Forterus Levels of Care

Levels of Care

At the Forterus facilities in Murrieta and San Diego, we provide adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders an individualized treatment plan of research-based therapy based on their unique substance abuse circumstances and recovery objectives.

Following comprehensive medical and psychological assessments, clients are assigned an appropriate level of care based on their addiction severity, presence of co-occurring psychological issues, and overall physical health.

Forterus offers these levels of care for substance addiction treatment:

  • Residential Detox – 24/7 medical management in safe detox environment
  • Residential Treatment – long-term structured care in non-hospital setting (RT)
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) – structured care, step down or alternative to inpatient
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) – detox support, structured sessions and programming

Forterus 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/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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Residential Detox

After medical clearance, clients undergo Residential Detox at our facility where Biomedical Techs (BMTs) are available 24/7 for support. For client safety, medications are kept in a secure, locked location at all times. Clients administer their own medication with supervision of BMTs and medical providers are on-call to assist with non-life threatening emergencies.

Residential Treatment (RT)

Clients enter Residential Treatment once they are medically cleared and withdrawal symptoms have stabilized. RT clients reside at our facilities and are monitored 24/7. Staff ensures clients are safe, actively involved in their treatment program, and attending group and individual therapy sessions. Co-occurring behavioral and mental health issues are addressed, as appropriate.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Our PHP program allows clients to integrate real-life experience into their early recovery and aftercare. Clients begin to network with local support groups, participate in sober recreation outings, and reintegrate into community, work, and life. While participating in our PHP, clients attend a minimum of 5 days per week of highly structured treatment in blocks of 6-8 hours. Their treatment sessions consist of individual therapy, structured activities, and group sessions.

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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

In our IOP program, clients actively refine their aftercare plans to reintegrate into the community and prepare for the transition to an aftercare experience of improved health, wellness, and long-term recovery. The objectives of the IOP program are for the clients to work on their goals outlined in their individualized treatment plans, to practice coping strategies, and to work on refusal skills. While clients in our IOP program receive less supervision than those in PHP, they are still committed to a structured treatment schedule of onsite therapy 3-7 days a week, in blocks of treatment that are a minimum of 3 hours in duration.

Aftercare Planning

While in treatment, clients develop an aftercare plan, sober living skills, and coping strategies for reintegrating into home life, work, and the community. A part of aftercare planning includes collaborating with our therapists on continued care recommendations for follow-up with psychiatrists, therapists, or physicians. Our goal is for clients to leave treatment with a detailed aftercare plan listing contacts and resources needed to continue their recovery journey. Aftercare may also include treatment follow-up calls from Forterus staff to clients, and inclusion in our AAC Alumni program.

To assist in long-term recovery following treatment, we encourage the client to practice the behaviors and recovery skills developed in our therapy and groups. To help in aftercare, we recommend involvement with Forterus peers, involvement with the AAC Alumni network, and participation in recovery groups such as 12-Step meetings.

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