When researching addiction treatment, you may encounter some unfamiliar terms and options. Today, we’ll explain what to expect from an intensive outpatient program to help you learn if it’s a good fit for your needs.
What Is an Intensive Outpatient Program?
An intensive outpatient program, or IOP, allows clients to seek addiction treatment several days a week for a few hours at a time. The primary difference between an IOP and an inpatient program is that outpatient treatment does not require participants to live full-time at the facility.
The ability to take part in drug or alcohol rehab without having to temporarily put other aspects of your life on hold can make IOP an attractive option. For example, if you are juggling many work and family responsibilities, you might feel like you can’t leave them behind while you pursue your recovery at an inpatient facility. An IOP allows you the flexibility to stay in the comfort of your home while you work on healing from a substance use disorder.
If you enroll in New Found Life’s intensive outpatient program, you’ll attend sessions Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon, or from 4 to 7:30 p.m. During this time, you’ll participate in individual and group therapy while you learn about the 12-step principles and the disease of addiction. You can develop new coping skills and lifestyle choices that help you maintain lasting sobriety and manage the symptoms of any co-occurring mental health disorders.
Advantages of IOPs
What are the benefits of enrolling in an intensive outpatient program? Here’s what you need to know.
- Minimally disruptive form of treatment: Outpatient treatment gives you the flexibility to pursue your recovery while working or going to school full-time. If you have a hectic schedule and can’t take three months or more off, an IOP could be an ideal compromise.
- Less stigma and more privacy: Your colleagues and friends don’t have to know you’re pursuing drug addiction treatment unless you choose to share that information with them.
- Ability to live at home while seeking qualified help: Though inpatient treatment centers are well-appointed and comfortable, you may hesitate to surround yourself with strangers. If you have an introverted personality, you may prefer to enroll in an IOP so you don’t miss your familiar environment in rehab.
Disadvantages of IOPs
Are there any drawbacks to participating in an intensive outpatient program? Consider the following.
- Lack of structure: When you only take part in rehab for a few hours per day, you won’t necessarily get the daily structure an inpatient treatment program provides. Having too much free time in your day-to-day schedule can be dangerous in recovery.
- Less access to recovery amenities: Though IOPs provide several benefits, you will not have the option to participate in the full range of services available to people who enroll in our inpatient program, including holistic recovery options such as meditation, yoga and equine therapy.
- More potential exposure to triggers: While the ability to live at home while simultaneously getting the help you need can feel like a win, returning to the same environment where you developed your drinking or drug habit can serve as a significant relapse trigger.
What Treatment Option Is Right for You?
At New Found Life, we know it’s important to offer our clients flexibility about where and how to pursue recovery and live a healthier lifestyle on their terms. Contact us today to learn more about our full continuum of care.