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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

lOP is designed to help clients establish a foundation for long term recovery from drugs and alcohol.

  • Length and Style of Treatment
    • The typical stay in lOP is 6-weeks (18 sessions), but the client is continuously evaluated in order to determine the right time to step down.
    • Groups meet 3 times per week for 3 hours each
  • lOP allows clients the opportunity to apply new knowledge immediately in their home environment.
  • Clients in lOP need help with structuring a substance-free lifestyle and maintaining abstinence, but do not require a residential program.
  • Goals
    • Achieve Abstinence
    • Foster behavioral changes that support a new, sober lifestyle
    • Develop a positive, sober support network
    • Identify  and address psychosocial issues including
      • Housing
      • Employment
      • Following terms and conditions of probation
    • Understanding motivation and committing to treatment
    • Counteracting ambivalence and denial
    • Conducting self-assessment,setting goals, and self-monitoring progress
    • Overcoming common barriers to treatment
    • Learning about biopsychosocial disease and recovery processes
    • Understanding the effect of specific drugs and alcohol on the brain and body
    • Placing symptoms of substance use disorders in the context of other behavioral health problems
    • Learning about early and protracted withdrawal symptoms for specific drugs and alcohol
    • Knowing the stages of recovery and the client’s place in the continuum  of care
    • Minimizing risks of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis  C, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
    • Identifying high-risk situations that are cues or triggers to substance use: people, places, and things
    • Identifying peer pressures and compulsive sexual behavior as triggers
    • Understanding cravings and urges, learning to extinguish thoughts  about substance use, and coping with cravings
    • Structuring personal time
    • Understanding abstinence and the use of prescription and over-the-counter medications
    • Understanding the goals and practices of various 12-Step or other mutual-help groups o   Identifying and using positive support networks
  • Stages
    • Treatment  Engagement (few days to few weeks)
    • Early Recovery {6-12 weeks)
  • Types of groups
    • Psycho Educational
    • Skills-development
      • Drug and Alcohol Refusal Training
      • Relapse Prevention Techniques
      • Assertiveness training
      • Stress Management
    • Support Groups
    • Interpersonal Process groups
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