For someone who is battling substance abuse and addiction, the decision to seek treatment is the first step in the recovery process. While many experts recommend inpatient rehabilitation programs, particularly for those individuals who are struggling with severe addiction, sometimes, an inpatient program is not possible. Work, family and other obligations may prevent them from committing to an inpatient program. However, this does not mean that these individuals cannot receive the help that they need to recover from substance abuse and addiction; an intensive outpatient program can provide the help that is needed.
What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?
An intensive outpatient program, commonly referred to as an IOP, is a form of addiction recovery that is specifically designed for those who are battling with substance abuse and addiction and want to seek treatment, but cannot commit to an inpatient rehabilitation program.
This type of program offers intensive care and structure that is comparable to an inpatient program; however, unlike an inpatient program, IOP allows patients to still tend to their obligations outside of recovery.
When a person enrolls in one of our intensive outpatient programs, he or she has access to the intensive care and support that is needed to overcome substance abuse and addiction while having the freedom to live in the comfort of their own home and still attend to outside obligations, such as work, school or family.
Some people use an IOP as a primary form of treatment, while others transition to an IOP after they have completed an inpatient rehabilitation program so that they can continue to develop the skills that they need to avoid relapse. Call today to speak to one of our trained treatment specialists about the benefits of attending an intensive outpatient program.
Is there a Difference Between Inpatient Programs and Intensive Outpatient Programs
In some ways, inpatient programs and intensive outpatient programs are very similar, and in others, they are different. Both types of treatment programs provide patients with the medical care, support and guidance that are needed in order to overcome substance abuse and addiction. However, the biggest difference between these two types of rehabilitation programs is that with an inpatient program, patients remain on the premises of the facility throughout the duration of their treatment, while with an IOP, patients are still able to receive the treatment that they need while still living at home.
Another difference between an inpatient rehab program and an IOP is the duration of time in which they last. Typically, inpatient rehab programs are offered for a period of 30, 60 or 90 days, or longer, if necessary. During that period, a patient lives within the facility without having any access to the “outside” world. With an IOP program, schedules are created for patients to attend treatment, and these schedules are based on whatever works best for the patient. A patient’s specific needs are taken into consideration when determining the type of schedule that will work best for him or her. Typically, IOPs will meet a minimum of 3 days a week, and sessions will last for 2 to 4 hours.
IOPs do offer services that are similar to inpatient programs, such as:
- Therapy sessions, including individual, group and family
- Medical exams
- Comprehensive evaluations
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Intensive Outpatient Programs: What to Expect
What can a person who enters an intensive outpatient program expect? As mentioned above, in many ways, a patient can expect to receive the same type of services that he or she would receive in an inpatient program. Once a patient enters an IOP, he or she will be assigned to a treatment team. This team will work with the patient to device the most effective treatment plan. The level of the individual’s substance abuse and addiction will be strongly taken into consideration, as will the outside needs that he or she needs to attend to (work, school, family, etc)
Based on the needs of the patient, our addiction specialists in partnership with the outpatient treatment team will recommend a number of services, which can include any number of the following:
- Group Counseling. Most intensive outpatient programs heavily rely on group therapy. This form of therapy is believed to help individuals gain a better understanding of their triggers, improve their behavior when they are sober, enhance their communication skills, offer anger management and provide the structure and guidance that is needed for living a sober life. Group counseling focuses on several different facets of recovery, including education related to addiction, prevention of relapse, anger management, coping skills, stress management, and even life skills.
- Family Therapy. IOPs focus on helping families heal the issues that may have lead to addiction, as well as the issues that addiction may have caused within the family. During these therapy sessions, patients and their family members meet with counselors to pinpoint the cause and effect of addiction and offer effective solutions.
- Individual Therapy. Though individual therapy isn’t usually a main focus of an IOP, it can be used to help patients discover any underlying issues that have lead them to use, abuse and become addicted to drugs or alcohol. This type of therapy also aims to help patients treat any behaviors that have led them to become addicts.
Depending on the level of addiction, IOPs can also offer detoxification services for patients. It should be noted that these services are only offered for those who are not at risk of developing dangerous side effects as a result of detox; for patients who are more likely to experience dangerous side effects, an inpatient program will likely be a better option. Call today for an addiction assessment to determine if an IOP treatment facility will provide what you need on your path to recovery.
Who Should Consider an IOP?
Intensive outpatient programs aren’t for everyone; however, those who meet the following criteria will likely have positive results from this type of program:
- A strong and trustworthy support system
- A solid and stable life at home
- Good mental and physical health
- A low risk of relapsing once the IOP is completed
- At ease in group settings
If you believe an IOP is the right option for you, please contact us today at (800) 553-6192. We offer free, confidential addiction assessments to determine the best program for you.