Substance abuse disorders belong to a category of diseases that we never see coming. Chemical dependency will lurk in the shadows of the individual’s mind and appear when everybody’s defense is down. It is here that this ravenous ailment takes over and walks its victim into the brink of insanity. Yet even with this life sentence, there are solutions for those looking to be free from the misery that alcoholic thinking embodies.
Upon admitting defeat and walking into the rooms of an anonymous program or inpatient facility, this is when the real resolution and growth can begin to take place for us. Life will miraculously change once we have sobered up and put a bit of work into it. It is here that we are taught of the ailment we suffer from and why we obsess about things in life like we do.
For some with busy work schedules or that may need that extra little push, there are services similar to inpatient therapy where the individual can come and go after their individual and group therapy sessions. Intensive Outpatient or regular Outpatient may be recommended after medical assessments of certain individuals requiring help from their substance abuse. Though similar in the nature of their focus, IOP and Outpatient are advocated for on a case by case basis.
Why Intensive Outpatient is Recommended
Intensive Outpatient is the basis of as stricter treatment program, in comparison to regular outpatient, designed to oblige daily life for addicts and alcoholics in early recovery. The idea behind IOP is to provide a little extra cushion for those that have been diagnosed with needing help and understanding the big picture as far as substance abuse is concerned. Most treatment plants that include an IOP will identify short-term and long-term goals with the idea of continuing or starting therapy outside of an inpatient program.
IOP is generally suggested for those who have not been harassed by alcoholic thinking for longer or for those with commitments that they can’t leave in order to focus on treatment fulltime, (this can be due to limited family or career options in some cases). Attending regular inpatient is much more time consuming, since patients live 24/7 at the facility and some just do not have that option to make. Ideally, taking the time to attend both inpatient and IOP would benefit any addict or alcoholic the most.
Since IOP is generally the next step for leaving inpatient, there is a different level of trust that is associated with it. Most treatment facilities require frequent and random urinalysis’ as part of that extension of trust. Should a positive drug test show up, it will be under the discretion of the clinical and therapeutic team to seek repercussions. This usually involves having the client readmit themselves back to inpatient for further therapy discussion in what went wrong. The facility will then work with you to revise the treatment plan that best suits that person. After this plan has been identified and put into play, the will then likely be reevaluated and allowed back into their IOP or Outpatient program according to clinical direction.