Are you thinking about starting a rehab program for your substance abuse? Congratulations. You have gotten to a significant landmark in your recovery, even if you don’t think you’ve started yet. You cannot get well unless you acknowledge that you have a problem and are open to receiving help. But how do you decide what kind of program is best for you? The choices include residential (or inpatient), outpatient (low-intensity), and intensive outpatient programs.
Do you want to talk to someone about the differences between outpatient and inpatient treatment? Do you have questions about intensive vs. low-intensity programs? Serenity Light Recovery staff can help you. Just call 855.658.6109 or fill out our online form.
What to Expect in IOP Treatment
An IOP, or intensive outpatient program, may be right for you if certain circumstances pertain to you. Ask yourself the following questions to determine the right level of care for your needs:
- Do you have work and family responsibilities that make residential treatment challenging?
- Would you consider residential treatment, but you don’t qualify?
- Is there a reliable support system at home?
- Do you have a co-occurring disorder?
- Have you relapsed in the past?
If you answered yes to some or all of these questions, an IOP could be perfect for you.
What is an intensive outpatient program for addiction recovery all about? The word intensive accurately conveys that this kind of program is a step somewhere in the middle between low-intensity outpatient and residential care.
Though IOPs don’t require residency, they do demand more from you than other outpatient programs, including a greater time commitment.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment Benefits
How does an IOP serve your addiction treatment needs? Consider the following.
- IOPs have a higher retention rate than other outpatient programs, thus greater chances for a favorable long-term outcome.
- The increased duration of an IOP vs. low-intensity outpatient program is linked to improved recovery outcomes.
- IOPs are not as flexible as regular outpatient programs. Still, they do allow for a sense of normalcy in your routines and the ability to meet at least some, if not all, work and personal responsibilities.
- You have greater peer group support options when you are in an IOP rather than an inpatient program. In other words, not only will you have access to the program’s peer support opportunities, but you can begin to explore support options within your community that will be there for you when rehab is done.
- Family healing can begin right away. Addiction is “a family disease,” and the most successful recovery treatment includes those close to you. By living outside the facility, you can incorporate strategies and insights gained in family therapy in real-time.
- Your accountability as an outpatient rehab client is greater as you will be living outside a rehab setting designed as a trigger-free environment.
- Practical considerations, such as cost, may make outpatient treatment a more practical option for you.
Is IOP Treatment Right for You?
Find out more about how intensive outpatient addiction treatment might serve your needs for a program with more accountability and fewer risks than regular rehab, but that allows you to balance life and addiction treatment while maintaining equilibrium among the various demands on your time. If inpatient rehab is a commitment you cannot make due to career, family, or financial reasons, an IOP may be just perfect for you.
Clearly, your addiction treatment experience is one of the most important of your life as you pursue sobriety and long-term health and seek to repair the damage addiction may have done to you and your loved ones. But do not feel that there is one “right way” to “do rehab.” At Serenity Light Recovery, we want to help you find your best options, support you through each step, and shine a light onto your sober future – a light that can lead and inspire you to achieve your best outcomes.
Reach Out to Serenity Light Today
Call Serenity Light Recovery today and speak to one of the professional and compassionate team members—the very people who will support your recovery journey along the way, should you decide to enroll in our intensive outpatient program. Simply call 855.658.6109 or fill out our online form and we will be there for you.