Intensive Outpatient Program Services
An intensive outpatient program is an integral part of clients treatment and relapse prevention plan. While IOP programs may vary slightly in length and frequency, the general expectation is three hours of clinical programming to occur 3-5 times per week. While in treatment, clients may live in a sober living house or return to their own home after each day of treatment. The flexibility of program schedules best allows the treatment to be individualized for each client while receiving intensive outpatient services.
At CIVIQ Health, we offer IOP therapy during the evening hours, increasing the accessibility of drug treatment. Although engaging in an intensive outpatient program after completing higher levels of care, such as inpatient detox, residential and PHP, has shown to produce positive outcomes, there are legitimate reasons why clients are unable to be admitted to a facility for 24 hours per day. Obligations related to family or work are possible barriers in attending more intensive levels of treatment.
Early Recovery & How IOP Can Help
The focus of inpatient treatment is geared towards the stabilization of symptoms and preparing a person to return to everyday life while developing the relapse prevention skills needed for sobriety. In many instances, clients don’t really begin to “dig deep” into developing insight about the disease of addiction, triggers and coping skills until beginning an intensive outpatient program. The same is true for addressing past trauma or continuing to adjust medications as needed, all while providing a supportive therapeutic environment during the early stages of clients’ recovery.
Developing Sober Support Systems
Developing a sober support system is an essential part of recovery from active addiction. The unfortunate truth is that although clients are in a supportive environment during treatment, the ability to remain inpatient indefinitely is not a viable option. Clients have to learn to remain sober without the protection of 24/7 treatment. Intensive outpatient services offer continued support and education while preparing clients for traditional outpatient therapy and a life outside of treatment. In addition to becoming apart of our extensive alumni network, clients are provided with encouragement to attend support groups like AA or NA, while being of service to the community.
Once symptoms of severe or ‘acute’ withdrawals have passed, the presence of post-acute withdrawal symptoms or PAWs may continue for an extended period of time is common. Some PAWs such as anxiety or disrupted sleep patterns have been reported to last for as long as two years. Post acute withdrawals can result in increased cravings to use drugs however the staff at CIVIQ Health can help link clients with appropriate medical supports.
CIVIQ Health’s intensive outpatient program offers support, education, relapse prevention, as well as continued medical monitoring and clinical interventions. If you or a loved one are needing treatment or are ‘stepping down’ from an inpatient level of care and wish to continue treatment, we are here to help. Call today for a free assessment and referral to treatment.