It isn’t easy to admit to yourself, or anyone else for that matter, that substance abuse may have begun to spiral out of control. As hard as it is to recognize this reality, it is important to take the proactive steps needed to reassert control over your life. Better to get professional help as early as possible before the substance use disorder morphs into a full-blown chemical dependency.
Too often, even when it is obvious that a substance use disorder has developed, it is easy to come up with excuses to avoid getting treatment and giving up the substance. Incorrectly making the assumption that all addiction programs are residential, therefore it won’t work for you, or that they are all exorbitantly priced, therefore, again, it won’t work for you, are excuses you cannot afford to make. Outpatient programs are an excellent treatment option for mild to moderate substance abuse, allowing scheduling flexibility and are often covered by PPO insurance plans.
Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) are part-time addiction and dual diagnosis treatment programs that can accommodate work and family obligations. The IOP provides a host of therapeutic activities for a set number of hours during the week, but the individual will reside at home outside of treatment hours. IOP programs Orange County can serve as a first line treatment for those with emerging or mild addiction issues, or as a step down in treatment from a completed inpatient program.
How Are IOP Programs Structured?
IOP programs are often recommended by a medical doctor or psychotherapist, but may also be ordered by the court to satisfy a legal condition. The IOP is a part-time treatment program that usually requires 9 or 10 hours per week of participation. Each program’s treatment curriculum can vary, depending on the focus and philosophy of the IOP program Orange County. The IOP often does not provide detox services, but most have detox resources at hand for referral.
IOPs are usually structured with a schedule that includes three 3-hour blocks of therapy during a given week, although there is some variation in the treatment plan based on client needs. An IOP will have benchmarks that the client will successfully complete during the course of treatment, outlined in their customized IOP plan. In addition to the psychotherapy, an IOP may include other therapies or activities that will compliment the therapy sessions.
What to Expect at IOP Programs Orange County
The bulk of the IOP program will emphasize psychotherapy, either in a one on one session with the therapist or in a small group setting. Therapy is essential in substance use disorder treatment because the established thought and behavior patterns are ingrained, making it very difficult to overcome addiction without changing them.
One of the most useful types of psychotherapy for addiction is cognitive behavioral therapy, which does just that—target distorted thoughts (the cognitive) and subsequent self-destructive behaviors associated with abusing drugs or alcohol. CBT is a short-term therapy that can help a client reshape their thoughts and responses to be more constructive and positive. Co-occurring mental health disorders are also treated in psychotherapy sessions.
In addition to the individual and group therapy, IOPs offer classes that teach:
- About the neurological effects of addiction
- How to navigate life post-treatment
- How to create a relapse prevention plan
- Life skills classes, such as how to create a resume and job seeking tips
Adjunct therapies that are designed to compliment and augment the effects of the psychotherapy are also a regular feature at many IOPs. These may include:
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Mindfulness training
- Art therapy
Most IOPs expect the client to actively participate in a 12-step recovery program to add a layer of social support to the recovery process. Some IOPs may provide referral resources for sober living housing, which adds a protective measure when the home environment is not supportive of the client’s goal of sobriety. Sober living can provide an opportunity to gain stability following completion of the treatment program as well.
Phoenix Rising Behavioral Healthcare IOP Programs Orange County
Phoenix Rising Behavioral is a leading IOP provider in South Orange County, serving the Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, and Rancho Santa Margarita communities, among others. Phoenix Rising offers an effective multidisciplinary approach to addiction recovery within a compassionate and supportive environment. Using evidence-based treatment methods and incorporating the 12-step themes and adjunct therapies, Phoenix Rising has a proven track record of success.
Offering evening outpatient therapy accommodates work and school schedules, making getting treatment that much more accessible. If detox is needed, Phoenix Rising can arrange for medical detox services in the area. Phoenix Rising also coordinates sober living housing for individuals interested in an added layer of support during and after treatment. For more information about the IOP, please contact Phoenix Rising today at (877) 299-5694.