sober living home or their own home for the evening.

Since an IOP is inherently less intensive than residential treatment, it’s not a suitable first line of defense for those who are just beginning treatment. It is, however, ideal for those who have demonstrated responsibility, accountability and motivation, as well as the tools to handle the stressors and triggers that lead to relapse.

Group therapy is often a key component of outpatient programs, and recovery programming is usually designed with co-occurring mental health disorders in mind. Common IOP recovery services include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family education and therapy
  • Case management
  • 12-step meetings
  • Life skills training
  • Medication management


Recovery is a process, and treatment is merely the first step. From the time a client begins treatment, they work with a case manager who keeps tabs on his or her ongoing recovery and plans for the next phase of treatment, including which aftercare services would be beneficial to their well-being.

Case managers are essential to aftercare and ensure that clients have access to a support system and services as they rebuild their lives and transition back into their community. Common ongoing aftercare services include:

  • Alumni events
  • Family support
  • 12-step meetings
  • Recreational activities
  • Relapse prevention training

Sober Living

The transition out of treatment and back into the community can be full of difficulty. For some clients, sober housing is a logical next step. It offers a safe, stable living environment where graduates of residential treatment can ease back into the community at a healthy, comfortable pace.

Clients experience increased autonomy and accountability while maintaining their connections with case managers, therapists and other staff. Sober living also provides a setting where clients can put their coping skills into practice and establish relationships with other residents who share similar experiences and goals.

Residents of sober living communities must uphold certain rules and responsibilities that maintain an abstinent lifestyle:

  • Avoiding drugs and alcohol
  • Attending house meetings
  • Completing chores
  • Abiding by a curfew
  • Participating in recovery activities

Recovery occurs in stages, and Boca Detox is connected to a network of services that help clients transition from one phase of treatment to the next. Our clinical and medical staff can meet you or your loved one wherever they are, helping you through the initial detox process and as you transition into the next stage of treatment. Contact Boca Detox at 561.303.2441 for more information about our detox services and how we can assist you in recovery.