Intensive Outpatient

Outpatient Treatment can provide a person with a new way of life.

An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a type of service and support program used to treat, chemical dependency, addiction and alcohol abuse. The short version is that with an Outpatient Program, the person does not live full-time at the facility. Most of the time it’s a full day program, but it can also be in the evenings, morning or weekends. This is sometimes done so that the person can go to work during the day. Keep in mind, that this is a choice only when the person has already detoxed and does not need medical supervision. It can also be a more practical and more affordable option. This is because Intensive Outpatient does not require as many services offered by a larger, treatment facility.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment – Length of time

Time spent in a program like this can range from a few weeks to a year. An intensive outpatient program may work for mental health and behavioral problems, as well. In this setting, the person attends weekly or daily classes at a treatment facility but continues to live at home. Some addicts transition from inpatient to outpatient rehab after a period of time.

In general, the typical Intensive Outpatient programs vary from 10–40 hours a week. For individuals who have young children or heavy financial obligations this is a way to participate in their daily tasks. Like mentioned before, they go t work, and participate in the morning or at the end of the day.

Ongoing Recovery

The typical Intensive Outpatient program encourages active participation in support groups, counseling and 12-step programs. If the options are limited then IOP can be more effective than individual therapy for addiction and substance abuse. It’s important to note (once more) the person needs a medical detox. It’s important to ensure a safe withdrawal from drugs and alcohol.

Intensive Outpatient is also used by some as transitional treatment for people just released from a residential treatment program.
Treating addiction can be challenging. Remember, the person must want treatment. Forcing someone to get help usually gets nowhere. Often, the person with the addiction will have to “hit bottom” before they think about getting help. This could cause problems with family and friends who are close to the person and wants to see them get better.

Give us a call to see if Intensive Outpatient Treatment is a good fit.

Sobriety equals success and respect

Many people with an addiction are embarrassed to admit that they have a problem. We have seen this stigma change recently. But, addicts may still find it especially hard to tell to their loved ones about any lying or stealing they are doing to get the drug. They may justify their addiction with the excuse that certain drugs (and alcohol) are legal. However, all addictions — regardless of the drug of choice — tends to need treatment.

Inpatient treatment is by far the most popular, because it is very effective. However, when the choice is limited, Outpatient Treatment can provide a person with the skills to enjoy a lifetime of sobriety.

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