When someone is experiencing a substance use disorder, there is no one exact way to treat it. Instead, there are a number of different approaches that can meet the needs of the patient, depending on what those needs are.
Thankfully, there is an option for those who fall into this in-between category of addiction treatment needs. An intensive outpatient program can help this population overcome their active addiction in a manner that coincides with the severity of their substance use disorder.
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What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?
An intensive outpatient program, also known as an IOP, is a popular addiction treatment option. Falling between residential treatment and outpatient treatment, an intensive outpatient program is the perfect option for those individuals who are not in need of the level of care offered at residential treatment, but who require more of a treatment presence in their lives than what can be offered through outpatient treatment. An intensive outpatient program is also a beneficial form of addiction treatment for those who are transitioning out of residential treatment but require continual care.
Patients of an intensive outpatient program do not have to live at the facility, however, are required to spend much of their time there. For example, a patient’s treatment schedule might include going to the facility Monday-Friday for a blocked-out period of time, such as a few hours during the morning, afternoon, or evening. Some intensive outpatient programs require patients to spend the whole day at the facility.
When enrolled in an intensive outpatient program, patients will receive several different treatments to designed to help them address the challenges that they have faced and are currently experiencing so that a successful recovery can be obtained. While intensive outpatient programs vary to some extent, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) requires them to provide several different forms of care.
Both individual therapy and group counseling sessions are mandatory at all intensive outpatient programs, as are countless skills development groups including the following:
- Life skills therapy
- Relapse prevention
- Drug or alcohol refusal training
- Assertiveness training
- Stress management
SAMHSA also encourages the use of cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, which is a therapy that works to help patients challenge negative thoughts, emotions, and beliefs and replace them with positive thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. Support groups, such as 12-Step based groups, are also recommended for use in an intensive outpatient program. Patients can continue to benefit from their intensive outpatient program by participating in family therapy or couples therapy, both of which can help the patient and his or her loved ones identify and address issues related to the substance use disorder.
At an intensive outpatient program, patients can not only expect to be included in these therapies and development groups, but they can also expect to have 24/7 access to someone at the facility in the event of a crisis, educational opportunities, professional medical treatment, prescription medications (if necessary), and proper case management.
Depending on the severity of the patient’s substance use disorder, he or she might enroll in an intensive outpatient program, complete it, and then transition back to his or her everyday life, or he or she might enroll and complete the program, but instead transition down into outpatient treatment for further assistance.
Intensive Outpatient Program at JourneyPure
At JourneyPure, we offer an intensive outpatient program at our River location in Murfreesboro, TN. We understand the importance of this type of programming, as not all individuals with a substance use disorder either need the top level of addiction treatment or the most hands-off approach. We cater to the needs of those individuals who have a substance use disorder that is middle-of-the-road in that it is neither extremely severe but not mild. Through our intensive outpatient program at The River, we can help provide the appropriate supports to those in need of professional addiction treatment.
One therapy that we put exceptional effort into is individual therapy. The therapists at JourneyPure are highly experienced and knowledgeable and offer a safe space for our patients to recover in. During a patient’s individual therapy sessions, he or she will be encouraged to share his or her personal background, primary concerns, and recovery goals. Throughout the course of sessions, a JourneyPure therapist will strive to help the patient access his or her emotions in a way that encourages deep, positive change and reflection.
We believe that one of the best supplements to individual therapy is group counseling. Known as one of the required therapies in an intensive outpatient program, group counseling can help the collective group of patients at JourneyPure learn, grow, and heal amongst one another through conversations, exercises, and activities. During group counseling, one or more therapists will bring specific topics to the group, most of which are commonly shared concerns or issues amongst the group. At JourneyPure, we see the bonds that develop between patients, many of which are priceless. The support that can be obtained through group counseling is also beneficial in it helps patients give and get the support that makes recovery easier.
As always, our intensive outpatient program is run in the same manner that all other programs are. We utilize a holistic approach to treatment that focuses on healing each patient’s mind, body, and spirit at the same time. At JourneyPure, we understand how difficult a journey it can be to go from actively abusing drugs and/or alcohol to getting into a state of recovery. However, we go above and beyond to ensure that each one of our patients is provided with the most beneficial treatments they need to move forward with a happy, healthy, healed life free from substance abuse.