An intensive outpatient program is a form of addiction treatment that allows individuals to continue their day-to-day routine and responsibilities. These programs are best for people with less severe substance use disorders or as a step down from a higher level of addiction treatment. There are several factors to consider when deciding if an intensive outpatient program is right for you.
Choosing to pursue addiction treatment is one of the most important decisions a person can make. However, making that choice is only the first step on the road to recovery. There are several more factors that will need to be considered, including what type of treatment is most appropriate.
One of the most common types of addiction treatment is intensive outpatient programs (IOP). This type of treatment can be used as an aftercare or step down program once a person has completed an inpatient program. IOP is also a viable option for individuals with a less severe substance use disorder or who cannot otherwise attend an inpatient program.
In addition to substance use disorders, IOP can also be used to help overcome mental health disorders, eating disorders, and other dependencies. IOP isn’t for everyone, so discussing this option with a doctor is best before making the decision to participate in an outpatient program.
What Is An Intensive Outpatient Program?
At Vertava Health, we believe that outpatient care is an extension of our already successful residential/inpatient treatment program. We will conduct a clinical assessment with the potential client to determine their appropriate level of care.
Intensive outpatient programs are treatment programs for individuals who do not require 24/7 support. IOP is most commonly used to treat conditions like addiction, depression, and other mental health disorders or as a step down from a higher level of care.
Unlike Inpatient Treatment, Outpatient Services Do Not Require Patients To Reside At The Facility.
This allows individuals to continue with their daily responsibilities while simultaneously receiving treatment.
An intensive outpatient program typically requires people to attend the program several days a week for a few hours each day. Each program will vary; however, many IOPs offer evening hours to accommodate people going to work or school.
IOPs may be used as a primary source of treatment or as a stepping stone back into the community once a person has completed an inpatient program. The main function of an IOP is to provide individuals with coping mechanisms as well as relapse prevention strategies.
Clients return to their own environments after outpatient drug or alcohol treatment, and must voluntarily abstain from drug or alcohol use, which requires a greater amount of diligence and means a higher chance of relapse.
We set up our clients to succeed by using outpatient treatment as part of our treatment continuum, based on their clinical necessity.
A client stays in their own home for dinner and to sleep, but returns to the outpatient program and participates in addiction therapy.
Who Should Choose Intensive Outpatient Treatment?
An intensive outpatient program is a great option for a number of individuals. IOP is not recommended for everyone. Individuals who choose to attend an intensive outpatient program should have a supportive and reliable home life. Their home environment should also be drugand alcohol-free to avoid the potential temptation to relapse. If a person does not have a stable and supportive home environment, residential care may be recommended.
Additionally, IOP is typically not best for individuals with severe substance use disorders or co-occurring disorders. These cases will usually require a more intensive approach to treatment such as a residential program that offers round-the-clock supervision.
People who are clinically appropriate for outpatient treatment may include:
- Those who have already completed a residential or partial hospitalization program
- Clients who are committed to their recovery from drug or alcohol addiction
- Clients that have a home or community support system
- Clients who have good coping skills and relapse prevention plans
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A thorough clinical assessment will be completed to help determine the best level of care for you. If outpatient treatment is an option you should carefully weigh your options.. Taking the time to evaluate your situation and the benefits of each program can help you get the most out of treatment.
What To Expect During An Intensive Outpatient Program
The specifics of an intensive outpatient program will vary from facility to facility. However, many programs consist of 10 to 12 hours a week of various forms of therapy. These therapies often include group and individual therapy as well as other types of counseling.
Therapy sessions occur onsite at the treatment facility. Clients typically attend these sessions three to four times a week for several hours each day. Some programs may even be available online for those who are unable to attend in-person sessions.
In addition to therapy, most IOPs also encourage participation in 12-step programs or other support groups. Some programs host 12-step meetings onsite, while others require clients to attend outside groups.
Types Of Therapies Offered In An Intensive Outpatient Program
Most IOPs offer a number of different types of therapy. While each facility will vary in the therapies offered, the most common are group and individual therapy.
- Group Therapy: Group therapy is often the cornerstone of many IOPs. There are several different types of group therapy, including relapse prevention, family, and skill-development group therapy.
- Individual Therapy: This form of therapy is when a client meets one-on-one with a counselor. Individual therapy gives clients the chance to explore individual factors that may contribute to addiction and discuss personal matters that they may not feel comfortable talking about in group settings.
- Alternative Therapy: In addition to group and individual therapy, many facilities offer complementary therapies as well. These may include outdoor therapy, animal therapy, art therapy, and music therapy.
Some intensive outpatient programs provide customized treatment plans that are catered to each client’s needs. The types of therapies offered will depend on the facility.
Is An I.O.P. The Right Choice For Me?
Many people find great success by attending an intensive outpatient program. Intensive outpatient treatment for substance use disorder offers many benefits and allows individuals to receive quality treatment. However, before deciding on an IOP, it’s best to consider the pros and cons and ensure that this level of care is clinically appropriate for you. That requires a clinical assessment. Vertava Health will assist in providing you with a clinical assessment to determine the best level of care for your situation..
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Outpatient care is not for everyone. Often challenges like friction in the home environment or unhealthy relationships with friends and neighbors exist, and habitual stress can also be a problem for someone struggling with addiction.
We provide a detailed clinical assessment to determine for our clients if outpatient addiction treatment is right for them. We take into account a client’s work schedule, family obligations, and addiction progression to establish outpatient treatment parameters. Clients can come six hours a day or 10 hours a day for rehab treatment.
We have several outpatient centers available. All of our outpatient programs offer similar programming as our residential models, including:
- Individualized Treatment Planning
- Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment
- Support Groups
- Individual Therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Pastoral Recovery
Our outpatient programs (like our residential programs) provide a support network for clients in the form of official support groups, individual counseling, and family counseling so that clients are never alone in their recovery. Individuals afflicted by addiction are provided with a strong support network of non-using peers and sponsors that provide a new, positive element of social change in an addict’s life and facilitates long-term recovery.
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To learn more about intensive outpatient treatment and to determine if IOP is the best option for you, contact a Vertava Health treatment specialist today. Ready to make a change? Call (615) 208-2941 to speak to a treatment specialist.