IOP for Substance Abuse
Intensive Outpatient Program for Substance Abuse
What is intensive outpatient treatment?
There are many mind-altering substances that are known to be addictive. While alcohol and heroin are some of the most common, other substances — including benzodiazepines, prescription painkillers, cocaine, and so on — continue to pose a threat to society. At Serene Beginnings, we offer intensive outpatient for substance abuse, providing individuals who suffer from substance abuse disorders with the resources they need to achieve stable, lasting sobriety. When it comes to recovery, there are numerous different types of treatment and many recovery-related resources that research has shown to be effective. Of course, we tend to default to things like twelve-step support groups and residential treatment programs, but it’s important to remember that there are actually a number of recovery options that exist somewhere in-between. In fact, it’s not inaccurate to think of addiction treatment as existing on a special kind of spectrum; on one end of the spectrum exists inpatient care while outpatient care exists on the other end. Meanwhile, somewhere between inpatient and outpatient care is intensive outpatient care. An inpatient program offers quite a different treatment experience than an outpatient program; however, many would agree that an intensive outpatient program represents the best features of both types of treatment. In other words, an intensive outpatient program for substance abuse offers a level of treatment that’s comparable to inpatient care while maintaining the flexibility and accessibility of outpatient treatment. The specific components of an intensive outpatient program can vary from one program to another, but most intensive outpatient care lasts at least four days per week with patients receiving approximately four to five hours of treatment on each of those days. While this is less time spent in treatment than an inpatient program, this is substantially more treatment than a standard outpatient program, leading to intensive outpatient often being the preferred method of outpatient recovery.