At New Day Recovery and On Demand Counseling, we are focused on helping people who are struggling with addiction recover their autonomy. While residential inpatient treatment is a great way to give you the time and focus for recovery in a secure place, it’s not practical for everyone. That’s why we offer an intensive outpatient treatment program or “IOP.” But just what is it?
What Does IOP Mean?
If you have looked into substance abuse treatment, then you may have seen IOP quite a bit. The acronym stands for “intensive outpatient program.” This type of program provides treatment for substance abuse without requiring a client to remain in a residential facility.
Intensive outpatient rehab is a step-down opportunity as well as a possible first step in recovery. If you’ve tried residential services and didn’t like the program or don’t have the flexibility to stay in inpatient, then IOP therapy could be the right choice for you. Contact us to speak with a counselor who can help you decide.
What Is an IOP Program Like?
In an IOP program, a client who does not need medically-supervised detoxification will begin recovery. These outpatient programs also serve those who have completed residential programs or detoxification protocols on a part-time yet intensive schedule.
They are designed to accommodate your need to work, go to school or take care of other responsibilities. Generally speaking, you’ll take part in therapies such as:
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
Some of the individual topics and areas addressed include:
- The stages of change
- Family education
- Learning to manage cravings and urges
- Becoming educated on relapse prevention skills
- Understanding how the brain chemistry of addiction works
- Becoming familiar with the 12 steps
- Becoming familiar with the progression of addiction as a disease
- Post-acute withdrawal syndrome support
- And many other topics based on group and individual needs
At the start of an intensive program, you’ll normally have daily assignments to complete. These help us help you through the toughest time in your recovery, the initial withdrawal or detoxification period. As you move forward, you’ll become stronger and more independent, so you won’t need as much professional support.
Part of any intensive program is this sense of “declining intensity.” Essentially, as you move forward and need fewer supports, you’ll be asked to commit to fewer sessions of group or individual therapy. Many facilities also call this a “step down” system, because you are slowly stepping away from the program and moving on in control of your own body and life. Of course, if you need help at any point, our friendly staff will always be here to assist.
What Are the Benefits of an Intensive Outpatient Program?
A few major benefits of IOP include:
- Lower costs, since there is no residency requirement
- No required overnights, so you stay in a home, apartment or hotel of your choice throughout the program
- Better flexibility, so you can spend time at work, school or caring for your family
- A range of treatment options
- The ability to continue seeking treatment following inpatient/residential treatment through an IOP
Best of all, the programs are tailored to each client, so you receive the exact kind of care you need.
Can You Go to an IOP If You Haven’t Detoxed?
If you haven’t yet stopped using drugs or drinking alcohol, you may need to go through medically supervised detox. If this is required, then we will discuss with you the available professional detoxification services that may be right for you. These will need to be completed before you can be part of an outpatient program.
Who Is Eligible to Join an Intensive Outpatient Program?
IOPs are made for those who are having a hard time with addictions but still have to take care of responsibilities in their own lives. Your eligibility to enroll relies on a number of factors such as your clinical and medical assessment. If you are not eligible for the program, we will speak with you about detoxification programs we offer, inpatient programs available to you and other treatments that may be better suited to your situation.
If you are sure that intensive outpatient treatment is right for you, we may discuss the use of medication to assist your treatment. Known as medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, this program is especially able to help you cope with alcohol or opioid addiction. By using FDA-approved medications, you’ll be able to manage symptoms of withdrawal and dependency so that you can stop taking illicit drugs or abusing other substances. These medications are tapered over time so that you avoid the painful and sometimes dangerous symptoms of withdrawal.
What Should You Expect at New Day Recovery?
At New Day Recovery and On Demand Counseling, our intensive outpatient program is designed to fit around your life. Sessions take place two to three days per week, and each session lasts three hours. This makes it easier to schedule regardless of whatever else you have going on in your life. We also have On Demand Counseling, which offers additional flexibility by offering these programs in the evening and during daytime hours. Whether you’re looking for outpatient group counseling, individual counseling or mental health counseling, we can give you everything you’re searching for at our Ohio rehab center and On Demand Counseling.
Contact New Day Recovery to Learn More about Intensive Outpatient Care
At New Day Recovery and On Demand Counseling, we are ready to help you move forward toward a life of sobriety. Whether you’re interested in an intensive outpatient program or want to consider all the options we have available, we’re happy to talk to you about all we offer. Contact us at 330-953-3300 to speak with us and join us at one of our facilities in Columbiana County, Mahoning County or Trumbull County.