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It’s important to find the right substance abuse treatment program that’s specific to you.

There are many different types of substance abuse treatment programs, so finding the right one for you is critical. The amount of time needed for treatment and recovery varies depending on the type of addictive substance used and how long it was used for. If drug dependence has not been present for an extended period, then treatment and recovery will typically be shorter. In contrast, if drug dependence has been present for an extended period, treatment and recovery may be longer.

According to the American Psychological Association, a substance use disorder encompasses varying degrees of excessive use of a substance, including: alcohol; tobacco; opioids; caffeine; cannabis; hallucinogens; inhalants; sedative, hypnotics, or anxiolytics; stimulants (e.g., amphetamine, cocaine); and more. Various mental health conditions, such as depression, may co-occur along with substance use disorder (APA, 2022).

Our team at PCI is highly qualified and experienced in treating all stages of addiction. To aid you on your path to recovery, we provide a remarkable detoxification treatment program. On this frequently difficult journey, we will be by your side every step of the way.

Various types of treatment programs and differences

Some programs follow a 12-step model, while others do not. The 12-step model is widely used in alcohol recovery, as evidenced by meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

Other methods used in addition to the 12-step model, particularly for drug abuse and addiction, include intensive inpatient treatment, also known as residential inpatient treatment. This type of treatment is intended for recovering addicts who have used drugs heavily and for an extended period. This name simply indicates that the individual resides at the facility and is closely monitored. Residents have access to group activities and meetings, as well as support groups for addicts who are on the same or a similar path.

The duration of these programs varies, but the longer the individual was addicted to the substance of choice, the longer they will spend in the residential treatment program. Another method is an intensive outpatient rehabilitation program (IOP). This is usually for someone who hasn’t been heavily addicted and can go about their daily lives while receiving the help and treatment they require. We provide two tracks for intensive outpatient rehabilitation treatment at PCI: one in the morning and one in the evening. We are willing to accommodate your schedule so that you can receive the help you need to live a better and healthier life. You may get additional information about our intensive outpatient treatment here.

What to do before enrolling in a treatment program

Before enrolling in a program, it is critical to conduct research and ask questions. The importance of researching the program you want to enroll in and asking important and necessary questions about it cannot be overstated. Equally important is getting a tour of the facility to determine if you feel comfortable there. Be sure to ask questions about the prospective program while on your tour! Any facility that wants to help you would be more than happy to answer any questions you have and go into detail about the treatment methods they provide.

PCI has offices in both Ventura County’s beautiful city of Westlake Village and Los Angeles County’s beautiful city of Malibu. Please contact us at (818) 483-9890, and we will gladly answer any questions you may have about our services, as well as arrange a visit at whichever of our two facilities is most convenient for you.

Substance abuse can be a debilitating illness, but therapy can aid in recovery and the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. We would be glad to work with you to assess your treatment needs. We’d start by asking about your addiction(s) and what your long-term goals are by the time you finish treatment. We would then make an informed and educated decision about what treatment you would require after gathering all the necessary information. We also understand that these goals are constantly changing, and that more objectives can be added, which we consider when developing your treatment plan. PCI’s goal is to assist you in achieving a healthy, stable, and wellness-oriented lifestyle. We have various programs to fit your specific life circumstances, and we are willing to work with you at any stage of recovery.

If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction of any kind, please visit to learn more about our rehabilitation and treatment programs. You can also call us at (818) 483-9890 to arrange a tour of our facilities. We’d be delighted to answer any questions you have about us, our staff, treatment programs, facilities, and so much more. We look forward to hearing from you and accompanying you on your recovery journey.

Please dial 9-1-1 if you or a loved one is experiencing a medical emergency. You can also reach out to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) for more immediate help at 1(800) 662-4357.


American Psychological Association. (n.d.). Substance use disorder. American Psychological Association. Retrieved July 6, 2022, from