When help for substance use is involved, each person has a unique story to tell. Our medical and psychological history, family medical history, past substance use, personality, social support network and more can all impact what type of treatment that is needed. If you’re currently amidst researching the different types of treatment available for substance abuse, you’ll notice that there isn’t just one – and that’s based on the different intensities and levels of care provided. In order to determine whether an intensive outpatient program would be best for you, you’ll need to consider what you don’t need:
- You do not require detoxification
- You do not need 24/7 supervision
- You do not need housing and food
Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are excellent for those who perhaps have already been working towards their recovery but would like a nice transition period as they return back home. IOPs can provide you with that intense level of therapy and education towards maintaining healthy coping mechanisms, relapse prevention plans and support groups. Structure is still important in this type of program, as you’ll be expected to attend treatment several times a week, for several hours a day. You may feel as though this type of program is for you, but how do you know it’s effective?
Just a few years ago, researchers published a review in the journal Psychiatric Services to assess a number of other studies that have covered IOPs in the past. They found that compared to residential treatment programs, IOPs produced similar results in terms of alcohol and drug use. It was determined that IOPs could help improve a person’s quality of life, as well as enhance the effectiveness of the tools they use for recovery. If you have the time and are able to work out minor arrangements regarding child supervision, work leave and more, an IOP could be an excellent option for you!
IOPs work not by determining a specific length of time, but generally based on how you’re doing in the program. A variety of strategies may be used in treatment to figure out what meets your needs best – and that’s how it’s supposed to be. IOPs have become a critical component to the way we receive care for substance abuse, and it’s because of the intensive support that is provided while allowing a person to successfully build up their independence in recovery.
Cumberland Heights in Chattanooga is a 12-step based outpatient alcohol and drug addiction program. Our Intensive Outpatient Program is designed for individuals 18 and above who may be in the early stages of addiction and alcoholism, or who are experiencing issues with drugs or alcohol. We offer both personalized assessments and flexible treatment hours to suit your needs. If you’re ready to take that first step towards your recovery journey, call us today for more information at 423-308-0689.