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Intensive inpatient treatment services in Utah

Written by Brandon Okey. Mina Draskovic, B.Psy., reviewed this content for accuracy.

Our intensive inpatient treatment program provides round-the-clock support and structure for your recovery. It’s an immersive experience for understanding your addiction, identifying underlying issues, and developing effective coping mechanisms. 

A 2019 pilot trial pointed to the effectiveness of a 30-day inpatient program for patients with addiction and comorbid personality disorders, showing a lower dropout rate of 23.8% and a sobriety rate of 48.8% at six months.

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What are the benefits of an intensive inpatient treatment program?

Intensive inpatient treatment is a highly structured, residential treatment program that provides 24/7 care for people struggling with severe addiction or mental health disorders. This approach offers a higher level of support and more frequent therapeutic interventions than standard inpatient or outpatient programs

The benefits of an intensive inpatient treatment program include the following:


  1. Patients receive a thorough evaluation to identify their unique needs. This allows the treatment team to develop an individualized plan tailored to their specific challenges and goals.
  2. Intensive inpatient programs offer a high frequency of individual, group, and family therapy sessions, as well as specialized interventions such as trauma-focused therapy or medication-assisted treatment.
  3. The residential setting provides a safe, structured environment away from the stressors, triggers, and temptations that may hinder recovery.
  4. Patients have access to round-the-clock medical care and monitoring, ensuring their safety and stability throughout the treatment process.
  5. Through intensive therapy and psychoeducational classes, patients learn and practice effective coping mechanisms, emotional regulation techniques, and life skills to support long-term recovery.
  6. Patients who engage with others navigating similar challenges will foster a sense of camaraderie, shared understanding, and mutual support that can be invaluable during the recovery process.
  7. The comprehensive nature of intensive inpatient treatment helps patients build a strong foundation for ongoing recovery. It facilitates a more seamless transition to follow-up care and support services.

That first step toward recovery can be daunting, but you don’t have to face it alone. From the moment you reach out to us, our compassionate team will guide and support you through every stage of your intensive inpatient treatment journey. 

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How long does our intensive inpatient program last?

The length of your intensive inpatient treatment program at Ardu Recovery Center is determined by your needs, the extent of your addiction, and any co-occurring mental health issues. Most intensive inpatient programs typically last between 30 to 90 days.

  • 30-day programs are often the minimum length for intensive inpatient treatment. They provide a concentrated, short-term approach to addressing addiction and laying the groundwork for ongoing recovery.
  • 60-day programs allow for a more comprehensive approach to treatment. They give patients more time to delve into underlying issues, develop coping skills, and practice implementing them in a supportive environment.
  • 90-day programs are the best option for patients with severe or long-standing addiction and those with complex co-occurring disorders. The extended time allows for a more thorough treatment process and a stronger foundation for successful recovery.

Who is an intensive inpatient program for?

Our intensive inpatient rehab facility is for anyone who struggles with severe alcohol or drug addiction or mental health issues and requires a higher level of care. 

Intensive inpatient treatment may be particularly beneficial for:

  1. Those with severe or long-standing addiction to alcohol, opioids, stimulants, or other types of substance use disorder (SUD)
  2. Individuals who have attempted recovery through outpatient or standard inpatient programs but have relapsed
  3. People with co-occurring mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  4. People who lack a strong support system or stable living environment conducive to recovery
  5. People who have undergone drug or alcohol detoxification and require a structured transition to maintain sobriety
  6. Those who have complex medical conditions or require close monitoring during the recovery process
  7. Anyone who is motivated to achieve lasting recovery but needs intensive support and guidance to develop the necessary skills and coping mechanisms

If you or a loved one is battling addiction and has not found success with less intensive treatment options, an intensive inpatient program may be the key to unlocking a healthier, more fulfilling future.

Inpatient program vs intensive inpatient treatment program

Standard inpatient and intensive inpatient treatment programs both provide structured, residential care for people struggling with addiction, but intensive inpatient treatment offers a higher level of care, more frequent therapy sessions, and specialized interventions than standard inpatient programs.

Here are the main differences between inpatient and intensive inpatient treatment programs:

  • Level of care: intensive inpatient programs provide a more rigorous and comprehensive approach to treatment, with a greater emphasis on individualized care and more intensive therapeutic interventions.
  • Frequency of therapy: patients in intensive inpatient programs typically participate in more frequent individual, group, and family counseling than those in standard inpatient programs.
  • Specialized interventions: intensive inpatient programs often incorporate specialized treatments such as trauma-focused therapy, medication-assisted treatment, or dual diagnosis care for co-occurring mental health disorders. These therapies may not be as readily available in standard inpatient programs.
  • Medical supervision: while both programs offer 24/7 care, intensive inpatient treatment may involve more extensive medical monitoring and medication management, particularly for people with complex medical needs or those undergoing detoxification.
  • Length of stay: intensive inpatient programs often have a longer minimum length of stay, typically ranging from 30 to 90 days. Standard inpatient programs may have shorter durations, depending on the individual’s needs.
  • Treatment population: intensive inpatient programs are for people with severe or complex addiction issues, co-occurring disorders, or a history of relapse, who require a higher level of support and intervention than those in standard inpatient care.
  • Cost: the enhanced level of care and resources provided may increase the cost of intensive inpatient programs.

We know that each person’s journey to recovery is unique. That’s why we offer comprehensive intensive inpatient treatment tailored to your needs. 

Why choose Ardu for intensive inpatient treatment?

Our intensive inpatient care provides a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to addressing substance abuse disorders and promoting successful recovery. When you begin your journey with us, you’ll undergo a thorough assessment to help our team of licensed clinicians understand your unique needs, challenges, and goals. This assessment forms the foundation of your individualized treatment plan, which may include a combination of research-based therapies, 24-hour medical care, and holistic approaches.

When necessary, your intensive inpatient care may begin with a medical detox process in our state-of-the-art residential facility. Our experienced medical professionals will monitor your progress and ensure your safety and comfort as your body adjusts to the absence of substances.

Once you’ve completed detox, you’ll transition to our inpatient rehab program, where you’ll engage in a structured daily schedule designed to help you build the skills, knowledge, and mindset necessary for long-term recovery from addiction. This may include:

  • Individual counseling sessions using evidence-based treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and motivational enhancement
  • Group therapy sessions that foster peer support, interpersonal skill development, and shared learning
  • Family sessions to help repair relationships and build a supportive network for your road to recovery
  • Psychoeducational classes on substance abuse, coping skills, and relapse prevention
  • Experiential therapies, such as mindfulness therapy, yoga, art therapy, and outdoor activities, to promote overall well-being and self-discovery

Our intensive inpatient program places a strong emphasis on treating co-occurring mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, or trauma, which can often underlie or exacerbate substance use disorders. Our multidisciplinary team includes psychiatrists, therapists, and counselors who work together to provide integrated mental health services that address both addiction and psychiatric conditions simultaneously.

As you near the end of your intensive inpatient treatment, our team will work closely with you to develop a comprehensive aftercare plan. This may include transitioning to a lower level of service, such as partial hospitalization or an outpatient treatment program. We will also connect you with community resources and self-help groups so you can maintain your progress and continue your journey of recovery.

Start your sobriety with Ardu Recovery Center

Every person and addiction is unique. Our intensive inpatient program provides a structured, residential setting where you can focus entirely on your recovery journey, free from the distractions and triggers of everyday life. 

Throughout your stay, you’ll reside in our comfortable, modern residential treatment centers. Our facilities are located in the serene Wasatch Mountains in Utah and are equipped with amenities to ensure your comfort during treatment. Our facilities include a spa where you can unwind and rejuvenate, as well as specialized services such as vibroacoustic therapy and a float spa.

We accept most insurance and offer flexible payment options and insurance verification. If you want to verify your insurance coverage and gather more information on how to pay for rehab, visit our insurance verification page.

To enroll in an Ardu drugs and alcohol treatment program, contact Ardu Recovery Center online or via phone (801-810-1234). We will work with you to find a recovery path that works for you during the detox process and beyond. 

Visit our admissions process page for more information.

Brandon Okey

Brandon Okey is the co-founder of Ardu Recovery Center and is dedicated to empowering people on their journey to sobriety.

Intensive inpatient treatment FAQ

What are the four levels of treatment?

The four main levels of care in the continuum of addiction treatment are:

  1. Intensive inpatient treatment provides 24/7 care in a hospital setting for people with severe drug or alcohol addiction and co-occurring disorders who need medical management and stabilization.
  2. Residential rehabs or inpatient services offer 24-hour structured care in a non-hospital setting. The focus is on developing recovery skills and addressing psychosocial needs. 
  3. Partial hospitalization programs (PHP) or day treatment services provide several hours of intensive therapy and support during the day while allowing patients to return home in the evenings.
  4. Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) or outpatient rehab involve multiple weekly therapy sessions and support services for individuals who have completed higher levels of care or have less severe addictions.

What is the meaning of the IRTS facility?

IRTS stands for intensive residential treatment services. IRTS facilities offer a comprehensive, evidence-based treatment approach that includes individual therapy, group therapy, medical services, and recovery support. Treatment plans are individualized to address each patient’s specific needs. The goal is to help them develop the skills and coping mechanisms necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety, manage mental health symptoms, and transition to a productive life in the community.

What is considered intensive therapy?

Intensive therapy refers to a more frequent and rigorous form of treatment than standard therapy. It often involves multiple sessions per week, lasting several hours each, and may include various evidence-based approaches such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and motivational enhancement.

What is intensive psychotherapy?

Intensive psychotherapy is a form of treatment that involves frequent, in-depth therapy sessions with therapists to address underlying psychological issues and promote personal growth. It may be used to treat severe mental health conditions, trauma, or personality disorders, and often combines multiple therapeutic approaches.

What is intensive CBT?

Intensive cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a focused, time-limited treatment that involves multiple, prolonged therapy sessions over a short period. It aims to help individuals identify and change dysfunctional thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that contribute to their mental health issues or substance abuse problems.

What are intensive sessions?

Intensive sessions are extended therapy appointments that last longer than typical 50-60 minute sessions. They may range from 90 minutes to several hours and are designed to allow for more in-depth exploration of issues, development of coping skills, and implementation of therapeutic interventions. Intensive sessions are often used in specialized treatment settings, such as inpatient facilities or intensive outpatient programs.


Frederickson, J., DenDooven, B., Abbass, A., Solbakken, O. A., & Rousmaniere, T. (2018). Pilot study: An inpatient drug rehabilitation program based on intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 37(3–4), 195–201. https://doi.org/10.1080/10550887.2019.1658513

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