Levels of Care/ Who We Treat

Levels of Care

Addiction treatment can be divided into levels of care depending on how acute and severe the addiction is. Treatment is aimed at a step-down approach, meaning that the highest level of care is used to treat the most acute and severe addiction, and from there, treatment is less intense.


The first and highest level care is known as detoxification. The primary goal of detox is to allow patients who are addicted to a substance or alcohol to withdrawal in a safe and controlled environment until the substance is completely absent from the body. Patients are in a secure location with personnel 24/7. Usually, the detox process is approximately 72 hours, and patients may need to be slowly weaned off the substance in order to minimize withdrawal effects. Depending on the specific substance of abuse, patients may be given a low-dose maintenance drug to ease the side effects. For an opioid addiction, naltrexone or Suboxone may be given whereas for alcohol withdrawal, a slower taper of a benzodiazepine such as lorazepam may be administered. Once the substance of abuse is out of the body, patients can then go through other types of therapy where they can learn life tools to curb cravings and dangerous behaviors. Although this process may be a lifelong journey, detox is the first step in the overall therapy approach for an individual battling with substance abuse.

Residential treatment (RTC)

Residential treatment is the next level of care offered and is recommended for individuals who cannot live on their own due to their addiction or mental health diagnosis. This level care is an intense level of care because it requires 24-hour monitoring while providing a multitude of therapies in a safe environment. There are designated houses for this program and patients are placed with others who are in the same treatment program. This type of treatment not only houses the individual but provides them with meals, therapy, outings and 24/7 crisis intervention.

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Partial hospitalization program (PHP)

A partial hospitalization program is a mix between residential treatment and outpatient treatment. It consists of a series of structured treatments and therapies throughout the day allowing the individual to sleep at his or her own residence. This level of care can be offered as a step down approach from residential treatment to individuals who are not currently a danger to themselves or others and can go through intense structures therapy while residing on their own. This level of care requires patients to receive 4.5-5 hours of treatment, 5 days a week.

Intensive outpatient (IOP)

Intensive outpatient is the least intensive level of care offered and is strictly for patients who are able to live independently, who are medically stable and can function on their own but still need help navigating through their addiction or mental health diagnosis. Usually an intensive outpatient program is approximately 10 hours per week spread over three days.

Evening IOP

Our San Clemente, California, location offers an evening intensive outpatient program for individuals recovering from substance abuse. This program is offered Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-9 p.m. to individuals 18 years of age or older. Trained therapists are available to offer a set schedule of treatment therapies in order to provide individuals with the tools they need to overcome their addiction. Individual, group and family therapy is offered. Treatment modalities include but are not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, brain wellness, and relapse prevention. This program is abstinence based and it is strongly recommended that individuals also enroll and take an active roll in a 12-step program.

General outpatient (GOP)

The last level of care offered for the addiction treatment programs at Sovereign is general outpatient, which is a lesser degree of intensive outpatient therapy. Instead of attending to 10 hours of therapy per week, patients in general outpatient may only attend 2–5 hours of therapy per week depending on the specific treatment.

Who we treat

Addiction does not discriminate, and neither does Sovereign. We have programs for male and female adolescents and adults at various addiction treatment centers located throughout the country:

  • Adults: San Clemente, California; Los Angeles, California; Palm Desert, California; Chandler, Arizona (females only); El Paso, Texas; Pompano Beach, Florida; Fort Myers, Florida
  • Adolescents: Rancho San Diego, California; Delta, Utah (males only)
  • Program for mature men (PRIME): Palm Desert, California
  • Transgender adolescents: Rancho San Diego, California

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