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If you are concerned about your own mental health or that of someone you love, recovery is possible. Numerous approaches to this journey can successfully usher you towards a fulfilling life filled with meaning and promise. Whether you choose residential treatment, outpatient care, or an intensive outpatient program, the mental health therapies offered are an important aspect of recovery.

Serenity Light Recovery offers a range of effective, evidence-based mental health treatments that are fundamental to your recovery journey with us. To learn more, please reach out. We are here to answer your questions and help you sort through your options. Call 855.658.6109 or fill out our online form today.

Mental Health and Addiction

About eight million Americans experience co-occurring disorders of addiction along with a mental health diagnosis. Of course, many of these have not been diagnosed yet, due to lack of access to mental health care, the stigma that prevents them from reaching out, or simple unawareness of the links between substance misuse and mental health disorders.

A mental health disorder can be an underlying factor in addiction, and addiction can be a contributing factor in some mental health diagnoses.
Mental health issues can be risk factors for addiction. People who suffer from severe or mild mental disorders often use drugs and alcohol as a form of self-medication. This strategy sometimes works in the short term but invariably contributes to or exacerbates symptoms of the underlying problem.

Conversely, substance abuse can contribute to the development of mental disorders. Drugs and alcohol create changes in the brain, especially with chronic use or abuse. If those changes in brain chemistry occur in areas of the brain associated with mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, anxiety, mood disorders, etc., drug use can actually come before the first symptoms of a mental illness. Experts believe there may be a triggering effect whereby a predisposition to a particular disorder is kindled by drug use.

Intensive Outpatient Mental Health Treatment

For the treatment of co-occurring disorders – known as a dual diagnosis – an inpatient program can be beneficial. However, residential programs simply do not work for everyone. How, then, in an alternative program, do you feel secure that you are receiving the best possible treatment for your mental health and addiction challenges? You can rest easy.

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is an excellent alternative to inpatient mental health and addiction treatment. An intensive outpatient program is a mid-point between low-intensity outpatient treatment and inpatient treatment and offers benefits of both.

What Does an IOP Look Like?

  • Time commitment – In an IOP, your time commitment is less than round-the-clock but significantly greater than a less demanding outpatient program. Typically, IOPs require up to 30 hours a week, but they often have the flexibility of offering morning and evening hours. These programs last, on average, about three months.
  • Living arrangements – You don’t need to arrange anything if you are enrolled in an IOP because you get to live in your own home. IOPs are not recommended for those who have inadequate transportation available, do not have a secure support group at home, are at high risk of relapse, or have previously relapsed.
  • Balancing your time – Many former IOP clients claim that balancing an IOP with job and family commitments helps them practice real-life sobriety skills. Toggling between two worlds can be stressful, but the readily available support of peers and staff in the IOP allows you to process the learning and utilize sober life skills as you acquire them.
  • Therapies – One thing is pretty consistent across all treatment options: access to a range of evidence-based therapies that support you in your personal recovery and healing journey.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment at Serenity Light Recovery

Intensive outpatient therapy for mental health supports the whole person. Your treatment team, which includes psychiatrists, therapists, holistic practitioners, and other staff, will engage you in a program that addresses your mental health, your substance abuse, and your ability to maintain sobriety in the long term.

Some of the evidence-based treatments offered at Serenity Light Recovery include:

Let us shine a light on your sober future by showing you what your many options are. For information about intensive outpatient programs or any other services provided by Serenity Light Recovery, reach out today. You can call 855.658.6109 or submit our online form.