Tag Archives: Intensive outpatient treatment

Tag Archives: Intensive outpatient treatment


Woman successfully transitioning from residential to intensive outpatient treatmentYou’re about to complete your residential treatment program, and it’s obvious that you’ve made major strides in your recovery thus far. You’ve participated in 12-Step programs, you’ve kept in close contact with your sponsor, you’ve created a recovery support network, now what? While many people assume that returning home is the only option, that’s not the case. In fact, many people transition from a residential program to an outpatient treatment program, just to make life a little bit easier. Even if you’ve become 100% stronger in your recovery, that’s been within a structured, supportive environment. While you should certainly have faith that you can practice what you’ve learned in treatment, it may feel a bit nerve-wracking to know that you’re going to be taking such a big step into the “real world” upon your return home.

Why Outpatient Treatment is Important for Transitions

In 2016, researchers from New York University published a study in Science Daily that highlighted the rate of relapse for those in their first year discharged from residential treatment programs. The rates were between 37% and 56%; with high numbers such as these, the study noted that aftercare services and outpatient programs have the propensity to reduce these rates. With more engagement in outpatient treatment programs, those in recovery are likely to build stronger support for a life of sobriety. Previous studies have shown that social support is a key influencer to recovery, and those leaving residential treatment need just as much – if not more – people whom they can rely on as they navigate this transition.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) notes that intensive outpatient treatment programs foster the transition from residential treatment to more independent living in several ways:

Individual Therapy

  • Weekly counseling sessions provide a safe space for clients to work through personal issues related to recovery, life and home
  • Through one-on-one therapy sessions, those transitioning from residential to intensive outpatient treatment can continue to express concerns they may otherwise feel uncomfortable sharing at home or in a group setting

Group Therapy

  • They continue to provide those in recovery with a community in which they can feel safe interacting in
  • The structure of individual and group therapy sessions is often seen as a source of solace for an otherwise chaotic time in recovery
  • Healthy reinforcements are offered, which is vital for recovery success
  • Peer recovery connections can help individuals continue to build their support network
  • Group leaders can provide clients in recovery with continuously useful and relevant tools to aid their long-term recovery

12-Step Support

12-Step support groups help many in recovery maintain that stability they’ve built thus far in recovery. Through weekly meetings, the transition from residential to outpatient will seem seamless as independent living become paired with a similar structure they experience before. One person shared their experience with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) through Recovery & Me, a website that shared individuals’ stories of courage and triumph in recovery. Here is an excerpt from their story:

“…I made the decision to become part of A.A…not just in A.A. I attended hundreds of meetings my first 2 years…I needed to process what these people had and what I wanted…I’ll forever be grateful to [A.A.] as well as everyone else along the way. They’ve taught me to be of service; to pass it on; to do the next good thing…”

The 12-Step model has helped so many people build a life of recovery through sponsorship, support and dedication.

Family Counseling

It can be a major transition for family members when loved ones return home from residential treatment, so it’s important that everyone in the family has an opportunity to continue working together through this. Communication issues can arise, especially if it’s been awhile since the family has truly spent time together. The structure of home life will change as loved ones regain certain roles, and time spent navigating these routes can be stressful and difficult to overcome at times. At Cumberland Heights’ Intensive Outpatient Program in Sumner County, Tennessee, family counseling is included in outpatient services because that transition is such a vulnerable, crucial time in a person’s life.

Additional Benefits

Outpatient treatment programs make it easier for those in recovery to pursue work, education and family-related responsibilities. While at home, a person transitioning can continue to receive the same intensive support they’ve received throughout residential treatment – while also being able to socialize themselves back into their own daily routine.

Who Qualifies for the Intensive Outpatient Program

Those who have a stable, supportive home environment are best suited for the outpatient treatment program because they have people at home who can help reinforce sober-living practices. In addition, it’s important that those who attend this type of program do not require medically supervised detoxification; those in outpatient programs have typically already undergone this type of service in residential treatment. Lastly, self-motivation is incredibly important for those attending outpatient services. Independent living takes some time to get used to after some time spent in recovery – and motivation is needed as a person works hard in their outpatient treatment program.

Cumberland Heights’ Intensive Outpatient Program in Sumner County Tennessee is designed for people whose needs and schedules vary. A quality intensive outpatient drug and alcohol rehab program will be designed to treat the whole person, not just the addiction. Take the first step by contacting us at 615-356-2700. Recovery is possible, and Hendersonville Treatment can help.

Woman experiencing the benefit of intensive outpatient treatmentIntensive outpatient treatment programs (IOPs) provide direct services for people with substance use disorders (SUDs) who do not require supervision 24/7 or medical detoxification. When considering the many treatment options available for substance abuse, it’s important to consider what a person’s needs are. IOPs are considered effective alternatives to inpatient or residential treatment programs, as they can provide many of the same services that assist individuals with relapse prevention and psychosocial support. If you are currently considering an IOP, it’s important to assess the benefits. With Cumberland Heights’ Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program, this is what you can expect:

  • Personalized assessments to ensure that you receive care that’s tailored to your needs
  • Convenient evening treatment hours so that you’re able to maintain family, work and school-related responsibilities
  • Group and family counseling
  • An approach that involves the whole person, not just the substance dependency
  • And more

A 2015 study published in the journal Psychiatric Services assessed several studies to explore just how effective IOPs are, and they found that IOPs have very high, comparable success rates to those of inpatient treatment programs. With an IOP, individuals can maintain their own lives while still working diligently in their recovery.

In fact, a publication by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) highlights that IOPs are designed to provide optimum support to individuals through a supportive environment; new skills are learned by those in recovery related to stress management, relapse prevention, assertiveness training, drug or alcohol refusal training and more, which greatly enhances a person’s confidence in recovery. Those who do participate in IOPs are often self-motivated and able to practice what they’ve learned in treatment throughout their daily lives, which only serves to further reinforce their recovery.

If you’re currently searching for a reputable IOP, speak with someone from Cumberland Heights’ Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program, Hendersonville Treatment. An IOP could be the best step you could’ve taken for substance dependency, or it could be an excellent transition from formalized treatment to home life.

Cumberland Heights’ Intensive Outpatient Program in Sumner County Tennessee is designed for people whose needs and schedules vary. A quality intensive outpatient drug and alcohol rehab program will be designed to treat the whole person, not just the addiction. Take the first step by contacting us at 615-356-2700. Recovery is possible, and Hendersonville Treatment can help.

Using technology for treatment in outpatient programs Technology is a major source of our information, tracking and communication efforts as we know it today. Millions of apps have been created through iPhones and other brands, which have allowed us to learn more about ourselves, connect with others and monitor the way we do things. It’s quite interesting to discover just how much of an impact technology has had on our lives – according to The Washington Post in 2016, a study conducted by the United Nations agency revealed that 47% of people in the world now use the Internet. With all of this information readily available to us, should it be applied to addiction recovery?

Many sources say, “yes”. Those in intensive outpatient treatment programs, for instance, are working diligently towards their recovery while also beginning to strengthen their independence. They return home each night while spending most of their days at individual and group therapy sessions, but they nonetheless have much more “personal time” than they would in a residential treatment program, which many in outpatient programs first start their journey to recovery in.

A 2018 study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research conducted a survey involving 259 participants; and 70% stated they would prefer to use a relapse prevention app on their phone or even to receive relapse prevention text messages. From this research, it seems there are a lot of people who may be interested in doing this. Alongside the famously successful 12-Step program, relapse prevention apps may help those in outpatient treatment programs monitor their experiences outside of therapy. In doing this, they may be able to better identify recurring themes needed for extra attention, or even areas of their recovery that have strengthened over time. Could technology become more involved with addiction recovery? It seems it already has – and many people are finding benefit from it.

If you’re ready to begin your journey to recovery, speak with a professional from Cumberland Heights today. It is never too late.

Cumberland Heights in Nashville, Tennessee on Music Row is a 12-Step based alcohol & drug rehab program. Cumberland Heights’ Intensive Outpatient Program is designed for individuals 18 and above who may be in the early stages of dependency or are experiencing problems with alcohol or drug use. We offer personalized assessments and treatment plans, as well as convenient evening hours to accommodate your workday schedule. To get started on your recovery journey today, call us at 615-356-2700.


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