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Intensive outpatient programs, known as IOPs, are treatment programs that are used to treat addictions that do not require detox or 24/7 supervision.

These programs allow people addicted to substances to live their normal lives while still visiting a rehab center.

It is very common to go to intensive outpatient rehab programs after an inpatient rehab program.

Those who participate in intensive outpatient rehab programs are also more likely to have an easy transition back to living in the “real world”.

Rather than be abandoned and on your own after inpatient rehab, you can go to intensive outpatient rehab programs and have that support while living at home.

Residential Treatment vs Intensive Outpatient Rehab Programs

Residential treatment is also known as inpatient treatment. This treatment requires you to live at a treatment facility for anywhere from 28 to 90 days of treatment. Residential treatment is the highest level of care possible.

It provides an extremely safe place to avoid drugs or alcohol, as well as avoid people who might actively sabotage your recovery efforts.

Oftentimes you might also have commitments such as taking care of children, work, or other responsibilities that will prevent you from entering residential treatment. This is what makes intensive outpatient rehab programs so great…you do not have to leave your daily life. By going to intensive outpatient rehab programs, you are able to live at home and continue your care.

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Choosing Residential

It is good to note that if you have a severe case of addiction or you suffer from a coexisting disorder, you should probably go to an inpatient treatment facility first. After that, you can speak with your medical care provider about intensive outpatient rehab programs.

What to Expect in These Types of Programs

Every facility is different when it comes to the care provided, but typically you should expect to attend up to 12 hours of therapy each week. You will also be encouraged to participate in a 12-step program.

You should expect to visit your intensive outpatient rehab programs three to five times per week, for around two to three hours each time. This is because intensive outpatient rehab programs provide more intense therapy than standard outpatient programs.

Group Therapy

In this setting, group therapy is the most consistent across the board. This is because it has been shown that group therapy is as effective as individual therapy in treating addiction

Benefits of group therapy in intensive outpatient rehab programs include:

  • The chance to enhance your communication skills
  • Provides a new resource for socialization.
  • Helps to provide a circle of sober friends.
  • Access to an environment where peers can provide support, comfort, and honest feedback.
  • Practicing healthy ways of interacting.
  • Safe space that is vital to recovery.
  • Valuable assistance from those who have been through the recovery process for longer.
  • Space for group leaders to teach new skills, and guide.
  • Witness positive behaviors associated with recovery from veterans.
  • Learn new ways to manage addiction.

There are many different types of group therapy options as well. These might include:

  • Skills-development: Helps to practice specific behaviors in a safe setting.
  • Psychoeducational: Provides emotional support and a space to learn about addiction, dependence, and the consequences of abuse.
  • Refusal training: Teaches you how to refuse the use of a substance when in a group setting.
  • Relapse prevention: This allows you to identify triggers and high-risk situations. Develop techniques to avoid and manage them.
  • Family groups: Focus on how you and your family can support one another. You may also learn about the effect of your addiction on your family members.
  • Other niche groups might include, gendered groups, LGBTQ+, veterans, sexual abuse survivors.

Individual Therapy

When in an IOP, you will also need to participate in individual therapy. Although it is not the primary form of treatment in intensive outpatient rehab programs, it is still helpful to get to the root of your addiction.

When in individual therapy you may focus on your previous problems in your life. How did these problems affect you and influence your need to use them? You may also dig deeper into the work you have done in group therapy. This will allow you to really look into your personal issues. This can also give you the option to speak openly which you may not feel comfortable doing in a group setting.

You should expect to have an individual therapy session at least one day per week. You should also have a specific therapist that you will go to, whereas a different therapist might run your group routine.

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Complementary Therapies

During these programs, you may also go with complementary therapy. These treatments might include art therapy, music therapy, adventure therapy, or equine-assisted therapy. It is thought that these treatments can help you tap into nonverbal ways of healing. Typically these take place in a group setting.

Support Groups

Most of these programs require you to go into a peer support group, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Some intensive outpatient rehab programs even host these on-site. 12-step groups are helpful because they provide a great structure and support system. These meetings are held at different times, which allows you to easily fit them into your schedule

How to Choose an IOP Rehab?

There are a few specific things to look for when choosing an IOP, these might include:

  • Treatment should be easily accessible: You do not want to wait a long time to enter a program because you will need to begin your treatment as soon as possible for the sake of your recovery.
  • Care should be personalized: Although many treatment programs have been well developed, it is important that your program is individually tailored. Your treatment should fit your individual situation and progress.
  • Medical treatment should be provided: If you need medical care, you should be able to easily access it in relation to your treatment.
  • Treatment should be based on research: It is essential that your treatment is based in evidence. Although alternative treatments can be used, the basis of your treatment should be a medical detox, therapy, and aftercare.
  • Social support is necessary: In recovery, social support is essential. Your treatment program should facilitate a good peer support system within group therapy and support group meetings.
  • Treatment should be ongoing: It is essential that you go through a full treatment program. Make sure you are committed to some form of treatment for at least 90 days.

Are Intensive Outpatient Rehab Programs Right For Me?

If you live with someone who uses drugs and drinks, there is a huge chance that you will easily fall back into old patterns.

In this case, you might choose residential treatment.

On the other hand, the ideal candidate for intensive outpatient treatment is someone who can go home and feel safe.

This means you must have family members or friends that support your recovery.

If you do not have supportive people in your life, then you are at risk of relapse.

At Resurgence Behavioral Health we can help you decide what is right for you, and what level of treatment you need.

Contact us today to learn more about our free insurance verification for treatment, and to talk to a rehab expert.

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Individualized treatment programs delivered in a comfortable, relaxed setting promote healing in your recovery journey.