Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
What Is An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?
An intensive outpatient program is a part-time addiction treatment that typically requires between 15 and 20 hours a week. It allows clients to live at home but still provides structure, support, and access to addiction professionals. As the second least intensive level of care, IOP programs allow busy adults to get back to “real life” while still working towards recovery. This level of treatment includes group therapy multiple days a week implemented according to a client-specific treatment plan.
The Freedom Center utilizes traditional evidence-based addiction treatment models combined with more modern approaches to recovery. Programs such as our intensive outpatient treatment are designed to overcome addiction through the development of personal insight and knowledge, changing negative behaviors to positive ones, helping clients develop positive patterns of thought, and developing healthy coping mechanisms.
At The Freedom Center, our IOP focuses on behavioral changes. You will learn how to cope with triggers (certain smells, places, feelings, and memories) as they arise, and what to look out for when transitioning from a life of addiction to one of sobriety. This includes things such as symptoms of mental illness/disease or possible post-acute withdrawal syndrome.
You will spend some of your time in education sessions where our staff will teach you about addiction, how it forms in the mind, and what happens within your body when you detox and remain clean. You may opt to follow along with the path of a 12-step program or explore other routes such as spiritually-based programs that rely on holistic therapies like yoga and meditation mindfulness to keep you sober.
The holistic approach to addiction treatment focuses on identifying the physical, emotional, and spiritual healing of the individual seeking recovery. No one specific approach is effective for all but the non-traditional methods of substance abuse treatment can be tremendously helpful in identifying one’s unique path of healing.
Our IOP Program Includes:
Our program begins with a comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessment completed by our clinical staff. This assessment allows us to not only gain a deeper understanding of the specific needs of the client, but also supports our team in developing a more comprehensive and individualized treatment plan.
Individual & Group Therapy
Group and individual therapy are the foundations of all treatment programs. We have created a treatment curriculum that is innovative, dynamic, and provides each client the opportunity to explore and experience a wide range of group topic and activities.
Clients participate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with their primary counselor in a group setting. CBT groups are evidenced-based and have been proven to be effective in substance abuse treatment. The Freedom Center intends to assist clients in understanding the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behavior and gain insight into various techniques and interventions that promote change and growth.
Process groups are safe environments in which The Freedom Center clients can feel safe and supported to discover, uncover, and work through the underlying causes of their addiction with the help and support of their primary counselors. The intention of these groups is to help clients let go of their past, overcome their fears, and to improve authentic communication.
Psychiatric & Medical Support
Clients in treatment often have a need for additional psychiatric support to address their ongoing psychiatric issues, medication management, and access to additional psychiatric care. Our staff will ensure that each client receives the psychiatric support needed throughout their treatment and mental health disorders are treated alongside their addiction. Clients will meet with our psychiatric nurse practitioner or medical director within the first week of admission.
Family support and inclusion for addiction treatment is critical to the recovery program. We take pride in providing weekly progress updates. This is a time that can be arranged by families with the primary counselor. In this time, families can expect to get an update on the overall progress in treatment, and to have a platform to ask questions, and receive feedback and support.
Exercise & Nutrition
The Freedom Center offers a comprehensive fitness and nutrition program for IOP clients. Our goal is improve healthy body image, lifestyle, weight management, and overall wellness using proven, science-based methods. Our Group Personal Training (GPT) programs will meet multiple times throughout the week. We request that participants attend at least one GPT sessions per week and one individual session every other week. We also provide weekly group presentations on topics including (but not limited to) nutrition, hormonal balancing, training methodologies, injury prevention.
Holistic addiction treatment is an approach based upon the knowledge that sustained recovery can only occur when a person’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health are addressed. The Freedom Center program includes various holistic approaches included chiropractic & massage therapy, yoga & mindfulness practices, experiential therapy, and nutrition & exercise education.
Vocational & Life Skills
The Freedom Center provides academic coaching and vocational support to help clients achieve their employment and educational goals. This includes working with clients to get signed up for classes, prepare for interviews, write resumes, manage work-related stress, and evaluate career plans. Our goal is to address areas of clients’ lives that may be causing stress and stagnation and work with them to improve these areas.
Legal Support & Case Management
The Freedom Center works as a liaison between the client and the court system, and advocates for the client’s needs outside of the treatment program. We address legal matters and provide solutions to achieve stability which allows clients to focus solely on their recovery while in treatment. A big part of recovery is cleaning up the wreckage of our past. Addressing these legal issues can provide a huge sense of relief for clients, allowing them to participate more thoroughly in their treatment and therapy process with ease.
We understand the importance of making friends in recovery, finding new hobbies, and how to get on a schedule or routine. Clients will meet and get coaching from a certified peer recovery specialist on how to find outside support networks, fellowshipping events, and creating relapse prevention strategies.
Is Intensive Outpatient Addiction Treatment Right For You?
There are many advantages to intensive outpatient addiction treatment: it’s less expensive and disruptive to your daily life. Unlike a residential program, you can stay at your current place of residence (or choose your own such as a sober living community), go to work, and have free access to the outside world. However, for individuals who are still in the early stages of addiction recovery or who struggle with self-control, having too much freedom too soon can hurt more than it helps. Although the initial perks of outpatient treatment can be tempting, it’s crucial to find the level of care that will promote recovery–not just what’s most convenient.
IOP is Ideal For…
Intensive outpatient treatment is intended as a transition for those who have successfully moved through the full continuum of care and have already completed a residential or partial hospitalization program. It is an important aspect of relapse prevention and signals that a recovering addict is in the maintenance phase. Individuals that start at outpatient typically have less severe addiction that do not require 24/7 medical supervision.
Many clients experience both inpatient and outpatient treatment as part of the full continuum of care. When choosing which treatment program is best, it is important to understand the distinguishing factors between inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient rehab options, and identify which treatment option best suits your own or your loved one’s recovery needs.
Reasons Why You Might Consider an Intensive Outpatient Program:
- You were specifically recommended for this level of care by a clinician or a medical assessment
- You do not need medically-supervised detoxification or other inpatient treatment
- You have successfully completed higher levels of care including detox and would like to continue addiction treatment on a part-time schedule.
- Family or work obligations prevent you from committing to inpatient treatment
- You live locally to the addiction treatment facility
What if I have a mental illness?
Our integrative treatment model addresses substance use and mental health concern. We offer daily afternoon and evening sessions designed to fit clients’ schedules. Therapy options range from innovative to holistic, led by compassionate, highly trained staff who are equipped to treat co-occurring disorders.
Why Enroll at The Freedom Center
Committing to professional medical treatment will always sound intimidating at first, but drug rehab is a judgment-free place that can offer support and guidance. Once enrolled, you’ll find yourself by caring staff that wants to see you thrive and a welcoming community of those who have lived through what you or your loved one are currently experiencing.
Become one of our many success stories about recovering addicts who have found a new way to live. It starts with realizing recovery is possible and wanting to make a change. Take it from a cast who has been there and begin your path to your new life with The Freedom Center.
Break Free From Addiction
At our substance abuse treatment center in Maryland, we do our best to meet each individual where they’re at. Each person comes with a different mold - a different struggle. The best way we can help them is to offer them care that is unique to their own situation; there is no one-size-fits-all method to substance abuse treatment. This is why individualized care is so important to us. If you or a loved one are interested in finding out more, you can contact us here.