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Intensive Outpatient Programs
IOPs (Intensive Outpatient Programs) are substance abuse treatment programs that are utilized to address and cure addictions or other dependencies that do not necessitate around the clock supervision or a full medical detox. This allows patients to have the ability to live their normal everyday lives that residential substance abuse treatment programs do not afford. Residential substance abuse programs require that the patient must reside on site whereas Intensive Outpatient Programs allow the luxury of living at home.
Intensive Outpatient Programs are often utilized in combination with inpatient programs as a way of assisting patients with transitioning seamlessly back into their families, communities and workforce. By establishing support systems and mechanisms coupled with coping strategies along with relapse management.
How to decide between an Intensive Outpatient Program or an Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Facility?
Intensive Outpatient Programs are a vital phase when caring for people that are pursuing help with conquering an addiction. For many patients, inpatient care whether at a facility, rehab, clinic, or in a hospital – can be quite demanding. Live-in facilities do provide the highest level of care, essentially separating the patient from having access to their addictions whether alcohol or drugs. Just as important is to keep people away who might encourage relapse or aggressively interfere and damage positive efforts towards recovery. With that being said, inpatient care and residential treatment rehabs carry a hefty price tag.
The IOP permits the patient the ability to stay close with family, engage prior work commitments or explore new ones. Having a support system is paramount to a successful recovery. Candidates for IOPs must have a stable and safe home environment to get the most out of an intensive treatment program. Having family members that encourage and friends who are willing and ready to provide the support their loved one requires for a healthier and compassionate recovery effort. It is virtually impossible to live with other people who use drugs and drink to excess. Avoiding the pitfalls of relapse triggers is a team effort from therapist, counselors and having family and friends on board makes the process easier to navigate.
In some cases IOPs are not always the best option for dealing with more severe cases of co-occurring disorders and addictions. A common procedure is to have these patients referred to an accredited inpatient treatment facility as they will need twenty-four hour supervision and require more immersive treatments.
Addiction Treatment Stages
There are a few phases for addiction treatment issues. The American Society of Addiction Medicine has five clearly defined levels of treatment as part of a continuum of care.
- Level 0.5: early intervention services
- Level 1: outpatient services
- Level 2: intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization services
- Level 3: residential or inpatient treatment services
- Level 4: medically managed intensive inpatient treatment services
IOP is considered Level 2 treatment.
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