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Intensive Outpatient Program

Everyone in addiction recovery is different, and, at Ocean Breeze Recovery, we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all recovery program. That’s why we offer a wide range of treatment programs and therapies.

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is an important part of a comprehensive addiction treatment plan along with inpatient and outpatient programs, and it is one of the most popular drug treatment options that are available to those struggling with substance abuse.

An intensive outpatient program is extremely versatile and can be used as continuing care after inpatient treatment or as a stand-alone treatment option. IOP provides those seeking recovery with much-needed support in treating substance abuse while they live at home. If you or a loved one would like more information on how intensive outpatient treatment (IOT) programs can help you achieve lasting sobriety, contact Ocean Breeze Recovery today at 844-554-9279.

Compare IOPs to our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).

What is an IOP?

An intensive outpatient treatment program is an addiction recovery program designed to offer comprehensive treatment to people who continue to live at home. The program’s schedule can be rigorous, requiring several meetings and therapy sessions each week. However, they allow you to tend to responsibilities you have at home and adapt to a sober lifestyle. IOPs offer the same treatment options as inpatient programs without 24-hour medical care and supervision.

Intensive outpatient programs feature both one-on-one counseling and group therapy sessions. This allows for personal, confidential therapy sessions with a professional, as well as guided discussions where you can share and learn from your peers. Additionally, many IOPs involve 12-step programs in which people are highly encouraged to attend meetings or other sober support groups.

If you are in an intensive outpatient program, you don’t need to go through detox programs. That means that everyone in an IOP has already gone through detox or they are not currently chemically addicted to drugs or alcohol.

This makes an IOP the perfect program for those who have completed formal inpatient drug treatment or for those whose addictions are considered less severe.

The experienced counselors at Ocean Breeze Recovery’s intensive outpatient treatment program are able to create an individualized recovery regimen that will allow patients to develop the essential life skills that are needed for use outside of treatment.

The primary focus of an IOP is relapse prevention and therapists educate newly recovered clients in identifying and avoiding triggers. However, since cravings are a fact of life for those in recovery, therapists will also teach you about the dangers of relapse and healthy ways you can cope with the triggers and stressors that can lead to relapse.

Among the areas that will be explored include the following:

  • Characteristics of addiction
  • The dangers of relapse
  • Tolerance and withdrawal
  • Dealing with past trauma
  • Spiritual development

By attending an intensive outpatient drug treatment program, you will learn how to express your emotions in regards to the challenges you face in recovery.You may also be guided through the process of working through past events that may have contributed to your addiction or resulted because of your addiction. Finally, you will learn coping mechanisms to help you work and succeed in your day-to-day life while managing your continued recovery.

What Therapies Are Offered in an Intensive Outpatient Program?

When you enter an intensive outpatient program, you will be pursuing a recovery plan that has been tailored to your specific needs. A counselor will sit down to create a treatment plan based on your history with drug use, your history with your family, any potential co-occurring disorders, your history in treatment, personal needs, and many other factors. To provide you with an individualized treatment plan, you may be involved with several different therapies throughout your intensive outpatient program. Though there are a variety of options, there are a few therapy types that are proven to be effective in a clinical setting and are a mainstay in IOP.

Group therapy is one of the most common therapy types seen in intensive outpatient programs. While you may participate in a one-on-one session with a therapist once or twice a week, you may attend group therapy sessions several times every week. This is a unique opportunity in the addiction treatment world. While individualized sessions with a professional are valuable, group sessions allow you to gain perspectives from peers as well. Other benefits of group therapy include:

  • It allows you to hear the perspectives of other people in recovery, giving you the sense that you are not alone in the fight against addiction. Other people have seen success and others share in your setbacks.
  • Engaging with others with a substance use disorder can mean gaining valuable advice and ideas as to how to overcome specific challenges.
  • It gives you a chance to vent to people who not only sympathize but empathize with your experience. There may be others who have gone through similar stories.
  • With guidance from counselors, you can begin to learn ways to make healthy social connections with other people, which is key to long-term recovery.

While group therapy stands to benefit you in a number of different ways, the fact that you are able to step outside of your own perspectives is one of its most important aspects. Relating to other people helps you see beyond your own stressors and concerns. This is a key concept in healthy social interactions, but it also helps you put your own issues into perspective.

The impact of addiction is often big enough so that person who becomes addicted is only the epicenter. As it grows to affect every part of their life; it radiates out to friends and family. Watching a loved one be pulled deeper into addiction is tough and it can be even tougher to know how to help in a way that’s not doing more harm than good. Family therapy is an important part of addiction treatment. It can help people with a substance use disorder understand how their addiction has impacted the people around them and how their actions have consequences that have a wider effect. It can also help family members understand how to effectively help without hurting or enabling.

At Ocean Breeze Recovery, if you are comfortable involving your family in your treatment process, they are encouraged to visit for family sessions with your therapist. Family involvement can be a key component of your recovery program, as long as the relationship is healthy and can be an advantage in your overall treatment plan.

Many treatment centers open up the facility to families on special family weekends to allow loved ones the chance to get involved and learn more about addiction and treatment. It’s encouraged for loved ones to take advantage of these opportunities. Not only will they help educate the whole family about addiction, it can help start a healing process for when you return home.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) was pioneered as a relapse prevention strategy. The therapy addresses negative thinking and works on the fact that relapse begins in the mind. The development of negative behavioral patterns seen in addiction has a lot to do with the way you learn to cope with stress. The way you think about and process negative feelings can make or break your sobriety. According to psychologist Alan Marlatt, relapse begins to occur when stress or cravings are met with an ineffective coping response that decreases your ability to resist the urge to use again.

Through CBT, you can learn to recognize high-risk situations that can lead to addictive behaviors. This therapy also seeks to improve your “self-efficacy.” This refers to your perception of your own ability to resist cravings or your self-control over your behavior. Effective coping responses are ones that increase your self-efficacy.

The CBT process involves identifying triggers and when they are most likely to occur. A therapist will help you come up with ways to avoid high-risk situations and effectively cope with them if they do occur.

How Long is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

Intensive outpatient treatment is one stop in the continuum of care, so the length of time you spend in IOP depends on your own specific needs and progress. Research has shown that the length of time you spend in treatment is one of the key factors of effective treatment. Spending too little time in treatment can lead to relapse, while spending too long in treatment shows diminishing returns. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), effective addiction treatment should last at least 90 days, with the best outcomes coming from longer treatment time.

Addiction can relapse as much as other chronic diseases like diabetes. Because relapse is common, after you complete an intensive outpatient program, it’s important to continually pursue treatment through support groups and aftercare programs.

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The continuum of care refers to the full scope of treatment you go through from your decision to seek treatment all through the rest of your life. The continuum usually starts with medical detox where you are first helped to rid yourself of any chemical dependence on a substance. If you have on-going medical concerns you may be placed in a partial hospitalization program. Then you can move to IOP where you will spend more than nine hours per week in treatment. Depending on progress, you may advance to a less intensive outpatient program (OP), which involve fewer than nine hours of therapy sessions per week.

Once you’ve completed treatment, the recovery process isn’t over. The threat of relapse still exists, even for people who have excelled through the program. It’s important to continue to participate in support groups, 12-step programs, alumni programs, or some other type of relapse prevention program. Addiction is a chronic disease, but relapse isn’t inevitable and it doesn’t mean failure. Relapse prevention techniques you learn in treatment and continue to maintain can help make your last hit, truly your last. But relapse just means that you need to reinstate treatment and reassess your relapse prevention techniques.

How Our Intensive Outpatient Program Can Help

For those needing long-term recovery from substance abuse, seeking out the help and support of both treatment professionals and peers who are active in recovery is important.By attending intensive outpatient programming at Ocean Breeze Recovery Center, you will receive high-quality therapy and counseling that will address your specific addiction issues. Through an IOP, you will also receive the encouragement and support of your peers who are going through similar experiences with addiction and recovery. Additionally, the assistance you receive from an IOP will help you guard against the effects of Post-Acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).

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It is important to note there are two stages of withdrawal that a recovering addict experiences during their early recovery. The first stage, or acute stage, can last for a few weeks after they stop using substances, depending on the substance they abused. PAWS can come months later even after a person’s bodily and mental functions return to normal.

Whereas the acute withdrawal stage focuses on the physical symptoms of withdrawal, PAWS brings forth more of the emotional and psychological symptoms of withdrawal. When those in recovery experience symptoms related to PAWS, they may feel an intense desire to relapse.

By undergoing continual care at Ocean Breeze Recovery Center’s intensive outpatient program, you will understand these feelings as normal and will learn how to cope with these feelings in a healthy way. Once you complete your program, we will encourage you to also participate in ouraddiction rehab alumni program as part of your continued care to encourage maintaining recovery.

Find Long-Term Sobriety Through an IOP at Ocean Breeze Recovery Center

For many who struggle with substance abuse, an intensive outpatient program can be an important step in achieve lasting recovery. When you attend Ocean Breeze Recovery’s intensive outpatient drug treatment program, your individualized treatment plan will be drawn from a multi-faceted approach that includes your own input. Our IOP offers programming both during the day and in the evening to accommodate your busy schedule. Our intensive outpatient programs also include family therapy for family members to further strengthen the recovery process.

By undergoing continual care at Ocean Breeze Recovery Center’s intensive outpatient program, you will understand these feelings as normal and will learn how to cope with these feelings in a healthy way. Once you complete your program, we will encourage you to also participate in ouraddiction rehab alumni program as part of your continued care to encourage maintaining recovery.

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