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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) For Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Intensive outpatient is available for those who do not need round-the-clock care but need extra support. IOP is a therapeutic care program for substance use disorder that meets several times a week, but not every day of the week. This allows for stronger support without interrupting work schedules and family obligations.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment Within The Continuum Of Care

Intensive outpatient treatment is an integral part of transitioning from detox, or inpatient rehab care, to life without harmful substances. For many in residential care, it is used in conjunction to help transition back to a substance-free life. It is not easy to stay away from alcohol and other substances, and intensive outpatient care can be the saving grace.

With this program, an individual is able to maintain their regular daily schedule. They can continue with work, schooling, and family obligations. If they are in community housing, they can also maintain those obligations while utilizing intensive outpatient services. IOP (intensive outpatient) is often a few times a week, around 3-5 hours each, to check in with a professional and work on coping skills. It is beneficial to have real-time help for real-life situations that can be dangerous for a substance abuser and threaten successful recovery.

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Services Offered through Intensive Outpatient Programs 

Intensive outpatient programs offer several effective components and are a great option for those who cannot utilize inpatient care. Some of the services we offer through Magnified Health Services are:

  • Counseling

Individual and group counseling are offered to process past behaviors and learn new coping skills. Both are led by licensed professionals to facilitate care in a safe environment. Group therapy is especially helpful for people to find connections with others.

  • Alcohol and Drug Screening

To ensure patients are focused on their recovery, alcohol and drug screening is an essential part of the process to achieve success in rehab. These screenings help identify relapses and hold each person accountable for their actions.

  • Medication Management

Many substance abusers need medications to manage a longer detox process, maintain sobriety, and manage mental health. Medication management becomes necessary during IOP to ensure an individual’s success.

  • Resource Education

Each patient has needs that may not be easily remedied by our offerings. Providing additional resources to a patient becomes very important to their recovery success. This may be information regarding communal housing, education opportunities to further a career, or finding a 12-step program near them.

Benefits Of Attending An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive outpatient programs come with a lot of advantages that many people don’t factor in. Some of the most common benefits include the following:

  • Real-time Success

Patients in IOP can utilize the skills they learn in the real world. They can find what works best for them and what they need to work on. Most importantly, professionals can guide and cheer them on as they incorporate new skills.

  • Higher Recovery Rates

Whether used to transition to a day to day living in recovery, or in place of residential care, IOP patients have a higher success rate for sustaining their recovery. This is due to the combination of intense care and maintaining their everyday life. It also helps to have group therapies, medication management, and individual therapies supporting them along the way.

  • Flexible Care

Some patients simply cannot take the time away for residential care. Having flexible care options sets them up for success in the long run. Maintaining a job and home while managing their recovery is important and support along the way can help ensure success.

  • Ability to Develop Community-Based Support

Participating in an IOP allows the patient to create and implement a support plan utilizing community systems. Through resource education, a patient can transition to outpatient with a plan to maintain their recovery.

Therapies Used In IOP

Not all therapies are appropriate for an individual. An assessment is important to identify what will work best for a successful recovery. Let’s look at the therapies Magnified provides:

  • Family Therapy

Family therapy is important to strengthen the family unit and repair any damage. All persons involved must not abuse substances and be open to doing the work.

  • EMDR Therapy

EMDR a useful therapy for those with post-traumatic stress disorder. EMDR helps refocus the eyes and brain while revisiting past traumas to lessen their hold on the patient.

  • CBT Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an important therapy to help retrain the brain into healthier thinking. Many of us learn unhealthy thinking patterns at a young age, and reversing them requires tools that help. CBT therapy, otherwise known as talk therapy is an evidence-based treatment that is highly utilized during outpatient treatment.

  • 12- Step Programs

This program creates support through 12-steps of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous one must accomplish that can have a significant effect on a person’s life and their recovery. Through peer support, this is a program that can be helpful throughout a lifetime.

Outpatient Treatment Near Me

If you or someone you love is struggling with a substance abuse disorder, Magnified Health Systems is here to help. We have intensive outpatient programs with support from professionals who understand your struggles. Contact us today to learn more about our personalized treatment Finding a rehab center that provides intensive outpatient treatment can be as easy as a Google search. Simply try “intensive outpatient treatment” and your town, city, county, or state. 

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Dr. Bickley graduated from U.C. Irvine with honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, Cum Laude. He has been featured on national radio and print media. He is also a frequent lecturer at National Conferences. He holds an A.S. degree in Drug & Alcohol Studies, and two B.A. degrees in Criminology & Psychology, and masters and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. He is a licensed California Drug & Alcohol Counselor Level II, a licensed Clinical Supervisor and is certified in treating Eating Disorders.

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