Levels of Care

Medical Detox

Regular use of drugs or alcohol for long periods of time often leads to physical dependence. Simply put, the body becomes so used to drugs or alcohol that the brain relies on them to function normally. So, when a person struggling with substance use disorder quits drinking or using drugs, he or she experiences a wide variety of physical withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the severity of the addiction, these symptoms can range from mildly uncomfortable to unbearably painful. This is where medical detox comes in.

About Medical Detox

Detox is often the first step in addiction recovery. Medical detox is the process of expelling any remaining substances from the body while managing withdrawal symptoms with medication. It tends to last between three to ten days. However, it may last longer depending on the patient’s needs. In any case, medical detox is the best option for those at high risk of life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Plus, since medical detox takes place in a safe, clinical environment, most experts agree that it is the most successful form of detox.

Off-Site Medical Detox Before MAT

WAVE does not offer an on-site medical detox program. However, our patients can begin their recovery process with medical detox at one of Palm Beach Gardens’ accredited detox facilities. During the intake assessment process, our team will determine the best course of action for patients who need medically supervised detox.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Generally speaking, most people in addiction recovery tend to favor inpatient, residential care. However, not everyone can put their jobs or family lives on hold for it. After all, inpatient care takes weeks— sometimes even months. So, for those who want to reap the benefits of inpatient care without the drawbacks of a residential program, partial hospitalization programs (PHP) are the best alternative.

About Partial Hospitalization

Partial hospitalization is a form of intensive addiction care that shares many of the same benefits as inpatient care. As the name suggests, PHPs are addiction recovery programs that take place in a hospital or clinical setting. As such, patients are under the constant supervision of trained medical, mental health, and addiction professionals. However, unlike residential rehab programs, PHPs usually last about six hours each day for five days per week. At the end of the day and on weekends, patients get to return home to their friends, family, and everyday lives.


At WAVE, our partial hospitalization program carries all of the same benefits and results as inpatient care. You won’t need room and board at our facility for PHP. Plus, since insurance and other stress-free payment options cover our partial hospitalization treatment plan, it is considerably more affordable than inpatient care.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are usually the third step in a standard addiction treatment plan. This stage follows medical detox and either inpatient care or partial hospitalization. However, many professionals also highly recommend IOP for those in recovery who do not require detox or medically supervised inpatient care at all. Like PHPs, IOPs allow people in recovery to continue their treatment on a part-time, outpatient schedule.

About Intensive Outpatient Care

Intensive outpatient programs are very similar to partial hospitalizations programs. However, they are much less intensive and take up much less time during the work week. Most IOPs usually last up to three hours per evening for three to five evenings. This totals between nine and fifteen hours of treatment each week. And, unlike PHPs, IOPs take place after work hours. This is especially convenient for people in recovery who have daytime responsibilities, like a job or school.

Typically, IOPs consist of individual and group therapy sessions that focus specifically on building appropriate coping skills for post-treatment recovery. This includes stress management, personal trigger avoidance, and relapse prevention.


At WAVE, Medically Assisted Recovery Anonymous (MARA) 12 step meetings occur every Friday evening. This support group is designed specifically for those undergoing MAT in recovery.

Most addiction care experts recommend that patients continue their addiction treatment in an IOP before moving on to outpatient care. After all, adjusting to everyday life in early recovery will take time. So, if you feel that you aren’t quite ready to return to your daily routine, receiving intensive care on an outpatient basis will help you prepare for the final transition.

Outpatient Program (OP)

Standard outpatient programs (OPs) are the least intensive form of outpatient care and are generally the final stage of treatment pending discharge from rehab. Most OPs involve one-on-one therapy once a week and a one-hour-long group meeting per week.

About Outpatient Care

Now, therapists can recommend additional sessions or additional group attendance if the situation calls for it. It depends entirely on the patient and the severity of the substance use disorder. Otherwise, patients see their therapist only once a week for an individual session and attend only one group meeting each week.


In our outpatient program, patients and their therapists focus on managing any specific triggers that come up in everyday situations. And, like PHPs and IOPs, outpatient programs help patients develop and hone the coping skills they’ll need to avoid relapse and maintain the recovery process once treatment is complete.

Off-Site Housing

At WAVE, we recognize that many of our patients have traveled from out of town for treatment. While we do not offer on-site room and board, there are many local, off-site sober housing options available. We would be more than happy to provide referrals to our PHP, IOP, and OP patients in need of temporary housing. Information is available upon request.