Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) can help you develop the skills to sustain recovery while keeping up with job, school and family commitments.
An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a form of specialized outpatient addiction recovery program that provides more structure and a more intensive level of care than a standard outpatient program while still accommodating an individual’s work and home life. It is used as a follow-up to medical detoxification, as a primary form of treatment, or as part of a continuing care plan for individuals who have completed an inpatient program.
What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?
An intensive outpatient program is a treatment modality in which individuals have the freedom to live at home and still attend work or school while receiving intensive addiction treatment services. When compared to inpatient drug treatment, an IOP offers the same type drug treatment programming while fitting into an existing daily routine and schedule. Intensive outpatient programs offer individual counseling, group therapy sessions, medication management, and family support. Also, many IOP’s are 12-Step based and individuals are strongly encouraged to attend 12 Step meetings (AA, NA, etc.) or other sober support groups such as SMART Recovery. Intensive outpatient is an ideal level of care for those who have completed an inpatient drug treatment program or for those whose addiction is considered less severe and manageable from home.
The clinical team at an intensive outpatient treatment program will create a personalized recovery program that will support the development of essential life skills required for long-term success in recovery. The primary focus of an IOP is typically relapse prevention, and clinical staff will educate those who are newly sober about the disease of addiction its effects on the brain and body, how to avoid relapse, healthy coping mechanisms and identifying the stressors and triggers that may lead to relapse. Topics typically include:
- The characteristics of addiction
- PAWS (Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome)
- The dangers of relapse
- Tolerance and withdrawal
- Dealing with past traumatic experiences
- Health & fitness
- Spirituality and recovery
How an Intensive Outpatient Program in Fairfield County Can Help.
For individuals in search of recovery from substance abuse, finding help and support from treatment professionals and those who are active in recovery is an important first step. By participating in intensive outpatient programming at Clearpoint Recovery Center, you will receive high-quality programming and therapy designed to address your specific addiction issues. You’ll also receive the support and encouragement of others who are dealing with similar experiences with recovery and addiction. Additionally, the support you receive when participating in our IOP will help you guard against the effects of Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS).
It is important to understand that there are two stages of withdrawal that a recovering addict experiences during their early recovery. The first stage, or acute stage, can last for several weeks after they stop using substances. Post-acute withdrawal syndrome can come months later and after a individual’s physiological functions return to baseline. The physical symptoms of withdrawal tend to occur during the acute or first stage of withdrawal, whereas PAWS tends to produce emotional and psychological symptoms of withdrawal.
When experiencing PAWS-related symptoms, individuals may exhibit signs of depression, anxiety, and fear. By participating in continuing care at Clearpoint Recovery Center’s intensive outpatient program, you will learn that these symptoms as normal and understand how to cope with negative thoughts and feelings in a healthy manner. Additionally, those who develop a continuing care plan as part of our IOP have a higher probability of staying sober and can better manage and maintain long-term recovery and sobriety.
Find Long-term Recovery with IOP at Clearpoint.
The IOP at Clearpoint offers many of the same services that inpatient programs do without having to take time off from school or work and spend time away from family. When you participate in Clearpoint Recovery Center’s intensive outpatient drug treatment program, your individualized treatment plan will be based on a multi-faceted approach. IOP at Clearpoint offers programming during the day and evening to accommodate your daily schedule and offers an experienced team of addiction professionals and effective evidence-based treatment approaches. Additionally, the intensive outpatient program supports the involvement of family to further strengthen and encourage the process of recovery.
Our IOP is facilitated in a relaxed, non-institutionalized environment at our Westport location. The team at Clearpoint Recovery Center focuses on you and we strive to meet your needs through personalized programming that is a collaborative effort between you, your loved ones and staff. For more information, contact us at 1-203-293-1723.