Monthly Archive February 4, 2019

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

February 4, 2019 Comments Off on Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) By Scott Aguilar

What Is An Intensive Outpatient Program?

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (or IOP) is a program sometimes recommended. For those who don’t need a detox supervised by medical staff, this can be the best option.  It is also intended for those who may have already finished initial treatment, but to help them continue forward.

It’s considered part-time, to work even better with jobs and family. This way you can keep your ties to family strong. Drug recovery programs can save you from your real life and isolate you. This option is a way to keep everyone together and a part of your recovery.

The main form of treatment for an Intensive Outpatient Program is group therapy. There is also individual therapy weekly. This is so that a support group is maintained and also personal accountability.

There are a lot of topics covered in our Intensive Outpatient Program therapies.

Some of these topics include:

  • Understanding addiction and its brain chemistry
  • Relapse prevention
  • Life skills
  • Spirituality
  • Learning with the 12-steps principles
  • Managing urges
  • How addiction progresses

Of course, this all depends on need. If further instruction is needed, then it will be recommended. Such as family counseling, life skills, or employment issues. We strive to help make everything as informative and helpful as possible.

How these process works are that over time it becomes slowly less intense. You give daily “homework”. This is so we can make sure you are focused and we can help. As you grow stronger you will need less consistent attention.

Our goal is to make you more self-sufficient so you can move on as you go. Kind of like graduating to a less intense situation.


The Difference Between Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment Programs

Inpatient treatment programs are what you generally think of when you hear about rehab centers. They are residential where they have patients stay. Usually, there are heavy rules to follow and a lack of trust.

You give up your day to day life and earn privileges as you follow the treatment. This can be thirty days or more away from your life. It can make stepping back into your life even more difficult after treatment.

Outpatient programs are definitely more independent. You continue to control your life and stay at home. We give our support and care, but ultimately leave you to take back the reins on your life.

General Outpatient Treatment Program (GOP)

It is important that you stop using drugs the day before you come in. That way in the morning we can treat the beginning of your withdrawal symptoms.

Coming in with drugs in your system just makes it take longer. Commit to this first step for yourself.

Outpatient treatments are often the best option for people who have drug abuse problems. Not everyone is the stereotype of an addict, living on the streets and scruffy.

Many drug addicts realize they have a problem before it ruins everything. But going to rehab isn’t an option because they need to be able to keep their job, or be with their families.

We have a high-intensity outpatient program. This is to serve better those who need to keep control over their lives. Being able to continue with their daily lives can make this whole process easier.

What To Expect:

  • For this first trial, be ready to stay at least six hours.
  • You will be attended to by a nurse. There will be an option to see a psychiatrist.
  • We are fully educated and informed on current treatment. We are constantly adding to and changing our programs.
  • Each person is individually treated with their own program and medications.
  • We make sure to choose medicines based on the least amount of effects.

Along with that, we make sure they are effective.

  • Your opinion matters. How much you want to take is taken into account for dosage.
  • You return each day for your medication to help relieve symptoms.

Why Outpatient Is The Right Way To Choose

You don’t have to wait. Instead of having to wait in a hospital or waiting room we see you right away. The whole pesky business of needing to be transferred doesn’t happen. Our medical staff is here waiting to help.

More intense. This means that the program is regulated, faster, and maybe a little more difficult for some people. We will check on you every hour to see how you’re doing. We want this to happen as much as you do.

No rush. Hospitals and other treatment centers push to get people to stop using detoxing medicines as fast as possible. This is done with best interests in mind but isn’t always helpful. We are here and ready to make sure you have as much time as you need to detox.