You’ve had it. You finally came to a decision getting high and/or intoxicated has caused your life to be completely unmanageable. You are not sure where to go, and who to turn to help. You have family and/or financial obligations which impede you from entering a 30-90 day inpatient treatment program. You also know meeting with a therapist on a weekly basis won’t exactly cut it. Not sure where to go or who to turn to for help. Fortunately, there are treatment options available which allow you to meet your personal obligations and still get the help you so desperately need. This blog clearly describes the benefits of intensive outpatient treatment.

So what is an intensive outpatient program?

Very good question, and one which is asked by many families not familiar with the substance abuse field. A traditional I.O.P provides the following to its clients.

  • A cost-effective treatment alternative to those who are unable to meet the financial obligations, of residential, or inpatient treatment
  • Therapeutic services for those who are stable enough to manage their day to day living and have the flexibility to attend therapeutic groups and individual therapy.
  • A step down from inpatient and/or residential treatment. A common recommendation given by therapists/counselors working in residential and/or inpatient treatment is, for their clients upon discharge to continue treatment receiving therapeutic services in a less intensive environment. Relapse is most likely to occur within the first 12 months following inpatient treatment. The first 90 days after their discharge addicts in early recovery benefit, and require from continued structure and accountability. In addition, having weekly groups in which addicts can talk about and reinforce the skills and tools acquired during inpatient treatment greatly enhances the possibility for the addict to experience sustained recovery.
  • At least 9 hours of therapeutic treatment which includes 3 weekly groups and one individual therapy session.
  • Monitoring your drug use
  • Regular assessments occur in order to keep track of progress
  • Assistance in getting connected to available community services

Are there other benefits of attending intensive outpatient programs?

Listed below are just some of the benefits of attending an intensive outpatient program

  • The financial obligation of an intensive outpatient treatment is significantly lower than inpatient and residential programs. Clients therefore, remain in treatment longer than in a residential program
  • The ability to continue working or attending school while you’re in treatment
  • Clients can maintain their life with minimal interruption while going to treatment
  • Clients can implement the recovery and life tools they obtain while in treatment. Often times clients will need to wait after being discharged from inpatient program to practice the coping skills acquired while in treatment
  • The ability to remain in treatment longer due to lower treatment cost
    A greater likeliness of being a productive member of the community

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What kind of therapy can I expect when I am there?

Clients can expect the following types of counseling and therapy while in attending intensive outpatient treatment:

  • An individualized treatment plan
  • Intensive individual psychotherapy or counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Relapse prevention therapy
  • 12-step meetings
  • Mental health treatment if indicated
  • Educational activities (e.g. life-skills and other classes, homework, speakers, etc.)
  • Regardless of the programs available, and there are many, what is crucial for an addict and/or alcoholic is to obtain the necessary help from professionals as soon as possible so they can begin their road to a long, healthy, recovery

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