Intensive Outpatient Programs
An intensive outpatient program (IOP) involves regularly scheduled addiction treatment sessions, mental health counseling services and other components. The professionals with 12 Keys Rehab are ready to help if you want to start IOP rehab.
Is an Intensive Outpatient Program for Substance Abuse Right for Me?
There are certain situations where an IOP will be right for a client, and other situations where it might not be the best option.
For example, if you’re a chronic drug user, you might not be a good candidate. However, if you are a student who needs to keep up with your course work, or a professional who can’t take a substantial amount of time off from your job, then you might be a good fit. An IOP could also work if you are leaving long-term rehab and looking for an aftercare program that will help you avoid a relapse.
IOPs provide treatment support to clients who don’t require supervision 24 hours a day. Client programs will be tailored to meet their specific needs, but they will still need to commit to a certain number of hours per week for intensive rehab programs. Clients receive the same level of care provided through a residential program to help ensure they are not a risk to themselves or other people.
How Does an IOP Work?
Clients involved in an IOP for drug or alcohol abuse receive a wide variety of services designed to keep them on the path to a full and sustainable recovery. In most cases, clients undergo both individual and group therapy sessions that address several different topics. These include relapse prevention skills, education on managing urges and cravings, education on how addiction affects the chemistry of the brain and more.
Clients learn how to improve their life skills in other areas as well, such as employment counseling if appropriate.
It’s very important that clients realize an IOP can be a very intense environment at times, because therapy will often involve friends and family members. These encounters are, as you can likely imagine, very emotional. However, they are critical on the road to recovery, because clients who have the encouragement and support of loved ones typically not only improve faster, but also tend to have better chances at enjoying a long-term, successful recovery.
How Soon Can I Enroll, and How Long Will I Stay?
In a majority of instances, a client can enroll in an IOP immediately. The length of time a person is in the program will depend on his or her treatment program. Each client is different and each IOP is designed specifically for that individual. As a result, it may run shorter or longer than the average time, which is about eight weeks.
Why Should I Choose IOP Rehab?
IOP is an intensive program that will work around your schedule. It provides you with an opportunity to recover in a real-life scenario and gives you the benefits of rehab in a modified setting. The mere fact that you’re considering an intensive outpatient program for substance abuse is incredibly encouraging. It shows you’ve accepted the fact that you’re struggling with an addiction and you want to experience a sober, healthy life.
These are just a few of the advantages of enrolling in an IOP:
- You can still support your family — An IOP provides flexibility for clients, allowing them to continue to take care of their responsibilities as they remain on the road to recovery. You might, for example, have a young child who needs to be supervised and cared for. Or you might have a spouse who works and you can’t afford daycare or an at-home nanny. You might have an elderly relative who needs care. Whatever your situation may be, an IOP provides you with freedom and flexibility that works with your schedule.
- You can get support from your friends and family members — One of the biggest risks to a client’s full recovery is isolation from loved ones. An IOP offers the therapy that clients need to enjoy a sober lifestyle, while at the same time allowing them to enjoy their network of family and friends to provide additional support.
An IOP allows you to retain your privacy — Recovery from addiction is tough enough without having to endure feelings of shame and embarrassment. It can be excruciating to admit you have a problem, and you may feel too embarrassed to seek help.
At 12 Keys Rehab, our professional counselors and therapists are committed to maintaining your privacy and making sure our work is performed in the most discrete manner possible. The people who are going through the program with you will give you an extra feeling of security as you progress.
- You’ll be with people going through the same challenges — IOPs are an excellent way to help clients maintain sobriety while enjoying the companionship of others who are dealing with the same struggles. Many clients share a sense of family with other members of their programs because all of them are going through the same thing. They will not only be there for you during your IOP, but they’ll also be with you years after you complete the program, helping support your sobriety over the long term.
- You can continue with school or work — It can be nearly impossible for someone struggling with addiction to all of a sudden uproot their lives in order to enroll in a residential program, which can last for weeks or even months. An IOP supports your recovery while allowing you to continue to take care of responsibilities at school or work.
An IOP is the preferred option for clients who need to stay in work or school, have a strong home support system and are able to learn invaluable recovery lessons while continuing their normal lives.
If you would like more information on the IOPs offered at 12 Keys Rehab, please contact us online or give us a call at 866-480-4328.