There comes a time in everyone’s recovery journey when they must return to independent life and utilize the skills learned to maintain sobriety. Whether this step is taken after completing full-time care or whether it’s an appropriate first phase right after detox, it can feel daunting to face the stresses of everyday life without the safety net of interaction with addiction recovery professionals.
On the one hand, confronting this step means you are physically sober and have learned about healthy and constructive ways to maintain that sobriety, even in the face of everyday temptations. It may also mean that you have completed a full-time treatment program, and that the time has come to reenter independent life. You may not feel completely ready to face everyday life without professional support, and may need some more guidance, or want to continue with structured treatment. An IOP might be right for you if you are seeking a transitional step that incorporates elements of recovery treatment into a more flexible schedule, so you can get the extra help you need while still learning to live on your own.
There are two types of addiction recovery clients who may benefit from intensive outpatient treatment. Most commonly, an IOP is recommended as a transitional step between residential or day/night treatment and fully independent living. For these individuals, an IOP offers structured treatment — typically in the form of familiar therapies with the same providers from their full-time care — a few times a week, at convenient times of day that don’t overlap with essential responsibilities.
In other cases, an IOP may be appropriate on its own or immediately after detox. Usually, these participants have either experienced a recent minor relapse, or their addiction never reached a point where they require full-time care. For this group, IOP can be a good way to get help for addiction without sacrificing day-to-day necessities like work, school or family.
Since IOP treatment is only appropriate for a certain group of people, it’s vital to be assessed by an addiction professional to be sure that this level of care will truly provide the help you need at your particular stage of recovery. At Riverside Recovery, all individuals who enter our programs must first complete an assessment with our admissions team. During these assessments, an individual’s history is reviewed, including presenting symptoms and the way in which those symptoms have impacted your ability to function on a daily basis. Additionally, physical and psychological history is discussed in order to obtain further pertinent information. Once this assessment is complete, it will then be reviewed by our clinical and medical teams who will determine what the most appropriate level of care will be for needs to be met. If determined that intensive outpatient program (IOP) will be of the most benefit to the individual in need of care, the admissions process will continue.
A similar assessment will be conducted for those who have completed a residential program or a day/night program (also called a partial hospitalization program) — either with Riverside Recovery or at another accredited treatment center — and are interested in seeking continued care with us. We want to make sure that you feel ready to transition from residential care to independent living, and we want to ensure that an intensive outpatient level of care will give you the balance of support and freedom that you need.
Before starting IOP at Riverside Recovery, individuals will be informed of the specific times and frequency that the program meets so that they can determine which schedule works best for them, without hindering their ability to adhere to other obligations. Upon admission to our IOP, each client will receive an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to meet their unique needs so that their treatment goals can be most appropriately met.