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Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are a vital component of the continuum of drug and alcohol addiction care. They offer a mid-way point for addicts that do not feel they require the level of treatment that a residential facility offers, or a logical next step for those leaving residential treatment who are not able to commit to more time in a sober living facility.  – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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  • Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are a vital
    component of the continuum of drug and alcohol
    addiction care. They offer a mid-way point for
    addicts that do not feel they require the level
    of treatment that a residential facility offers,
    or a logical next step for those leaving
    residential treatment who are not able to commit
    to more time in a sober living facility. 
  • At Sunset Shores, we are proud to offer one of
    the top-rated intensive outpatient therapy
    programs in Orange County, California. Our
    program offers a wide range of therapies and
    activities to provide our patients with the best
    possible chance at recovery, all while they
    maintain their normal life living with their
    loved ones at home. 
  • An IOP is often the best option if you are not
    able to commit to residential treatment due to
    work or family responsibilities, but we have
    found that many of our prospective patients are
    not fully aware of what an intensive outpatient
    program is or whether it would be a good fit for
    them. So, we decided to take a deep dive into
    IOPs to clear up some of the confusion and help
    you understand exactly how an IOP works and how
    it could help you through your addiction.

  • To understand what an intensive outpatient
    program is and how it fits into the addiction
    recovery process, we first need to understand
    what the Continuum of Care is in the context of
    substance addiction treatment. Since the 1980s,
    the dominant treatment model for addiction has
    been a 28-day stay in an inpatient facility,
    possibly followed with a stay in a sober living
    facility. This was not based on any clinical
    research and has not been proven to have
    effective results. 
  • Continuum of care is a term that is widely used
    across the medical industry to describe an
    ongoing system of care for treating chronic
    disease, whereby patients are provided with the
    level of care that they require based on their
    current status, and are then moved up or down to
    a more or less intensive level of care as needed.
    For addiction recovery, the continuum of care
    functions in the same way, acknowledging that
    addiction is a chronic disease and providing the
    right level of care at the right time, no matter
    how long a patient has been going through

  • Simply put, an intensive outpatient program is a
    structured program of therapy, counseling, and
    activities that is designed to offer the efficacy
    and experience of a residential addiction
    treatment program without the commitment to
    living on-site. This means that people with
    family responsibilities, or people who cannot
    take the amount of time of work that inpatient
    rehab would require, can still benefit from
    intensive addiction treatment therapy.
  • IOP programs, while structured and intensive,
    usually offer a level of flexibility when it
    comes to booking your appointments for individual
    therapy or counseling. They may even allow you to
    switch to a different group therapy session time,
    if possible. Too many people put off addressing
    their substance addiction because they dont
    have the time for residential treatment. While
    we think that your health and wellbeing should
    always come first, we understand that your career
    and family are essential too. Thats why we offer
    an intensive outpatient program that is as
    flexible as possible.

How long is an IOP?
  • The duration of intensive outpatient treatment is
    much like the length of a piece of string. As
    part of the inherent flexibility of IOPs, they
    can last anywhere from a few weeks all the way up
    to a year. Generally, the minimum recommended
    length of intensive outpatient therapy is 90
    days. However, any treatment is better than no
    treatment. Similarly, walking away from treatment
    before you feel ready to cope with long term
    sobriety is never a good idea.
  • For longer treatment programs that last 90 days
    or more, you will generally start out with daily
    sessions for the first few weeks, slowly
    transitioning into a less frequent schedule until
    you are only attending a few therapy sessions
    each week.

Can you detox in IOP?
  • The short answer to this is no. Detoxing should
    be the first stage of recovery for addicts
    dealing with severe substance use issues,
    particularly those using physically addictive
    substances like alcohol, heroin, or other
    opioids. Outpatient programs are not well-suited
    to dealing with the symptoms of detox, as
    patients undergoing detox should have constant
    access to medical care.
  • Generally, outpatient addiction programs will
    either require or advise that patients undergo
    detox before they begin IOP treatment,
    particularly if they are heavily addicted and
    attempting to quit without detox could pose a
    health risk. At Sunset Shores, we are partnered
    with nearby residential rehab and detox
    facilities that we can refer you to if you need
    to complete a detox program before starting
    treatment with us.

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Outpatient treatment offers flexible scheduling
    options for therapy sessions so you can fit them
    around your responsibilities.
  • For parents that cannot afford to take a month
    away from their children, outpatient programs
    offer the best chance of success while being able
    to remain at home.
  • If you are not able to take the time off work for
    residential treatment, or cannot afford to, then
    intensive outpatient programs will allow you to
    work while you recover.
  • IOPs are generally significantly less expensive
    than residential treatment, often offering the
    best level of care that some people can afford.
  • By continuing your normal life while attending
    the program, you risk being exposed to the same
    stressors and triggers that caused you to use in
    the first place.
  • Without the restrictions of inpatient rehab, you
    may still have access to the substances that you
    have a problem with.
  • Your access to therapists and counselors is more
    limited in outpatient programs and must be
    scheduled in advance. 
  • You will not benefit from the same level of
    community support and extra activities that are
    available in inpatient programs.

  • Commit to a Plan
  • By making the decision to enter into an
    outpatient addiction treatment program, you have
    already made the most crucial step in your
    recovery journey. The next step is to define a
    clear plan of action and commit to it. This is
    particularly crucial in IOPs, where you will be
    exposed to triggers and have access to substances
    while not in sessions. Getting through treatment
    while maintaining your normal life to some extent
    will absolutely require you and your counselors
    to have very clear rules and guidelines, and a
    timeline that you can commit yourself to.
  • Learning Coping Skills
  • One of the most common reasons for recovering
    addicts to relapse is stress or emotional
    triggers. After a successful treatment program,
    they find the return to normal life to be too
    much and fall back into old habits. That is why
    learning coping skills is one of the most
    important goals of intensive outpatient therapy.
    Your therapist and counselors will teach you how
    to manage the stressors of your life while you
    are in treatment, and equip you with coping
    techniques that you can continue to apply
    throughout your life after treatment.

  • Establishing Goals
  • While it may seem redundant to have one of your
    goals going into an intensive outpatient program
    be establishing goals, it is actually a vital
    aspect of recovery. The road ahead in sobriety
    can feel murky and daunting when you do not have
    clear goals in place. Addiction recovery is not
    just about quitting using drugs or alcohol. Its
    about rebuilding your life. Outpatient counselors
    and therapists will make it a priority to
    identify goals, both small and big, that you can
    set for yourself and achieve during treatment and
  • Creating Good Habits
  • Replacing bad habits with good ones is a highly
    effective method for addressing the habitual
    aspect of addiction. Through counseling sessions,
    you will be encouraged to explore your interests
    and find new ways to fill your time and occupy
    your mind in a healthy way. While you will not be
    provided with access to new activities in the
    same way as residential treatment, your
    therapists and counselors will certainly
    encourage building new habits and will work
    closely with you to support that process.

  • Group Therapy
  • Just because you are not living in a treatment
    facility, it doesnt mean that you will not have
    an opportunity to find support from others that
    are going through what you are. Group counseling
    sessions will be an integral part of your IOP
    experience. In group sessions, you will be
    encouraged to share your experiences with one
    another and grow and learn together.
  • Individual Counselling
  • Naturally, the cornerstone of your treatment will
    be regular one-to-one counseling and therapy
    sessions, generally with the same counselor or
    therapist. This will be where you define your
    sobriety goals, create a treatment plan, discuss
    your progress, and work through any difficulties
    that youve encountered. Individual sessions are
    also where you will learn the majority of your
    coping skills.

  • Support Groups
  • One of the best resources for lasting sobriety is
    support groups. 12-step programs and other
    addiction support groups and programs are pivotal
    to lasting sobriety. During your intensive
    outpatient therapy program, you will be
    introduced to support groups in the area and
    encouraged to attend regular meetings and find a
    sponsor to guide you through your treatment
    process and beyond.
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Some intensive outpatient programs also offer
    other types of therapy that are not directly
    related to addiction treatment, but which can
    help to deal with underlying emotional issues and
    perhaps even turn into a healthy new habit. These
    may include things like art therapy, music
    therapy, equine therapy, and many more.

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