Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), is specifically designed for those individuals who have reached a place in their recovery such that they feel ready and prepared to re-enter their regular lives and assume their former responsibilities. Men and women who have reached this stage have achieved a level of progress whereby they feel confident in their abilities to identify stressors, triggers and problem situations that are associated with their substance use and know which ones they have the skills to be able to cope with successfully, which ones they still may need to work on before attempting to confront them, and which ones they must accept the necessity of avoiding since the risk of relapse is too high.
Those attending our IOP program have also begun to recognize and correct the consequences of their substance abuse in terms of such areas of employment issues and interpersonal relationships. The focus of this program is on the individual’s readiness to commit to assuming personal responsibility for the course of their life, setting goals to meet this commitment, and planning and engaging in actions that lead to successfully accomplishing their objectives.
We do not expect participants to assume responsibility for every area of their life and every effect or consequence of their substance use at once, as we know this would be an overwhelming task. We work with you to set reachable goals, thereby providing you with success experiences you can build on until you feel confident that you can act in ways that positively affect your life. This will further lead to your ability to assume responsibility for making accurate evaluations, judgments and attributions of causation for positive and negative events that occur and act accordingly by replacing previous justifications used to excuse unhealthy, impulsive or maladaptive behaviors.
Our IOP is based on the same philosophy with similarly structured services as all of our programs so you won’t feel the distress that often is experienced from transitioning to an unfamiliar program elsewhere. Participants must be capable of fully participating in a 12 step recovery group with limited supervision. In order to participate in this program you must also be living in a situation that provides enough support and stability to provide a reliable, predictable environment while you are in our treatment and which will remain a fixed part of your life after you’ve completed the IOP program.
This program is a less arduous outpatient alternative compared to our Partial Hospitalization Program and is appropriate for those who also have co-occurring disorders. Our IOP includes a comprehensive medical, psychosocial and psychological evaluation to ensure that all your current needs are being met since these will have changed as a result of the progress you’ve made in previous programs or treatment. An individual counselor will be assigned to you, with whom you will meet with regularly to continue to address issues identified in previous treatment. Your designated counselor will also help you keep track of your progress meeting the goals and objectives you’ve set for yourself as well as work with you to alter any parts of your treatment plan that you feel could be improved.
You will be provided with a minimum of ten hours of therapy a week spread over three evenings, which will include a combination of psychoeducational/skills building groups, process groups, individual therapy, and family therapy. You will also be encouraged to take part in support groups which are separate from the 12-step recovery group. Many of these provide continued opportunities for involvement once you have finished treatment and returned to your community full time. Typically the program runs for eight weeks but this time frame can be altered as necessary to fit the needs of the individual.
Call one of our Admissions counselors to learn more about our IOP program.