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Intensive Outpatient Program

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.

What to Expect at Dream Center Recovery IOP

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Our IOP program at Dream Center Recovery consists of working with our peers and a therapist in individualized and group therapy sessions. The groups in our IOP program reflect a much shorter concentrated version to that of our inpatient program. Some of the short-term and long-term goals focused on in our IOP program include:

  • Relapse Prevention Tools
  • Understanding the Neurological Chemistry of Substance Abuse
  • Life skill Building and Planning
  • Dealing with PAW Symptoms(Post-Acute Withdrawal)
  • Reintegrating back into Society upon getting Sober

Being enrolled in our IOP program will give our clients the freedom to live on their own while acclimating back into our careers and functions of daily life we are accustomed to. At Dream Center Recovery, our IOP is the middle ground to choosing recovery for life. Due to the old fashion of Intensive Outpatient, friends and family may be involved at certain stages if deemed necessary. Our clients who have the support and encouragement of their loved ones tend to do better when everybody is on the same page.

What Makes Dream Center Recovery’s IOP Successful?

Here at Dream Center Recovery, we are aware that recovery is different for every individual. Our medical team works with each patient on an individual and group basis ensuring the treatment plan formulated is right for their unique situation. None of our clients are treated as numbers and all are worked with carefully to ensure a positive outcome in early recovery.

Both IOP and Outpatient are cautiously selected for each client based off of the progression of their disease and the willingness that individually is willing to put in. These Outpatient services sessions aim to help patients develop skills in the pursuit of therapy and keeping the idea of “better safe than sorry” ever prevalent in that person’s beginnings of sobriety. This is done as a continuum of care for most so that their aftercare plans are put into place and actually implemented. Most addicts and alcoholics will justify the need for IOP or regular Outpatient without realizing how serious this disease still is.

For many years, people battling addiction have struggled without knowing of a solution. At Dream Center Recovery, we want that solution to reach as many people in as many forms as possible. Too many lives have been lost due to the nature of addiction and the possibilities of powerlessness it leaves in its wake.  

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Understanding What An Intensive Outpatient Program Is

Professional addiction treatment is essential for overcoming a dependency on drugs or alcohol, and you’ve made the right decision to begin exploring your options for getting help. As you research potential treatment programs, you should be aware that each one varies according to their different approaches as well as levels of care. To help you get started, we’ve put together this overview of what you can expect in an intensive outpatient addiction treatment program so that you can decide if it is right for you.


The Importance Of Knowing Your Different Options for Addiction Treatment

Addiction treatment requires an individualized approach since the levels of need can vary significantly from one person to the next. For example, someone who has recently found it hard to stop taking painkillers after a recent surgery may require a different type of care compared to someone who has been addicted to alcohol for years. For this reason, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) guidelines were formed that define five broad levels of care with decimals indicating gradations between each level. Intensive outpatient treatment falls within ASAM level 2. 1, and this puts it between outpatient treatment and partial hospitalization programs.

As you search for the right treatment center, you must be mindful that different facilities may be licensed to only provide certain levels of care. For example, some centers only offer detox programs while others only allow people to stay in their residential facility. Since your treatment should be tailored to fit your individual needs, it helps to choose a facility that offers intensive outpatient therapy if this is your best option. Keep in mind that you may need assistance from a professional addiction treatment counselor to determine whether or not an intensive outpatient treatment program is ideal for helping you overcome your drug or alcohol dependency.

What to Expect in an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program

In intensive outpatient treatment, you can expect to receive therapeutic services for at least nine hours a week. However, the amount of hours that you spend in intensive outpatient therapy can depend upon the treatment program’s schedule. These hours may take place during the day or before and after normal working hours. For many people, the flexibility offered by this type of program makes it possible to continue to work or go to school. However, this will greatly depend upon your ability to work or go to school outside of the hours when you need to be in therapy.

For those with severe or prolonged patterns of addiction, it may be necessary to attend a residential or detox program before attending intensive outpatient treatment. You may need to combine treatment program methods if you suffer from severe withdrawal symptoms that require medical assistance or if you doubt your ability to stay sober without spending time in a residential facility. If these cases apply to your situation, then intensive outpatient treatment is an option that allows you to continue to receive services after you leave a residential program.

While intensive outpatient treatment offers you more freedom than a residential program, you will need to adhere to the guidelines that are in place for the facility that you attend. Since the time that you spend in counseling is critical for your sobriety, it is generally recommended that you refrain from using your cell phone during the sessions. However, you are able to return home when you are not in treatment, which allows you to continue to see your family and friends as you would normally do.

A typical day in an intensive outpatient program begins when you arrive at the facility. Once you are there, you will participate in individual or group counseling sessions that help you to address the underlying reasons for your addiction. You may also receive other therapeutic services such as recreational activities and meditation training that allows you to develop coping skills for handling cravings. One major benefit of intensive outpatient treatment is that you are able to talk to professional counselors about the real life challenges that you encounter each day regarding your addiction. As you learn how to handle your daily stress, it becomes easier to envision a life of sobriety.

Addiction treatment involves many different options, and finding the right one puts you on the right track for finally achieving your goal of sobriety. Now that you understand more about what intensive outpatient treatment involves, take the next step by arranging to enter a program that gives you the tools that you need to maintain a sober lifestyle.

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